Chambers of Commerce Gain Valuable Insights from Sharing Economy Expert


4 tough questions that should be top of mind for Chambers of Commerce:

  1. Is the sharing economy friend or foe? For whom and how? How is the sharing economy different from traditional business?
  2. How can your CoC attract and support the sharing economy? How can the sharing economy help bring more business to your city and [the CoC’s] members? 
  3. What are other CoCs around the world doing about the sharing economy?
  4. How are (and how could) business and government work together in new ways in the sharing economy?

Additional Context:

  • The sharing economy includes opportunities for traditional/established companies, start-ups and community organizations (i.e. all of a CoC’s typical core constituencies).
  • The sharing economy is a tool for local economic development.

  • The sharing economy serves to promote innovation, harness technology and build community.

  • The sharing economy is multi-faceted for business and commerce: 

    • New products and services
    • Cost savings, internal operations, supply chain
    • Workforce, talent, human capital
    • If a chamber or location has particularly strong or prioritized economic sectors (e.g. tourism, retail, transportation, etc.) then there are more detailed ideas to add. 

Here is a fantastic review from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce:

"The Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s forum The Sharing Economy: Implications for Ontario, would not have been a success without the contributions of sharing economy expert, April Rinne. Her remarks set the tone for the day, and participant feedback was extremely positive. The outcome of the afternoon breakout session that she led will inform the OCC’s recommendations to the Ontario government on how to approach the sharing economy. We thank April for guiding this important discussion and sharing her expertise with some of our province’s most important government and private sector stakeholders in this space."

April currently leads the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders Sharing Economy Working Group and serves on the urbanization advisory group. Read her latest WEF Blog Posts >>