April Rinne

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  • Global Authority on the New Economy, Disruptive Innovation and the Future of Work
  • Head of the Sharing Economy Working Group, World Economic Forum
  • Sharing Economy Advisory Board Member, China's National Sharing Economy Commission
  • Advisor for Airbnb, Jobbatical and Trov

The sharing economy, collaborative economy, on-demand economy, freelance economy, gig economy, access economy, trust economy -- or even just the “new economy”: what is going on? From Airbnb to TaskRabbit and Uber, hundreds of sharing and on-demand platforms are transforming industries and causing us to rethink almost every aspect of our lives. Anyone with a spare room, a car or even a little free time can become a mini-entrepreneur. What is the future evolution of these businesses? Who are the next disruptors on the horizon? What -- and where -- are the real opportunities and obstacles? Sharing Economy expert April Rinne has the answers. Advisor of choice for a range of private and public sector organizations, from Airbnb to the World Economic Forum and  governments worldwide, a graduate of Harvard Law and an inveterate traveler, Rinne can help you see the shifts underway through a practical, helpful lens and bring new insights to light for you and your organization. For more information on April Rinne and her work, please visit her website here.

 
  

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April is a true star. After our 2017 event we gathered to identify the top 10% of our speaker corps, and April quickly emerged as an automatic invite for 2018. April is thoroughly smart, engaging, and authentic – a powerful combination. Invite her. Your event will be the better for it!

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted April Rinne
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • World Travel & Tourism Council
  • World Economic Forum: Davos
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • RIAD International Association of Legal Protection
  • Enova
  • Aspen Institute
  • EXPO Milan
  • University of North Carolina Charlotte
  • ITB Berlin
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The New Economy: What's It All About?

The sharing economy, collaborative economy, digital economy, on-demand economy, access economy... these terms are in the media daily and yet what do they mean for companies, individuals, governments, and the future? A renowned expert on emerging digital technologies and the new economy in all its fo ...

The sharing economy, collaborative economy, digital economy, on-demand economy, access economy... these terms are in the media daily and yet what do they mean for companies, individuals, governments, and the future? A renowned expert on emerging digital technologies and the new economy in all its forms, Rinne unpacks the headlines and hype, decoding crucial terminology, highlighting new forms of disruptive innovation, and identifying underlying trends to help leaders across industries forge a successful path forward. Touching on major shifts from centralized institutions to decentralized networks, to business models based on access rather than ownership, and on how to build trust in new ways, Rinne serves as a hands-on guide to the new economy, helping organizations translate uncertain change into economic opportunity.

The Future of Work: Preparing for What Lies Ahead

Almost every aspect of the way we work is changing as the world shifts from lifetime employment to freelance work arrangements, and as new technologies portend to displace jobs at an unprecedented rate. Today, in the U.S. alone, 34% of the workforce is already freelance, a number that is expected to ...

Almost every aspect of the way we work is changing as the world shifts from lifetime employment to freelance work arrangements, and as new technologies portend to displace jobs at an unprecedented rate. Today, in the U.S. alone, 34% of the workforce is already freelance, a number that is expected to rise to 50% by 2030. Drivers and retail clerks, two of the largest professions worldwide, are among the most at-risk for technological disruption as driverless cars and self-serve tablets become the norm. Tackling the complexity of the future of work in terms of its impact on companies, workers, and policy makers, Rinne reveals the trends behind the stats, helping stakeholders across industries prepare for the evolving nature of work. Breaking down complex shifts and interweaving powerful experiences with hard-hitting facts, Rinne shares how we can maximize the benefits of the future of work and ensure that new technologies augment rather than replace human potential, ultimately providing a playbook so that organizations and individuals can become predictive and proactive rather than reactive and stay two steps ahead of the competition.

Finding Your Path: New Perspectives on Global Citizenship

As “globalization” becomes an increasingly divisive topic worldwide, Rinne emphasizes why we need the voices of global citizens now more than ever. Highlighting the difference between globalization and global citizenship, Rinne inspires the next generation to become citizens of the world who are tho ...

As “globalization” becomes an increasingly divisive topic worldwide, Rinne emphasizes why we need the voices of global citizens now more than ever. Highlighting the difference between globalization and global citizenship, Rinne inspires the next generation to become citizens of the world who are thoughtful about complex issues such as cultural diversity, migration, poverty and more. Drawing on her motto, “global access, global perspective,” and extensive personal and professional experiences travelling to over 95 countries and working on six continents (to date), Rinne empowers young leaders to carve a professional path with purpose and meaning, revealing emerging trends in the worlds of business and travel that make it easier—and more accessible—to be a global citizen than ever before.

