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Sharing and Collaborative Economy

Future Scenarios, Technology, Creativity and Social Innovation

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  • Offers a case study-based approach that puts emphasis on the creative and social innovation side of the phenomenon

  • Presents a unique way of using horizon scanning and building a cognitive map to identify drivers

  • Discusses three future scenarios regarding the collaborative economy

Part of the book series: SpringerBriefs in Economics (BRIEFSECONOMICS)

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    • Enric Bas
    Pages 1-4
  3. Why Foresight?

    • Enric Bas
    Pages 5-11
  4. Horizon Scanning

    • Enric Bas
    Pages 13-39
  5. Futures Mindmap

    • Enric Bas
    Pages 41-53
  6. Scenarios for 2030

    • Enric Bas
    Pages 55-66
  7. Conclusions

    • Enric Bas
    Pages 67-81

About this book

This book presents a foresight-based exploratory analysis on the coming post-capitalist society and the transforming role of technology, creativity, and social innovation in the new economy. Topics analyzed include innovation culture, the role of politics, legal protection, the digitalization of social life, as well as vulnerabilities and opportunities of the Sharing & Collaborative Economy (ShE). ShE is here essentially understood just as a proof of the current Zeitgeist; a sign of its time. A time, where the formal social structures and institutions which traditionally have shaped and framed human societies are - slowly but progressively- getting dissolved into a new emerging social system, complex and mutant by nature. 

The book subsequently presents three plausible scenarios for ShE as the outcome of this analysis in the horizon of 2030: 1) the probable future, balancing neoliberalism: the shared/collaborative economy as a new third way, 2) the contingent/rupturist future, hypercapitalism: neoliberalism on steroids, or the collaborative paradigm as a trojan horse, and 3) the preferable future, postcapitalism, or the sharing economy as the poster child of the 4th industrial revolution. It connects these three scenarios with a change of paradigm where horizontal management, cultural diversity, social responsibility, climate change management, and the transformative power of radical creativity and participation are finally getting a leading role in the design of brand new ways of approaching a more integrative and sustainable business and economy.

Keywords

  • Foresight
  • Liquid society
  • New economy
  • Collaborative economy
  • Shared economy
  • Hyper capitalism
  • Digital ubiquity
  • Creativity
  • Social innovation
  • Bottom-up processes
  • Participatory processes
  • Open processes
  • Social change
  • Future scenarios

Authors and Affiliations

  • FUTURLAB, University of Alicante, San Vicente del Raspeig, Alicante, Spain

    Enric Bas

About the author

Enric Bas is Professor of Social Change and Communication, and Participatory Foresight and Social Innovation, at the School of Economics of the University of Alicante (Spain) and Director of FUTURLAB-Creative Futures at the University of Alicante (UA). He currently is a Guest Visiting Scholar at the German cluster of excellence ´CLICCS- Climate, Climatic Change and Society´ led by UHH-University of Hamburg (Germany) and Max Planck Institute, as well as many other academic and research institutions worldwide. Further, Bas is an Editorial Board Member of multiple scientific journals and book series, a former Executive Board member of the WFSF-World Futures Studies Federation (2000-2005), and the European Futurists Conference Lucerne-Switzerland (2005-2012). He is a member of Techcast-Global (GWU) since the early 2000s, and the ´SFRI-Strategic Foresight for Research and Innovation´ experts' group of the European Commission; currently he is working as an expert in FoD (Foresight on Demand) projects for the European Union. Bas is interested in exploring the future, understanding complexity, implementing creativity, and stimulating proactivity; either for/with organizations (either business-oriented, public, or NGOs) and/or individuals (mainly young and elder people).

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Softcover Book
USD 49.99
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