Public Lecture by Professor Russell Belk
From Uber, Airbnb, and ZipCar to small-scale neighborhood tool and toy sharing organizations, the sharing economy is booming. Some of it is Business to Consumer (B2C), while much of it is C2C with businesses sometimes providing the connecting software. Who are the winners and losers in this environment? How are traditional firms fighting back? What are the limits and constraints on the different types of sharing? And are the economy, the environment, and the consumer better off or worse off in the long run? The future of global sharing lies in the answers to these questions, which are the focus of the talk.