In this Antenna, we revisit the sharing economy with the five variables we used in previous editions of our Antenna of Social Innovation. This means focusing on: social impact; economic sustainability; type of collaboration established with other agents operating in the environment; and the characteristics of innovation - such as scalability and replicability. The collaborative economy shows positive results for many of these measurements. However, there are grey areas: particularly when we look at who takes most of the profit of 'sharing'. The results are also less clear than expected when we analyse the impacts on environment and labour. And when we examine the model of governance, we find the early horizontal and democratic promise is unfulfilled, and that reality reveals an operating structure that is hierarchical, opaque, and seemingly arbitrary.

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Buckland, Heloise; Val , Esther; Murillo Bonvehí, David

We share. Who wins? Unravelling the controversies of the collaborative economy

06/2016
In this Antenna, we revisit the sharing economy with the five variables we used in previous editions of our Antenna of Social Innovation. This means focusing on: social impact; economic sustainability; type of collaboration established with other agents operating in the environment; and the characteristics of innovation - such as scalability and replicability. The collaborative economy shows positive results for many of these measurements. However, there are grey areas: particularly when we look at who takes most of the profit of 'sharing'. The results are also less clear than expected when we analyse the impacts on environment and labour. And when we examine the model of governance, we find the early horizontal and democratic promise is unfulfilled, and that reality reveals an operating structure that is hierarchical, opaque, and seemingly arbitrary.
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We share. Who wins? Unravelling the controversies of the collaborative economy
Buckland, Heloise; Val , Esther; Murillo Bonvehí, David
ESADE. Instituto de Innovación Social, 06/2016

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