The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I am both a host and a frequent guest using Airbnb. I travel frequently and simply prefer the opportunity to stay in someone's home rather than a hotel. Without exception we have met likminded folks who enjoy inviting travelers into their home. With the verification process, the photos, short bios and mutual reviews for each stay every guest I have hosted and every home I have been hosted in has been comfortable, safe and generously offers a bit of connection between people. I always say people come to my home as guests and leave as friends. We have hosted people from all over the world and have had wonderful conversations about life and culture. It let's us see how much we have in common. Financially, the extra money I have earned by renting my extra bedroom has offered me that lifeline that let's me more comfortably pay my bills. Things have not been easy since 2008. Airbnb is not for everyone. I'm surprised how many of my friends and family are horrified at the thought of staying in someone's home or inviting strangers into theirs. It seems there is room enough for all. The sharing economy brings people together. Its hard to explain the intangible benefits of people supporting one another. Its a generosity of Spirit we are cultivating back into our lives.