We had a great Social Media Women Meetup last week! Checkout the posts on my Storify.
Thank you Open Shed‘s @_LisaFox & eXpertLocal‘s Bek Lambert @noshamecreative for opening our eyes & minds to #collcons Collaborative Consumption / Peer to Peer Communities / The Sharing Economy. so many names but all one thing, maximising latent capacity.
Open Shed let’s people rent items they may only use once or a few times, the rentor makes some money, the renter saves some money and you may meet a new friend who has the same sensibilities as you do! Visit the site here.
eXpertLocal lets you be the ultimate expert by sharing a great experience with like minded people or is a place you can find some great local events, from book clubs to graffiti walking tours! Visit the site here.
We talked about what it meant for businesses today and learned about the great things / movements happening all around the world.
It will affect business and the models we use. Good times & connections ahead!!
Watch this 4 min video of Rachel Botsman explaining Collaborative Consumption in a nutshell:
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.
Discover something new today! See the towns and cities you love through the eyes of another person!
How it works:
- You have a fantastic idea for a tour or experience OR you’re looking for something new to do
- You set up a profile on eXpertLocal
- You can choose to create your own experiences OR join others
- You meet up and have fun!
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