How to share, it’s one of the first things we are taught as a child. But somewhere along the way many of us lose the ability to share, that is until now. The booming share economy is growing at a rapid rate, and one of its many benefits is that it brings people together—in an otherwise greedy and electronically connected world.
It All Began With Craigslist
It might seem as though the digitally driven share economy is new, but the evolution has occurred gradually—and it all began with Craigslist. Started as an online flea market of sorts designed to connect communities, with the ability to post “free” items or resell things you no longer use. There was something to it, and it has continued to expand.
Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, coworking spaces, talent sharing, peer-to-peer lending, and food and meal sharing—the share economy is building powerful new friendships and professional partnerships. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve networked within co-working spaces around the world, and my regular Uber driver is one of my besties. The new generation of product and service trade takes things to a whole new level well-beyond that of the age-old bartering. A couple in Australia even shared the flowers from their garden for a year with some warm and fuzzy, awe-inspiring results.
I don’t know about you, but I find the new means of connections refreshing!