juliet schor

juliet schor

the about page on her  site .

Love her work. Resonates with Lisa Gansky, and conversations we need to be having about redefining things.

Her CLRN interview:

interested in need to connect people.. and online connections… allowing us to transition to a very different economy.

one way we can move to a better economy is through empowerment of young people.. they understand, in a lot of ways better than adults, how the world is changing

optimistic about kids’ attitude, which is very pragmatic and solutions oriented, the level of innovation that young people are involved with through the internet is mind-boggling


her site:

juliet schor's site



book links to amazon


on the book – 2010:

Uploaded on Jun 25, 2010

Juliet Schor says that the U.S. would be much better off and more economically secure if Americans shifted their thinking on what constitutes a good life. She argues for increasing leisure time, changing our consumption habits, and moving towards small scale economies. Prof. Schor spoke in Portland, Oregon, at an event hosted by Illahee (illahee.org).

if we want more nature – we have to do with less of other stuff that we like.. more of one thing necessarily implies less of another..


jan 2014:

true wealth with juliet

Juliet: We need to build sharing economy platforms that are not privately owned, but whose purpose is to serve the users—where the communities of people involved are not at risk of being subverted for the purpose of making profit. Platforms that can stay true to their original mission. 

I think of Zipcar as a company that really diverged from its mission. Its big goals were to reduce driving and car ownership. Then it started doing things like showing up on college campuses, which gives car access to a group of people who didn’t have it before (because if you’re under 25, you couldn’t rent a car). That expands driving. And now Zipcar rents out SUVs through a deal with Ford. To me, that’s a real subversion of what it set out to do.

That’s what I worry about with the for-profits. Whatever their rhetoric, they are probably more committed to making money than they are to meeting the goals that they set out in their platforms. 

Sara: I keep waiting for the social sector to jump into this. I think we’re seeing it in local, small initiatives dispersed around the country, but I’m not seeing any serious infrastructure being built. Am I wrong?

Juliet: I do think you only see it in small projects. Part of it is that developing the high-functionality software was expensive. But you also have an ethos—it’s a cultural issue, sometimes.

So we need to get a group brain on a culture that is hyper-individualized. And we’re seeing things emerging.

Juliet: When you say emerging, you’re talking about new economics. The peer-production movement—or the peer-to-peer movement—is something that new economics as a practice needs to pay a lot more attention to. This technology is enabling new kinds of economic relationships.

Sara: That’s so true. I feel like often, the progressive world is almost allergic to money and hasn’t created vehicles for people to build revenue-producing entities.


Juliet oped oct 2013 – when the jobs disappear:

juliet op ed oct

This shift from employment to livelihood,

As jobs disappear, people have begun to carve out new ways to gain access to income, goods and services. This is evident not only in the “makerspaces,” but also in what has come to be called the “sharing economy,” which encompasses activities as diverse as car-pooling, ride-sharing, opening one’s home to strangers via Web-based services like Couchsurfing or Airbnb, sharing office space and working in community gardens and food co-ops.

Like “makerspaces,” the sharing economy is refashioning work, giving people new opportunities to earn money or to have access to goods and services. People are joining “time banks,” through which members trade services like baby-sitting, carpentry or tutoring. They are selling their labor for cash on platforms like Task Rabbit and Zaarly. They are renting out their cars, homes and durable goods, from appliances to lawn mowers. They are also giving away their stuff, via Web sites like Yerdle and Freecycle, rather than throwing it away.

The potential for the sharing economy to give work more meaning, autonomy and social impact is considerable. It has begun to reallocate value along the production chain, by cutting out middlemen, like hoteliers and landlords. What’s revolutionary is not the sharing — people have engaged in nonmonetary transactions for millenniums — but that the transactions are occurring among strangers.


oct 2014:



youth matter.

set them free, in the city, as the day, .. and we will be blown away by our new society, our new economy.


consuming kids (doc)


connected learning


money ness


june 2015

Video: Juliet Schor on the goods and bads of sharing economy | P2P Foundation https://t.co/MoNs5x2WFn

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/KevinCarson1/status/609458385516302336

The sharing economy: hyper-capitalism or a sustainable alternative?

5 min – can we create new kinds of exchanges in which it’s not about making money.. but about ie: reducing carbon footprint.. creating more connection/meaning


july 2015 interview



nov 2015 – platform coop


@JulietSchor @YochaiBenkler @natematias

Here’s the project website for folks who are interested in our papers..



Ann B Ryan – notion of enough about commons

for (blank)’s sake

a nother way


platform coop ness

Not exactly how I would put it. But we did report on a winner take all earnings distribution. And because the customers are discriminatory then even cooperative producers went along. https://t.co/OhiZfTHCdf

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/JulietSchor/status/1022828026478948352

At #opencoop I keep thinking of @JulietSchor’s evidence at the first #platformcoop conf that values-based sharing platforms can be more discriminatory and exclusive than corporate monopolies.

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/ntnsndr/status/1022761295593070592

rt via Juliet:

Martijn Arets (@martijnarets) tweeted at 9:23 AM on Thu, Jul 26, 2018:
The ecosysteem around platform cooperatives seems to grow. In Germany @super_markt and in France @CoopdesCommuns. Collaborative they are on an expedition. Quite exciting, since collaborating is is quite rare in platform landscape. #opencoop https://t.co/jg8Fovgvkp


When the “sharing economy” first launched, its proponents said it would revolutionize work and bring about social and environmental benefits.
Sociologist @JulietSchor talks to @piya about why the model didn’t live up to its aims — and how to win it back https://t.co/5AbhzH9LTA
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/CBCSunday/status/1341805777133199362

22 min podcast – dec 2020

5 min – counterculture of 60s was where ideology of sharing community can be located.. new communalist moment.. egalitarian communities.. interested in people connecting in demo ways

6 min – one branch – tech – cyber utopianism.. tech was going to get us to these egal communities.. idea was everyone was equal.. everyone could thrive.. person to person

can only do that if we use tech as a means to undo our hierarchical listening (to self/others/nature).. otherwise just spinning our wheels in sea world (aka: not us)

8 min – then talked about wages and too little work.. as biggest problem

wrong focus.. let go .. you’re talking in sea world..

imagine if we..

9 min – big story of what happened.. investors/founders of platform are greedy.. started good then reduced wages/work (uber et al)

12 min – talking about what apps did to climate.. and still .. about money

15 min – talking rights of employees

rights ness.. so many red flags