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A groundbreaking, original book that explores the rise of "Collaborative Consumption"—a cultural and economic force that is transforming business, consumerism, and the way we live.

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The recent changes in our economic landscape have only exposed and intensified a phenomenon: an explosion in sharing, bartering, lending, trading, renting, gifting, and swapping. From enormous marketplaces such as eBay and Craigslist to emerging sectors such as peer-to-peer lending (Zopa), "swap trading" (Swaptree), and car sharing (Zipcar), Collaborative Consumption is disrupting outdated modes of business and reinventing not only what we consume but how we consume.

While ranging enormously in scale and purpose, these companies and organizations are redefining how goods and services are exchanged, valued, and created—in areas as diverse as finance and travel, agriculture and technology, and education and retail. Traveling among global entrepreneurs and revolutionaries and exploring rising ventures as well as established companies adapting to these opportunities, authors Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers outline in bold and imaginative ways how Collaborative Consumption may very well change the world.

Anyone interested in the business opportunities and social power of collaboration will enjoy this smart, timely book.

"A convincing, charming and in every sense collaborative account of how the new networks that have disrupted our lives are also likely to alter them, and entirely for our good." ---Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon

"After listening to a thousand tirades against the excesses and waste of consumer society, What's Mine Is Yours offers us something genuinely new and invigorating: a way out." ---Steven Johnson, author of The Ghost Map

"We're seeing an explosion of modest businesses where people help each other out via the Net, and What's Mine Is Yours tells you what's going on, and inspires more of the same." ---Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist

"Veteran narrator Kevin Foley delivers an effective performance of this fascinating and timely book; business community leaders will want multiple listens." ---Library Journal Audio Review

What's Mine Is Yours

The Rise of Collaborative Consumption

Author Rachel Botsman, Roo Rogers

Narrated by Kevin Foley

Publication date Sep 14, 2010

Running time 8 hrs

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