Upcoming event: The Sharing Economy Redefined


Join P2P Foundation founder Michel Bauwens, Shareable’s Neal Gorenflo, and Sharable Cities expert April Rinne on November 12th for this special event. Click here to register. If you can’t make it, the event will also be shown as a livestream on November 12.

We’re pretty familiar with the sharing economy nowadays, with rapidly growing startups, legal cases and inventive business models grabbing headlines and propelling the concept to the mainstream.

But the sharing economy is more than just a few businesses from Silicon Valley. In this session, we’ll explore the diverse spectrum of this movement, from existing businesses trying to get a piece of the action to the distributed, local networks that are redefining communities around the world.

This shift is already having profound impacts, on people, resource and energy use, design and economics. How far does this disruption reach?


Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens
Founder and Director, P2P Foundation

Michel Bauwens, theoretician, activist, and public speaker, is one of the pioneers of the peer-to-peer movement. He is founder and director of the P2P Foundation and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer productions, governance, and property. His work lays the conceptual foundations of a production system that would serve as an alternative to industrial capitalism.

In 2014, Bauwens was research director of the floksociety.org which produced the first integrated Commons Transition Plan for the government of Ecuador, in order to create policies for a ‘social knowledge economy’. In January 2015 CommonsTransition.org was launched. Commons Transition builds on the work of the FLOK Society and features newly revised and updated, non-region specific versions of these policy documents.

His recent book ‘Save the world – Towards a Post Capitalist Society with P2P‘ is based on a series of interviews with Jean Lievens, originally published in Dutch, it has since been translated and published in French with an English language publication expected in the near future.

Neal Gorenflo

Neal Gorenflo
Co-founder, Shareable

Neal is the co-founder of Shareable, a nonprofit that publishes the leading blog about sharing and convenes the Sharing Cities Global Network. He is a keynote speaker, consultant, and writer on the sharing economy, sharing cities, the future of work, and travel. He is the co-editor of the sharing-themed books “Share or Dieand “Policies for Shareable Cities“. As a pioneer in the sharing cities movement, he advises mayors and co-convenes the Sharing Cities Global Network, a group of 2,000 grassroots sharing activists from around the world. As an avid sharing practitioner, he recounted a year living shareably in an inspiring article.

April Rinne
Expert on the Sharing Economy and Shareable Cities

April focuses on the linkages and opportunities between the sharing economy and cities; policy; travel and tourism; and emerging markets. She advises companies, local and national governments, entrepreneurs, think tanks, investors and development banks, working across for-profit and non-profit models. She is a skilled public speaker and workshop facilitator who has presented to executives and practitioners on five continents about a wide range of topics, from policy reform to the future of work and labor. She contributes regularly to news and media about the sharing economy.

April Rinne

Previously April was Chief Strategy Officer at Collaborative Lab, global Director of WaterCredit at Water.org, a private lawyer focusing on international microfinance and impact investing, and adjunct faculty at the International Development Law Organization. She advises numerous enterprises, ranging from BOP marketplace creation to trust, alternative currencies and new forms of insurance, across a range of developed and emerging economies.

April holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in International Finance from The Fletcher School, and a B.A. from Emory University. She is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum where she leads the Sharing Economy Working Group and serves on the Urbanization advisory group. She also serves on the Advisory Boards for Seoul Sharing City (South Korea), Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and the National League of Cities (USA). She is a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation and a member of REX. She is an avid globetrotter, having traveled to 90 countries (at last count) and worked in more than 50, and does a mean handstand.

Visit the Disruptive Innovation Festival’s website to register for the event.

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