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[Podcast] Biz503: The Sharing Economy

Posted by CLIMB Center on March 31, 2016

The PCC CLIMB Center is a proud sponsor of Portland Radio Project's Biz503 show - the new Portland-centric startup and small business talk show on PRP.fm. 


The term “sharing economy” has been bounced around as a savvy, economical alternative to traditional methods of exchanging goods and services. But what exactly is it?

The basic premise of the sharing economy is collaborative consumption – people share resources they already have, rather than create new ones. It’s in theory a way of strengthening community, reducing waste, and allowing people to access goods without dealing with ownership.

The tricky aspect of the sharing economy is that it covers a sprawling range of digital platforms and offline activities. Numerous financially successful companies like Airbnb fit under that tent, but so do hyperlocal peer-to-peer services like community repair collectives. And many organizations angle themselves to fit under the umbrella of the “sharing economy” because of positive, collaborative appeal.

Portland is no stranger to the sharing economy, and it’s mix of tech-savvy residents and eco-minded community members make it a target for startups angling for that piece of the market. This also means that the City of Roses is ground zero for many of the debates blossoming around the sharing economy – from regulations, to fair pay and sustainability.

Tune in to Portland Radio Project this Friday between 1-2 p.m. for our Biz503 show about the sharing economy. Hosts Rebecca Webb, founder of Portland Radio Project, and Perry Gruber, founder of Copiosis, with lead a discussion on how this economic model is fitting into Portland’s ethos, and where the sharing economy is going next.

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Originally posted on Biz503.

Topics: Small Business, Business

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