The Sharing Economy & Trust IssuesBillee Howard
For those willing to jump on the negative bandwagon, I would say what I said to the Hillary camp a few weeks back that questioned the economy because it hasn’t figured out health benefits yet…
Give us a break!
The sharing economy, which clearly doesn’t have trust issues as it’s trust in it and each other that has made it to be able to generate billions and billions of new dollars into the global economy, is not a passing blip, fad or one hit wonder.
It is a vital economic engine that has instigated the greatest shift in commerce that we have seen since the Industrial Revolution. I’m quite certain that when regulation catches up to innovation, whatever kinks exist will be worked out as the phenomenon matures and continues to gain widespread support.
One of the greatest mistakes we can make as a society is to judge the many by the actions of the few. We saw this happen in the Enron era, which resulted in copious amounts of regulation that has hamstrung US companies for decades, and made many great leaders afraid of the CEO role thereby instigating a major leadership crisis in our country for the last two decades.
The sharing economy has not only created many new services that enrich our lives and put people back to work. It has brushed off the power of American innovation and made it shine again, while also bringing a fresh luster to American leadership with a crop of new visionaries like Ron J. Williams (Snapgoods) and Bastian Lehmann (Postmates) piloting our new world to great heights.
So are there trust issues with the sharing economy? Yes I say. But only for those who don’t trust in the change that is required to move innovation and our new world of we forward.
Billee Howard is Founder + Chief Engagement Officer of Brandthropologie, a cutting edge communications consulting firm specializing in helping organizations and individuals to produce innovative, creative and passionate dialogues with target communities, consumers and employees, while blazing a trail toward new models of artful, responsible, and sustainable business success. Billee is a veteran communications executive in brand development, trend forecasting, strategic media relations, and C-suite executive positioning. She has a book dedicated to the study of the sharing economy called WeCommerce due out in Fall 2015 as well as a blog entitled the #HouseofWe dedicated to curating the trends driving our economy forward. You can read more about “WE-Commerce: How to Create, Collaborate, and Succeed in the Sharing Economy” right here!
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