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Business leaders don’t have a crystal ball to predict future disruption but they can have a stake in it.

Business Briefing: we’re overusing and underestimating ‘disruption’

Business Briefing: we’re overusing and underestimating ‘disruption’ The Conversation13.1 MB (download)
Disruption might be a buzz word at the moment but it shouldn't be ignored. It may be impossible to predict but businesses can have stakes in creating it.
Melbourne is being transformed by high-rise apartments, with some even being purpose-built for the Airbnb market. Jorge Láscar/flickr

How Airbnb is reshaping our cities

If the sharing economy is here to stay, planners and designers must respond with imagination to spread the positive effects of the tourism economy for the benefit of residents as well as tourists.
Rather than create regulatory frameworks that allow innovations to thrive, governments have created hurdles to transformative applications like Uber or Airbnb. Torrenegra/flickr

While governments talk about smart cities, it’s citizens who create them

Governments too often hinder change, when instead they should aim to foster an organic innovation ecosystem. This is more about bottom-up innovation than top-down schemas.
The idea of a sharing platform that renders the financial warehouse obsolete is fanciful. Image sourced from

Uberbanking, with limits

Financial services are being digitally disrupted, but the idea of a financial "sharing" economy replacing traditional banking ignores reality.
A third generation of Online Marketplaces that combine workflow and networks are changing the underlying economics of many industries. tiffany98101/flickr

Why startup investors love online marketplaces

As online marketplaces mature, a raft of new service-based companies are popping up around them.
Guess what: post-tourism isn’t all that different from ordinary, run-of-the-mill tourism. David Blackwell.

Authentic outsiders? Welcome to the age of the ‘post-tourist

The term 'post-tourist' is commonly used to refer to a new breed of travellers, those who eschew common 'hotspots', immersing themselves in "local culture" for an extended period of time. And yet ...
Do only sociopaths hitch? Hitchhiker via

Could the sharing economy bring back hitchhiking?

As our ever-increasing use of services like Uber, Lyft and AirBnB show, it's safe to trust other Americans. Time for hitchhking to make a comeback.

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