The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
This century's breakdown of our economy destroyed many lives, families, businesses. The greatest American Asset, ingenuity, as well as resourcefulness, resiliency and hard work, is what's bringing us back to life. The genius and generosity, the shear accident of Airbnb has helped restore decency and stability to many homes not just in the U.S., but in the world. As a widow, struggling to recover from the indecent blunders by corporate, negligent government, (if not also accessory), institutions and systems, airbnb has allowed me to keep my home, keep my youngest child in college, and keep me independent and not needing to rely on welfare, or any other government programs. The many people who enjoy the lodgings fuel our local economy by dining every day, taking tours, shopping, and often buying a home in our town. Where I live there is an inexhaustible need for such housing that in now way gouges more traditional hotels and motels by allowing those who would otherwise not be able to afford or venture to book a vacation in our town, able to, also allowing them to spend more freely in our town. In a world where folks have become more and more isolated by the aid of their computers and other human-contact-freeing devices and services, the sharing economy has brought humaneness, connection, and interconnectedness back into our world. Without it we will lose track of who we are as humans amongst humans.