Update:Got asked and yes we are webcasting and recording the event here: https://sap.na.pgiconnect.com/fs/
The first wave of Internet innovation helped people connect to information. The second connected people to each other. The next is about connecting people to stuff. This could be the biggest shift yet. The organizing principles of the Internet are now restructuring our material world moving us from an ownership to an access economy.
Now we not only can get information services on demand from the cloud, but we can also get use of cars (ZipCar), bikes (Capital Bikeshare), accommodations (Couchsurfing), parking spaces (ParkatmyHouse), boats (ShareZen), planes, kids clothes, workspace (coworking), luxury handbags (Avelle), and much more.
The confluence of the web, real-time location aware mobile technologies, economic and environmental crisis, and the first web-native generation coming of age has created a perfect storm for sharing in the real world.
This is the change we need. With a peer-based, sharing economy comes cost savings, stronger communities, environmental conservation, broader access to resources, and higher quality products made for sharing. Sharing addresses many problems at once - an appropriate solution for an era of interconnected crises.
In this month’s Future Salon, we’re featuring a panel of thought leaders and entrepreneurs designed to help innovators succeed in the sharing economy. The panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges in the space, weaving in questions from the audience as the conversation progresses. Our panelist for the evening:
Rachel Botsman, co-author of What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, and a leading consultant and innovator in the space.
SAP Labs North America, Building 1, Room: Southern Cross. SAP is located at 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304[map]. Free and open to the public.