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  • [Peer economy] Recap: Transportation licensing hearing in Cambridge | MIT Center for Civic Media
    were plenty of Lyft drivers The chair explained that they had asked Uber to be at the hearing because most of the emails they received were about Uber There were then testimonies from lots of folks centering around these issues California Public Utilities Commission rulings For context the California PUC passed regulations late last year that legalized ridesharing under the term transportation network companies which captures pre arranged pick ups and drop offs The big problem at the time besides all of the cab livery issues was applying insurance and safety standards to TNC drivers Insurance companies wouldn t cover drivers if they were in an accident because using their vehicle for commercial purposes actually nullifies their insurance Anyhow in those rulings the PUC detailed accessibility requirements management obligations of the TNC company Uber Lyft SideCar other groups like them Attendees who keep up on this urged the commission to look to California Safety v competition Proponents of TNCs urged the commission to separate safety from competition when figuring out regulations a common accusation is that the taxi lobby has been meddling in city politics Later on during the session one cab driver pointed out that besides the typical arguments for regulating Uber the fact is that even good taxi drivers can t compete because taxis cannot charge surge pricing Taxis are bound by legal measurements and pricing for metered travel Meanwhile surge pricing gouging is not regulated by public laws On the flip side of this several of the drivers pointed out that licensing costs and other fees actually go toward supporting public infrastructure Basically TNCs don t pay into the public infrastructure the way that livery and taxi drivers do through permitting licensing costs One person put it as socializing costs privatizing profits If taxis want to compete they need to change their customer service approach Attendees claimed that taxis are unable to compete because their customer service is horrible Even those who want regulations for Uber Lyft refuting that Uber is not a taxi service and it should not try to mask what it is say that the taxi industry still needs to get its game on when it comes to customer service They re the incumbents so they should have the advantage Misinformation There was misinformation across the attendee spectrum A few cab drivers and livery drivers claimed that TNC drivers do not get background checks while a few long time Uber drivers thought that they had always been covered under Uber s 1 million insurance policy IMO the misinformation is actually indicative of TNCs failure in reaching out in a culturally thoughtful manner to antagonized communities Accessibility issues Disabled persons There were two women at the event who were disabled persons One was blind and had a service dog She said that TNCs have been amazing for accessibility reasons in that she does not have to figure out where a taxi stand is the car comes to her that the read back feature on smartphones

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/hidenise/peer-economy-recap-transportation-licensing-hearing-in-cambridge (2016-04-29)
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  • [Peer Economy] Keep it real to catalyze the sharing economy | MIT Center for Civic Media
    to peer marketplaces When I got the prompt for this talk BLANK will catalyze the sharing economy I had lots of different reactions But in the five minutes I have I want to say that straight talk is what will catalyze the sharing economy In the last two days we ve ran the whole gamut of sharing And what do we mean when we say sharing economy Broadly we mean cooperatives We mean co housing we mean credit unions We mean smart transportation where it is just as easy to jump on a citibike or hail a Lyft as it is to walk or take MUNI We mean time banking We mean tool libraries where locals share their underutilized equipment The sharing economy then captures a lot of different ideas peer to peer marketplaces crowdlending things like Linux Wikipedia and DIY In this sense sharing economy is being used as an umbrella term But actually I m here to say that I think we should be more considerate about how we use sharing economy Now as I said earlier I look at peer to peer marketplaces which are often referred to on the national scene as the sharing economy There are at least two major consequences for using the term sharing economy so liberally One is on a policy regulations level The other is in how people and companies understand their commitment to one another On the left here are two snippets from the shareable cities resolution Last year nine mayors pledged their support for this resolution and in the same document you see two different uses of the word sharing economy One is technically a private business model and the other are commons based models like bike sharing cooperatives and co housing When it comes to policy this means it s unclear which models are under discussion Either influential people will keep talking past each other or we ll get such a broad set of regulations that nobody will be happy The peer economy is great because it s a system of trust Providers and companies team up to provide a quality experience and providers can earn money on their own terms Together they re building a great brand This leads to a sense of solidarity between providers and how providers feel about the companies I ve even heard providers refer to CEOs as our CEO But providers are the front line when someone has to answer on a legal level In Pittsburg and Wisconsin police officers went undercover as Lyft and Uber passengers When drivers came to pick them up the officers fined them up to 300 Meanwhile even if companies are able to build a place of camaraderie and openness their ultimate commitment to providers is limited This might be fair and providers who realize this can be smart about planning But terms like sharing economy are confusing when it comes to what each group thinks they are owed Companies that embrace the term sharing economy are

