May 31, 2012 - Podcast    6 Comments

The Sharenomics Buffet

“Couchsurfing isn’t just about a free place to stay. Even beyond cultural exchange, Couchsurfing is about making our dreams possible.” Gabriel Stempinski  (@wewereborntorun), Alexandra Liss (@onecouchatatime) and Chelsea Rustrum (@mktgchelsea) are all passionate about the concept and community of couchsurfing as well as lots of other digital services in the larger universe of sharing. This summer they are releasing a documentary – One Couch At A Time – about couchsurfing and a book – It’s A Shareable Life – all about how to survive and thrive in the sharing economy. They step off the edge with me to discuss social networks where you’re actually social, accountability through lack of anonymity, how to leverage underutilized space and things, many terrific tales of task rabbits and much, much more. They are humbly asking / suggesting that, “No matter who you are this can seriously benefit you, your family, your friends, your community and this can really improve your life. In a tangible level, not just some theoretical hippie feel good level. In a tangible, dollars and sense real level this can benefit your life as well as the feel good benefits. Take whatever you want from the buffet, we’re just asking that you get in line!”

Sharing Services

  • CouchSurfing – Helps you meet and adventure with new friends around the world
  • AirBnB  – Find or share a place to stay…affordably.
  • – Work abroad, integrate in local cultures, acquire new skills, make new friends
  • WWOOF – Organic farming skills / knowledge / work exchange
  • Task Rabbit – Task & errand service. Do more. Live More. Be More.
  • Get around – Peer to peer car sharing
  • Zip car – Car sharing alternative to car rental or ownership.
  • Buzz car – Peer to peer car rental
  • Sidecar – Pay what you want car service
  • – Parking spaces, driveways and garages for rent
  • Cloo’ – iPhone app to find a bathroom (really?)
  • Neighborhood Goods – Save money and resources by sharing stuff with your friends
  • Meetup – Do something, learn something, share something, change something.
  • – Sharing economy directory!
  • – An ebay for sharing
  • Got others? Post a comment and I’ll update this list!

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