Category: Sharing Economy

The Sharing Economy is Evolving in Cities

In June of 2015, the National League of Cities (NLC) released the first national quantitative survey of local elected officials’ viewpoints on the sharing economy. The report, City Survey on the Sharing Economy: Shifting Perceptions of Collaborative Consumption, assessed the ways in which local elected officials were thinking about, responding to and regulating the sharing economy.

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The Short-term Rental Market Is Booming. Here’s Why Cities Should Regulate It.

When drafted and enforced thoughtfully, city ordinances work as intended to regulate Airbnb-style short-term rentals — but state preemption is complicating the issue and presenting a new challenge to local governments. This is a guest post by Ulrik Binzer. Short-term rentals are no longer just a vacation destination issue The dramatic rise of Airbnb and

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Can Tech and Government Get Along?

Innovation does not diminish the need for an effective regulatory framework — but does government have the right strategies and tools to effectively engage a deluge of emerging technologies and citizen entrepreneurs? As Tim Woodbury explains, government can take a lesson out of Silicon Valley’s playbook. This is a guest post by Tim Woodbury. It

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When It Comes to Innovation, Partnerships Are Key

NLC’s Brooks Rainwater examines federalism in the context of innovation and explains why the Small Business Administration is of critical importance to cities. In the first installment of this series, we looked at the basics of federalism and why it matters to cities. Part two focused on how affordable housing assistance has changed with the

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8 Ways Cities Can Prepare for the Future of Work

We know that automation and artificial intelligence will have a great impact on the future of work, play, and life – but we shouldn’t jump to the assumption that this will be a net negative. This post originally appeared on Business Insider. The post was republished with permission. Fundamental shifts in society are upending the

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19 Startups Shaping the Future of the Sharing Economy

This is a guest post by Tristan Pollock. Technologies are shaping the future of the sharing economy in a way that’s enabling a return to small town life – and allowing for stronger connections to our neighbors, for better or for worse. (Credit: andrewgenn/Getty Images) Right now, there are battles being fought in our cities.

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Stories of the Sharing Economy: Denver

This is a guest post by Denver councilmember Mary Beth Susman. This post is the first installment of a new blog series that examines how the sharing economy is developing in different cities. Statistics show about 2000 dwellings in Denver listed on various short-term rental websites – a sign that the sharing economy in Denver

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How Startups Solve Problems at the Intersection of Urbanization and Climate Change

This is a guest post by Stonly Baptiste. Could startups be the secret weapon to make cities smarter and combat climate change in the face of ever increasing urbanization? (Getty Images) When you see the word ‘startups’ in the news, you see headlines like “Meet the Hottest Tech Startups,” “Snapchat Could Become One of the

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