A Sharing Economy

It only takes a small observation to notice that we are becoming more and more reliant on services that allow us to share amongst ourselves. If we think about some of today’s fastest growing apps and services, many of them seem to be dependant upon sharing.

The app Uber came out of nowhere and is gaining popularity and headlines across the globe. The app provides a taxi service for people who need a lift. If you have a car and a driving licence and are in the area then you can become one of their drivers. The service has caused a lot of commotion across the globe. Last year taxi drivers in France were slating the service in the news because it is stealing their fares and they are not paying any taxi licensing fees.

Another service that seems to have grown in leaps and bounds over the past couple of years is Airbnb. This service let’s you rent out a house, a flat or a room in someone’s home rather than staying at a hotel. The service is usually cheaper than b&bs and hotels and offers the guest some company if they are travelling alone.

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The group-funding site Shareagift is also seeing users flood their site looking to collect money for all sorts of things from charitable causes to birthday parties and wedding gifts. Group-funding is becoming more and more popular with people being able to achieve goals together that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to reach on their own.

Shared workspaces in offices are also becoming more popular, especially within companies who offer part time contracts. These shared workspaces mean that companies save money because they don’t have to have a computer and a desk for each person working there.

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The popularity of these services confirms the move towards collaborative consumption with people wanting to share rather than having individual ownership. We are already beginning to see shifts away from owning our own means of transport. Boris bikes in London are a perfect example of people no longer needing to own a bicycle.

In certain areas of France you can hire keys, which allow you to drive a number of electric cars. You just drive to your destination and when you are done someone else can hop in and drive off. Last year Paris launched an electric scooter rental scheme for those who don’t wish to use rental bikes to get around the capital. This is part of a plan to try and reduce the number of cars in the city and if it succeeds it could be rolled out in other major cities across the world including London.

If this trend carries on, eventually the majority of products and services that we use will become shared and we will no longer see the need to own bikes, cars or even homes. The world is changing so get ready to become a lot more generous!

Top 5 Gifts For Techies

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Is the techie in your team at work leaving and your struggling to find the perfect leaving gift. Or perhaps your Dad’s birthday is coming up and you have no idea what to get him because he has every piece of tech you could think of. Or maybe your friends have just moved into a new place and you want to get them the ultimate piece of tech for their new home. Fear not! We have compiled a list of our top 5 gifts for techies! Just pick one and head over to Shareagift to group gift it with friends.

Pocket Projector Mobile

£163 / $249.99  (£8.15 / $12.50 split between 20 people)

This pocket projector from Brookstone is perfect for any occasion, from a camping trip to lunch time in the office. Just load up the film or tv show, on your phone or tablet, and the pocket projector will instantly display it on a nearby wall or ceiling. It can be used to watch anything from movies to sports games or even for business presentations! An amazing gift for those on the go.

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Virtual Keyboard

£58.61 / $89.99 (£5.86 / $8.99 split between 10 people)

The virtual keyboard is a small box that hooks up to your phone or tablet and allows you to type on any flat surface. Type up recipes in the kitchen, take notes during an interview at a coffee shop or finish typing up that important document on the train. With advance optics for tracking your finger tips and two hours battery life it’s great for quick typing anywhere and everywhere!

Smart Bartending

£32.53 / $49.99 (£3.26 / $4.99 between 10 people)

Smart bartending is the perfect gift for any cocktail lover! Simply download the app, plug in the scale, and start making drinks from hundreds of different recipes. Combined with the scale the app tells you exactly how much of each drink to add and it can be used with any size glass. Combine this with a couple of bottles of drink to help them get started, it is the perfect gift for any occasion! Especially when a party is involved!

