Crowdsourced toilets for African slums.
In my to-do list
EatWith the platform for crowdsourced dinners, where people get to know people and sharing is taken to a much more personal level.
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How big and vibrant is the sharing economy after 2013? Just take a look at this amazing visualization from Meetup, showing the hundreds of RSVPs per minute:
The sharing economy was the economic cover story of 2013. Writing in Forbes, way back in February, Tomio Geron gave the official estimate that $3.5 billion would flow through the sharing economy directly into people’s wallets:
“At that rate, peer-to-peer sharing is moving from an income boost in a stagnant wage market into a disruptive economic force.”
Read “Airbnb and The Unstoppable Rise of the Sharing Economy” at Forbes.com
Looking back over the year, Geron’s analysis was spot-on.
The big question that I posed to the group was about Regulation 2.0. The idea that, given the huge volume of real-time data produced by modern web services and the potential for radical transparency based on that, there is an opportunity to explore completely new regulatory approaches. Approaches that, rather than make up-front decisions about an activity (say, ride-sharing or peer-to-peer apartment renting), as we do in a “1.0” regulatory regime, we can instead be more permissive on the front-end, while at the same time introducing increased accountability through transparency. If this kind of approach worked, it would theoretically be simpler and cheaper to operate, while at the same time allowing for more new kinds of activities to be explored without fear of regulatory shut-down.Nick Grossman’s Slow Hunch: The Regulation 2.0 Challenge (via garychou)