Tyler Durden

by Lucy on February 24, 2013

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Today’s Peer-to-Peer Economy

by Lucy on January 28, 2013

An infographic from Forbes highlights the many ways you can make use of underutilized assets. Essentially, “almost anything you can buy new, you can also rent from a stranger.”

Also check out Forbes’ article, “Airbnb and the Unstoppable Rise of the Share Economy” here. A great read on collaborative consumption and a push forward to making #collcons more mainstream.

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Experiences over Things

by Lucy on January 23, 2013

Our experiences bring greater happiness than our possessions. It’s true — take a look at this study at Cornell University which states just that. And in our society today, people are moving towards experiences over things. We like to share our life events on Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites. We’re seeing a rise in collaborative consumption organizations focusing on service-centric models over products. With apps like Meetup and Grubwithus, we’re hiking and doing yoga and eating while meeting people and doing what we love.

Here’s a story we found that we think captures this idea nicely:

A group of graduates, well established in their careers, were talking at a reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired. During their visit, the conversation turned to complaints about stress in their work and lives. Offering his guests hot chocolate, the professor went into the kitchen and returned with a large pot of hot chocolate and an assortment of cups – porcelain, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the hot chocolate.

When they all had a cup of hot chocolate in hand, the professor said: “Notice that all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. The cup that you’re drinking from adds nothing to the quality of the hot chocolate. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was hot chocolate, not the cup; but you consciously went for the best cups… And then you began eyeing each other’s cups.

Now consider this: Life is the hot chocolate; your job, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life. The cup you have does not define, nor change the quality of life you have. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the hot chocolate that has been provided us.

We can add that the cups also represent consumerism. The fancy cups literally represent fancy cups. It’s easy to get caught up shopping — billions of dollars are spent training us to believe we need stuff. But our experiences and the people in our lives are the things that really make life memorable. Let’s make a habit of collecting moments, not things.

What’s your fancy cup that you’re getting caught up in?

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Collaborative Travel

by Lucy on January 14, 2013

 

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In Graham Hill’s Ted Talk, he speaks about the  moments where we’ve experienced the joys of less, one example being travelling. When you travel, you bring a few things with you that you really need, giving you a sense of freedom and more time to explore. At Unstash, we feel the same way. We believe that owning less stuff allows you to live more.  We’re also big fans of travel and exploring the world. In keeping with the theme of travelling, check out a great list of resources for travelling using collaborative consumption:

 

Airbnb | Book a unique stay — a local apartment, house, villa, treehouse, etc. Airbnb allows people to rent out their homes as vacation accommodations.

Couchsurfing | Allows travellers to stay with locals and locals to meet travellers from around the world, sharing experiences, accommodations and adventures.

Vayable | A marketplace to find unique things to do when visiting a new place, offered by locals.

Local Guiding | A directory of local tour guides who arrange a customized tour for the traveller.

The first two are collaborative consumption organizations in that they offer locals a way to make use of their homes. That spare bedroom or empty house while on vacation can now be used as a hotel room alternative, allowing locals to make money off its rental and for travellers to get a unique experience. The second two offer locals a way to make use of their expertise and/or familiarity with their city.

Happy travelling!

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A Philosophy of Less

by Lucy on January 13, 2013

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A Collaborative 2013

by Lucy on January 6, 2013

We hope everyone had a great holiday and a happy new year!

To celebrate the beginning of a new year, we have put together a short and sweet Guide to Living a Collaborative Lifestyle.  We’ve highlighted some quick and easy ways you can be a part of the collaborative consumption movement in 2013. Check it out below and let us know what you think!

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See a high-def PDF version here: Unstash Guide to Living a Collaborative Lifestyle

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