IKettle

£89.99 / $138.27 (£4.99 or $6.92 split between 20 people) 

Is there someone at work who is forever back and forth from the kitchen with mugs of tea and coffee, or perhaps you are fed up with the kettle in your house constantly being boiled because people keep forgetting to make drinks. For the hot drink enthusiast out there, this is the perfect gift! Just start up the app and away you go, have the kettle boiled and ready to make drinks as soon as you get in, or start it boiling from the living room whilst you are entertaining guests. The perfect companion for any tea or coffee drinker.

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Wireless Phone Photo Printer

£143.22 / $220 (£7.17 / $11split between 20 people)

For all the photo enthusiasts out there who miss having prints of photos they can keep, scrapbook, stick on their wall, frame or gift, the wireless photo printer is a must have. The printer wirelessly connects to your phone or tablet allowing you to take a photo and have it printed in minutes. A fantastic gift for photography lovers!

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Whether someone is leaving the office, a birthday is fast approaching, someone has just bought a new home or got married, head over to Shareagift now and collect money online with friends towards an unforgettable gift for any occasion!

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Top 5 Incredible Predictions For Our Future!

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In 1989 the film Back To The Future Part 2 predicted what the future would look like in 2015 with some very accurate results including drones, video chat and even thumbprint payment! We have spent some time this week looking past 2015 to the not so distant future to find out some of the changes that our world may face.

Self Driven Cars

Techcrunch released an article this week stating that driving your car could soon become illegal! Not because of the environment or because of improvements to public transport but because of the number of accidents that driving causes; traffic accidents account for one of the greatest causes of premature deaths around the globe each year. Over the past few years Google has been testing out its autonomous vehicles and they have now logged more the one million miles on roads full of human driven cars and they have yet to cause a single accident!

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Machine Intelligence

With the popularity of the recent Channel 4 program Humans, machine intelligence has become a popular subject matter over the past few months. Scientists are coming ever closer to understanding how a mind works and can be built and we will inevitably reach a point where we will no longer find ourselves alone.

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Space Travel

As we have focussed on the internet, biology and technological developments on earth, space exploration has taken a back seat over the past few decades. This will surely change as we coast into the future with companies and rich individuals taking on the space exploration challenge rather than the richest countries. We are already seeing programs being worked on including Virgin Galactic and Space X.

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Species Disappearing

As a species we have caused rapid changes to the global climate, often changing landscapes and environments wherever we settle. There is evidence that we are in the sixth massive species extinction of the history of our planet and it is predicted that many different species will likely be killed off as we go on. It has been predicted that 75 percent of the planet’s species will disappear within the next 300 to 2000 years and disappearances have already begun.

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Sharing Economy

It only takes a small observation to notice that we are becoming more and more reliant on services that allow us to share amongst ourselves. If we think about some of today’s fastest growing apps and services, many of them seem to be dependant upon sharing. Fundraising websites like Shareagift are also seeing users flood their sites looking to collect money for all sorts of things from charitable causes to birthday parties and wedding gifts. Group saving is becoming more and more popular with people being able to achieve goals together that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to reach on their own. If this trend carries on eventually the majority of products and services that we use will become shared and we will no longer see the need to own bikes, cars or even homes.

If you have any ideas or plans that could affect the future then why not start a Shareagift campaign and raise money to get your idea off the ground. Shareagift provides you with an easy way to collect money online for anything and everything from group gifts to funding events for parties and charitable causes.

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Top 5 Weirdest Jobs From Around The World!

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This weekend has been dubbed the Great Summer Getaway with more than two million British holidaymakers heading overseas. If you’re longing to take someone away on holiday this year but are struggling to get the cash together, perhaps an evening or weekend job would be the answer to get some extra cash together. We have come up with some alternative jobs that you may want to try.

Professional Snuggler

Professional snugglers are paid to snuggle and sleep next to strangers. Snuggle cafes, currently very popular in Japan, are places where you can go for a quick cuddle and a kip on your lunch break. Although you have to sleep next to strangers getting paid to snooze is very appealing!

