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City Conversations - The Sharing City

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What do we mean by the sharing economy? How does it change the way we create and use the infrastructure of a city and, in particular, how we work? In the work arena, the sharing economy takes advantage of technology-enabled platforms to create efficiencies and value. The unexpected side-effects of the gig economy can be disruptive in cases such as taxi apps where the impact on traditional economies were unforeseen. It is also argued that there is a deeper rethinking of economic motive of work: these ideas are not new – see William Morris News from Nowhere (1890) – but the sharing economy can lead to a more equitable sharing of workspace and time and the rewards of work. Key to the debate is who controls the sharing platforms? Does private enterprise still work in this area, should government take control, or can we still aspire to the original goals of the internet where everyone can freely participate and benefit. We asked our panelists to come up with examples of the best examples of the sharing economy at work (including, if they wished, examples of their own activities) and also instances of where it has failed or delivered unforeseen results.

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