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Infographics: Growth of Sharing in the Collaborative Economy

Infographics: Growth of Sharing in the Collaborative Economy

“Participation in the Collaborative Economy has grown by 25 percent in the past year alone. That’s one of the key findings we shared in The New Rules of the Collaborative Economy, a Vision Critical report I co-authored with tech strategist Alexandra Samuel.

As the infographics below shows, more than 110 million North Americans now do some form of sharing in the Collaborative Economy. More than half of North Americans now get the products and services they need from each other, peer to peer, instead of buying from established corporations.


The rapid rise of the Collaborative Economy raises an important question for businesses: what’s driving the growth of this movement? More importantly, is it a permanent shift in customer behavior? Data in our report, which draws on input from more than 50,000 North Americans, provides some crucial insight on these issues.

We found that a big driver of growth in the Collaborative Economy is the adoption of newer forms of sharing services. In 2014, 16 percent of American sharers engaged in only one form of sharing: by buying and/or sharing pre-owned goods. This year, that number is down to 10 percent because people are trying a broader range of sharing services.

Looking at the various categories of sharing services, we’ve seen an across-the-board increase in sharing. Sharing of goods is still the most common form of participation in the Collaborative Economy, but there’s also significant growth in crowdfunding, space-sharing and custom products. Online learning, a sharing category we included for the first time this year, is already seeing a 15 percent participation rate.


The growth of the Collaborative Economy isn’t about to stop anytime soon. Based on people’s intent, we’re predicting that eight in 10 Americans will be part of the Collaborative Economy by 2017—a 20 percent increase from 2015. Growth of “neo-sharing”—participation in the latest generation of sharing services—will fuel the overall growth of the Collaborative Economy. For every person who has participated in a form of sharing in the past 12 months, there’s a new person who intends to try that type of neo-sharing in the year to come.



Clearly, the Collaborative Economy is here to stay. Combating startups, complementing sharing services and gaining a deeper understanding of the empowered crowd is an urgent call for established corporations today.

So what does this mean for established corporations? Three things:

  1. This is not a fad or trend—it’s a movement that’s here to stay. Adoption is accelerating due to social trends, economic conditions, and availability of powerful technology.
  2. Not all behaviors are the same. As indicated above, the sharing of goods is dominant, but every industry must first understand how their market segment is changing.
  3. Established companies must lead this movement by changing their business models to suit the needs of changing customer preferences. We’ll share more, in our upcoming webinar.

To learn more about the growth of sharing, join me inThe New Rules of the Collaborative Economy, a live webinar with Vision Critical founder Andrew Reid on December 1.”


Posted on: November 25, 2015, 6:02 am Category: Uncategorized

How to Speak to Executives

How to Speak to Executives

““Sales Pitch: How to Sell Your IT Strategy to the Board” at SmartDataCollective. Writer Simon Mitchell points out that, when trying to convince the higher-ups to loosen the purse strings, IT pros are unlikely to succeed if their audience doesn’t understand what they’re talking about. He advises:

“Step out of your technological mindset. Long presentations on subjects outside your audience’s core competence are a waste of everyone’s time. Don’t bore the board with too much detail about how the technology actually works. Focus on the business case for your strategy.”

The write-up goes on to recommend a three-point framework for such presentations: focus on the problem (or opportunity), deliver the strategy, and present costs and benefits. See the post for more on each of these points. It is also smart have the technical details on hand, in case anyone asks. We’re left with four take-aways:

“*Before you present your next big IT initiative to the board, put yourself in their shoes. What do they need to hear?

*Review how you can make tech talk accessible and appealing to non-technical colleagues.

*Keep your presentations short and sweet.

*Focus on the business case for your IT strategy.””


Posted on: November 24, 2015, 11:11 am Category: Uncategorized



  1. “Time saver – Students are busy. Homework, sports, extracurriculars, etc. It’s a lot. Audiobooks enable them to listen to the books they need to read while doing chores, working out, on the bus or before they fall asleep. They can also increase the speed of the title to get through them faster as well.
  2. High Low readers – Some readers struggle to read at their age level or get discouraged from reading at all. Audiobooks are a great solution to allow them to follow the story and get comfortable again with literature.
  3. ESL students – There are many schools across the country who have English as a Second Language Students. Audiobooks are wonderful for teaching these students English grammar and overall language and sentence structure.
  4. Classroom story time – A great way to break up lectures is by having story time with a class. Traditionally, teachers and librarians read while students listen or they have the students read short sections. Try using an audiobook instead and pausing in between chapters to discuss what the students think is happening to work on comprehension.
  5. Critical Listening – Speaking of comprehension…Critical listening is essential in all walks of life and audiobooks force students to hear important information and process it properly.
  6. Introduce new vocabulary – We’ve all been there. You’re reading a book and a word comes along that you simply don’t know so you skip passed it. Audiobooks not only help you learn pronunciation of these words, but by using them properly in a sentence students can better understand what these words mean. You’ll also find that students can tackle titles at higher reading levels thanks to audiobooks.
  7. Convenience – One of the reasons many schools don’t offer traditional audiobooks is because they often come with multiple CDs that can be damaged or lost. Digital audiobooks make this a thing of the past. Titles are enjoyed and then automatically returned.”


Posted on: November 24, 2015, 11:07 am Category: Uncategorized

The State Of Hardware For 2015

The State Of Hardware For 2015

View the full report here: State of Hardware 2015 from HAX



Posted on: November 23, 2015, 9:22 am Category: Uncategorized

Google releases 160 pages of search quality guidelines

Google releases 160 pages of search quality guidelines

“The future

Mimi Underwood says that: “The guidelines will continue to evolve as search, and how people use it, changes. We won’t be updating the public document with every change, but we will try to publish big changes to the guidelines periodically.”

Let’s see what the next major instalment looks like.

If you’re remotely interested in how Google works, and where it is heading, then this 160-page guide should make for some interesting bedtime reading. Dig in here.”


Posted on: November 23, 2015, 6:27 am Category: Uncategorized

The Observers’ guide to verifying photos and videos on social media networks

The Observers’ guide to verifying photos and videos on social media networks

Another information literacy skill:

“Fake information online, be it on the topic of migrants or war in Syria – or, in fact, pretty much any story that’s in the news, is an increasingly common phenomenon. Social media networks in particular are inundated with photos and videos that are either doctored or taken out of context. But although media outlets can’t always be on the ground to verify every photo that comes their way, there are dozens of tools and techniques to help you cross-check images and avoid falling for the fakes.


For examples follow the link.


Posted on: November 22, 2015, 6:55 am Category: Uncategorized

Loads of Book Display Ideas for Your School or any Library!

Loads of Book Display Ideas for Your School Library! 

“Spice up your library environment with tempting book displays. Students DO judge a book by its cover, so don’t let them judge your library as dreary! Special H/T  to Library Girl Jennifer LaGarde for the terrific infographic.

You can find this post and a HUGE collection of resources for teacher-librarians HERE.

Book Displays to Attract Reluctant Readers– from EBSCO

Fiction Book Display Ideas– Pinterest board

High School Library Book Display Ideas

Library Book Displays– Pinterest board

Library Displays– Pinterest board

School Library Book Display Ideas– Google image search

School Library Displays– Flickr pool of over 700 photos!

School-Library Displays– Pinterest board

Twenty Rules for Better Book Displays-from EBSCO”

– See more at:


Posted on: November 21, 2015, 6:14 am Category: Uncategorized