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  • http://www.ApreciATO.com.br Rafael Giuliano

    Olá MP,
    Primeiramente, quero lhe dar os parabéns pela iniciativa e lhe dizer que já me inspirou a “experienciar” algumas alternativas, aqui mesmo em Curitiba.
    Lendo seu texto me veio a curiosidade de quantas oportunidades reais de compartilhar eu talvez tenha à disposição em minha cidade.
    Conversavámos aqui em casa sobre o interesse em “compartilhar o sofá” neste próximo ano, a fim de conhecer pessoas diferentes. E já peguei o link aqui no seu texto.
    A comparação que você fez com a adoção de um estilo de vida vegetariano foi excelente, pois ilustra muito bem o cenário da mudança de comportamento de consumo.
    Farei uma breve pesquisa e sinalizarei a você minhas novas descobertas!

    Com imenso apreço,
    Rafael Giuliano

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  • Leonardo Nantes

    MP, I’m really enjoying this experience! First of all congrats per this attempt.

    Key points you raised in this post: “meaning” and the “money” behind the sharing economy.
    “Meaning” is what push us through experiences, what in fact make us get up every morning and really “live” our lives (not only pass by it). Most of the time people need to be awaken to the “meanings” of life (as a geek, I recall Matrix this moment). So this is a great challenge for this new era.

    I’m a bit skeptical about how this business (or better, those businesses) can be perennial without a financial system behind it. And from my very limited knowledge about the human relationship with money, it is really difficult to find a successful case where the relationship between good initiatives and money ended up well. It seems to me that our lame condition (as human being) always poisoned the great movements toward the greater good (some point in time) when the money is added (and then become more important).
    But I’m a believer (always be and always will be) and I’m up here to be the agent for change. And I’m willing to know where your journey (a fraction of the human kind) will lead you. Best wishes from here! Cheers.

    • http://mariapaulaoliveira.com.br Maria Paula Oliveira

      Hi Leo Nantes,
      Thanks for commenting. Love Matrix! And being awake, perceiving life at every moment, is something that I’ve been trying to exercise. It’s hard, but so precious.
      My experiment is also looking for the fragilities of the sharing economy, and I have a sense that a you are right: the human relationship with money and its reflection in businesses is not something that we can ignore.
      What I see by now is that the most successful of the sharing economy businesses do have a strong business model behind them (check the last paragraph in this article)

      If you see some sharing initiative in Brazil, please let me know.

      MP

  • http://Www.xplora.com.br Leo

    Congrats for the blog Maria Paula! And this is an amazing experiment.
    There’s another behavior that society needs to embrace in order to create
    mass engagement in the sharing economy: detachment – from your car, from your home, for not wanting to share possessions.
    I’ve been discussing aspects of the sharing economy with friends for some time and I will share this with them. I’m interested about what can be the future in this area.

    • http://mariapaulaoliveira.com.br Maria Paula Oliveira

      Hi Leo,
      Thanks for commenting. Yes, you are right, detaching is KEY to share. The most detached people I’ve met were not those that had nothing (as we normally think), but those that a were willing to open their houses (normally the place where we keep most our possessions) to complete strangers. For free. For the adventure of sharing a moment with somebody new. I experience that a a lot during my round the world trip, via Couchsurfing.