Leaving that dead-end job for a new life in the ‘sharing economy’

In this upbeat TED Talk, Emily Castor, who works for the ride-sharing app Lyft, explains how she quit her job and found new ways of making a living using the stuff she already owned.

The term 'sharing economy' is being used to describe the activities made possible by newish app-based technologies like AirBnB or Task Rabbit that allow people to earn money through sharing their car, their home, their skills, or their time.

Is this a good thing? Some people argue that it makes work less secure (including the creators of this fascinating new podcast), while others see it as providing new opportunities for people to earn a living. Emily believes it gave her the necessary freedom to step out on her own and start a whole new career.

Have a watch and see what you think. And let us know what your experiences of the 'sharing economy' have been. Do you regularly use Uber or AirBnB? Do you earn your living via any of these services? Do you think it's a good or bad thing?

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