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Things are changing, not because the power wants to change, but rather because the power is being pushed to change by ideas. The people, with today’s technology, already sense the light at the end of the tunnel.
There are two lessons here. The first is that the easiest thing to do is merely amplify what a culture is already embracing. The second is that real change is cultural change,
We/me are TIME’s cover ;) Generation Y ready to save the world.

We/me are TIME’s cover ;) Generation Y ready to save the world.

Beyond its Success, The Sharing Economy Already Matters

When you bring together two hundred individuals passionate about a same belief for two days, you will spark inspiring collaborations while empowering each individual. If this common passion is sharing, it seems the effects are multiplied.

This is exactly what Lisa Gansky achieved with The Mesh. Lisa is one of the pioneers of the sharing economy movement and the author of the book The Mesh. She had the powerful idea to gather her community in San Francisco for two days. The intimate vibes of the event could not make us forget that the sharing economy rises and goes way beyond the actors directly involved. Many of them were present from Etsy to Airbnb without forgetting the open source organizations such as Mozilla. But the sharing economy is not a bunch of small utopian companies that, as David against Goliath, are engaged in a fight against the system.

It will just be the new normal soon. The sharing economy is not a system, it is a vision, that has already proven itself with very successful experiments and is now raising curiosity from a large range of industries.

Big corporations were actually represented as well. The presence of names like Deloitte and Walmart illustrates that the mindset is spreading. What we love to call the sharing economy has true impact, as Robin Chase demonstrated during her keynote by sharing the important implications of a service like Zipcar on traffic and pollution.

But beyond the facts, its resonance is fascinating. Sometimes, I just feel this denomination limits the scope of what we are talking about. We are not only talking about economical exchanges and transactions to deal with the recession and to find monetary support. It is a shift that allows human beings to not only define themselves as consumers but participants, not only as owners but givers, to impact their community locally and globally. The companies represent a new mindset but also an unexpected empowerment for us, the beneficiaries, on both side of the table.

It’s intense and emotional to hear the stories of doers such as Phil Cooley from Ponyride or from Antonin Léonard and the Ouishare organization. They talk about humanizing our lives through shared experiences we would never have thought about just a few years ago. Clay Shirky affirms that “a revolution doesn’t happen when society adopts new tools. It happens when society adopts new behaviors.”

The sharing economy is changing our way of living and consuming. The tools are key but are just a means. The digital revolution coincides with the rise of the sharing economy as it makes it easier, amplifying our connected life but also our instinctive need to share. Steven Johnson, author of Future Perfect reminded us why the digital phenomenon and the Internet are linked to the sharing economy. Humanity is defined by our capacity to create connections, finding our tribes and leveraging the community or in other words sharing. The digital age has just created a new instance of this primordial human behavior.

Seth Godin, best selling author and meaningful observer of our times inspired the audience by describing what is the most engaging about the sharing movement: its narrative. Seth looked at us proclaiming he has no doubt “that everybody in this room will succeed. But the real question is will you matter?”.

Airbnb, Etsy, Carpooling, Blablacar and hundreds of others matter. They create value in our life. Once you have done that, you cannot go back.

Like the digital shift, the sharing economy is not a trend that will disappear. People on a whole will be empowered, not just a small group of meaningful entrepreneurs. Even if, like with most disruptive movements, it may start with them.

During the whole conference I couldn’t help myself from thinking of this quote from Margaret Mead that many of us know and should always keep in mind during doubtful times and when the world seems too big and too screwed up to change:

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has."

We know this is just the beginning.

All work and all play (legendado) (by Box1824)

There is a new generation (millenials, generation Y, digital natives whatever you want to call them) spreading its values and expectations about life and work. 

I am sure these values defined as “generational” will soon be the new normal. Who does not want to do what he/she love, once you know you have the permission to ask for it?

Success is starting to be reevaluated. It is not about what you earn, your title and the prestige you get from it. Success is meaning and the sense of purpose you got from your actions, at work and beyond. 

Axelle Tessandier, digital hippie. (by loiclemeur)

An interview with Loic Le Meur where I share my thoughts on the “digital hippies” idea, the theme of Le Web London 2013.


Digital hippies is an expression I love to use to talk about the new creative community and mindset the internet revolution creates.

The interview was posted with my guest  post : (Our) New Age.  

The Key Skill. 

The Key Skill. 

… the idea of the future being different from the present is so repugnant to our conventional modes of thought and behavior that we, most of us, offer a great resistance to acting on it in practice.
John Maynard Keynes, 1937