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Ecocentricity Blog: Hey, Can I Borrow That?

By: John A. Lanier
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As an environmentalist, I am pulling for the growth of this movement. For every person who chooses to borrow or rent a tool, that’s one fewer tool that has to be built. For every person who chooses to buy clothing on the second-hand market, that’s one fewer garment that has to be created.

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As an environmentalist, I am pulling for the growth of this movement. For every person who chooses to borrow or rent a tool, that’s one fewer tool that has to be built. For every person who chooses to buy clothing on the second-hand market, that’s one fewer garment that has to be created.

Sharing Economy Thrives in Toronto, Reflects Success of Library of Things Movement

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With four locations and a variety of workshops and community events, the Toronto Tool Library is a pioneer of the lending and sharing movement. In April 2016, the Toronto Tool Library team raised the bar again when they launched the Sharing Depot, Canada’s first Library of Things, where members can borrow sporting goods, board games, camping equipment, children’s toys and party supplies for $50-$100 per year.

Barclays Pioneers: Redefining the Sharing Economy

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'The sharing economy' is one of the hottest topics in the business world, but do we really understand what the term means? Ian Rand, CEO of Business Banking at Barclays, believes it’s time for a new definition based on mutual success and growth.  

Banks have been on a long journey. It started more than 300 years ago in the coffee shops of Lombard Street when they began ‘matching’ suppliers with consumers, buyers with sellers, importers with exporters, and – crucially – those who had capital they wanted a return on, and those who wanted to use that capital.

Travelling by Smartphone

The moovel mobility app can be used to combine, book, and pay for different modes of transport as needed, making travel easy and convenient.
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Monday, 7:50 a.m.: Hamburg, Eimsbüttel: David O. says a quick good-bye to his wife and two children and runs down the steps and out onto the street, closing the door behind him. What a morning — and he’s probably not going to be able to find a car2go vehicle to rent during rush hour. He walks down to the nearby Christuskirche church, takes out his smartphone, and sees that there really is no car2go vehicle available. He therefore decides to use public transport. moovel tells him that the next U2 subway train will be leaving in four minutes.

Carsharing: Update on an Evolving Trend

Cars are gradually becoming part of the sharing economy, but how far will this challenge to traditional two-car lifestyles go?
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As the carsharing industry evolves, shifts and changes, many traditional businesses are angry, and many municipalities are regulating sharing services. And. of course, insurance companies are weighing in, too. There are a lot of cogs and a lot of hands (many asking for money) cranking up the wheels of change.

Caterpillar Invests in an Airbnb for Excavators

By James R. Hagerty
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Originally published on WSJ.com

Caterpillar Inc. said it had invested in Yard Club Inc., a San Francisco startup that helps owners of heavy equipment rent idle machines to one another, much as Airbnb Inc. helps people find vacant homes or apartments for short stays.

Sustainability – The Big "S" View

Highlights from this year's Verge Conference
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At Balfour Beatty Construction, we take a broad view of sustainability; we refer to it as sustainability with a big “S.” Big “S” sustainability represents a holistic view of the economic, environmental, and social concerns that are so intrinsically linked to every project we touch. Our vision of sustainability is a balance of concerns for profitable markets, environmental limits, and healthy communities. That’s the only way to build things that endure for generations.

A Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Sharing Economy

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Nobody hitchhikes anymore. Back in the 1980s getting a ride with a stranger became decidedly un-trendy. Rugged individualism was in and ridesharing was out. But now, with the advent of social media and mobile platforms, ridesharing is making a come-back.

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