What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption. Rachel Botsman, Roo Rogers
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What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption. Rachel Botsman, Roo Rogers

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In the 20th century humanity consumed products faster than ever, but this way of living is no longer sustainable. This new and important book shows how technological advances are driving forms of 'collaborative consumption' which will change forever the ways in which we interact both with businesses and with each other. The average lawn mower is used for four hours a year....more
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Published February 1st 2011 by Collins (first published September 14th 2010)
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Mark
Nicely done. Botsman outlines the surge of businesses using sharing as a viable business model: Zipcar, Airbnb, Swaptree, Thredup, Toy Swap, etc., etc., etc. Being in the line of work that I'm in, sharing comes pretty easily to me but it's thrilling to see the library lending model being adopted in the for-profit arena.

If you want the 16 minute video version of the book, here is Rachel's TED presentation from last year: http://www.ted.com/talks/rachel_botsm...
Daisy Luo
3.5 stars. I applaud Botsman for her optimistic outlook on the rise of collaborative consumption. She is encouraging and positive in her belief that this phenomenon will bring about great socio-economic and environmental changes. However it is hard to gauge how much of this trend is "global" and not just significant within the US. Her examples of the surge in product service systems and sharing networks (zip car, airbnb, etc) are fun and relevant. But certain conclusions drawn in the book are ba...more
Hector Ibarraran
The ideas in this book are very inspiring, and important. I actually have decided to make some changes in my life as a result of reading it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the future, and in the world, since you can apply what you learn here to pretty much everything. There are also many great online resources available. That said, there were a few times I had to shake my head and roll my eyes at some of the authors' examples. They seemed to be out of context for a bo...more
Kylie
The specific information in this book is a little dated now. Some of the collaborative consumption .coms undoubtedly no longer exist, and new examples exist. Nonetheless, I found this book really helpful in summing up for me the underlying factors in how things have changed. I am an enthusiastic participant of many of these collaborative online services--Netflix, AirBNB, Couchsurfing, Meetup, Bookmooch (still around? I'm not even sure.) Craigslist, Wikipedia, Yelp, Uber, Kickstarter, Prosper etc...more
Tamara
Really, I just read the index, then looked up websites I was interested in. I should really do more bartering. It would save me a lot of money.

I love the idea of toy libraries and tool libraries as well. Oooh, and wouldn't a puzzle library be awesome? Hmmm....one of these days...

Some interesting online initiatives include:
http://ourgoods.org/
http://www.thredup.com/
http://bci.bartercard.com/?page=trans...
http://ifwerantheworld.com/
http://www.swap.com/
Stephanie Byrne
The first chapter of this book titled 'Enough is Enough' was very inspirational. It had me questioning my own behaviour and considering changes as well as spouting out random facts and stories about consumerism to anyone that would listen.

Unfortunately my enthusiasm wore off as the book continued. I found it a bit repetitive at times although it was scattered with interesting stories which kept my attention.

I found the book overly optimistic about collaborative consumption as a movement and rea...more
Josh
Well written, and a fairly quick read.

My only gripe with the book is that it is overly optimistic about how impact social media can be. Granted, technology has allowed for a new level connectedness that has never existed before, but there's definitely some bad that comes from that. The one example I can remember from the book about terrorism needing to compete in a harsher environment (the IT age), may accurately reflect the situation for one group or another, but ignores groups that rise quick...more
Mariana Morais
Achei um livro interessante e que me revelou dados animadores sobre possíveis mudanças de comportamento na sociedade de consumo atual, bem como projetos de sucesso que já trabalham dentro dessa lógica, dentre eles Etsy, Ebay, Zipcar e Craiglist.

Além disso, ao contrário do que eu acreditava inicialmente, percebi que 'consumo colaborativo' não depende exclusivamente de ações voluntárias e sem fins lucrativos, mas de noções de preço justo que atendam as dois lados da equação: quem procura e quem o...more
Mark
What’s Yours Is Mine is about new businesses built around the idea of sharing– things, space, time, work -- that are redefining consumers attitudes about owning things, bringing people out of their isolated lives, and also providing environmental benefits in the process. Younger people like me and my Goodreads friends can identify with the feeling that the authors describe about buying things these days: we want the music but don’t really need to own the physical CD. We want to be able to experi...more
Joe
Change is in the air. It doesn’t matter if you’re watching the world from a live feed of Al Jazeera or a seat on the sidewalk in your ‘hood; technological innovations of the last 20 years, now widespread, are rapidly redefining what it means to be a citizen, consumer and neighbor. From crowd-sourced volunteers translating “Speech2Tweet” calls made by protesters in Egypt, to the spread of car-sharing services like Zipcar and eRideshare, to the dueling Super Bowl commercials of collective couponin...more
The Young Urban Unprofessional
If Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book on the Sharing Economy it would read and feel a lot like "What's Mine is Yours". The book is very easy to read, it is written at a fairly high level, and it is filled with useful anecdotes from both businesses and individuals who are taking part in the global rise of collaborative consumption.

