Vendor in Hanoi by Julia SuhIt’s quite obvious at this point that the sharing economy is here to stay. Now the debate is on how and when will it be established, if not as the prevailing economical system, at least, it will be an important part of it.  Nevertheless, as I see all the trouble that these companies are having in establishing themselves in certain cities, I think that the question that is urgent to answer in the first place is: where will be the sharing economy established?

A lot of forums are starting to respond while, at the same time, they try to promote local politics that boost this economy. The race for being head of the sharing revolution locations started long ago. Soon there will be a new and very interesting professional field: urban sharing economy.

It’s inspiring but… (thankfully there’s always a but that makes us reflect more). The agents and actual dinamics of this new economy generate me some doubts in crucial aspects: power recentralization through data base owning, bilateral agreements between not necessarily democratic actors, the big and global scale, the need for intensive capital investment, the difficult-to-resist tendency to become tax collectors or even new regulators, etc…

In a manner, these tendencies exist because this economy comes from a digital environment that is “landing” in cities and places. I ask myself what new professional field we’d be talking about if we looked closer and with open minds to other economical dynamics that are already common in cities and (surprise!) have more to do with I think is real p2p and distributed networks. What if we re-pose the question to:

Where will be the direct economy promoted?

Then, another professional field arises:

Urban direct economy

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