IS SHARING REALLY CARING?
A nuanced introduction to the peer economy
As part of the Open Society Foundations’ Future of Work inquiry, I was commissioned to write a primer on the “sharing economy,” with a particular focus on peer-to-peer marketplaces (i.e.: Taskrabbit, Udemy, Etsy, Lyft, Getaround, Airbnb). The paper breaks down various concepts shoved under the term “sharing economy.” It then turns to the peer economy, laying out stakeholders, known problems, reviewing some of the structural inequalities, opportunities, and the morphing pathway to ownership.
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