collaborative consumption

We have been discussing design and its relationship to society in theory class. The presentations were given last night and they were amazing. I learned so much from everyone’s thoughts and presentations.

We are moving on to other ideas in that class, but I wanted to share this link about collaborative consumption . Consumption is not the only factor in the equation, but it is interesting to look at it from another point of view. This view emphasizes community and shared access.

Does this model translate to sharing ideas and behavior for building communities as well as goods and services? Is this concept  or model a way to begin to build collaboration within communities?

I don’t have the answers, but I am interested in what others think. I think collaboration is important and I am always interested in models that facilitate the process.