• The Thriving Relationship Economy.
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    Over the last few years the sharing economy has evolved from a fringe movement to a significant economic force with trust at its’ center. More than an economic force, it’s also a cultural one that fosters relationships and relies on human, peer-to-peer interactions. Enabled by technology, we’re now connecting with others in ways even five years ago would have seemed reckless—lending our cars to strangers (Lyft), letting them stay in our beds (Airbnb),…

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  • PINPOINT THEME: Trust As Currency.
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    Currency and the ways that we transact in the 21st Century will take many forms (cyber-currencies, smart phones replacing credit cards, etc…) but there is one currency that is perhaps bigger than all of them—the currency of trust. A culture of secrecy is no longer valued and smart businesses are welcoming transparency as a means to drive business and connect with customers. Customers in turn are expecting to interact and buy from companies that involve and invite…

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  • Businesses Are Being Driven To Become Social Capitalists.
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    We’re seeing the formation of entirely new business models, as well as bold new platforms that negate or disintermediate traditional structures altogether, from Wikipedia to Airbnb and Lyft Rides, to Kickstarter and Bitcoin. What does this all mean and what’s coming next? The rise of a human era that places value on a life meaningfully lived based on sharing, trust and collaboration vs ownership, control and accumulation. As we move to a “stakeholder”…

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  • Moving From a Culture of Extraction to Contribution.
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    As we state in THEBIGSHIFT microsite, “probably the biggest shift of all that we’ve observed is the rising consciousness that we are not simply moving from an analog world to a digital one, but instead are seeing the diminishing returns of a culture and economy rooted in extraction, as compared to the thrust and velocity generated by innovators who choose to approach it all with a sense of contribution. As this excerpt from an article last week in the NY Times…

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  • Facebook Just Elevated Social As Business To A Whole New Level.
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    Business as social just moved to a higher level. Thought you were merely browsing your social streams when scrolling through Facebook? Think again. The company recently beat out all other competition by launching a new location targeting technology, often referred to as ‘geofencing‘, that can pinpoint your exact position when you’re online and allow advertisers to send you push notifications. For example, you could be walking down the street and you’re…

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