Rachel Botsman is a social innovator who writes, consults, and speaks on the power of collaboration and sharing through current and emerging network technologies, including how it will transform business, consumerism, and the way we live.

She is the author of the influential book What's Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption (2010). TIME magazine recently called Collaborative Consumption one of the ‘10 Ideas That Will Change The World’

The term collaborative consumption is used to describe an economic model based on sharing, swapping, bartering, trading, or renting access to products as opposed to ownership. Technology and peer communities are enabling these old market behaviors to be reinvented in ways and on a scale never possible before. From enormous marketplaces such as eBay and Craigslist, to peer-to-peer marketplaces such as Tradepal, emerging sectors such as social lending (Zopa), peer-to-peer travel (Couch Surfing, Airbnb and One Fine Stay), peer-to-peer experiences (Guide Hop), event ticket sharing (unseat.me) and car sharing (Zipcar or peer-to-peer Relay Rides), Collaborative Consumption is disrupting outdated modes of business and reinventing not just what people consume but how they consume it.

Consultant to Fortune 500 companies and former director at the William J. Clinton Foundation, Rachel has presented at high profile events including The Clinton Global Initiative, TEDx, Google and No.10 Downing Street. She was recently named by Monocle as one of the top 20 speakers in the world.

Rachel is the founder of innovation consultancy Collaborative Lab and a partner in the Venture Fund, Collaborative Fund. She has a monthly column called Interface in the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine and is a regular contributor to WIRED on topics related to the intersection of people and technology.

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