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<p>April Rinne is an advisor for a groundbreaking documentary film on the future of work</p>

April Rinne is an advisor for a groundbreaking documentary film on the future of work

Future of Work (working title) is a documentary being made this year by a stellar team of award-winning documentary filmmakers. It will thoughtfully and objectively explore issues related to the rise of self-employment, independent work and related policy implications. The goals of the documentary are to raise awareness, educate a range of stakeholders, and catalyze deeper, informed conversations about the future of freelance, self-employment and on-demand platforms. It is in production, with a target release date of early 2018. 

Key themes that are also discussed include economic resilience, empowerment, and new technologies, as well as the risks and unknowns that come alongside these shifts. Does the future mean greater choice and flexibility to earn income, or is it a "race to the bottom?" Does your answer depend on where you live and the skills you have? If so, then what about the future of education and entrepreneurship? 

<p><strong>April Rinne decodes the human side of AI and automation, and the implications worldwide </strong></p>

April Rinne decodes the human side of AI and automation, and the implications worldwide

Co-Founder of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Sharing Economy Working Group and serving on a wide range of tech-focused advisory boards, April Rinne is a trusted expert on the new economy and digital disruption, able to shed light on how AI and automation will impact individuals and companies across industries and geographies.  Having recently written an informative op-ed on the uneven distribution of AI and automation development around the world, and interviewed by ReInvent on how AI and automation interest and fear is playing out in different countries, April is an authority on how new technologies are being implemented worldwide and how they are (and will) affect business models, the future of work, and more.  Heralded by audiences for presenting “new, complex and even sometimes controversial topics substantively and with ease, persuasively informing everyone from students to CEOs..." (Emory University), April brings a human dimension to the conversation around AI and automation, breaking down how society as a whole can best prepare for inevitable disruptions and shifts. Drawing on her experience advising a range of organizations directly involved in the "humans vs. machines" debate, from companies including Airbnb and Intuit, and governments from Estonia to Singapore and China, April provides a playbook to help prepare for an uncertain future and become predictive and proactive rather than reactive in the face of change.

<p>April Rinne sought-out to advise forward-thinking, visionary companies across industries </p>

April Rinne sought-out to advise forward-thinking, visionary companies across industries 

Working at the intersection of the public, private and social sector for almost 20 years, April Rinne has been sought-out for her extensive expertise on the new economy, future of work and inclusive growth by top organizations across industries. Advising a range of leading companies and organizations such as Airbnb, Nike, Intuit, The Inter-American Development Bank, The World Economic Forum and Jobbatical, plus numerous public sector organizations including Amsterdam Sharing City, Sharing City Seoul, Estonia's e-Residency initiative and China's National Sharing Economy Commission, April has brought invaluable strategies and insights to help organizations prepare for the future and stay ahead of the curve. Whether shedding light on emerging markets and opportunities for international expansion, crafting innovative public policies, or decoding the implications of new technologies and helping organizations prepare for the future of work, April anticipates major global trends before they’ve disrupted entire industries. Her track record speaks for itself: "Drop the April bomb… and good things happen" (Patrick Robinson, Director of Public Policy, Airbnb); “Who’s your April?” (Will Fitzpatrick, General Counsel, Omidyar Network).

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<p><strong>April Rinne keeps audiences raving at every kind of event </strong></p>

April Rinne keeps audiences raving at every kind of event

Whether speaking at industry associations or universities, The World Economic Forum or government roundtables, April Rinne consistently receives rave reviews for her transformative insights and shrewd analysis on the new economy, the future of work, global citizenship and more. Having already addressed audiences in seven countries at events such as the Future Trends Forum and the Conference on World Affairs in 2017 thus far, Rinne is praised by attendees and event-planners alike for her on-the-point, customized remarks, tremendous passion, and vast knowledge.  Recent reviews include: “April's presentation was fantastic. She delivered a keynote as it should be: showing the big picture, addressing key issues, and doing so in a way that's enlightening and fun.” (ITB Berlin Convention); “April's keynote was excellent. She was engaged in the whole process from start to finish. Her inspirational and valuable insight proved to be of enormous value for the Summit.” (World Travel & Tourism Council); "April is an engaging communicator who has a special knack with audiences. She can present new, complex and even sometimes controversial topics substantively and with ease, persuasively informing everyone from students to CEOs..." (Emory University); "April is a gifted speaker with in-depth knowledge of her field of expertise. Her talk at our conference was a highlight which has inspired an entire industry to understand that business can be done differently!” (RIAD International Association of Legal Protection).