As a car-less yuppie who lives in downtown Boston I thought I was a Sharing Economy power user of sorts because I was using RelayRides and I eat from my CSA (farm share). A...more
Andy Wilkins
I read this almost at the same time that I read "Tescopoly" (please see my review) and together the have shaped the way I look at how I consume. I liked a lot of the ideas in this book and marked several pages in order to check the websites or organisations she mentioned. I have to say I found that man were not quite as amazing as the were made out to be (mainly in terms of prices).

Having said that, I like the central thesis of collaborative consumption in that there are so many resources that a...more
Steve Brady
This book is painful. I am sorry, but for a book that has so much promise I was left both angry and disappointed.

Let's be fair: I am a believer in collaboration, and a supporter of collaborative consumption. The practical applications that led to the writing of this book are admirable, and worthy of support and discussion.

That said, this book couldn't seem to be past the idealizing of Generation Y, and the liberal agenda. Honestly, that was a turn-off for me, almost to the point that I couldn't...more
Elizabeth
The idea behind Collaborative Consumption is a forward-thinking one as outlined in What’s Mine is Yours. It explores the many ways that people have used the power of the internet to build communities that can share space, products and time to the mutual benefit of all.

While I enjoyed the conversational tone, the jumping back and forth between examples may be a bit scattered for some readers. It is interesting to see this topic which is essentially a living, breathing experiment in online communi...more
Mat
A well-structured and engaging conversation of a fascainting topic which could indeed change the world and the way we behave as human beings. While the environmental benefit of collaborative consumption is cleaar, it strikes me that it is not the argument that is most liekly to sway skeptics as these are also likely to be unconcerned by environmental issues, or less so than purely economic ones. And there lies the rub: I would have liked the authors to delve omre into the ecnomics of collaborati...more
James
This book changed my life, in the sense that it told me about current collaborative projects that I didn't know about but am now participating in. For that reason, I liked the book, but there were a couple of reasons I didn't, so I only gave it three stars.

1: The authors constantly claimed that collaborative consumption was "in your self-interest" and was a movement that offered great new ways to make stacks of money out of other people. As someone who is a bit more idealistic about people than...more
Rachel
"Sharing is to ownership what the iPod is to the eight track, what the solar panel is to the coal mine. Sharing is clean, crisp, urbane, postmodern; owning is dull, selfish, timid, backward."(p.xxi)

"If everyone on the planet lived like the average American child, we would need five planets to sustain them during their lifetime." (p.6)

"The economy needs things consumed, burned up, worn out, replaced and discarded at an ever increasing rate." (p.6)

"We are now a society addicted to 'throwaway habit...more
Kate
When I was only a few pages into this book, I was pretty sure it was going to be another example of Millenials patting themselves on the back for being so great at whatever they do. But it's not. Or maybe it is. Or maybe Millenials actually DO have a lot of things to pat themselves on the back for when it comes to using technology creatively to make the world a better place. I have never seen the rise of (mostly) Internet-fueled collaboration documented and analyzed as well as it is in this book...more
Benediktas Raulusonis
Are you familiar with such names like "Zipcar", "Couchsurfing", "Zopa", "AirBnB" or "Craigslist"? What do they all have in common? Well, collaborative consumption is a keyword for all of them.
"What's mine is yours..." explains the concept, illustrating it with various already well performing businesses and initiatives. This becoming "new normal" way of doing business is a new disruptive trend, a new way of consuming and doing business. That is why I highly recommend this intelligent and insight...more
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Suzanne's Rating: 5 Stars

What an exciting view into the next wave of collaborative consumption ideas. Some of these ideas have been recycled and upgraded from an era not privy to electronic methods for implementing innovations. The authors have done a stellar job of outlining some the existing systems and challenging all of us to think differently about the things in our lives. This book was stimulating, optimistic...more
Mario Polytaridis
We are consuming the planet into a garbage heap. This should be pretty clear to any human with an IQ. However, what is effectively presented in this book is how quickly we are 'consuming' the planet. Just to give one tidbit from the book, since 1980, we've consumed 1/3 of the planet's natural resources. It's funny to have read this book during the holiday season when humanity as a collective rushes out and buys more stuff that they will throw away.

