The cashed-up new collectives

Airbnb, Uber and eBay are at the forefront of the sharing economy, but the Revenue is determined to geta slice of the pie too.

15th August, 2015
The cashed-up new collectives
Airbnb is about making excess land – a spare room – into a productive asset Picture: Bloomberg

This morning in a small Croatian village my family partook in something called ‘Radna Akcija’ (Work Action). This is a throwback to communist times in Yugoslavia when everyone in the village was expected to “muck in” and help build something for the benefit of the village. In the old days, this may have been building a road, helping extend the water supply, digging the channels for a new sewage system or simply cleaning up after...

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