<p>April Rinne's website is the hot spot for timely insights on the new economy and global citizenship</p>

April Rinne's website is the hot spot for timely insights on the new economy and global citizenship

April's work is focused on 'building better markets that work better for more people.'  She is focused on Global Access, Global Perspective and Global Citizenship. She posts thought-pieces on how people, companies and communities can navigate the future of the new economy and global citizenship.  She explains how global citizenship is not the same as globalization or being well-traveled, and why she predicts changes to our values, sense of citizenship, and our economic opportunities.

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<p>April Rinne sheds light on the future of work and gig economy </p>

April Rinne sheds light on the future of work and gig economy 

The Head of the World Economic Forum’s Sharing Economy Working Group, April Rinne is not only a renowned expert on the gig economy, but a living embodiment of it. A freelancer who’s worked at the intersection of the private, public and social sectors for over 20 years, currently April is also an advisor at Airbnb and a Sharing Economy Advisory Board Member for China’s National Sharing Economy Commission. As Airbnb’s Director of Public Policy Patrick Robinson said: “Drop the April bomb… and good things happen.” Recently sought-out as a keynote to shed light on the future of work and the impact of the gig economy at the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit, The Enova Conference, and The World Economic Forum Regional Summit, April is known to tailor her speeches to every audience and consistently receives rave reviews: “April's presentation was fantastic. She delivered a keynote as it should be: showing the big picture, addressing key issues, and doing so in a way that's enlightening and fun.” (ITB Berlin Convention); "April is an engaging communicator who has a special knack with audiences. She can present new, complex and even sometimes controversial topics substantively and with ease, persuasively informing everyone from students to CEOs..." (Emory University); "April is a gifted speaker with in-depth knowledge of her field of expertise. Her talk at our conference was a highlight which has inspired an entire industry to understand that business can be done differently!” (RIAD International Association of Legal Protection). Check out April’s recent interview on the rise of independent workers worldwide, and her podcast on the gig economy trend with Wharton Business’ podcast.  

<p>April Rinne reveals insights on the future of work at WTTC Global Summit</p>

April Rinne reveals insights on the future of work at WTTC Global Summit

Addressing some 1,000 international industry and government leaders as a keynote at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit in Bangkok, April Rinne shed light on the future of work and what lies ahead in the new economy. A global authority on the Gig Economy and the Head of the World Economic Forum’s Sharing Economy Working Group, April Rinne provided top-level attendees with key takeaways on what economic trends-- such as the proliferation of freelance workers, self-employment, and direct-to-consumer business models-- mean for the future of work and their impact across industries. A trusted expert at the vanguard of technological advances, disruptive innovation, and the “new” marketplace, Rinne reveals transformative shifts that are underway before they are headline news, providing invaluable insights for any organization.

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<p>Sharing Economy Expert April Rinne is 'Fantastic'</p>

Sharing Economy Expert April Rinne is 'Fantastic'

There is not an industry that the sharing economy doesn't touch. Traditional businesses and regulation are being sideswiped by newer competition based on sharing platforms, i.e., Uber and Airbnb. APRIL RINNE wins high praise from hosts interested in a macro-level keynote, as well as from hosts interested in particular applications to their industry.   ITB Berlin described her keynote speech as "fantastic" and "as it should be." 

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<p>April Rinne Decodes the Sharing Economy for Audience of CEOs and Execs</p>

April Rinne Decodes the Sharing Economy for Audience of CEOs and Execs

In a recent keynote to CEOs and top level management of insurance companies, academics, lawyers and consumer representatives in Montreal, sharing economy expert April Rinne unpacked the implications behind a rapidly evolving global marketplace, and both the challenges and opportunities that exist for legal service providers. Rinne’s detailed, insightful message at the International Association of Legal Protection (RIAD) Conference became the source of an article; a testament to the utility of her information-packed sessions. With revenues from the five key sharing economy sectors expected to climb to $107.3 billion by 2025 (up from $5 billion today), Rinne’s expertise will surely continue to be a hot commodity. 

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<p>April's HWA Chat offers golden nuggets of insight about the sharing economy</p>

April's HWA Chat offers golden nuggets of insight about the sharing economy

Whether you are intrigued by the success of sharing companies like Uber, airbnb, Lyft, Task rabbit and the like, or you are a die hard believer that the sharing economy is in fact the new normal and wave of the future, April has an innovative and well-rounded perspective about the future of the sharing economy.

