Kempf’s is a simple mandate borne out of good, old-fashioned common sense. After all, how many of us own a tent that we use no more than a couple of days over the summer? How many of us have a slow-cooker that we’ve only ever used once or twice, but we hold on to ‘just in case’? How many of us make a journey in the car with four empty passenger seats? And on the flip side, how many of us have loft space in our homes that is only ever half-full?
It seems obvious that the solution to all this wastage is sharing, but what Hervé doesn’t impart through his little nugget of wisdom, is how one can share better. We take a look at the options...
As has been previously alluded to the New Sharing Economy – and by association SmS - will have a greater impact on peoples lives than the industrial revolution; this will clearly lead to new challenges and opportunities for local and central government. There will be some winners and some losers; society overall will become more self reliant and 'connected' leading to an increase in economic productivity, social productivity and micro-entrepreneurship, whilst champions of 'top down' or 'big' government will struggle to find relevance in the face of citizens who are less reliant on their social welfare services.
SmS encourages the use of existing secure and dry space closer to where its needed. This concept has to a number of benefits from an ecological perspective.
You only need to take a cursory look at the blighted urban landscape in the Uk to witness how self regulating industries such as self-storage can drastically effect ecology. Over the last 10 years the number of purpose built facilities has risen by over 1000% to 1200 at the last count. Whilst this has had an impact on the environment in general - in terms of construction - the lasting legacy of these bland warehouses is to visually dominate busy the road side; works of art they are not.
The New Sharing Economy has the potential to have a greater impact than the Industrial Revolution. SmS is at the heart of this disruptive movement.
In the first instance it is the 'selfish motive' of earning or saving money that seems to attract our members but what quickly transpires is the social benefit arising out of regular interaction with people who they have built a trusted relationship with.
SmS encourages 'micro-entrepreneurship' by empowering individuals to make available and manages unused space they have access to in return for rental income. It's a powerful proposition that enables householders to take control of their finances whilst providing a meaningful social service to people in their communities. This also provides local government with an opportunity to harness micro-taxation on a large scale that delivers new, stable and predictable revenue streams.
By working together and approaching the problem from a social perspective individuals and communities can provide a cheaper, friendlier, more convenient and in many cases better value alternative to some of the leading self-storage businesses.
Sharemystorage.com enables people all over the UK and abroad to offer their unused attics, garages, basements and spare rooms to others for the purposes of storage. We believe that communities and individuals providers will treat you as they would wish to be treated and offer storage that...
Back in July 2010 a neighbour asked us if she could use our garage to store her children's bikes whilst their house was being renovated. She explained that she'd had real problems trying to locate a self-storage space nearby that didn't cost the earth.
After a quick browse online we were shocked at the high prices, poor locations and befuddling small print that seemed to be part and parcel of using one of the major self-storage providers. The cost of using what is ultimately secure empty space with a big-brand self-storage company differs depending on where you want it. Just as with the property rental market; where demand is high, space is expensive.
Were we the E3 Sustainable Business of the Year 2013?
Well its not often we dust down the black ties and kick back for an evening but if theres a chance of picking up a prestigious award you can bet we'll book our seats before you can say 'photo opportunity'!
How to make money from home without lifting a finger
Capitalism. Some thinks its a good thing whilst others can't stand the concept (not all of them are communists!). One things is for sure its capitalism combined with consumerism that has encouraged us (the people) to acquire more and more 'stuff' in order to satisfy our immediate wants. Notice we didn't use the word 'needs' as if we only bought what we needed that wouldn't help the economy much now would it?
Finding self-storage in North, East, West, South London or anywhere else in the UK has never been easy. But you would have thought the the transparent nature of the internet would have enabled potential storage users to find suitable storage units with minimal fuss; unfortunately we have some way to go before that happens!
Having been short listed for thegoodwebguide.co.uk (GWG) annual 'Website of the Year' awards the great and the good from the UK's online start up community gathered together at the Century Club on Shaftesbury Avenue in Central Londonon November 20th to find out who would be crowned the UK's Social Website of the Year 2012.
Homes, shops, towns and cities devastated, people displaced, where will there put their stuff? ShareMyStorage.com has decided to waive all fees for anyone who is helping people store in the flood hit areas.
ShareMyStorage.com was featured on Goodnet, a media platform that aims to activate people's goodness. Read on to find out how they work towards their mission and why they chose to include us in their directory...
If you witnessed any of the activity surrounding Global Sharing Day, and feel inspired to learn more, read on. Here, Reuben Sagar reviews five green enterprises including ShareMyStorage.com adding considerable momentum to the Collaborative Consumption movement.