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Showing posts from August, 2011

What's Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption (Book Review)

We're approaching a point with collaboration technologies where users can opt out of traditional consumer models and use alternatives to acquire, borrow, trade, and give away just about anything. Need a car? Instead of buying or renting, you can use Zipcar  or RelayRides . Want to buy or sell old possessions? Try Ebay or Craigslist . Need a loan but want an alternative to a bank? Try Zopa . Staying overnight in another city? Sure, you can rent a hotel, but now you can also use Airbnb  or Couchsurfing . What's Mine is Yours sums up the new universe of what authors Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers term "collaborative consumption". The book, like the movement it describes, is a game changer, as the authors connect the dots and show how key systems (like redistribution markets and collaborative lifestyles), principles (like critical mass and belief in the commons), and drivers (like environmental and cost concerns) have all matured to the point where collaborative consum

Should You Let Your Employees Work From Home? Yes.

This week Fast Company featured a decision tree infographic from Mindflash  showing when companies should allow employees to work from home. I really think the infographic missed the mark, and though not nearly as pretty, here is my attempt to answer the question visually:

Article on Computerworld

Check out my article on Computerworld about why Google+ isn't a threat to Twitter: #RIPforTwitter? Not so fast. In addition to the source article, the piece has also been picked up by various sites throughout the world that apparently use aggregated Computerworld feeds. CIO AU Computerworld UK Computerworld NZ