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<p>Read the Latest Post from Sharing Economy Expert April Rinne</p>

Read the Latest Post from Sharing Economy Expert April Rinne

April Rinne is a sharing economy expert, advising companies, local and national governments, entrepreneurs, think tanks, investors and development banks, using for-profit and non-profit models. She currently leads the World Economic Forum/Young Global Leaders Sharing Economy Working Group and serves on the urbanization advisory group.

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<p>4 Steps to Improve Our Cities</p>

4 Steps to Improve Our Cities

The policy challenges for the sharing economy have deep and complicated roots, but they are also eminently solvable. In her work with sharing economy companies, policy-makers and governments worldwide, Sharing Economy Expert APRIL RINNE has had the opportunity to see first-hand how forward-thinking leaders can embrace this new space thoughtfully, responsibly and creatively. In her role advising cities of all sizes across developing, growth and developed markets, she has identified 4 stepping stones to successful policy reform.

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<p>Unprecedented Power of the Sharing Economy</p>

Unprecedented Power of the Sharing Economy

The sharing economy is not a silver bullet for the world’s problems, but if we can address the unknowns, it has unprecedented power to take us towards a more caring, collective and sustainable future. Check out this fantastic post by Sharing Economy Expert and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader April Rinne.

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<p>China's Sharing Economy is Exploding with Growth & April Rinne is a Key Voice in the Conversation</p>

China's Sharing Economy is Exploding with Growth & April Rinne is a Key Voice in the Conversation

Sharing Economy Expert APRIL RINNE has a great track record advising companies, cities and governments worldwide on creating impact with the sharing economy, and it is a topic that is becoming a priority on many national agendas. From the UK to Canada, South Korea and of course the United States, leaders are realizing the importance and impact of new sharing and on-demand business models. Recently, the Chinese government announced that the sharing economy is now a "national priority" and part of China's 5-year plan. According to this Entrepreneur article, “the sharing economy was already worth about $299 billion (1.956 trillion yuan) in 2015 and it’s expected to grow at an annual rate of 40 percent over the next five years." Other articles around China’s sharing economy include: China’s Internet Giants Throw Weight Behind Sharing Economy After Endorsement by Beijing;'Sharing Economy' Seen as Next Big Force by NPC (National People’s Congress) Deputy; and China's Sharing Economy Worth 1.95 Trillion Yuan (298 Billion US Dollars). April offers incredibly illuminating insights about the sharing economy and how it will affect the future of governments, businesses and lives. Consider bringing her to your next event to help your audience better understand and embrace the power of the sharing economy.

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April Rinne is a thought leader and advisor in the sharing economy. She builds strategy, guides conversations and tackles the key questions with a wide range of stakeholders, from companies to governments, policy makers, investors, associations, educational institutions and non-profits. Her goal is to help others discover how the sharing economy can create a more efficient, sustainable and happy future—and figure out what to do when faced with uncertainty, or when everyone's goals can’t be met.

April’s work in the sharing economy has both breadth and depth. She has advised Fortune 500 companies on business model innovation, local and national governments on policy reform, and investors on portfolio strategy and execution. She also tackles broader issues related to technological innovation, such as effects on the workplace, quality of life, travel and emerging markets.

An inveterate globetrotter, April has visited 90 countries and counting (most recent: all three Baltics). Her work has taken her to almost every corner of the world. After college and a Fulbright fellowship, she spent four years traveling independently—with a backpack, shoestring budget and the goal of seeing how the rest of the world lived. These experiences continue to influence and inspire her today. It also means she is equally comfortable with CEOs of major corporations and entrepreneurial youth in urban slums.

Prior to the sharing economy, April had a successful career in global development, social enterprise and innovation. She was an early voice in microfinance, where she led a range of investments as well as policy reform worldwide, and advised a range of organizations from Kiva to Grameen and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has a very successful track record in building markets that work better and for more people.

In 2011 the World Economic Forum elected April as a Young Global Leader, where she leads the Sharing Economy Working Group and serves on the Urbanization Advisory Board. She also serves on the Advisory Boards for Seoul Sharing City in South Korea, Amsterdam Sharing City, the National League of Cities (US) and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. She is also a director of the World Wide Web Foundation and a member of the Relationship Economy eXpedition (REX). Her writing has appeared in Wired, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, the World Economic Forum, The Huffington Post and numerous other publications.

April holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in International Finance and Business Relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.A. summa cum laude in International Studies from Emory University. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the European University Institute and a Visiting Scholar at University College, Oxford University. She speaks Italian molto bene, Spanish bastante bien, French un petit peu, and enough Dutch and Kiswahili to survive.

Finally, April enjoys taking an upside-down perspective on the world. This often opens up new ideas, linkages and opportunities. But it also means: don’t have a handstand contest with her—you’ll lose.