From Sharing Economy to Gift Ecology

    Peter Block Posted by Peter Block.

    Peter Block is an author, consultant and citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio. His work is about empowerment, stewardship, chosen accountability, and the reconciliation of community.



    Technology advances and a consumer-based world have created a "sharing economy," where it becomes easy to commoditize things that were typically offered as gifts.
    Technology advances and a consumer-based world have created a "sharing economy," where it becomes easy to commoditize things that were typically offered as gifts. Consider the difference between offering your neighbor a lift to the airport, and using Uber to find a stranger whom you will pay for a ride. The alternative is to transform our world from one of "sharing economies" to one full of "gift ecologies."