Monday, May 24, 2010

WHAT'S MINE IS YOURS by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers gets Blurbed


Late September will bring the publication of Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers' WHAT'S MINE IS YOURS: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption by HarperBusiness. The book charts how in the 20th century of hyper-consumption we were defined by credit, advertising, and what we owned, and how in the 21st century of Collaborative Consumption we will be defined by reputation, community, and by what we can access.

Here's what a couple of interesting people have to say about the book:

At a moment of general gloom, Roo Rogers and Rachel Botsman have offered a convincing, charming and in every sense collaborative account of how the new networks that have disrupted our lives are also likely to alter them, and entirely for our good. They offer not just a prescription for parts of our ailing economy, but a new vision of what ‘consumerism’ can be: not just a form of slavery to objects, but a thing in itself positive, progressive and pleasure-giving.
— Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon and Through the Children's Gate

People are normally trustworthy and generous, and the Internet brings the good out far more than the bad. We’re seeing an explosion of modest businesses where people help each other out via the Net, and What’s Mine Is Yours tells you what’s going on, and inspires more of the same.
— Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist

The cover is one of the best I've ever seen:  it is by the deeply talented Nicholas Blechman of Knickerbocker Design.

And check out the Collaborative Consumption Groundswell video:

Collaborative Consumption Groundswell Video from rachel botsman on Vimeo.