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Cities Must Get Behind the Sharing Economy

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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/18/2013 12:44:33 PM
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Re: Sharing is caring
I haven't heard you play yet, @Nicole, but I'd bet you're not so bad.

Regarding music in the office, though, musical tastes differ, so what unblocks one person can make another climb the wall.

I recall one colleague who still works with us who used to love playing Leonard Cohen CDs over and over at high volume, despite my pleas for silence. Thankfully, someone higher up put a stop to it. :>

Lesthertod
Lesthertod  
12/18/2013 12:16:58 PM
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Re: Sharing is caring
Yep, however for lack of knowledge or malice, most startups don't stop and think of that (at least for the ones I've known here in Mexico) until they're a couple of years old and they are starting to get serious income or they're adviced by some Venture Capitalist or some mentor. Which is a huge flaw to my eyes.

Also, it might be a bit of lack of common sense perhaps. Not knowing you shouldn't share those details on a shared space. Then again, you're supposed to be working at "your" office, so it's quite complex to know where/when to talk and when do you need to leave the office to talk about private office inquiries (weird isn't?).

Lesthertod
Lesthertod  
12/18/2013 12:10:23 PM
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Re: Sharing is caring
Yes, it seems that way kq4ym. Providing internet should be one of the priorities of developed countries and cities, I agree with you the issue seems to be that the large pseudo-monopoly that actually exists, however solutions like this may be a great turn for collaboration among the administrations and private sectors, which could be a great way to have the best infraestucture and technology while raising the cities status (and their social commitment and all that fancy stuff they like to tell everyone about) which ends up only with the improving of such areas.

Lesthertod
Lesthertod  
12/16/2013 2:13:56 PM
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Re: Sharing is caring
Definitely, I'll let you know when there's any breakthrough and plans! I think that's a good idea, but still it needs some more polishing to be successful. Thank you!

richheap
richheap  
12/16/2013 1:00:11 PM
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eBay
So we might have dealt with this earlier, but how to services like eBay fit into the "sharing economy"? Last week I bought a balance bike for my daughter's next birthday for 99p from someone living nearby. Saves money, saves resources, helps the seller to get rid of a bike they no longer need. It seems to tick all the right "sharing economy" boxes.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/16/2013 12:28:26 PM
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Re: Sharing is caring
That sounds fun, PostSandy. I am one of the least coordinated people living today so I don't know how well I'd do at ping pong... but I've long been wanting us to have a shared guitar in the office -- we have a few musically inclined people here (I play a little bit and really, really poorly) and I think that it would be therapeutic to have a musical instrument handy to turn to during stressful or blocked moments during the day.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/16/2013 12:22:57 PM
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Re: Sharing is caring
Cool, Lesthertod -- keep us posted on your plans and progress! I think it's a great idea and could really take off.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/16/2013 10:35:14 AM
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Re: Sharing is caring
You make a great point, @Lestertod, about the need for confidentiality agreements in shared office spaces. It's not really so great to think that your accounting, your hiring/firing, your strategizing, your thoughts on competitors, etc., are all being overheard by someone outside the firm.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/16/2013 9:44:29 AM
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Re: It's good to share
The out-of-print book I ordered was "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? -- Stories of Young America" by Joyce Carol Oates, 1972 or so.

kq4ym
kq4ym  
12/14/2013 5:31:50 PM
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Re: Sharing is caring
Sharing of internet resources, wi-fi just seems to be a logical way to cuts costs and provide universal access to folks who may not otherwise afford high speed internet. The problem of course is stepping on the toes of the large monopoly-like providers who turn a nice profit. Should cities and other government agencies be allowed to provide this service as a public utility? I'd say a definite yes.

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