Well said. No doubt that the corporations that are doing their best to stifle and own creative sharing need to be called out and dismantled before the movement is reduced to the size of their corporate tentacles. I only hope that innovation for collaboration continues but begins to be built through a local and cooperative model in the future. Why aren’t local activists building their own version of car sharing or homesharing with local controls (read transparency) built in?
It is much like the argument about organic food highlighted by Michael Pollan in The Omnivore’s Dilemma: that Big Organic and local organic have very little to do with each other. Labor, land use, relationship to the eater and decision making need to stay as directly managed by visible people and entities as possible to be able to be influenced by their neighbors. The same should be true for technology answers inside of the sharing economy, but just like the new alternative food economy, new regulations and oversight need to be designed so as not to squash local creativity and the collaborative spirit. Government as it stands is not capable of that; let’s re-imagine it and make it creative and humane to reflect the impulse of open source technology and sharing.