[For many reasons I can’t go into my current affiliation would not be able to help me get this proposal in and fully signed off for the FuseLabs current call.
So I thought I would post it here, its still a draft as I can’t submit it but think that its an interesting problem that could do with investigation.
If you know of any links or work that should be looked at regarding this (either bits already done, or work that could relate) then please leave a comment.
I’ll try and do the work as and when I can, or when some funding for time can be found. If anyone else can do it then please let me know what you find out:]
Proposal for FuseLabs Research 2015 Peer Economy Research Awards
The language of the Peer Economy is one of sharing, sustainability and resilience. It is targetted at users who believe in a community, yet one who sees all items as a commodity.
Whereas before we would have looked at an object and when it was not in use it would remain in a number of possible states:
- Functional – Potential
- Functional – Dormant
Many of the platforms that are now described as part of the Peer or Sharing economy try to make use of these objects so that they remain in these other states for less time.
In the process many of these platforms assign a value to these objects, so that there can be some kind of transaction in return for the use of the object.
This project aims to prepare a number of mappings of this economy, to examine the physicality of the organisations, users and objects across the globe and understand the boundaries of the communities of presence for the objects.
It also aims to map the flows within the platforms, of the data and interactions as well as the financial flows. Where does capital, the value designated within the objects end up?
Finally we look at the language used in description of the platform, particiaption (e.g. terms of service, policies and sign-up forms).
This is then presneted as an atlas of the Peer Economy, where necessary noting the potential mappings into the exitsing capitalism markets, where the perception of sharing and peer may differ from other uses.