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What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption

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In the 20th century humanity consumed products faster than ever, but this way of living is no longer sustainable. This 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.
Paperback, 280 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Collins Publishers (first published September 14th 2010)
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Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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:
Daisy Luo
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
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
Scott North
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rachel Botsman's book on the Rise of Collaborative Consumption is a brilliant read and will form the basis of how I progress my thinking on social capital, social enterprise and the future of consumption.

She makes the topic engaging and enjoyable through the usage of excellent examples but also a strong and compelling basis of discussion. The social and collaborative economy is a rapidly growing part of everything we experience as consumers but also leaders.

Rachel challenges the reader to move
May 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a really interesting read that looks at sharing as a basis for an economical model.

I found Part 1 to be very inspiring and it really got me thinking about my own assumptions about collaborative consumption.

However, I did start to get a little bored from about the midway point as it all starts to become a little repetitive.

Part 1 makes for interesting reading and I would highly recommend it everyone but the remainder of the book is better suited to people with a strong interest in the s
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1) Are humans purely self-centered? Or is sharing and co-operating part of our nature?

2) How do you build trust between strangers?

3) How do you remove social stigma related to sharing and used goods? How do you make sharing cool and hip?

4) How the internet, while it is ushering us rapidly into modernity, is also enabling us to re-create the co-operative, neighborly villages of old where people had a strong sense of community.

5) How the rise of sharing is one of the strongest reasons for hope i
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? of these days...

Some interesting online initiatives include:
Sep 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jordan Brown
I came across this book while looking up must-reads on the shared economy. I've been inspired by companies like AirBnB, Turo and Rover and this book was advertised as the primer for collaborative consumption. Botsman articulates the shift in consumerism since the 2008 recession. We're transitioning from a hyper-individualistic and materialistic culture to more of a sharing community. The old days of face-to-face exchanges are making a comeback, but on a grander and more efficient scale thanks to ...more
Alicia Fox
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This is a bit outdated, with the optimism over Uber et al. that only 2010 could bring. The focus is on consumption: "Collaborative consumption meets all of the same consumer needs as the old model of mass consumption but helps address some of our most worrying economic and environmental issues." You're broke? No worries! The free market has a solution! Apps let you share lawnmowers!

The presence of two authors was obvious (one writer like the B-student English major who's pursuing dreams of bein
Adriana Inilloc
mainly common sense, not very insightful
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
This could have been good as an article but just didn't seem to flesh out as a whole book. The authors discuss the idea of collaborative consumption - both 'new' ways of obtaining goods and of sharing them - as though this is something that has really only developed on and because of the internet. What is more, their view of the internet is definitely seen through rose-tinted glasses, with the idea that it really is just one big sharing, caring network.

Interestingly, many of the examples given i
Andy Wilkins
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
We're approaching a point with collaboration technologies where users can opt out of traditional consumer models and use alternatives to acquire, borrow, trade, and give away just about anything. Need a car? Instead of buying or renting, you can use Zipcar or RelayRides. Want to buy or sell old possessions? Try Ebay or Craigslist. Need a loan but want an alternative to a bank? Try Zopa. Staying overnight in another city? Sure, you can rent a hotel, but now you can also use Airbnb or Couchsurfing ...more
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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‘What’s Mine Is Yours‘ has helped to strengthen my faith in human nature. Using examples from the UK and US (its a pity there are not many other international examples) it shows how some people have harnessed the power of the internet to build trust, create communities around shared needs, and generate social capital. The book was full of revelations for me about the ingenuity behind web phenomena such as Zopa (the social lending community) and Landshare (the garden use website) that focus on sh ...more
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
An inspiring and thoughtful introduction to the emerging phenomena that is transforming the economy and ultimately affecting most people's lives. It's about how we can live smarter as consumers, producers, neighbors and citizens. It's about taking our responsibility for the small cumulative actions that add upp to produce waste - to change our habits and our behavior and most importantly our perception of ownership and consumption.

The authors tell the tale of numerous popular companies, often st
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kylie Sparks
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
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
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
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
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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
Ravi Warrier
It's shocking to realize what the authors of this book have said - most of what we buy is just wasted. From power drills that we at the most use for 2-3 hours during its life, or a big house with spare rooms, clothes that we wear just once or never, books that we just read once and leave on the shelf for eternity, etc.
People are now leveraging the internet to share things that they would have never thought of sharing earlier. Very inspiring and I can't wait for some of the trends to pick up in
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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.

Rachel has lived and worked in the United Kingdom, United States, and A
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