The rise of the sharing economy

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What if every street had only one of everything it needed: one ladder, one lawnmower, one toolbox? It might sound like the days of yesteryear, when neighbours were forced to share in order to overcome scarcity – but for a growing number of people, it’s also a vision of the future.

In a resource-strapped and increasingly fragmented world, the theory goes, sharing and collaboration offer ways for people to both save money and stay connected.

That’s the concept behind websites such as Streetbank, a virtual hub where users can advertise and exchange everything from a cup of sugar to their personal skills and expertise.

positivenews.org.uk

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