Sunday January 15, 2017
Will you win or lose in an Uber-style sharing economy?
Call it the Uber-izing of Canada. Click an app, and you can order a snow shoveler, dog walker, grocery buyer, or an electrician. Where and when you want to buy, there's a seller somewhere out there in the electronic marketplace. It's been dubbed the "sharing economy," using our smart phones as the gateway to a growing world of on-demand services and products.
More from this episode:
- Is Uber not safe for women? : Checkup callers weigh in
- Airbnb and Uber offer flexibility for those who work multiple jobs : Checkup callers
In the same way UberX is turning the taxi industry on its head, there's an explosion of new apps coming to other Canadian industries such as renting parking spots at Rover Parking or booking a home cleaner at Ask For Task.
The tech-savvy innovators developing these online platforms say it means cheaper prices for consumers and more flexibility for service providers.
But is the new "sharing" economy good for all or a path to lower wages and no regulations?
Ask those taxi drivers protesting in the streets. They say Uber-izing our economy means more businesses trying to make a buck by skirting bylaws, licenses, safety rules and taxes.
What happens if we have more and more and more part-timers and freelancers who don't have access to steady jobs, health benefits or pensions?
Our question today: Will you win or lose in an Uber-style sharing economy?
Michael Dreher and Drew Currah, co-founders of TradePros, Edmonton
Leslie Regan Shade, Associate Dean & Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto
Bill Wilson, CEO Mindsea, mobile app development agency based in Halifax
Twitter: @MindSea, @wdrwilson
Tom Slee, Author of What's Yours is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy, based in Waterloo, Ont.
- The Uber-ization of the Canadian economy
- How the sharing economy is affecting the way we work
- Regulation could strengthen sharing economy in long run
- Debate over Airbnb and Uber reveals hypocrisy of 'sharing' economy
- Sharing economy: It's really an old-style rental economy, by Ira Basen
- Under The Influence: The Sharing Economy
- The Sunday Edition: In the valley of the kings - an Ira Basen documentary
- Ideas: The Sharing Economy
- Ideas: The Sharing Economy and The Public Good, Part 1
- Ideas: The Sharing Economy and The Public Good, Part 2
The Globe and Mail
- Canada can be a leader in the sharing economy
- Canada a laggard as world's firms wake up to digital disruption: survey
- Here's the downside to the sharing economy
- How to successfully navigate the sharing economy
- Advocacy, connection, and collaboration are the drivers behind Ubernomics
- Megan McArdle: How regulation will smother the sharing economy
- The sharing economy grows up: Professional, urban companies find success catering to sophisticated clientele
- Downside of Uber, Airbnb is disrupted Canadian economy
- Launch first, ask questions later, say sharing economy entrepreneurs