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

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“Amidst a thousand tirades against the excesses and waste of consumer society, What’s Mine Is Yours offers us something genuinely new and invigorating: a way out.” —Steven Johnson, author of The Invention of Air and The Ghost Map

A groundbreaking and original book, What’s Mine is Yours articulates for the first time the roots of "collaborative consumption," Rachel Botsman a
ebook, 304 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books
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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
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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
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
Oana Kovacs
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book f..king changed my life! Seriously! Although there was nothing exactly new for me in it, seeing old things from new perspectives really made me think about my relationship with things.
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
Viraj Sawant
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book of ideas and stories. Collaborative commons are changing the world. Companies based on the principles of sharing economy are competing with traditional businesses. Rachel has laid down a very lucid explanation of this ideological framework. And she has done this using innumerable stories of current day giants like ebay, craigslist, airbnb, etc. These stories make you engrossed in the book and not want to put it down once you begin.
It is an inspiring book to say the least. Whichev
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:
Jack Oughton
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good overview on the origins, evolution and recent state of the 'sharing economy'
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
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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
Yifei Men
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A cogent, well-argued piece on the rise of the sharing economy and rethinking the predominant model of consumption.

Botsman introduces some nice frameworks to think about the models and categories of the sharing economy (or "collaborative consumption"). Her messages on being environmentally responsible are well-taken, despite her acknowledgement that many "sharing economy" ventures hardly gave thought to being "green".

The importance of community and reputation in the interconnected world is an im
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tore through this book and have been considering all the ways I can change my spending and consumption from the start. It was very interesting and a little concerning to face the way consumption has changed, especially in America. Written in 2010, some information is a little outdated, but the theories remain true. Many of the companies mentioned no longer exist or are vastly different from their conception and others you would expect to read about did not exist yet or weren't large enough to ...more
Daniel Riveong
This book was released in 2010 and it shows its age. However, it's still a useful book to remind us of the promise, idealism, and still revolutionary nature of new types of businesses that focus on community and network (Etsy to Blablacar and CraigsList) over centralized control and 100% profit motive. I would read this in conjunction with Jaron Lanier's Who Owns the Future (2013) to get a balanced view.
Pablo Beitman
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book, even though it was written long time ago and information is old regarding to today industries and companies. If Rachel or Roo are willing to update the info, this would be even more recommendable.
Karol Ujueta Rojas
Interesting but at times repetitive. This is more for older millenials or older generations. It talks about how the internet has allow virtual communities to be created and thus business opportunities are born that are "controled and managed" by the users themselves through reputation systems.
Nam Do
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It would be super interesting for those who have not been introduced to Botsman’s work already - I personally don’t like this book as much because the content is sparse and after a certain point it is not giving new information anymore
Adriana Inilloc
mainly common sense, not very insightful
Greg McGee
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but not earth shattering. The authors go a bit outside of their lane when they start editorializing on macroeconomic theory and sociology.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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An overview of existing sharing communities
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  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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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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