THE PROMISE AND PERIL OF THE NEW SOCIAL ECONOMY


CHARRETTE #1

THE PROMISE AND PERIL OF THE NEW SOCIAL ECONOMY

The first charrette focused on the intersections between the sharing economy, nonprofits and philanthropy.  It was held at Stanford on January 24, 2012 and was co-hosted with shareable.net.

Many sharing companies/platforms are organized as nonprofit organizations. More important, many of the community-oriented goals of sharing — meeting your neighbors, using fewer resources, building community — are values held by (and in many people’s minds) institutionalized by the nonprofit sector. But this is changing — those same values can be brought to life by commercial brands, informal networks, and all kinds of hybrid organizations.

Recent decades have seen great tactical innovation in social enterprise and impact investing. Major legal changes have transformed the roles that nonprofits play in political campaigns. Digital and mobile communications have expanded the ways we organize our institutions and our networks. Together, these changes add up to a new social economy – a dynamic and diverse set of enterprises that direct private resources to public goods. Now is the time to look beyond the tools we’ve built and look at the rules that guide their use.

 

LINKS

Rob Reich, Class Day Lecture, (video) The Promise and Peril of the New Social Economy, Stanford, June 2011 (begins at 30:00)

Yochai Benkler, The Penguin and the Leviathan

On the Commons

Marvin Brown, Civilizing the Economy

Lisa Gansky, Six Reasons Why The Sharing Society (aka THE MESH) Will Trump The Ownership Society