Since the 2008 economic economic crisis there’s been a movement away from an extractive, growth-dependent economy to a more cooperative, sustainable economy – such as the “Sharing Economy,” or “New Economy.” This exciting economic trend is harnessing the power of local communities to build a more financially and ecologically sustainable future.The sharing economy, or collaborative consumption, is a growth industry with exciting career opportunities, as well as a new field of study and practice providing answers to some of today’s biggest questions.
This experience highlights the explosive growth in services that promote sharing (of cars, apartments, tools, etc.) over ownership and functioning regional currency that helps local businesses thrive while promoting collaboration and building community wealth.
“What a day of pleasant surprises! We toured green restaurants, solar powered buildings, community gardens, and went to a showroom of green cars. It was an education in the broad scope of sustainability where I experienced first hand a full spectrum of green businesses, led by knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides.” -Jean Sturges, Insurance Broker
“I had a blast! Lots of fun and great to get an insider’s view of some of the businesses I was not familiar with.” -Rauly Butler, Senior Vice President, Mechanics Bank