Sharing Economy

Bank your time

In the face of economic collapse, Bay Area Community Exchange turns labor into cash-free currency

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yael@sfbg.com

The economy had collapsed. Mira Luna became ill with Lyme disease, lost her job, and then gotten buried under a mountain of medical bills. She went into bankruptcy. But it wasn't more money she longed for — it was community.

That's how Luna got into the time business.Read more »

The problem with the sharing economy

Airbnb seemed so simple — but collaborative consumption can raise complex issues

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steve@sfbg.com

Catbird turned me onto Airbnb almost two years ago, long before I'd ever heard of the "sharing economy" or "collaborative consumption," terms the tech industry is now using for companies that facilitate peer-to-peer rentals or otherwise take transactions once done through Craigslist to a glitzy new commercial level.Read more »