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/hidenise/peer-economy-keep-it-real-to-catalyze-the-sharing-economy (2016-04-29)
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  • Will it happen? A makerspace for the homeless | MIT Center for Civic Media
    at MIT This has looked mostly like peer economy research but I have also been thinking about how other workforce development models may not fit today s circumstances Cities have traditionally approached workforce development from one of two perspectives Sector based approach the training agenda is determined by surrounding industries most valued skills Training can be highly specialized but if the industry ups and leaves think motor industry furniture industry mining towns etc then those skills might be difficult to transition to whatever industries are left Location based approach the goal is to get people whatever skills they need to begin working immediately This is often a strategy for working with immigrants and refugees However it has been criticized for pushing trainees out the door as quickly as possible and into potentially exploitative low paying jobs Approaches to workforce development are imperfect triangulations of employer presence employment urgency and marketable skills in specific geographies As The Learning Shelter put it on its Indiegogo page the businesses creating jobs now are usually small heavily reliant on technology and lacking large training budgets They count on their new employees walking in the door with at least basic knowledge and the ability to learn more quickly I find the Learning Shelter compelling because if its founder is any example then digital fabrication skills and fab lab access ready people to work for companies just as much as they plant the seeds for small businesses the founder acknowledges that this is not a magic bullet but he sees it as an exit strategy I m holding my breath and for several reasons There are three days left on the Indiegogo campaign to raise 60 000 The hopeful kickoff date is March 15 The Learning Shelter wants to run four people through its pilot and if it s successful 30 more through its inaugural class But the crowdfunding campaign has only raised 12 500 I m from the San Francisco Bay Area and I want to see good things grow out of there I m in Cambridge right now and it s easy to take making for granted when you re at Media Lab Everyday I m surrounded by colors and lights and sounds Whirligigs burst out of every corner and hang from every ceiling so many that of all the people who call ML home no one person could tell you what everything does Two MIT grads began their own makerspace after striking a deal with OK Go and Nokia It would burn thousands of pieces of toast for a music video shot on a Nokia camera in exchange for three laser cutters They became Danger Awesome a makerspace in Cambridge Mass Most of it starts in our basement We have 3D printers 3D scanners laser cutters milling machines welding equipment industrial sewing machines a water jet and more We have dedicated staff who keep us safe while helping us understand the capabilities and limitations of materials and machines For some of us it

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  • [Peer economy] Media's place as herald and tastemaker | MIT Center for Civic Media
    media portrayal In 1893 a Hungarian engineer started such a news service in Budapest and expanded it into a comprehensive entertainment service with outlets in the homes of its 6000 subscribers each of whom had a timetable of programs including concerts lectures dramatic readings newspaper reviews stock market reports and direct transmissions of speeches by members of Parliament It focused the attention of the inhabitants of an entire city on a single experience regulated their lives according to the program schedules and invaded their privacy with an emergency signal that enabled the station to ring every subscriber when special news broke An English journalist imagined that this service if introduced in England would diminish the isolation of individuals in cities and make it possible for one voice to be heard simultaneously by the six million people of London Stephen Kern The Culture of Time and Space 1880 1918 It was a dream come true In America media was a synchronizing experience The telegraph enabled the newswire services that filled in news spreads and radio and television broadcast made it possible for a country to experience information simultaneously However alongside the Fordist framework institutional journalism professional journalism buttressed by media houses journalism think tanks academic curricula and similar institutions is a 20th century product Few voices could afford to rival major media houses since production and distribution were expensive endeavors for most of the last century Thanks to technological innovations media making tools are cheaper everyday and online distribution channels from blogging to Twitter to Instagram have multiplied Internet adoption has severely weakened mainstream journalism s grip as the herald and tastemaker of American society Opposite the editorial page or op eds were once written by a select few Editors courted thought leaders and prominent individuals for their thoughts at a

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  • hiDenise | MIT Center for Civic Media
    local government architects in humanitarian aid geographers in newsrooms Unicorns by rahuldlucca on Flickr Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Scaling the unicorns Diverse perspectives that serve the public good hiDenise s blog Peer economy Why the peer economy comes off as share washing Submitted by hiDenise on February 3 2014 10 25am Pay attention to Tom Slee he s snide but he s spot on In a recent blog post he neatly sums up how peer economy proponents appear to advocate selectively for its place in the formal economy Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Peer economy Why the peer economy comes off as share washing hiDenise s blog Peer economy Is collaborative consumption an excuse to own more Submitted by hiDenise on January 29 2014 11 26am Since Rachel Botsman coined the term collaborative consumption independent analysts corporate consultants startups and thought leaders have all translated the idea for diverse audiences The Mesh author Lisa Gansky has said it s about access not ownership Resulting questions ask whether certain generations are more amenable to sharing Are urban areas predisposed to sharing Is Europe an intrinsically more sharing culture than America Can this ethic be rolled into environmental benchmarks Co living coworking lending and borrowing some venture that this is a market disruption driven by disgust with excess The potential reduction in consumerism is a sign that people are returning to to what really matters Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Peer economy Is collaborative consumption an excuse to own more hiDenise s blog Peer economy Calling out companies on socioeconomic inequality Submitted by hiDenise on January 23 2014 5 20pm Recently a reporter from Marketplace called me for a radio piece Two Harvard profs just released

