La sharing economy, letteralmente economia della condivisione, detta in italiano anche ´´consumo collaborativo´´, è una tipologia di rete economica emergente nella quale le persone condividono le risorse - come strumenti, servizi e abilità -, spesso a un costo significativamente inferiore rispetto a quello di mercato. Il concetto chiave è ´´condividere guadagnando. In genere, questo tipo di accordi consente ai partecipanti di condividere fra di loro prodotti o servizi, mettendo il concetto tradizionale di proprietà in secondo piano. Con questo nuovo modello economico si promuovono stili di vita che prediligono il risparmio o la ridistribuzione del denaro e che favoriscono la socializzazione e la salvaguardia dell´ambiente. In alcuni casi consente alle persone di usufruire di beni di valore, come ad esempio una macchina, senza esserne proprietari, mentre per altri costituisce un´opportunità di guadagnare sfruttando i beni o le capacità a disposizione. Tutti possono partecipare alla sharing economy e probabilmente lo facciamo già anche senza rendercene conto. La nascita del fenomeno ha delle precise motivazioni tecnologiche, economiche, politiche e sociali. Internet ha sicuramente cambiato il rapporto fra i consumatori e i beni, rendendo possibili e sempre più comuni molte transazioni economiche fra persone che si trovano geograficamente distanti. La crisi economica e le sue conseguenze in termini di precariato e crollo del potere d´acquisto sono un altro dei motivi per cui le nuove piattaforme, che consentono dei risparmi consistenti, sono diventate popolari. Inoltre, il consumo è diventato un progetto centrale nella vita delle persone, ma anche il ridimensionamento del ruolo dello Stato e il suo adeguarsi alle logiche di mercato è un fattore che ha favorito la diffusione delle piattaforme di condivisione. 1. Italian. Maurizio Cardillo. http://samples.audible.de/bk/arit/000206/bk_arit_000206_sample.mp3.
Sharing isn´t new. Giving someone a ride, having a guest in your spare room, running errands for someone, participating in a supper club - these are not revolutionary concepts. What is new in the ´´sharing economy´´ is that you are not helping a friend for free; you are providing these services to a stranger for money. In this book, Arun Sundararajan, an expert on the sharing economy, explains the transition to what he describes as ´´crowd-based capitalism´´ - a new way of organizing economic activity that may supplant the traditional corporate-centered model. As peer-to-peer commercial exchange blurs the lines between the personal and the professional, how will the economy, government regulation, what it means to have a job, and our social fabric be affected? Drawing on extensive research and numerous real-world examples, Sundararajan explains the basics of crowd-based capitalism. He describes the intriguing mix of ´´gift´´ and ´´market´´ in its transactions, demystifies emerging blockchain technologies, and clarifies the dizzying array of emerging on-demand platforms. He then considers how this new paradigm changes economic growth and the future of work. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vikas Adam. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/006045/bk_tant_006045_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Reputation is power. Your reputation defines how people see you and what they will do for you. It determines whether your bank will lend you money to buy a house or car; whether your landlord will accept you as a tenant; which employers will hire you and how much they will pay you. It can even affect your marriage prospects. And in the coming Reputation Economy, it´s getting more powerful than ever. Because today, thanks to rapid advances in digital technology, anyone access huge troves of information about you - your buying habits, your finances, your professional and personal networks, and even your physical whereabouts - at any time. In a world where technology allows companies and individuals alike to not only gather all this data but also aggregate it and analyze it with frightening speed, accuracy, and sophistication, our digital reputations are fast becoming our most valuable currency. Here, Michael Fertik, CEO of Reputation.com and one of Silicon Valley´s leading futurists will draw on the insider tools, insights, research, and secrets that has make Reputation.com the leading reputation management firm, to show how to capitalize on the trends the Reputation Economy will trigger to improve your professional, financial, and even social prospects. You will learn: What keywords to put in your resume, performance review, and LinkedIn profile to come up at the top of potential employers´ search results. How to curate your on and offline activity in way that will reduce the premiums calculated by insurers, lenders, and investors. Tricks that will get you express or VIP treatment at banks, hotels, and other exclusive special offers. Ways to improve your review or rating on sharing or peer review sites like Yelp or Angie´s List, or your standing - as buyer or seller - on sharing economy sites like AirBnB or Uber. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Cummings. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/006708/bk_brll_006708_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It may be hard to believe in an era of Walmart, Citizens United, and the Koch brothers, but corporations are on the decline. The number of American companies listed on the stock market dropped by half between 1996 and 2012. In recent years we´ve seen some of the most storied corporations go bankrupt (General Motors, Chrysler, Eastman Kodak) or disappear entirely (Bethlehem Steel, Lehman Brothers, Borders). Gerald Davis argues this is a root cause of the income inequality and social instability we face today. Corporations were once an integral part of building the middle class. He points out that in their heyday, they offered millions of people lifetime employment, stable career paths, health insurance, and retirement pensions. They were like small, private welfare states. The businesses that are replacing them will not fill the same role. For one thing, they employ far fewer people - the combined global workforces of Facebook, Yelp, Zynga, LinkedIn, Zillow, Tableau, Zulily, and Box are smaller than the number of people who lost their jobs when Circuit City was liquidated in 2009. And in the ´´sharing economy´´, companies have no obligation to most of the people who work for them - at the end of 2014 Uber had over 160,000 ´´driver-partners´´ in the United States but recognized only about 2,000 people as actual employees. Davis tracks the rise of the large American corporation and the economic, social, and technological developments that have led to its decline. The future could see either increasing economic polarization, as careers turn into jobs and jobs turn into tasks, or a more democratic economy built from the grass roots. It´s up to us. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Hoyt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/055846/bk_acx0_055846_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the last five years, the world of work has changed dramatically. Thanks to technology companies like Uber, Airbnb, TaskRabbit, and Instacart, the new ´´gig economy´´ seems to constantly be in the news. But most of the media focus is on the low end of the skill spectrum; little attention is being paid to the best-in-class professionals who have chosen an independent path. New digital talent platforms are developing at a rapid clip with a wide variety of business models, many catering to very precise, high-value skill sets. Thriving in the Gig Economy is an actionable guidebook outlining ways to maneuver in this new world to create a path that optimizes success. You will learn: The differences between the gig economy and the sharing and on-demand economies. The best ways to work with digital talent platforms and traditional consulting intermediaries. Commonsense logistics around digital branding, contracts, and employment issues. The tools and services to enhance your practice. The growth in this marketplace is exponential, and Thriving in the Gig Economy is one way for you to take advantage of all its potential. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/009361/bk_brll_009361_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A series of shifts are happening in our economy: Millennials are trading in conventional career paths to launch tech start-ups, start small businesses that are rooted in local communities, or freelance their expertise. We are sharing everything, from bikes and cars, to extra rooms in our homes. We now create, buy and sell handcrafted products in our local communities with ease. CEO of Imperative Aaron Hurst argues in his latest book that while these developments seem unrelated at first, taken together they reveal a powerful pattern that points to purpose as the new driver of the American economy. Like the Information Economy, which has driven innovation and economic growth until now, Hurst argues that our new economic era is driven by connecting people to their purpose. It´s an economy where value lies in establishing purpose for employees and customers through serving needs greater than their own, enabling personal growth and building community. Based on interviews with thousands of entrepreneurs, Hurst shows this new era is already fueling demand for a whole host of products and services and transforming how Millennials view their careers. A new breed of startups like Etsy, Zaarly, Tough Mudder, Kickstarter, and Airbnb are finding new ways to create value by connecting us with our local communities. At the same time, companies like Tesla and Whole Foods are making the march from just appealing to affluent buyers to becoming mainstream brands. Hurst calls these companies, along with the pioneering entrepreneurs who founded them, the Purpose Economy´s taste-makers. This book is at once a personal memoir of Aaron Hurst´s own awakening as a purpose driven entrepreneur, when he left a well-paying tech job in 2001 to launch Taproot, creating a pathway for millions of professionals and Fortune 500 companies to volunteer for nonprofits. It´s also a blueprint for a new economic era that is transforming companies, markets and our careers to ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Darryl Hughes Kurylo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/017525/bk_acx0_017525_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New breakthrough thinking in organizational learning, leadership, and change. Continuous improvement, understanding complex systems, and promoting innovation are all part of the landscape of learning challenges today´s companies face. Amy Edmondson shows that organizations thrive, or fail to thrive, based on how well the small groups within those organizations work. In most organizations, the work that produces value for customers is carried out by teams, and increasingly, by flexible team-like entities. The pace of change and the fluidity of most work structures means that it´s not really about creating effective teams anymore, but instead about leading effective teaming. Teaming shows that organizations learn when the flexible, fluid collaborations they encompass are able to learn. The problem is teams, and other dynamic groups, don´t learn naturally. Edmondson outlines the factors that prevent them from doing so, such as interpersonal fear, irrational beliefs about failure, groupthink, problematic power dynamics, and information hoarding. With Teaming, leaders can shape these factors by encouraging reflection, creating psychological safety, and overcoming defensive interpersonal dynamics that inhibit the sharing of ideas. Further, they can use practical management strategies to help organizations realize the benefits inherent in both success and failure. Presents a clear explanation of practical management concepts for increasing learning capability for business results Introduces a framework that clarifies how learning processes must be altered for different kinds of work Explains how Collaborative Learning works, and gives tips for how to do it wel Includes case-study research on Intermountain healthcare, Prudential, GM, Toyota, IDEO, the IRS, and both Cincinnati and Minneapolis Children´s Hospitals, among others Based on years of research, this book sho... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vanessa Hart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004829/bk_adbl_004829_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Niklas Zennstrom, founder of Skype, talks to Foreign Affairs about the sharing economy, why start-ups are thriving in Europe, and how technology can address climate change. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Stillwell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/peri/000095/pe_peri_000095_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue:´´The World’s Greatest Chemistry Experiment´´: What LeBron James and the Miami Heat can teach us about teamwork.´´The Sharing Economy´´: You can now share anything with anyone anywhere in the world.´´The Cure´´: How one man saved an inner-city hospital plagued to mistrust, mismanagement, and million-dollar losses ´´The Sweet Science´´: How the super-secretive agricultural giant Cargill attacked the no-calorie-sweetner market. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/fast/110501/pe_fast_110501_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Uber, Airbnb, Lyft, and Waze are examples of a whole generation of new companies taking the world by storm. Using data, analytics, and the sharing economy, they come out of nowhere to take over industries once dominated by huge companies. How do they cause such disruption? How do they take their new business models and jerk entire industries in a year or two? In Jerk: Twelve Steps to Rule the World award-winning author Christopher Surdak explains how these companies do what they do, why they are successful, and why their rise to dominance may be inevitable. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Oxley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/119373/bk_acx0_119373_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.