Monday, 13 March 2017

What's (Y)Ours is Y(Ours) - the real economic message

Variations on the theme of mutual possession have been published regularly since advent of the 21st century and the emergence of "sharing" enterprises like Airbnb. Rachel Botsman's "What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption" was answered in 2016 by Tom Slee's "What's Yours Is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy". Whether we see ourselves as We (the camp of the ours) or You (the yours camp) the fundamental question is whether we are engaged in consumption or not. Better than consumption and associated waste and degradation is circulation and associated preservation  of what we have. What' is Ours Is Everybody's is the important message. We have only one world.

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