Sharing Economy

The 'Internet Of Trust': How IoT Will Help Grow The Sharing Economy

Richard Laughton | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Tech
Richard Laughton

The rapid growth of the sharing economy means that more and more of us are relying on goods and services that are provided not by companies, but by individuals. And as we increasingly rely on peer-to-peer goods and services in our everyday lives, trust is ever more elevated as one of the biggest factors in our purchase decisions.

Legal Struggles In The Age Of Uber-Capitalism: Are Uber-Drivers Workers Or Self-Employed?

Christian Fuchs | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Tech
Christian Fuchs

There is much talk about the sharing- and gig-economy. The basic idea is that mediated by apps and the Internet, humans share information, data, goods, services, their location, property, or animals.

What Uber, Airbnb & Co Need To Do To Earn (And Keep) Our Trust

Ollie Boesen | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK
Ollie Boesen

Most of us are in agreement that the sharing economy is a good thing, for business and for society. Having trust in the people around us is usually a decent sign that things are going well, and the economic and environmental benefits are clear, too.

The Shared Economy: Time For The Regulators To Catch Up

Janvi Patel | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK
Janvi Patel

The argument is that the shared economy is essentially employing workers, but without the worker rights and protections that we have built gradually up as a society over the last few decades. Many find this hard to reconcile, not least the companies because the individuals want complete freedom and control of their day and working life and want a platform which provides them access to the market which they can dip in and out of at their will.

Could A "Third-Way" Employment Status Save The Gig Economy?

Maximilian Yoshioka | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Politics
Maximilian Yoshioka

This lack of clarity and mismatched expectations around employment status are creating uncertainty among both businesses and workers in the gig economy. The former argue that the freedom of their staff to choose their own hours precludes them access to employee benefits, while the latter claim they are subject to restrictions and conditions that make them employees rather than genuinely self-employed contractors.

The 'Sharing Economy' Needs to Be a Caring Economy

Anneliese Dodds | Posted 05.06.2016 | UK Politics
Anneliese Dodds

All eyes now turn to the Tory government back home, who should be abiding by these EU guidelines: I'm calling on them to make sure that our new sharing economy is a caring economy too.

How to Bring Back the Human Touch to Our Food Culture? With an App, of Course

Maria Kivimaa | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Tech
Maria Kivimaa

On one hand, our food culture is thriving like never before. On the other, for or many of us, food is a source of anxiety rather than nourishment and pleasure. It's evolved into a controversial 'thing' to either obsess over or give zero f***s about while stuffing your face and arteries with yet another unhappy meal at the drive-through.

Should the Sharing Economy Ever Be for Profit?

Eleanor Moss | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK
Eleanor Moss

There is lot of contention surrounding the term 'sharing economy', with Uber and Airbnb at the centre. Many argue that the term has been strapped onto...

Why You Should Swap Your Lie-In for a Dose of Chutzpah

Annabel Denham | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Annabel Denham

Her knowledge and advice extends beyond budding entrepreneurs. She believes a crowdfunding website "by women for women" will plug the aforementioned gender funding gap.

Technological Smorgasbord in Silicon Valley

Zaid Al-Zaidy | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Tech
Zaid Al-Zaidy

Last week, I was lucky enough to be chaperoned by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) and the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), around a variety of emerging tech companies in Silicon Valley. The IPA/UKTI interactive mission has been a real smorgasbord of tech inspirations and here are my views on the trends that will be coming to European shores shortly.

Neoliberalism and the Death of Community

Julian Vigo | Posted 06.11.2016 | UK Politics
Julian Vigo

"The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and c...

Exploring Urban Mobility: Why This Car Company Wants You to Sell Your Car

Joseph Seal-Driver | Posted 23.07.2016 | UK Tech
Joseph Seal-Driver

Owning a car in the city is, in practice, a pretty big drain. Not just on finances, but on space. According to TfL, there are 2.6m cars in London. That's over seven thousand miles of cars clogging up and polluting London's streets.

We Are Living in the Greatest Generation for Entrepreneurship

Varun Bhanot | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Varun Bhanot

It is no secret that this very moment is perhaps the most fortunate time to start a business in recent times, in Britain.

Subletting in London: Who Wins and Who Loses?

Karim Goudiaby | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK
Karim Goudiaby

When the subletting legislature makes its way to parliament, the Chancellor must take care to ensure that tenants remain safe, landlords hold less liability for subtenants, and the housing supply isn't diminished by mass rent-to-rent schemes.

Mobility and Marketing: A Compelling Cross Sector Comparison

Jack R. Miles | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Tech
Jack R. Miles

Both marketing and mobility are in a period of mass transition and evolution. As such, the myriad of consumer choices stretches from the very traditional and conservative to the dynamic and future facing.

Sharing Our Future

Karim Goudiaby | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Tech
Karim Goudiaby

Despite the fact that the sharing economy is such a basic endeavor that has existed for centuries, many economists, corporate thought leaders, members of the workforce, and consumers themselves, have expressed hesitations regarding this model.

Is the Sharing Economy a Caring Economy?

Nick Liddell | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK
Nick Liddell

As a child, I was brought up to believe that sharing was a good thing to do. It makes sense to share things we don't need to use all the time. It's a way of making and keeping friends. It often comes with an emotional reward. And it's a sign of a civilised society at work: not every exchange of valuable goods requires a transaction.

How to Survive the Early Days of Restaurant Opening

Liv Sibony | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Liv Sibony

It's notoriously challenging to open a new restaurant. Tough competition, high cost of real estate, managing staff and fit-out of the premises. Thankfully movements such as the Sharing Economy have enabled food entrepreneurs to creatively survive where they may have failed in other times.

Uber Opens Pandora's Box

Helen Goulden | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Tech
Helen Goulden

It's all over the news; today London's Black Cabs are staging a protest against the introduction of Uber; a smart phone app that allows you to book private vehicles on-demand to get from A to B across the city. New York, Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, it's a battle that's being played out in cities across the globe. And it's not pretty.

Nanny Labour Targets the Sharing Economy

Nicholas Rogers | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nicholas Rogers

No surprise that Creagh has backed the - heavily unionised - taxi drivers who loath the app. Creagh's argument is that apps like Uber must fit into the UK's regulatory framework. It's the left's favourite theme when it comes to the sharing economy: regulation first, reality last...

Sharing in a Changing Climate

Helen Goulden | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK
Helen Goulden

It would appear that most people don't care about a changing climate. Yet, that's simply not true. Many people care deeply, but fleetingly - in the same way they may consider their own mortality before getting back to thinking about what to have for tea.

The Sharing Economy: Communism or Hyper Capitalism?

Markus Barnikel | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Markus Barnikel

Until now we have been approaching our cars and our apartments without thinking economically. If we want to change that, it is neither communism nor turbo capitalism. It is not to reach a higher moral goal either and certainly not an evil act. It is simply reasonable and in addition also human and beautiful.

The Knowledge Economy and the Internet of Things

Niamh Corbett | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Tech
Niamh Corbett

There are two movements fundamentally changing the way we do things, use things and communicate with things. Both movements are new, disruptive and not yet widely adopted, but their opportunity and growth potential is huge.

Compare and Share: Co-operation or Competition in the Sharing Economy?

Zoe Cunningham | Posted 20.12.2013 | UK Tech
Zoe Cunningham

The biggest issue in the sharing economy is that posed by legal questions to do with whether an activity counts as a "business" or not.

In Search of Capitalism 2.0: Time For a Clean Slate?

Michael Townsend | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Michael Townsend

Since the collapse of communism, more than twenty years ago, capitalism has been, more or less, the only show in town. As a system for running our ec...