Event: 13 August: Collaborative Consumption

What is it & Why Should We Care?


According to www.collaborativeconsumption.com:

A new economic model has arrived. Named by TIME as one of the “10 Ideas That Will Change the World”, collaborative consumption describes the shift in consumer values from ownership to access. Together, entire communities and cities around the world are using network technologies to do more with less by renting, lending, swapping, bartering, gifting and sharing products on a scale never before possible. From Airbnb to Zipcar to Taskrabbit,  collaborative consumption is transforming business, consumerism and the way we live for a more fulfilling and sustainable quality of life.

Learn more about how collaborative consumption is changing the world via TED and the book What’s Mine is Yours.

What is it?
Why should we care?
How do we integrate it into our businesses if at all??

We look at 2 businesses who have been built on it, Speakers are:
Lisa Fox from Open Shed and
Bek Lambert from eXpert Local


Share to access what you need and help your neighbours:  Tools, camping gear, electronics and everything in between.

Do you sometimes feel guilty about the amount of stuff you have bought that just doesn’t get good usage throughout the year?

Are there things you own that get a lot of usage when on holidays yet sit idle for the rest of the time?

Have you ever wanted to try something or really needed something for a short time but couldn’t justify the cost of buying it and/or have room to store it?

Then Open Shed is for you!

Lisa Fox and Duncan Stewart stumbled across the idea of collaborative consumption in Dec 2010 after seeing an inspiring talk: The case for collaborative consumption. For Lisa and Duncan, the message of sharing what we own with others in our local community really struck a chord. So much so, they quit their good jobs, gave up their inner city apartment and began saving and house-sitting around Australia to bring you what is now Open Shed – a place where you can rent, use and return all kinds of helpful and wonderful stuff from people just like you!

Open Shed (or “the travelling start-up” as it is sometimes called) is Lisa and Duncan’s own personal contribution to reducing waste and excess, and promoting a positive message about consumerism and consumption.

The Open Shed message is simple:

We CAN make use of the latest gadgets, still have exciting life experiences and de-clutter our lives at the same time through sharing what we have with other people. We CAN make a difference through being smart about our consumption.

What began as an idea that touched two people is now their very own ethical, environmental, practical and super fun start-up. Built to be a sustainable business, Open Shed only take a small percentage of each successful rental transaction so as to cover costs associated with building, running and maintaining the site. And as passionate supporters of this growing movement, Lisa and Duncan actively seek opportunities to get the word out about other collaborative consumption ideas, sustainable businesses and ways to help the community continue to grow through sharing.

the website:  www.openshed.com.au
join us on facebook
follow on twitter: @openshed

eXpert Local

Discover something new today!  See the towns and cities you love through the eyes of another person!

How it works:

  1. You have a fantastic idea for a tour or experience OR you’re looking for something new to do
  2. You set up a profile on eXpertLocal
  3. You can choose to create your own experiences OR join others
  4. You meet up and have fun!

visit the website

Bek Lambert: Marketing & Content Manager @ eXpert Local

Whipping out the words and mixing up the marketing magic is Rebekah’s day to day life at eXpertLocal. A bootstrapper who started her career in the very first foray into virtual communities, phone and internet dating, Rebekah has a unique insight into what makes passionate people come together in the online and offline world. When she’s not off exploring the trails of her spiritual home of Redfern, she can be found at all kinds of live music events and gigs, searching Sydney streets for street art or taking her faithful Labrador Gibson for a walk along the coastline from Bondi to Clovelly. Rebekah uses her nearly 2 decade’s worth of experience in technology, community management and marketing to make sure the word gets out to the right kind of eXpertLocal, no matter what their passion is.visit us: website
follow us on twitter: @expertlocal
watch us: youtube

 *** Men welcome too!! ***  A not to be missed event!!

** Event Starts @ 6.30 pm ::
6.00pm arrival so you can find a seat, grab a drink & meet fabulous people **


This month you get to vote on which of these 3 worthy charities receive the entry money (less fees):

Kids R Christmas www.chw.edu.au
Miracle Babies Foundation www.miraclebabies.org.au/ 
MS Society www.msaustralia.org.au

The donation is 100% of your $10.00 contribution less the booking fee!

We’ll announce the total on the night.


You’re Invited to be one of 3 x 5 minute spotlights.  Have you used social media, sites and tools and had success? 
We would like to invite Social Media Women to submit their case study for a chance to present at the May meeting.  You must be able to show that you have integrated it and had success.Interested? Before you contact me, please make sure you have a presentation ready and send it to me with your email.Check out the tweets from last month here.

Please note: Social Media Women is held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month February – November.

Register here for our August event

Date:      Tuesday 13 August 2013

Time:     6:00pm – 8:30pm

Venue:   The Chapel @ Bar100
100 George St, Sydney 2000

Meet amazing women as well as discussing the ever changing world of social media.The open discussion about social media is one of the best parts of the event. So bring your social media questions for the group to answer.

Please note: Photographs are taken at the event.  These photos are posted online & are used online & offline at the organiser’s discretion..



I can’t run these events without your help!  A HUGE Thank You to:Photos: Judith Cantor



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