Are you tired of “stuff”? Are you tired of planned obsolescence, waste, clutter and trash? Here is a book that will lift your hopes for a better way:
What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers. Harper Business, 2010.
In colorful detail the authors describe how network technologies have enabled “an explosion in traditional sharing, bartering, lending, trading, renting, gifting, and swapping.” You can read about it in detail on the book’s web site, Collaborative Consumption Hub where you will find lots of news, links and video clips.
You can view a 17 minute video in which author Rachel Botsman outlines what this is all about here.
We need to consider what collaborative consumption could mean for the church. There’s inspiration here as we try to practice an Acts 2 kind of lifestyle personally, but there’s more: we need to ask how we can put models like these to work as congregations and networks of congregations. Big or small, resource-rich or not-so-resource-rich, all congregations and judicatories need to be thinking about sharing and collaborating in new ways to serve the mission of getting the good news out beyond the boundaries of the church. Presbyterians like me and others who regard ourselves as “connectional” can make that word come to life in new ways.