What's Yours Is Mine
Against the Sharing Economy

Slee, Tom
Publisher:  OR Books
Date Written:  11/02/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Pages:  212pp   Price:  $18   ISBN:  978-1-682190-22-7
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX19792

The news is full of their names, supposedly the vanguard of a rethinking of capitalism. Lyft, Airbnb, Taskrabbit, Uber, and many more companies have a mandate of disruption and upending the "old order." But this new wave of technology companies is funded and steered by very old-school venture capitalists. And in What’s Yours Is Mine, technologist Tom Slee argues the so-called sharing economy damages development, extends harsh free-market practices into previously protected areas of our lives, and presents the opportunity for a few people to make fortunes by damaging communities and pushing vulnerable individuals to take on unsustainable risk. Drawing on original empirical research, Slee shows that the friendly language of sharing, trust, and community masks a darker reality.