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The sharing economy is proving to be the biggest business trend of all time; and as we say goodbye to 2017, we could look back on the year that saw potential valuations of this new economy soar to $2 trillion and to the battles in cities across the world to adapt to new models of accessing shared resources. Instead, I’d like to look forward to what’s in store for 2018.
Others may predict mainstream adoption of AI, increased live interactions, live-streaming video content, social learning, blockchain adoption by big players, breakthroughs in zero-emission cars, the Indian economy taking flight, and flying cars and veganism going massive … but all of these predictions have a common thread and a much bigger notion behind them. It’s called the Sharing Economy, and though often misunderstood and believed to relate only to big brands such as Airbnb, Uber and Zipcar, it’s actually a broad concept that includes a variety of different types of sharing. It empowers people to create, trade, swap, access and share goods, services and resources between themselves; and recognizes tri-part value — economic, social and environmental. In a true sharing economy, all are costed and counted.
Given that this is seen to be causing the biggest societal shift since the Industrial Revolution, I’d like to share five insights from my sharing economy crystal ball about what’s coming in 2018.
In 2018, as the line between work and life continues to blur, what will become important is quality of life and wellbeing.
How our work and business bring value to ourselves and to others, the benefits of being part of connected communities and the ability to pursue our passions so we can live the life we want will become ever more important as the sharing economy takes hold in 2018 and continues to transform our lives and our future.
 BofAML, BIA/Kelsey, SIC: Primer on the Sharing Economy, 2017
 PwC Megatrends, 2017
 The People Who Share, 2015
 Digital in 2017 Overview, We Are Social and Hootsuite, 2017
This post first appeared on Benita Matofska’s blog on December 14, 2017.
Published Jan 7, 2018 7pm EST / 4pm PST / 12am GMT / 1am CET