I’m reading an inspiring book called What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers. It explains all the ways that technology has enabled us to return to “the sharing and exchange of all kinds of assets from spaces to skills to cars in ways and on a scale never possible before.”
At collaborativecomsumption.com there are dozens of examples of websites where you can share, exchange, swap, barter or, sell collaboratively. The list is a gold mine.
Here’s a video explaining what collaborative comsumption is all about.
One thing I searched for on the site and couldn’t find was a recommendation of helpful open source software that might let me build something for my own little neighborhood such as a tool borrowing resource or a ride exchange. Do you know of such a pre-built but modifiable software package? I found a few on Sourceforge, but nothing that looks exactly like what I want.
I’m working on a much more in depth post about the notion of collaborative consumption that will be published tomorrow on BlogHer.com. If you are interested in learning more, check there tomorrow afternoon.