If there is a def­i­n­i­tion­al fight to have, let’s pre­serve the term ‘shar­ing,’ reserv­ing it not for anti-eco­nom­ic nice­ness, but for eco­nom­ic rela­tions that have a social thick­ness to them. This is why I began with the dema­te­ri­al­iza­tion his­to­ry of sys­tems of shared use. In the end, shar­ing is about the messy nego­ti­a­tion of access to goods, goods that in the name of sus­tain­abil­i­ty become more scarce. Cap­i­tal­ism is an alien­at­ed way of han­dling those nego­ti­a­tions; shar­ing forces you to nego­ti­ate with aliens.

I appre­ci­ate this piece’s zoom­ing in on the notion of fric­tion as a source of mean­ing­ful inter­ac­tions.

Shar­ing you can Believe in — Medi­um

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Kars Alfrink

Kars is a designer, researcher and educator focused on emerging technologies, social progress and the built environment.