The “sharing economy,” is the darling term of late 2014. It describes a platform built around the sharing of human and physical resources. For instance, Visual.ly connects those looking for visual content with content creators; AirBnB connects those looking for housing with homeowners and renters; Craigslist connects those looking for a variety of things, from a West Elm sofa to a cuddle buddy with those offering the item or service.
In my quest to understand the socio-economic and political implications of a term that first appeared in the mid-2000s, I came across this article in The Economist. As security worries diminish, the sharing economy is disrupting the way we consume and will continue to change our shopping/planning habits.