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***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** thanks, Eric. my apologies if I violated the norms of the group -- this is probably excessively promotional, it's something that was sent out elsewhere this morning, and I should have edited and provided better context. (I'm noticing there aren't too many book announcements on the list.)

Here is some context (quickly from my phone, I'd be happy to provide more over the coming weeks)

What people label the sharing economy often involves digitally-enabled economic exchange that is enabled indirectly by one or more underlying social networks. Today, this kind of economic exchange is not a big part of most economies, but I believe it could be a significant fraction of many economies in the years ahead. As the model of exchange evolves from institution->individual to individual->individual (sort of coming full circle, but with a new digital layer of intermediation), it seems likely that patterns of connections between individuals would start to have importance that they previously didn't. 

A topic of immediate interest is how this transition alters the relationship between networks and trust. Economies that have robust economic institutions don't need to rely as much on social networks for trust, which may be part of the reason why positions of brokerage confer advantage in studies of organizations in Western economies. (In contrast with an economy where institutions are weak and one relies on a more clustered network to facilitate trust in economic exchange.) 

There are other contexts that could interest network scholars as well: for instance, organizational membership has become an important source of "community" over the last few decades, and as we evolve to crowd-based models of organizing economic activity that makes employment less common, will there be new structures that fill this void? (the networks of Airbnb hosts and Etsy sellers may be early examples.) I understand that some informal groups (like Facebook discussion forums) for providers on other platforms (like Uber driver discussion groups) have become sites used for both tacit "management" of providers as well as channels for collective labor action. This still isn't enough explicit context: but I think it's likely that there are many new research problems of interest to networks researchers that will emerge from the move of economic activity to "crowd-based" models, and there's a natural intellectual connection between the topics. (This belief may be biased in part by the fact that my interest in the sharing economy stemmed from my interest in networks, and specifically, in network-based trust.) I hope this is helpful. cheers, Arun. 





On Friday, June 17, 2016, Jones, Eric C <[log in to unmask]');" target="_blank">[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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Hi Arun, rather than a long promotion of your book and other work, i'd rather you provided some insightful connection of your book to any of the varied interests of this network analysis community--particularly current or classic debates--or things we didn't know before. best, eric



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Subject: Re: [SOCNET] My new book, "The Sharing Economy," is now available

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wtf? a book release announcement? with full ted talk links? I'd like y'all to know that if you are happy that I haven't written a book, please follow me on twitter and read my blog. 

On Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 9:43 AM, Arun Sundararajan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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Dear friends and colleagues, 

I'm delighted to report that my new book, "The Sharing Economy," (http://www.s12y.com) is now available, on Amazon and in many bookstores around the world. (It may take until the end of June for it to reach some countries.)

I've included links to a few (favorable) reactions at the end of this message. I'm expecting a few more over the coming weeks. Tune in to Bloomberg TV around 12:45pm today (6/17), or to the Diane Rehm Show on NPR Monday (6/20) at 11:00am if you want to catch me live.

I would really appreciate your support in getting the book off to a strong start. If you're thrilled to see that someone has finally written a book called "The Sharing Economy," or if you've enjoyed listening to my ideas in the past, or if you're an influencer who likes to spread important content (of course you are!), or if you're trying to help your friends find an excellent summer read, or if you just like to share, here are three ways in which you can help:

(1) Get yourself a copy of the book. It's available in hardcover, Kindle ebook, Audible audio, CD audio and ancient parchment formats. Amazon sells almost all of these.

(2) Spread the word. Post a link to the book (http://amzn.to/24p9Xe8) or to one of the articles below on your Facebook or LinkedIn. Tweet to your followers. Tell your friends to look for the book. Tell them to tell their friends. Seed your very own social contagion.

(3) Write a review of the book on Amazon. It's quick and easy. Three or four sentences is plenty. I'm bound to read it almost instantly, since I'm monitoring the page around the clock. (And lots of other people will as well.)

If you made it this far, I'm grateful. I hope you're having an awesome summer!

cheers, Arun.


Some reviews and reactions

(1) Profile of the book on the TED ideas blog
http://ideas.ted.com/change-is-good-exchange-is-better/

(2) Book Q&A on Bloomberg View
http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-06-15/secrets-of-the-sharing-economy-in-the-age-of-uber

(3) Nice TIME article about the book (and a few others)
http://time.com/4370834/sharing-economy-gig-capitalism/

(4) Book interview on Marketplace Radio
http://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/marketplace-tech-monday-june-13-2016

(5) Book interview on The Bloomberg Advantage
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/audio/2016-06-16/the-bloomberg-advantage-the-sharing-economy-deal-of-the-week

(6) Great review from the IMF
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2016/06/book3.htm

A few sample tweets in case you're inclined

Trying to figure out the #SharingEconomy? It just got so much easier! Pick up a copy of @digitalarun's new book. http://amzn.to/24p9Xe8

"...a fundamental shift in how we organize economic activity." great profile of 'The #SharingEconomy' from @TEDTalks http://ideas.ted.com/change-is-good-exchange-is-better/

"tackles the myriad issues...in his path-breaking book.­" @IMFNews on 'The #SharingEconomy' www.s12y.com http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2016/06/book3.htm

secrets of the #sharingeconomy: @foxjust interviews @digitalarun about his new book. www.s12y.com http://bv.ms/1tw9iam

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