Rachel Botsman is a recognized expert on how collaboration and trust enabled by digital technologies will change the way we live, work, bank and consume.

Why you should listen

Rachel Botsman is the co-author, with Roo Rogers, of the book What's Mine Is Yours (2010). In it, they developed the concept of "collaborative consumption", which was recognized by Time magazine as one of the "10 ideas that will change the world" and by Thinkers 50 as a Breakthrough Idea. Her newest work focuses on trust, which is the topic of her next book. In 2015, she designed the world’s first MBA course on the collaborative economy, which she teaches at Oxford University’s Saïd School of Business.

Named a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum, Botsman examines the growth and challenges of startups such as Airbnb, Taskrabbit and Uber, with a focus on technology's impact on trust and relationships, providing context for how and why the world is changing and the broader implications of this new economy.  

What others say

“They offer not just a prescription for parts of our ailing economy, but a new vision of what ʻconsumerismʼ can be: not just a form of slavery to objects, but a thing in itself positive, progressive and pleasure-giving.” — Adam Gopnick

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Live from TEDSummit 2016

Pathways: Notes from Session 4 of TEDSummit

June 29, 2016

This morning’s Session 4 explored the ways we connect — the pathways our money takes, our communication, our trust, even our intelligence(s). Read on: Trust in your neighbor, but maybe not in your bank. Why is it that, despite being told “don’t get into a car with a stranger” for as long as we can remember, […]

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