The term â€œsharing economyâ€ has been making the rounds for about a decade, but the phenomenon has roots in the 1990s: all of its trademark enthusiasmsâ€”the flattening of stodgy old hierarchies, the rise of peer-to-peer networks, the decentering of everythingâ€”were concepts imported into middlebrow culture by the likes of Thomas Friedman.
Collaborative consumption,â€ they wrote, â€œgives people the benefits of ownership with reduced personal burden and cost and also lower environmental impact
But the model isnâ€™t blemish-free: thereâ€™s a real, if hard-to-measure, impact on housing availability and affordability in desirable cities.
Airbnb would rather we see it as a community, not merely commerce, even as it hastens the breakup of working-class neighborhoods in cities like New York and Los Angeles.
Uber drivers often complain about the low (and declining) pay and miserable conditions.
she gets $11 to $12 an hour after expenses (daily expenses like gas, not depreciation of the car), which is around the twenty-fifth percentile of the cityâ€™s hourly earnings, though about in line with typical taxi-driver pay. Thatâ€™s a sharp contrast with the $35-an-hour rate that was dangled in front of her when she signed up.
Of course, â€œsharingâ€ entrepreneurs arenâ€™t entirely lacking a utopian line, as Cheskyâ€™s exuberant language demonstrates.
Now, despite over five years of official recovery, the sharing economy offers some people, like cab drivers, the prospect of real wage cuts, and others, like people with a spare bedroom, a way to supplement stagnant incomes.
Many Taskers are people who had good jobs until the recession hit; as of last year, 70 percent had a bachelorâ€™s degree, and 5 percent a PhD. Now theyâ€™re running around town fetching stuff.
The sharing economy looks like a classically neoliberal response to neoliberalism: individualized and market-driven, it sees us all as micro-entrepreneurs fending for ourselves in a hostile world
in the future, people will own whatever they want responsibility for. And I think what theyâ€™re going to want responsibility for the most is their reputation, their friendships, their relationships, and the experiences theyâ€™ve had.
” In fact, itâ€™s pretty safe to say there is more potential and opportunity in business than there has been in history. But over those ten years Iâ€™ve also seen far too many organizations struggle deeply as they grapple with how best to adapt todayâ€™s incredible advances to the way they work and do business. “
“I would like to add some thoughts on the â€œhow-toâ€ for starting the digital transformation initiative. Again to make it clear â€“ the general consensus about the digital transformation is not to implement some â€œfancyâ€ new technologies or to use social media as a new marketing channel. The digital transformation is about re-adjusting the corporate thinking towards a culture of digital DNA”
the establishment of a social platform within the organization is an important building block for the digital transformation initiative â€“ as it provides an effective support for digital transformation strategy.
“I have been talking about digital transformation for nearly four years now and began to write about the transformative power of data (what digital refers to) over 15 years ago (when I began to cover EFM at Gartner â€˜member?). Why on earth would I want to stop talking about it now â€“ when its finally reached the peak of the hype cycle and is beginning to be adopted?