Rachel Botsman

Author “What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of the Collaborative Consumption”, Co-Founder of the Collaborative Lab

Rachel Botsman is a global thought leader on the power of collaboration through technology to transform the way we live, work and consume. She has inspired a new economy with her influential book What’s Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption Is Changing The Way We Live. TIME Magazine recently called Collaborative Consumption one of the ’10 Ideas That Will Change The World’. Rachel is the founder of Collaborative Lab, the leading source of expertise for companies and governments that want to embrace the collaborative economy to revolutionize business and society. Rachel was recently named a 2013 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, which recognises individuals for their commitment to improving the state of the world. In 2014, she was named by Fast Company as one of the ‘Most Creative People in Business,’ Rachel has presented at high profile events including The Clinton Global Initiative, TED, HP, Google, and No.10 Downing Street and was named by Monocle as one of the top 20 speakers in the world to have at your conference. Her thought leadership and writings have appeared in Harvard Business Review, The Economist, CNN, New York Times, The Guardian, Fast Company and other publications. Rachel has a monthly future tech trends column in the Australian Financial Review and is a contributing editor to WIRED UK. Rachel was a founding partner in the Collaborative Fund, an early stage investor in disruptive ventures, and a former director at President Clinton’s Foundation. She received her BFA (Honors) from the University of Oxford, and undertook her postgraduate studies at Harvard University. Her work has taken her to every continent, except Antarctica.

On Tuesday, Rachel Botsman discussed Collaborative Economy with Rahul Kapoor. Botsman explained that the Collaborative Economy identifies unused life assets and puts them into marketplaces for collaborative or shared use for greater efficiency or shared access. According to Botsman, this idea has been around for 40 years, and has been evolving over time.