the economy of sharing

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause & reflect” – Mark Twain – via @DebraWatkinson

@RalphMercer“Passion distorts reality, common sense enables the status quo, it is the balance between the two we need to strive for.”

Chimpanzees choose cooperation over competition: Study challenges distinctiveness of human cooperation

“It has become a popular claim in the literature that human cooperation is unique. This is especially curious because the best ideas we have about the evolution of cooperation come straight from animal studies. The natural world is full of cooperation, from ants to killer whales. Our study is the first to show that our closest relatives know very well how to discourage competition and freeloading. Cooperation wins!”

Challenging the Corporate Sharing Economy – via @DaimenHardy

“Sure, Uber and its ilk offer remarkable convenience and a nearly magical user experience, but their innovation lies just as much in evading regulations as in developing new technology. Behind the apps lies an army of contract workers without the protections offered to ordinary employees, much less the backing of a union. This new economy is not really about sharing at all. Rather, as Trebor Scholz argues in this study, it is an on-demand service economy that is spreading market relations deeper into our lives.”

The Deliveroo Drivers Strike – via @antoniabance

“The sequence seems to go something like this: a new company entices workers with the promise of decent pay and flexibility. But when there are enough workers involved, it becomes a buyers’ market, and the business is able to apply downward pressure on wages. And ultimately, taking Uber as an example, the long view is automating the human element out as much as possible anyway – inferring a certain disregard for employees.”

Four Pillars of Successful Communities of Practice – via @espenel

  1. A shared concern or passion

  2. A shared practice

  3. A commitment to learning

  4. A commitment to interact regularly


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