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Dice Inspector

Dice inspectors work in a number of different companies, the most common being casinos and dice manufacturers. The job (if you hadn’t guessed already) is to ensure that the dice are correctly numbered, weighted and shaped to avoid any cheating.

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Professional Mourner

According to The New York Times this job dates back as early as 1877 and for some is a highly desired career. Professional mourners get paid to weep and cry in public in order to create a mournful atmosphere. They are often hired to make up the numbers at funerals. If you are interested in hiring one or think you would have a shot at a job rentamourner.co.uk operate out of Essex and cover the majority of the UK.

Pet Food Taster

Yes that’s right! Pet food isn’t allowed to arrive on shelves unless it meets a food technologist’s taste. The job involves not only smelling and tasting pet food but also chewing it to ensure that it is of the right consistency. Pet owners want to ensure that they are feeding their animals quality food and so it must be tested. Pet food companies are often on the look out for food testers so if you think this could be the career move for you it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a job.

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Professional Ear Cleaner

Professional ear cleaning, which is considered an art in India involves working the street and cleaning people’s ears of any foreign body, wax, and dust with a cotton-covered needle and a pair of pincers. Check out the video for a more detailed look at what the job involves.

If none of these take your fancy then why not set up a Shareagift page and collect money online to fund a holiday and take someone away somewhere truly amazing. Shareagift is one of the easiest ways to collect money online and fund a gift, project, event or cause.

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Top 5 Mad Modes Of Shared Transport

‘I love to travel, but hate to arrive.’ – Albert Einstein

Thousands of commuters across London will be preparing to leave work early tonight as a 24-hour tube strike hits the capital. With many workers taking leave or working from home tomorrow, it just goes to show how much we have now come to rely on public transport. With people relying so heavily on trains to get around we thought it was time to mix it up and have compiled a list of our top 5 alternative shared modes of transport that you and your colleagues could use to get to work!

5 – HumanCar

This vehicle seats four passengers and is powered by each passenger pushing and pulling on the different handles to generate speed. Although it may not look much the Humancar can reach up to 60 mph going downhill! However, you may notice that there is no steering and to turn the passengers must simply lean left or right. Although it is not the safest mode of transport it’s free to run and it will give you a work out as well as a means to get from A to B!

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4 – Beer Bike / Pedal Pub

This is a shared bike that can sit up to 18 passengers and is pedal powered. A bar sits in the middle of the bike and over 30 litres of beer is provided. These bikes are situated in numerous cities across the world and are great fun for someone’s birthday or stag do. It could also be a great way to get to work, provided you can still stand when you arrive!

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3 – Couch Bike

If the beer bike seems a bit too much effort then why not go for a more relaxing way to travel. As you may have guessed this mode of transport is simply a pedal powered sofa on wheels. A great alternative to those uncomfortable bike seats, the bike is the perfect combination of lazy and productive. You could even cycle this straight up to your desk and work from it without ever having to get up.

2 – Toboggan Sled

To avoid time walking down hills or steep inclines the toboggan sled is a great way to both save time and have fun! There is a sled ride in the city of Funchal, Madeira where two men dressed all in white take passengers up and down a long hill. This ride is loved by tourists and is used by locals as a quick way to get around. Perhaps it’s time to start installing stops around the capital as an alternative to the tube and Boris bikes!

1 – Tandem Bicycle

The oldest shared mode of transport in our list, the tandem bicycle dates back to the 1890’s and is essentially a bicycle designed to be ridden by more than one person. They avoid the problem of keeping pace or catching up with one another if you are out as a group and if you fancy a rest you can lazily ease up on the pedalling and let the others carry you. A great way for you and all your colleagues to get to work together ensuring that no one is ever left behind.

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If you are fed up with the more mundane modes of transport then why not use Shareagift to save with friends or colleagues towards new and alternative modes of transport. Alternatively you could come up with you own new mode of transport and fund it through Shareagift. Remember, Shareagift can help you raise cash for anything and everything!

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