I’ve been hearing and reading (on twitter… if that counts) much about the culture of DIY and Collaborative Consumption, and I’m finding it an interesting and inspiring trend. It includes trends like social lending, peer-the-peer sharing, alternative markets, and sustainable living. It’s also an alternative business model which is already changing the way we spend.
As designers, we can create Pokies tools to help this movement grow and be successful. We can also participate in the existing systems like Zilok (rent instead of buying), AirBnb (hotel alternative), thredUP (get used kids clothing), and Freecycle (one man’s junk is another man’s treasure). To learn more about this movement or to get involved, I suggest visiting collaborativeconsumption.com and watching this TED talk.