HOW IT ALL BEGAN…
It all started in September 2013. Ivan and Roro were Couchsurfing in Chile and Uganda while Mathieu had just rented a place in Amsterdam with Airbnb. That’s when it all hit us! It was all so wonderfully weird: so authentic, so homey, whilst so far from home.
We liked it! We liked it so much in fact that we decided to dig a little deeper. A few meetings, readings and conferences later we discovered that these were but two of a far greater movement: the collaborative economy.
We were struck by the great energy across the collaborative space, struck by all these new ideas and alternative ways of doing things, but one particular thing caught our attention: all these people brought back at the heart of economic transactions.
However, it felt like for the media it was all about big figures: “Airbnb is valued at $10bn” or “BlaBlaCar raises $100 million”. But in our eyes, that’s not what the collaborative economy was all about! For us, it was about Sacdrac, that Chilean with whom Ivan had climbed a Vulcano. It was about Conrad, that Ugandan with whom Roro had discovered the history of his country. It was about Sterre, that Dutch host who had welcomed Mat with open arms.
We started wondering about all those other stories behind the actors that drive the collaborative space – Who are they? Are they idealists? Champaign socialists? Pragmatics? Hipsters? A little stingier than the others? What drives them? Who and what fuels all that sharing?
We thought we’d go and meet the many faces behind the collaborative economy. Let us introduce them to you!