Jean Lievins: Utility 3.0: How to Democratize Energy in the U.S.

Utility 3.0: How to Democratize Energy in the U.S. As the U.S. turns to renewable energy, the question remains: who will benefit?  Among those concerned with the United States’ energy future—including, increasingly, the utility companies themselves—the business model known as “Utility 2.0” appears as a beacon of hope. Utility 2.0 addresses the concerns of both …

Jean Lieven: Peter Ladner on Sharing Economy

Sharing economy shares assets and business opportunities Peter Ladner Business Vancouver, 22 July 2014 One of the most disruptive business trends of recent years is growing at an alarming rate. It’s called the sharing economy, or collaborative consumption. The premise is pretty simple: use digital technology to reap the advantages of ownership without actually owning …

Jean Lievins: (YouTube 9:30) The Human Cost of Your iPhone – Should SHOCK You

Who Pays the Price? The Human Cost of Electronics This short documentary reveals the hazards of the electronics industry in China profiling workers poisoned by chemicals and their struggle for compensation. Thousands of young people in China enter export factories to make the West’s favorite electronic gadgets, only to find they have contracted occupational diseases …

Jean Lievin: Communities: the institutions of the 21st century? An interview with Rachel Botsman

Communities: the institutions of the 21st century? An interview with Rachel Botsman Since her influential book about how collaborative consumption is changing the way we live, Rachel Botsman has been a leading actor in the collaborative economy and stimulated important debates about its future. OuiShare Fest Co-chair Francesca spoke to her about her vision of …

Jean Leavins: San Francisco Leads Urban Start-Up Environments

The Urban Shift in the U.S. Start-Up Economy, in One Chart San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood; Cambridge, Massachusetts’ Kendall Square; Lower Manhattan: These are the dense, walkable neighborhoods that have become the new hubs of America’s tech scene, as the center of gravity for venture investment and start-up activity shifts from suburbs to urban centers. This …