(Well 2013 is almost over folks, time to take stock, right wrongs etc but whatever you do stay Blessed, Healthy and keep it classy - in the meantime, here’ my latest blog post, Enjoy) Peace!
Thomas Friedman charges $40 000 for a speech, and what you ask does he say for close to a half a million rands? Well, Thomas sincerely believes that the answer to the economic crisis and our economic woes lies in a sharing economy, that we become “micro entrepreneurs”, renting out our lawnmowers, power tools, closets/rooms, attics, clothing, shoes, any spare room that we have, our ipads, mobile phones, and anything else we can think of to rent out. He also strongly advises us to mow our neighbors’ lawns, watch their kids, their dogs, and whatever else will bring us extra cash., never mind the fact that Thomas is unlikely to do the same himself, having random strangers sleep in your house is not for everyone no matter the financial circumstances is my opinion. By his own admission he took this idea from his immigrant parents who were clearly trendsetters in this area - they rented or borrowed spare rooms (rather than stay at motels/hotels, or in regular apartments). Steven Strauss put the entire thing into perspective when he said that this idea was usually embraced for the same reasons it was embraced in the 1920s-1930s. For many people, there's no other choice.
Airbnb allows people with a spare room to use it as an ad hoc "bed and breakfast." It rents these rooms to complete strangers, who in turn get to stay with complete strangers, not quite what you envisioned when you bought your house right? In closing Steven Straus says “welcome" to the sharing economy -- also known as the collapse of the American Dream“.
Worth the 40 grand speech? You be the judge.
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