With the shortcomings of so-called ‘sharing economy’ corporations like Uber becoming ever clearer, Steven Gorelick argues that place-based networks of mutual support can do much more to promote economic resilience than tech giants ever could. We hope you enjoy his take!
“Many years ago I moved from New York City to a remote valley in the mountains of Colorado. Of all the differences from big city life, none fascinated me more than the fact that everyone in this valley left their vehicles unlocked, with their keys in the ignition. I remarked to one of my new acquaintances how wonderful it was that people were so trusting – so confident that no one would just drive off with their car. He looked puzzled a moment, then smiled and said, “that’s not why we leave our keys in the ignition: it’s to make sure that if someone needs a car, they’ll be able to take it.” Now that’s a sharing economy.” ~ Steven Gorelick
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