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The Sharing Generation

The Sharing Generation: Dev dives into the UK's sharing economy, estimated to be worth more than 22.4 billion pounds, and meets the people redefining the concept of ownership.

BBC Radio 1's Dev meets the current generation of digitally literate young people who are redefining the traditional concept of owning things. He dives into the UK's rapidly growing sharing economy - estimated to be worth more than £22.4 billion - looking at how a generation raised on the motto 'copy, paste, share' are using those skills to access whatever they need using smartphones and the internet.

From Freecycle to Ebay, Air BnB to Zipcar, you've probably encountered the sharing economy in one of its many forms already. Lily Cole, Ed Sheeran, Gemma Cairney and Elton John's suit all have sharing in common, so spend a day in Dev's world as he attempts to borrow, swap and share his way through 24 hours: swishing for clothes, borrowing a canine companion, picking up dinner from the most local takeaway imaginable and trying out couchsurfing.

Dev finds out if this is a short-term trend in response to the difficult economy, or the start of a new sense of community and connection, providing unique experiences with real people rather than faceless brands.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 2 Sep 2014 21:00

Music Played

  • AlunaGeorge

    You Know You Like It

    • Island.
  • Caribou

    Can't Do Without You

    • City Slang.
  • Clean Bandit

    Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)

    • Atlantic.
  • Duke Dumont

    I Got U (feat. Jax Jones)

    • Virgin EMI.
  • Hot Natured

    Benediction (feat. Ali Love)

  • Jamie xx

    Sleep Sound

    • Young Turks.
  • Jungle

    Busy Earnin'

    • XL Recordings.
  • Teedra Moses

    Be Your Girl (Kaytranada Edition)

    Remix Artist: KAYTRANADA.
  • Kingdom

    Bank Head (feat. Kelela)

    • Vertical XL.
    • Fade to Mind.
    • 1.
  • Vic Mensa

    Down On My Luck

    • Virgin EMI.
  • Nicki Minaj

    Moment 4 Life (feat. Drake)

    • Universal.
  • Rudimental

    Spoons (feat. MNEK & Syron)

    • Black Butter Records.
  • Snakehips

    On & On

  • T. Williams & TĀLĀ

    On My Own

    • Feelings Within EP.
    • PMR.
    • 1.
  • Tajan & Fwdslxsh

    Beautiful (Esta Edit)

    • soulection.
  • Ten Walls

    Walking With Elephants

    • Warner.
  • Tinashe

    Vulnerable (Pomo Remix) (feat. Travis Scott)

    Remix Artist: Pomo.
  • Jessie Ware

    Share It All

    • Island Records.
    • 13.
  • Wretch 32

    Traktor (feat. L) (feat. L Marshall)

    • Levels/Ministry of Sound.


  • Tue 2 Sep 2014 21:00