By Richard Ivanhoe, HANC Board
This year, HANC plans to present a series of meetings on the so-called “sharing economy” and its impact on our neighborhood and on our city. First, we want to come up with a better name. We’ve considered “greed economy,” “monetized economy,” “taking market,” “command economy,” and “share-the-scraps economy” (http://robertreich.org/post/109894095095).
Here’s an example that explains why the word “sharing” is being misused: A) In the school lunchroom, a student brought more than he can eat. He gives one of his two sandwiches to his friend. This is sharing. B) The school bully takes a student’s lunch. This is not sharing. C) The smarmy kid says, “Give me a dollar and I’ll tell you who brought more lunch than he can eat.” This is not sharing, but looks like the model for entities like AirBnb and Uber.