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The New Sharing Economy Future Salon

Sharing_report_cover_-_landscape Please RSVP for the New Sharing Economy Future Salon happening Tuesday 26th of October 6pm at SAP Labs in Palo Alto. Webcast: for the ones that can’t join us in person (6pm netorking7pm panel).

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The first wave of Internet innovation helped people connect to information. The second connected people to each other. The next is about connecting people to stuff. This could be the biggest shift yet. The organizing principles of the Internet are now restructuring our material world moving us from an ownership to an access economy.

Now we not only can get information services on demand from the cloud, but we can also get use of cars (ZipCar), bikes (Capital Bikeshare), accommodations (Couchsurfing), parking spaces (ParkatmyHouse), boats (ShareZen), planes, kids clothes, workspace (coworking), luxury handbags (Avelle), and much more.   

The confluence of the web, real-time location aware mobile technologies, economic and environmental crisis, and the first web-native generation coming of age has created a perfect storm for sharing in the real world.

This is the change we need. With a peer-based, sharing economy comes cost savings, stronger communities, environmental conservation, broader access to resources, and higher quality products made for sharing. Sharing addresses many problems at once – an appropriate solution for an era of interconnected crises.

In this month’s Future Salon, we’re featuring a panel of thought leaders and entrepreneurs designed to help innovators succeed in the sharing economy. The panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges in the space, weaving in questions from the audience as the conversation progresses. Our panelist for the evening:

Neal_Gorenflo Neal Gorenflo, publisher of Shareable Magazine and co-producer of a new report on the sector, The New  Sharing Economy, will moderate the panel. Joining him will be:

Rachel Botsman, co-author of What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, and a leading consultant and innovator in the space.

John Zimmer, Founder & COO of Zimride, a venture-backed ridesharing service based in Palo Alto, California.

Punsri Abeywickrema, Founder & CEO of Rentalic, a leading person-to-person rental marketplace based in Sunnyvale, California.

Casey Fenton, Founder of Couchsurfing, a leading peer-based travel accommodation site run as a nonprofit with the mission to, “Create inspiring experiences.”

If I put on my Enterprise Software hat, the Sharable Economy is creating new  business processes. These are new opportunities for enterprise software that need to be modeled, developed and implemented. May be business cases will be developed already for the next Innovation Weekend.To not only support sharing, but make it hip and easy is one of the most effective ways to get to a sustainable society. It leads us to take better use of the things we already have and connecting us to the people we live with.  

Future Salons have the following structure: 6-7pm is networking with light refreshments proudly sponsored by SAP; 7-9+pm is the above format. Please RSVP

SAP Labs North America, Building 1, Room: Southern Cross. SAP is located at 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304[map]. Free and open to the public. Tel your friends. 

Excellent background post: Ten Ways Our World is Becoming More Sharable by Neal Gorenflo.

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