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  • hiDenise | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Read more about Shareable What fan culture can teach us about the peer economy hiDenise s blog Shareable The past present future of work in the peer economy Submitted by hiDenise on November 12 2013 9 09am In fall 2013 I played the occassional columnist on Shareable a group that tracks the roots and development of cooperative economic movements This is my first post published on 17 Sept 2013 crossposted from Shareable I hear it a lot Sharing isn t new Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Shareable The past present future of work in the peer economy hiDenise s blog Video Peer economy takeaways from my summer research Submitted by hiDenise on August 29 2013 9 45am Comparative Media Studies MIT kicked off the 2013 academic year yesterday with orientation presentations The second year CMS grad students pulled together a 10 minute presentation about their thesis topic and summer research and then presented to faculty staff and incoming graduate students I thought you d be interested RE points in the video Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Video Peer economy takeaways from my summer research hiDenise s blog Terminology 101 A glossary for the sharing economy Submitted by hiDenise on August 21 2013 6 14pm No pun intended I want to share something with you I ve been collecting terms around the peer economy Stripped down to its core this work paradigm is essentially about freelancing It s 1099s independent contractors and sole proprietors Collaborative sharing peer consumption economy Those are enough terms to make heads spin But I put this to you These are not interchangeable terms Read on because I m going to make my argument in the form of this fledgling glossary Image by MarcoD Among platforms analysts

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/users/hidenise?page=2 (2016-04-29)
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  • hiDenise | MIT Center for Civic Media
    manifesto The delineation between media company and any other enterprise is no longer relevant we embrace the notion that any entity brand nonprofit news organization or individual can be a quality publisher Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Collaborative Fund Marrying venture capital and content strategy hiDenise s blog Reading notes The peer economy according to investors analysts journalists Submitted by hiDenise on July 18 2013 10 48am Along with interviewing and hanging out in the peer economy I ve been reading voraciously since the beginning of the year The goal of my thesis research is not to publish another version of existing information but to create information that is useful in the world of practice To understand the landscape I ve been reading a lot of literature for context The first wave of publications and output I ve explored are by analysts and investors like Rachel Botsman s What s Mine is Yours and Lisa Gansky s The Mesh Many of their thoughts are echoed by articles in mainstream media beginning to broach the peer economy Infographic by Collaborative Fund Bigger version here Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Reading notes The peer economy according to investors analysts journalists hiDenise s blog Skillshare An opportunity for codesign in the peer economy Submitted by hiDenise on July 10 2013 2 04pm Meet Margot Harrington Five years ago Margot worked for a design agency Five years ago that agency laid off two thirds of its staff in one day Margot now stitches together her income via her own design studio and speaking engagements She moonlights through Aeolidia which always has a few projects for her and helps her stave off the feast and famine cycle of freelancing Photo by Lucy Hewett Google Plus

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  • hiDenise | MIT Center for Civic Media
    raw deal the next generation of workers were getting This was when employees still expected companies to take care of them somehow He retired with a pension but he d joke what is this 401k business I m a few generations of work later and I don t even know many young people who have a 401k Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Q Why bother with emerging economies narratives of work hiDenise s blog Postmarked Ignite talk Dystopian spaces visualizing disempowerment Submitted by hiDenise on June 25 2013 3 39pm I gave an Ignite talk today at the MIT Knight Civic Media conference civicmedia Wow that went so fast I didn t quite share all I wanted but if I could sit down with you over a cup of coffee this is what I would have said If I may be cheesy for a moment these were really my most heartfelt points So my lucky ducks read on for the full spiel I m going to tell you about an exploration that really began with an interest in public space and a pet question of mine Where does a postcard sit between a letter and an online petition Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Postmarked Ignite talk Dystopian spaces visualizing disempowerment hiDenise s blog Meet my thesis Peer economy as an emerging narrative of work Submitted by hiDenise on June 17 2013 1 17pm This sums it up perfectly Job security is about as real as a free lunch With the first year of grad school over I m rolling up my sleeves for thesis research I haven t talked about it much on the Civic blog but I ve been refining my idea since I arrived at MIT how do narratives of work move into the mainstream and what is an emerging narrative The short of it is this Since the mid 20th century we ve idolized the full time salary benefits narrative That s been on the decline for the last 30 years in entrepreneurship in number of jobs even though gross domestic product climbs We re graduating more qualified people into a shrinking job market this narrative is not realistic anymore which makes room for new narratives of work to emerge Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Meet my thesis Peer economy as an emerging narrative of work hiDenise s blog Postmarked Negotiating dis empowerment in civic art Submitted by hiDenise on May 24 2013 3 30pm This is part 2 in a series on a public art project to create a space for dialogue between a concerned community and the owners of a dilapidated Cambridge property Bigger picture in part 1 I was enamored with the weight of postcards How does the sender s selection of a design suggest something personal A postcard has more weight than a petition signature and gives flexibility to write a lot or a little to illustrate concepts

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