Sharing Economy

A sharing economy takes a variety of forms, often leveraging information technology to empower individuals, corporations, non-profits and government with information that enables distribution, sharing and reuse of excess capacity in goods and services.

A common premise is that when information about goods is shared (typically via an online marketplace), the value of those goods may increase, for the business, for individuals, and for the community.

Collaborative consumption as a phenomenon is a class of economic arrangements in which participants share access to products or services, rather than having individual ownership.

The collaborative consumption model is used in emerging sectors such as social lending, peer-to-peer accommodation, peer-to-peer travel experiences, peer-to-peer task assignments or travel advising, car sharing or commute-bus sharing.

GoGoGrandparent helps seniors without smartphones get Uber or Lyft rides. more

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Dustin Dilks, the pedestrian killed on the Beltline last month, was in an Uber shortly before being struck by a vehicle. His family says the driver should have called the police. more

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​Airbnb- and VRBO-type services have been hailed as the wave of the future. But few of the Madison properties operating on these sites are following local rules or paying room taxes. more

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Todd Hubler

Madison’s newest library will have its grand opening on May 2. It’s not a place for the latest novel and Internet access, though. The Atwood Tool Library is “just like a regular library,” says Jessica Ray, but “you check out tools, instead.” more




Though unlicensed transportation companies are currently prohibited under city law, the rideshare app Lyft launched Friday in Madison. The company is launching its Pioneer program in Madison, says spokesperson Paige Thelen. more



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Madisonians love renting out their homes through Airbnb. But the hospitality industry is not amused. more