We all have been reading and hearing about how the idea of sharing has been a great force behind new business models that are challenging the way companies normally do business – and the way we normally live our lives.

Me too. I’ve been reading and hearing. But that was not enough to grasp the real meaning of sharing as an economic concept. Having being the basis of human relationships for millennia, sharing & collaboration were replaced by trade & labor by the emergence of the monetary commerce model. More than reading and hearing about it, I’ve been living within the traditional paradigm of work-money-money-purchase. So, if I wanted to fully understand another way of doing things, I’d have to live it.

Welcome to “The Share Experiment”

For the next 75 days – to include Christmas and New Year’s Eve – I’ll be living in the new economy. I’ll be sharing spaces, objects, goods, time, food, mind & soul with other humans. I’ll be experimenting with new, innovative, radical, disruptive ways of living, eating, working, studying.

Airbnb, CouchsurfingYerdel, Nextdoor, RelayRides, Feastly, TaskRabitt…examples pop-up everyday and find people eager to embrace them, specially here in the California San Francisco Bay Area, a microcosmos that welcomes, more than other regions I’m familiar with, the new. So, I’ll conduct my experiment from here, testing and trying all sorts of share & collaborative initiatives. I’ll go deep. And I’ll share that with you. Starting NOW.

Tonight (Oct/22), I’ll go to my first meal by Feastly. Feastly is unlocking the diverse food and cultural potential of the original social dining option: the home cooked meal. In a world flooded with too many impersonal and sterile restaurants, they are creating a marketplace where passionate cooks (professional and amateurs, like you and me) can connect with adventurous eaters seeking more authentic and social dining options by offering home cooked meals in a cook’s home. Feastly suggests the meals are priced at a cost + time base, true to the intention of bringing people together being more important than making a fortune.

I’ve enrolled to be a cook with Feastly. Before hosting my first dinner, I’m going to try Amanda’s cooking tonight. I don’t know Amanda; she doesn’t know me. But she is going to cook for me, at her place. How amazing is that? In a world where we have grown apart, isolated in our houses, cars, offices, smartphones, a whole crowd of people are whiling to brake the barriers of fear and distrust to engage in more meaningful relationships with fellow humans.

I’m in this crowd now. Like I was for a little while when I shared a meal with unemployed folks in Portugal during my round the world trip (sorry English readers, the text of this link is still in Portuguese). Well, THEY shared their meal with us. But this is another story. Let the experiment begin!

Any ideas of what I should experiment next? Share your comments bellow, challenge the experiment and spread the word!
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