How Do Corporations Embrace the Collaborative Economy? #collabeconadsk

UPDATE 10/13/13:
We have folks from AirBNB, Autodesk, GE, Google, Levi Straus, Lithium, Lyft, Salesforce, Sidecar, Vintank, Vodafon and more. There are ~ 20 spots left for this free event in the Autodesk Gallery. If you would like to come please email

I’m pleased to announce a salon-style event in the Autodesk Gallery on the evening of October 21 with Jeremiah Owyang. We want to pull ~100 really smart and passionate people together from the bay area to have a high signal / low noise discussion about the collaborative economy, and specifically, how corporations can embrace this next wave of social business.

A description of the evening follows. This is a free and invitation only. If you would like to request an invitation, or recommend a participant, please email me –


What role do corporations play if people get what they need from each other?

The Collaborative Economy is a new economic model, being framed and researched in large part by Jeremiah Owyang, focused on the growing ecosystem of people, startups, corporations and governments using social networks to discover, connect and exchange value with each other – rather than relying on inefficient systems and institutions. The value exchanged in the model ranges from knowledge and expertise to skills and physical goods – in many cases with the newly empowered consumer unlocking previously frozen value in physical goods, or creation of new goods, armed with networked knowledge and new tools like 3D scanners, 3D printing and freely available model libraries.
The Collaborative Economy Salon will explore the following topics:

•    A brief overview of the Collaborative Economy

•    A discussion of the Maker movement and the return to core skills that all humans in villages used to posses.

•    The phenomenon of share & barter communities, from Yerdle to x.

•    The opportunity for Corporations to nuture relevant infrastructure, content, and communities.

•    The impact the Collaborative Economy can have to on all markets all across the globe, including empowering the developing world to generate income, share what’s valuable, and reduce their dependency on others.


6:00 – 7:00 Mixer

7:00 – 7:25 Keynote by Jeremiah Owyang

7:30 – 8:30 Panel Discussion

Panelists Include:

  • Andy Ruben – Co–founder of and former CSR lead for Wal-Mart
  • Natalie Foster – Executive Director and Co-founder,
  • Neil Goernflo – Founder of Sharable Magazine

Bill O’Connor of Autodesk (Founder of the Innovation Genome Project) will MC and facilitate the panel.
Bamboo image via Moyan Brenn –

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