The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I have been an Airbnb host for about 2 yrs, only a month at my present new home. Before that I was a host and guest for U.S. Servas, which is similar to Airbnb except that no payment is required. People have been sharing their homes to strangers for centuries. The fact that a highly successful web service now provides connections between guests and hosts who agree on the cost of a stay should not change this simple act of sharing one's home. As hotel lobbyists try to stop home sharing through "legal" means so they can dominate travel accommodation, Airbnb home-based, cross-cultural experiences are building foundations that contribute more to peace and understanding than any hotel could ever do. Instead of favoring perks for politicians, Washington should revert to the kind of trust Airbnb can recall. "Unless some day some body trusts some body, there'll be nothing left on earth excepting fishes." ("The King & I").