Sharing isn’t complicated. It means giving others access to what we have so that they can fill a need. Simple as that. So, does something as obvious as sharing even have a history? Haven’t we always known that it’s nice to share what we have? Well, yes and no. It turns out that sharing is deeply intertwined with successful evolution. Lots of animals cooperate to share resources, work, and relationships. Think about beehives or ant hills, where tasks are divided among different members of the community so the entire population can grow and thrive. We, too, are programmed to share, but as a society, we’ve worked hard to forget it. Despite the modern normalization of selfish behaviors, our natural inclination for sharing has endured in not-so-obvious ways. If you’ve ever borrowed a book from the library or leased an apartment, you’re already familiar with the benefits of shared resources. New technologies and cultural networks now allow us to share in ways and on a scale that has never been possible before. These new mechanisms eliminate many of the inefficiencies that caused ancient cultures to move away from sharing as a way of life. Sharing isn’t new, but the way we’re doing it now is unlike anything we’ve attempted in the past.
“In her new book, “Sharing is Good,” Beth Buczynski explores a new type of economy, one based on sharing and collaboration, and offers steps we can take to expand our sharing networks.” Mother Nature Network
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