According to the survey by Emergent Research and Intuit that spanned 2,276 adults of 18 y.o. and older, the on-demand labour market in the U.S. will grow from 3.2 million now to 7.6 million in a 5-year time, demonstrating a 18.5% year-by-year growth.
At the beginning of 2014, Time named collaborative consumption as one of the “10 ideas that will change the world.” Collaborative consumption describes a shift in consumer values, from ownership to access. Together, communities and even entire cities are using less by renting, sharing, swapping and bartering products on a scale never experienced before.
The initiative is to inspire a positive shift in the community life by creating shareable, genuinely more comfortable and livable cities, supporting micro-entrepreneurs with relevant initiatives to make the municipal areas a brighter spot.
COMMON, a global collaborative brand and a startup accelerator for socially conscious business practices, is about to roll out the ethically-minded COMMON Marketplace platform. It is a place where people from across the world can sell or buy products and services that resonate with the “goods for the good” philosophy. The site that launches on January 31 is now calling sellers and buyers to join in by signing up.
This is the most fascinating time of the year. One day we are reflecting on the year behind us, taking stock of what has been accomplished and enjoying a well-deserved break. And the very next day we are starting from zero. New dreams, new promises and new goals to reach. For the business world, it’s just like the first day of school. The best chance to purge, get organized and most importantly, think and act differently.
Consumers are switching to “slow” food, “slow” fashion, “slow” living, focusing on quality and durability rather than quantity and growth.
Tech-powered activism, manifestation of civil equality, smarter philanthropy, reimagined feminism, sharing economy and adapted learning will continue to shape societies across the globe for years ahead.
The online platform is inviting users to find “real help from real people” in eight categories, from Art&Music and Cooking to Fitness&Nutrition and Health.