Taking stock of the European collaborative economy: surveying those operating in it
Is your business or organisation part of the European collaborative economy? Please help us understand this growing phenomenon by taking our survey by May 27th.
With increasing fervour and enthusiasm, the collaborative economy has been billed the next big thing. But such claims are only as good as what is actually taking place. So who are the organisations and businesses making the collaborative economy a reality?
Many debates and reports often revert to high profile examples like AirBnB, ZipCar or Lyft. These companies have undoubtedly become significant (and disruptive) forces within existing sectors, but they are only the tip of the iceberg. Underneath, the collaborative economy is a vast and diverse collection of businesses, organisations, and groups – including everyone from massive online marketplaces like eBay, to international corporations like Patagonia, to startups like GoodGym, to local groups like Edible Todmorden.
Nesta and the Collaborative Lab have partnered to research the collaborative economy in the UK, and Europe. We begin with the desire to strengthen our understanding of what is currently happening, and look ahead at the challenges and opportunities the collaborative economy may face in future. As part of our initial research, we have prepared a short survey aimed at businesses and organisations active in the European collaborative economy. We are particularly interested in capturing the diversity of this space – exploring what the collaborative economy is, who is operating in it, what they are doing, and how they are doing it.
If you are an organisation, company or group operating in Europe who considers yourself to be part of the collaborative economy, please take 10 minutes to complete our survey by May 27th. Your contribution will underpin our research and be invaluable to our research and analysis. Our survey can be found here.
Equally, in the spirit of collaborative research, please share the survey with any other organisations that you think should be included. We need your help to ensure that responses from a wide-range of organisations so that we can effectively map and analyse the current landscape, thereby contributing to our developing work in an area with great potential.
Going forward, we hope these findings of this survey will be useful to people already within the collaborative economy and the public more generally. Depending on our initial findings, we may undertake additional research - for example, exploring what can be done by policy makers and stakeholders to help the collaborative economy reach its full potential. If there is appetite among respondents, we may also look for ways to share some of the information we gather more widely, with previous permission of course!
If this is an area of particular interest or you have any questions, we’d love to hear from you. Please comment below or contact us directly.