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Title: Platforms, Scales and Networks: Meshing a Local Sustainable Sharing Economy
Authors: Light, Ann
Miskelly, Clodagh
Keywords: Collective local agency;Culture;Local;Mesh;Networks;Place;Platform;Resource management;Scale;Sharing economy;Sustainability;Trust;Values
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Springer
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW): Vol. 28
metadata.mci.reference.pages: 591-626
Series/Report no.: Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
Abstract: The “sharing economy” has promised more sustainable use of the world’s finite resources, exploiting latency and promoting renting rather than ownership through digital networks. But do the digital brokers that use networks at global scale offer the same care for the planet as more traditional forms of sharing? We contrast the sustainability of managing idle capacity with the merits of collective local agency bred by caring-based sharing in a locality. Drawing on two studies of neighbourhood sharing in London and analysis of the meshing of local sharing initiatives, we ask how ‘relational assets’ form and build up over time in a neighbourhood, and how a platform of platforms might act as local socio-technical infrastructure to sustain alternative economies and different models of trust to those found in the scaling sharing economy . We close by proposing digital networks of support for local solidarity and resourcefulness, showing how CSCW knowledge on coordination and collaboration has a role in achieving these ends.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1007/s10606-019-09352-1
ISSN: 1573-7551
Appears in Collections:JCSCW Vol. 28 (2019)

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