Monday, December 15, 2014

THE SHARING ECONOMY

Who wins, who loses and what's destined to change if a sharing economy is sustainable: business, society or the state? 

CBC Radio's IDEAS has produced a 2-part series based on a panel discussion on the Sharing Economy and Public Good at Munk School of Global Affairs.

I listened and thoroughly enjoyed the podcasts of the two episodes which are available on the CBC website.

The discussion about zero marginal costs and the rise of a parallel system to capitalism is really thought provoking. Are Internet technologies and renewable energies beginning to merge to create a new infrastructure for a Third Industrial Revolution that will change the way power is distributed in the 21st century?  Will the democratization of information, energy, manufacturing, marketing, and logistics usher in of a new era of distributed capitalism?

Featuring economic and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism along with a stellar panel of economic and political thinkers, including lawyer, mediator and political leader Bob Rae, economist and author Anita M. McGahan, and moderator Janice Stein, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs.

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