Pitched against the ‘hyper-consumption’, ‘excesses’ and ‘inequalities’ of the twenty-first century, collaborative economy models and practices are heralded by some as presenting a viable alternative to traditional market practices with better societal, environmental and economic outcomes. Is the great promise or associated risks of these models and practices being fully explored? And are we doing enough to evaluate and gather evidence on the social, economic and environmental impacts of the collaborative economy?
On 29 April at Nesta we explored what a collaborative economy grounded in impact measurement, evidence and shared knowledge might look like. Our panel of experts considered the role of evidence, impact measurement and shared learning in the collaborative economy.
- Ashwin Kumar, Director of Liverpool Economics, Tooley Street Research
- Becky Booth, CEO, Spice
- Anita Roth, Head of Policy, airbnb
- Helen Goulden, Executive Director, Nesta
- Vadim Grinevich, University Lecturer, Southampton Business School
Drawing upon past lessons and experiences, the event examined the challenges and opportunities presented by research into the collaborative economy. The panel also considered how partnerships and cooperation between collaborative economy organisations and researchers can be further developed and sustained.
This event was followed by an invitation-only workshop for collaborative economy organisations or those undertaking research into the collaborative economy.