Collaborative lifestyle for beginners

Have you heard about collaborative consumption?  What about the sharing economy? A quick google search will show you there are countless examples and interpretations of these concepts.

It’s striking to see how these relatively new ideas can already appear so overwhelming. In any case, we believe you’re always on time to start learning about them, and hopefully after reading this you’ll want to get involved in take part in the conversation.

In short, collaborative consumption is a socio-economic system driven by network technologies. These technologies enable the sharing and exchange of material or social assets on an unprecedented scale.

Collaborative consumption already introduced indisputable changes in the way we build our online relationships, and that is bringing in a change to how we get things done in our offline lives too.

Every time we use the online as springboard to achieve goals offline, we get yet another proof of how network technologies have a potential to positively disrupt relations of power, influence and trust.

With new lifestyles being enabled through this system, we are starting to witness the onset of what experts now refer to as the sharing economy.

This is to say that the innovations in communication are contributing to wake us up to the notion that hyper consumption is like a house of cards – it leads us to unsustainable lifestyles, and can potentially be the root of stress, anxiety, negativity or even social isolation.

The sharing economy could be just the right antidote for that, as it promotes a more responsible lifestyle, with more rational patterns of spending and consumption, encouraging sharing and trust. Ultimately, it renews a spirit of community which we’re all naturally wired to favour.

Adding to all this, the system is bound to become increasingly efficient, as more of us start getting involved. After all, it feeds on the strength of the communities all of us can form.

Once you start digging in on these concepts, you may be positively surprised to learn communities can take the most unexpected forms. The healthiest ones being those where members do what they can with what they have and where they are.

Why not take a chance to help empower your community? If you don’t let your friends be strangers, you’ll quickly see how simple actions can get you amazing reactions.

Trust – More than just a fad

In our time, dominant discourse has it that everything is going digital. We’re told that even things as trivial as sliced bread can and should be disrupted, a process which can be enabled by the internet and the use of social networking sites.

Yet, with the increasingly easy access to such platforms where we can write or talk to our heart’s content, crucial ideas might be getting lost. First and foremost, the idea that truly effective contact takes doing, instead of just writing and talking.

While social networking sites may allow us to tell the stories we think matter, they alone cannot represent the main building blocks of our stories. We’ve reached a stage where merely adding someone to our contact lists isn’t enough. If we already know how easy it can be to make a first contact, we should want our next generation of social tools to help us earn the right to talk to our new connections again, starting and maintaining positive and enriching conversations. This is to say that the focus of our new social tools should be on helping us recover some of the more tangible aspects that would naturally characterise social relationships, upcycling them to fit more current lifestyles.

We shouldn’t want our new tools to merely take us from one kind of “social networking bureaucracy” to the next, but rather to help us break down digitally imposed barriers, allowing us to seize the value of our networks.

Like in more conventional settings, trust must still be an important anchor for social relationships. Naturally, one of the most positive ways to gain trust is through reputation. Hence, a new generation of social tools should facilitate the process of recording and tracking our own reputation and that of people around us. Linking a positive approach to reputation with the potentialities of social networking should mean trust will start gaining value outside its initial environment, turning into an asset we can use to buy cooperation from others, even people we’ve never met.

This is what leads us to believe in the value of trust as a currency. If we’ve managed to keep your attention this far, we’d be delighted to invite you along to explore these ideas and more. Help us on our mission to prove trust is not just the flavour of the month.