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The Sharing Economy

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 08 May 2014

Home swaps, driving your neighbour's car, private car parking in your drive, even renting your neighbour's clothes. They are all part of a new style of collaborative enterprise in which nearly everyone can join and (maybe) make money: the 'shared economy'.

It's breaking cover, growing fast and could be important. Perhaps the best known example is Airbnb but many more companies have sprung up allowing people to share their things and even their time. And now companies are trying to make money out of what makes all this sharing possible: trust.

But existing regulations and laws are set up for traditional businesses such as hotels and car hire companies, and that is causing problems. Peter Day investigates the opportunities and snags of the sharing economy and asks if it could become a big democratic movement.

Producer: Charlotte Pritchard.

  • Contributors to this programme

    Debbie Wosskow

    Founder and Chief Executive of Love Home Swap and Collaborative Consumption Europe.



    Richard Laughton

    Chief Executive of easyCar Club.



    Jit Patel

    user of Streetbank.com



    Fiona Disegni

    Founder of Rentez-vous.



    Alex Stephany

    Chief Executive of ParkatmyHouse.com



    Even Heggernes

    Airbnb Country Manager UK and Ireland.



    Rachel Botsman

    Sharing Economy Guru and Author of ‘What’s Mine is Yours'



    Miles Spencer

    Co-Founder and Chairman of TrustCloud.



    Leah Busque

    Founder and Chief Executive of TaskRabbit




    TaskRabbit customer




    handyman TaskRabbit



    Ivo Gormley

    Founder of Good Gym



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