Would you share your stuff?

There’s a small movement happening and it’s starting to blossom in the mainstream areas.

Would you share your car, house or even tools in the shed. Sounds strange? But there is a buzz happening in the urban centres around the world.

Collaborative Consumption, is the old world of sharing merged with a financial transactional model

Collaborative Consumption is a trend which is about minimising our global footprint by sharing more things, and decreasing personal consumption.
When we look at environmental issues, the problems look so big!
And yet the power remains with you and me to take small steps to bring the change in regards to the environment.

One company in the space of Collaborative Consumption is Open Shed – who allow community’s to share tools around the house.
How many people need to drill? And what happens to this drill when it’s sitting idle These questions and more have been answered by OpenShed.

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Recently property group Stockland, which builds and manages scores of residential developments across Australia, has given the go-ahead to pilot collaborative consumption service Open Shed in five of its estates. The developments include two each in Victoria and Queensland and one in Western Australia.

Open Shed is a website that matches people’s unused tools and belongings to others who need them. It’s based on a movement called collaborative consumption, which is about people sharing goods and services. Collaborative consumption enables people to buy and sell houses without an agent, lend money to each other without a bank intervening, share products without the cost of purchasing and find places to stay sans a costly hotel.

The deal involves Stockland paying a licence fee to Open Shed to roll out its model across the five ready-made communities. It will cover Open Shed’s set up costs over the past two years. Co-founder Lisa Fox says the business will make a profit if the pilot schemes work as she expects.

Steele said a lot of younger people were keen on collaborative consumption. Now, the pilots need to show older demographics will participate too.

Links with other businesses is what is also driving Rod Bishop’s Jayride, which matches people with transport links of all kinds. Co-founder Bishop says Jayride’s growing links with major events and desirable destinations is its major money spinner. The site makes nothing out of simply filling empty car seats with people, which is more of service than a business, Bishop stresses.

The company’s specialty is enabling mass transportation for people wanting to attend major events. A recent example is Splendour in the Grass, a big rock concert held in Byron Bay. Jayride also ferried people to the Eclipse festival outside Cairns. “We worked out that we saved 310 tonnes of carbon dioxide by ensuring the people who went there did not drive their own cars,” says Bishop.

Jayride works with events on a subscription basis, and with professional transport companies such as taxi services and coach lines either through commission or subscription.

Only four months old, the Sydney-based Car Next Door is a genuine peer-to-peer car sharing service. Founder Will Davies’ model differs from rival car share firms GoGet and Hertz on Demand in that the business doesn’t operate its own cars. It simply matches local residents with cars to those without them. Davies believes that without the cost of maintaining and replacing fleets, the firm can easily compete on price with its more conventional car rental companies.

Another new startup is RideEco, which is similar to Car Next Door, but based in Melbourne.

It’s great to see the these stories being covered in the main stream press like Sydney Morning Herald, read more here.

 

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