While the book has a very upbeat and optimistic...more
Melissa Massello
Considered the definitive work on the new Sharing Economy, regular TedX speaker Rachel Botsman has definitely done her homework on swapping, sharing versus owning, and collaborating in general. It's a total blueprint for understanding why, how, and what's next for Gen X and Gen Y folks embracing old-fashioned and technological solutions and alternatives to the over-consumption of our parents' generations.

Featured in Required Reading: Self-Reliance, Sewing, Sharing & Swapping on ShoestringMa...more
Tony
Painfully shallow, with very little insight into the multiplicity of forces at play — preferring instead to peer at everything through a slightly odd "post-consumerist" lens. The book is a few years old now, and whilst it can't really be faulted too much for predictive failures, some of the examples are a little too credulous (e.g. that the worst things to happen on AirBnB are for a guest to not turn up, or leave things a little bit untidy —shortly before the serious horror stories started emerg...more
Nicole
I love this book. Plenty cases and examples in it. Combines environment concerns with marketing strategies. It makes me really curious about what kind of consumption model we will have when the Web 3.0 comes.
Lena
I enjoyed this book, and found it hard to put down. It begins with a description of the trash gyre in the Pacific Ocean, but then it goes on to discuss the solutions to the problem. The authors use the term "collaborative consumption" to explain essentially new methods of consuming things, methods currently in use. I did read some criticism that this was mainly a young person - millennial - solution, but obviously there must be variations on the same themes that can (and do) apply to seniors. In...more
Susan Wilcox
This is a fabulous look at 21st century, grown-up sharing. In the spirit of collaboration, I checked it out from the library-- It has a long wait list at my local library AND the college library, so obviously it hits a niche that people have been looking for! I really enjoying reading the motivation behind many services like Airbnb and Zipcar, and I'm inspired enough to clear out everything that I'm not using from my house and find someone who needs it. I also appreciate the collaborative bookpl...more
Eduardo Santiago
Dec 17, 2010 Eduardo Santiago rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone among the people I call friends. Cuz you're that kind of people.
Recommended to Eduardo by: opensource.com
CouchSurfing. Freecycle. Craigslist. Sharing isn't just for hippies anymore! Is the world actually changing? Is there a new ethic, a new awareness? I'm not as convinced as Botsman & Rogers. Maybe I'm too old. But I am excited about the changes I'm seeing. About the connections that are being made possible through the Net. About possibilities.

Loved the book. Wish it had been a little less broad, a little more deep, but on reflection maybe this is the only way it could work in book form. I'll...more
Rebecca
This book introduces the reader to alternatives to the "buy more" consumer culture. First, it briefly describes the shift from thrift to spendthrift in the national consciousness. The authors also detail the rebuilding of communities and trust through a variety online organizations facilitating connections between people, both distant and hyper-local.

The authors have made me reevaluate my consumption habits and introduced several alternatives that are convenient and widely available. I have use...more
Gelijn Werner
Een optimistische vertelling over de vele manieren waarop online platformen de manier waarop we consumeren veranderen naar een consumptiepatroon waarin niet eigendom van maar toegang tot een product of dienst centraal staat. Ruilen, delen, huren; en steeds vaker peer 2 peer. Lang leve de Zipcars, Airbnb's en werk coöps van deze wereld, die naar het idee van de auteurs de wereld ten goede op zijn kop zetten. Dat gaat ver en theorie blijft achterwege, maar boeiend is het boek wel.
Devlin
Although sociology generally doesn't interest me, I found "What's Mine Is Yours" to be enthralling! This book introduces and explains the interesting concept of collaborative consumption - basically, sharing products/services. As Botsman mentioned, those involved in movements that make a profound difference in society generally don't realize it until all is said and done. Collaborative consumption may very well be one of these movements. The introduction of sites such as craigslist, eBay, swapst...more
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Rachel is the co-author of the upcoming book What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption (Harper Business, October 2010). She consults, writes, and speaks on the power of collaboration and sharing through current and emerging technologies, and on how it will transform business, consumerism, and the way we live.

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