Many collaborative, peer-to-peer and open initiatives are beginning to reinvent the ways we produce, make use of goods, resources and services. Driven by the “commons” philosophy, many people are organising themselves to create common alternatives to the current unsustainable and exploitative consumption system.
Collaborative consumption can be defined as a traditional way to share, exchange, lend, give or rent an object or service making use of the peer-to-peer networks, new technologies and online communities. These new forms of collaborative consumption are creating a new social and sustainable economic system that moves away from the traditional industrialised economy and the culture of consumerism. All collaborative consumption initiatives have in common the will to create a connection between those who have a certain asset that is underused and those who have the necessity to use it.
In Spain there are many interesting initiatives promoting collaborative consumption. These initiatives stress that the access to a certain asset is more important that its ownership. Thousands such sharing projects can be currently found all over Spain. These projects are empowering local communities and showing that another type of economy is possible. Here there are some interesting examples: