Digital social innovations are often associated with positive meanings, like openness and collaboration. But to better define the concept, it's essential to disentangle it from its positive aura.
The digital pin-ups' business models actually inhibit serendipity and, indeed, innovation by absorbing entire markets into the sealed-off space of their platforms.
The business models of the gig economy often stand in the way of implementing minimum wages or conditions.
Without proper planning, legalising Airbnb may make housing even more unavailable and unaffordable in high-demand suburbs.
State revenue offices are using data matching to identify people who earn income from Airbnb, then sending notices that they may be liable for land tax, even though this remains a legal grey area.
Research into platforms like Uber and ride-sharing platform BlaBlaCar show high levels of trust thanks to clever design.
Airbnb may have faced eviction in New York, but it has a great relationship with the authorities in most other cities around the world.
The ride-sharing app means different things in different countries. In Karachi and Lahore, it has highlighted economic inequalities.
The gig economy is driving a resurgence in co-operatives.
Business Briefing: we’re overusing and underestimating ‘disruption’
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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.
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.
New York, Berlin and Paris have all suffered some ill effects from online rental platforms – without proper regulations, Rio could follow.
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.
Noisy tourists are putting a strain on Berlin's rental market.
The generation of designers broke out of their studios and took the business world by storm. Their skills could also be turned to bigger world problems.
Financial services are being digitally disrupted, but the idea of a financial "sharing" economy replacing traditional banking ignores reality.
As online marketplaces mature, a raft of new service-based companies are popping up around them.
Moves to legalise Uber and Airbnb are paving the way for better protection of all parties involved.
There are few markets that have easier entry and exit than those in the sharing economy.
The tax law established pre-internet is failing to keep up with the digital economy.