Stories tagged with sharing economy

Living

Couchsurfing the continents: On the road with the sharing economy

In which our hero travels to South America with a little money and a lot of luck, and learns about the power of human generosity.

Cities

Life in the fast lane: In the D.C. area, carpooling ‘slugs’ ride fast and free

Turns out "ridesharing" isn't just for the techy-sharey set. In Washington and other cities, they've been doing it for decades -- no smartphone required.

Business & Technology

The secret to the sharing economy: ‘You don’t want the drill — you want the hole’

Shareable founder Neal Gorenflo talks about crowdsourcing his life, his decision to give up his beloved surf wagon, and how sharing is reshaping the economy.

Business & Technology

Office space: Why work alone when you can cowork together?

A young freelancer gives up writing in her pajamas to work in a shared office with a bunch of strangers.

Cities

Could the sharing economy kill public transit?

The guy who brought you NextBus now kind of wants to kill buses altogether.

Business & Technology

Baby, you can drive my car: How car sharing teaches us to be good neighbors

Remember when technology was going to shred our social fabric? Well, here’s an example of how it might be doing just the opposite.

Business & Technology

The sharing economy wants to play with the big kids — is it ready?

Can companies like Airbnb survive in a hostile regulatory environment -- or even rewrite the rules? Maybe, but only if they're honest about what they're doing.

Business & Technology

RE-volv is making a community pot of solar gold

A new project aims to finance solar-power systems through a replenishing community fund -- and it's seeking donations.

The sharing economy: Grist’s theme for January

When we start substituting sharing for buying, fascinating changes -- disruptions, opportunities, and maybe even climate benefits -- can follow. We'll explore them this month.

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