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What's Mine is Yours : The rise of collaborative consumption [Hardcover]

Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harper Business (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061963542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061963544
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,060,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Jezza
Hats off to Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers for writing this. They've synthesized and evangelized some disparate trends to show that there is something in common underlying them - a rejection of stuff in favour of services on the one hand, and relationships on the other. They've linked this to the sustainability agenda (because the production, consumption and disposal of stuff is wrecking the planet), and to the happiness agenda (because having more stuff doesn't make you happy, any more than eating more stuff does).

They distinguish between three different kinds of collaborative consumption - Product Service Systems (buying a service - like a rental car instead of a product); Redistribution Markets (like Ebay, but also Freecycle - to move stuff between people instead of making or trashing stuff); and Collaborative Lifestyles (the exchange of intangible assets like skills and time in moneyless contexts).

The book has a long introduction on how we got to here - the genesis of advertising and the creation of wants, planned obsolescence, and so on. The downside of this is it feels a bit padded - as with a lot of books about the new economy, what could have been a tight magazine article or series of blog posts has been blown out to make a book. Although it contains some fairly contemporary stuff, it's already out of date - no mention of Cameron's "Big Society", for example. It's very anglo-american too; does nothing like this happen in Europe? Don't they do this sort of thing all the time in the developing world?

It's also a bit boosterish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Culture changing 9 May 2011
By Marc
Excellent book with a story to tell that will encompass everyone's lives in future. A must-read and a geart investment in time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and highly readable 18 Mar 2011
I've just finished reading this book: it's thought-provoking and highly readable. Many of its peers are the former, but rarely the latter, and for this reason I'll admit that I was putting off reading it, even though it's a must read for me. So I was pleasantly surprised when I read it cover to cover in a day: couldn't put it down.

First of all it lays out the context for the need for change: why we're in this un-sustainable mess and why it doesn't need to be this way. Then it leads you through the major ways we can reduce consumption: product service systems (new services like car clubs and ride sharing), redistribution markets (ebay, freecycle, swapping) and collaborative lifestyles (co-working, landsharing). What distinguishes it from so many earnest tomes telling us to reduce waste, reduce consumption, be good and wear a hairshirt, is that it understands that this revolution has to be lead by consumer demand and great design, and that excellent profits are there to be made by companies who understand this. Given the enormity of the issues facing our planet, it is also hugely optimistic.

I found the sections on trust particularly useful and I'm waiting to see the first reputation platform emerge, bringing together our reputations on ebay, zopa, couchsurfing, relayrides etc. For me the only area of sharing that wasn't really covered was the creation of private syndicates and sharing of large assets between small groups of private individuals.

There must be two editions of the book as the one I read did cover many UK/European websites.

If you want to do your bit for the planet, understand the role of the internet plays in this, or find out where your company should be heading, I strongly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars information junkies paradise! 17 July 2014
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Considering the book is encouraging us to live as a community it doesn't ever force you to believe in their views, it simply offers the facts and reasons why it is considered the future. I would recommend the boom to anyone who is wanting to expand their world and view on design, in particular a budding designer. There were some sections which I felt were repeated over but never fully explained, which allows the user to then g on and expand their own reading but for me I like it all in one place. An easy read for those info junkies out there! Would recommend!
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4.0 out of 5 stars great insight 11 Mar 2014
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really interesting read on how to create a more sustainable world with extensive case studies on various shared economy businesses
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing read 11 Jan 2014
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amazing book that really made me think about how i use things and how i can reduce my impact on the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Collaborative Consumption 7 Sep 2013
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A new trend that has been gathering pace for some time now. Botsman gives an excellent overview and in depth look at the growing trend. I see it as having a huge impact as it grows. If you're interesting in this subject, or just new business ideas and trends check this book out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting 11 Jun 2013
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Very interesting indeed! I guess collaborative sharing will include a myriad of other influences that will inform the choices we make in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sharing is business
Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers gives us a glimpse of the new digital markets emerging paralell with the technological development. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Henrik Prestmo
5.0 out of 5 stars well done
Very plesant to read and very smart too.
Reccomended also for those of you that read english as second language like myself
Published 16 months ago by alessandro mondelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling take on the future of collaborative consumerism
Finding a glimmer of hope in the economic environment is a challenge these days - particularly in the aftermath of the recession. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rolf Dobelli
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the future
Everyone should read this book, it's how the world can change for the better using the power of technology and some decent human values. Well written too.
Published 19 months ago by christopher j lawson
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, too many examples
The book has a very interesting premise and concept and the authors do a good job demonstrating their theories, but at some point the examples they give seem a bit repetitive. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tarek Negm
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging picture of changing behaviour
This is an extremely important book that we all should perhaps read.

It's clear to many of us that the way we live in the West is unsustainable. Read more
Published on 13 July 2012 by Steven Unwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and collaborative
I could not believe that this book had so many ideas of
ways to allow people to share and come together. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2012 by MR JUGJIT KAIRO
5.0 out of 5 stars What's mine is yours
An easy to read book with lots of interesting examples not only of how we became such me-centred consumers but of how a we-centred revolution is quietly taking place, enabled... Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2011 by Hev
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