Sharing economy

I was with a great guy yesterday. He has lived in the UK for years and comes from Gambia. We were discussing that people should share more of the things they have. He said that is what happens where he comes from; in fact it is completely normal. I have had a very nice amplifier sitting in the garage for about two years; it turns out he has speakers and needs an amplifier for the work he does. I am lending him the amplifier on an ongoing basis and of course I won’t charge him. There are no documents. It’s based on trust and friendship.

My parents and their neighbours have always shared things and that happens in many communities. However, I am pretty sure that our society shares at less than 5% of the possible rate it could share at. The potential is enormous, and the benefits to local communities are boundless.

I found this nice company in the US. Take a look at the short video (How it Works) which introduces their business model. Streetbank also offers the same service in the UK; take a look at this clip.

It’s great these companies exist; it would be even better if we didn’t need the internet to make sharing happen in our community.

You probably share already. What else can you share? Who can you share it with and when?

Andrew Knowlman

I am a 50-year old father of two children, married to Jane. I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in April 2015.

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