From Ownership to Usage. The 1960s’ Legacy of the Sharing Economy

(Tom Christiaens) The Low Countries – 2017, № 25, pp. 90-99

Ownership is old hat. Swapping, giving and sharing goods and services is the new way of trading. That, in essence, sums up the sharing economy – a movement that has been growing strongly in Belgium and the Netherlands, too, in recent years and which is gnawing away at the roots of capitalism. Sharing is caring is the credo of its proponents. Their voices sound like an echo from the idealistic 1960s. But is it really the case that the sharing economy owes its legacy to the ‘Golden Sixties’? Well yes, and no.

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