STANFORD SOCIAL INNOVATION REVIEW | The Sharing Economy, Through a Broader Lens

The sharing economy is making the news daily: New startups launch and grow quickly, incumbents protest (or opt to join the innovation), and regulators scratch their heads over how to treat business models they have never seen before.

These models are generally based on the concept of “access over ownership” and sharing underutilized assets such as tools, toys, cars, and office space in ways that are economically and environmentally more efficient. Over the past few years the sharing economy has zoomed into a multi-billion dollar sector and taken root in cities of all sizes around the world.