“Concepts like sharing and bartering â€” whether itâ€™s fabric at Etsy Labs in Dumbo or powerboats at SailTime on the Chelsea Piers â€” are being revived and updated for the Twitter age.
â€œThe groundswell of social technology today is creating unprecedented opportunities to share and collaborate,â€ said Rachel Bosman, an author of the new book â€œWhatâ€™s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption.â€ â€œFarmersâ€™ markets and Facebook have a lot in common. All around us weâ€™re seeing a renewed belief in the importance of community, in both the physical and virtual worlds.â€
Despite the lingering hippie connotations, collectives, which might be described as self-managed groups of people with similar interests working toward a common goal, are a thoroughly modern phenomenon.”
From farming to art, practices like sharing and bartering are being revived and updated for the Twitter age. The New York Times reports from Brooklyn.