OpenDoors MED Sharing project is finishing and its the moment to writte some conclusions. As we have analyzed and seen during this project, the Sharing and collaborative economy is an excellent opportunity for Mediterranean regions to deliver services in a more decentralized, sustainable and cost-effective way based on trust and citizen-producer confidence. Always, of course, that platforms and providers respect and fill labour rights and tax obligations.
The rise of all this type of new business models based on the Internet and trust between citizens seems unstoppable as it implies a more democratic and decentralized way of providing services where any individual is both an informed and demanding consumer and a potential producer of goods and services. And it has more effect in regions, such as the Mediterraneans, where services sector is very important and gives job to millions of people.
Unemploy and job insecurity, bigger in the Mediterranean regions than in other European countries according to the data, together with the need to reduce costs and obtain greater profitability from the assets at our disposal, create enormous incentives for any individual who owns or has access to a vehicle or home to obtain economic remuneration, either as an extra or even as a main source of income. In addition, the possibility of decentralised exchange of goods and services based on peer-to-peer trust and without administrative supervisory and control authorities calls into question the extent to which existing regulation and entry barriers in certain sectors are anachronistic and currently unjustified.
At the same time, ecological sustainability, an essential aspect of any trade already in place but whose importance will increase in the coming years, is another positive point to which the economy contributes at least better than traditional service delivery systems; and, on the other hand, the possibility of more authentic and reliable interaction are factors that, together with the economic crisis, illustrate the importance of this new way of purchasing goods and providing services through Sharing and collaborative economy ;).