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Tell Shareable how much you share and earn $10 for CC!

Jane Park, June 3rd, 2010

Shareable, the online magazine about sharing culture, is carrying out an innovation study and wants you to tell them how much you share in a short 15 minute survey.

The study will assess individuals’ awareness of current shared offerings, their attitudes about sharing and trust, and their engagement with sharing across a variety of contexts. Participants will be contributing to a relatively new and increasingly important knowledge base. Moreover, they will be playing a critical role in helping to generate new ideas and opportunities for the future of sharing. (Results will be shared on both Shareable.net and Latitude’s life-connected.com in the coming weeks.)

At the end of the survey, you’ll get paid $10; you can choose to pocket it as an Amazon gift card or donate the cash towards the Creative Commons Catalyst Campaign that’s going on right now… or the Project for Public Spaces (we hope you’ll choose CC!).

So help Shareable and CC out–take the survey!

You can learn more about the survey here. Shareable magazine is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA. For more on Shareable, stay tuned as CC Talks With Shareable co-founder and publisher, Neal Gorenflo, to go live next week.

4 Responses to “Tell Shareable how much you share and earn $10 for CC!”

  1. Andras Korn says:

    I took your survey about sharing. I think you’re making the mistake many American businesses make: assuming that most people are Americans and/or think like Americans, and/or that people who are not Americans are inherently less important and less interesting than Americans.

    In other words, the survey had an American cultural bias.

    This was especially noticeable when you asked whether I considered myself an “economic liberal”. Any answers to this question you get from non-Americans will probably be useless (in the sense that they don’t mean what you think they mean); by European standards, for example, Obama is less conservative than, say, Bush, but still far from being “liberal”. OTOH, it is my understanding that in the US, that is what he is widely believed to be.

    Also, liberalism isn’t inherently about economics at all; rather, it is the “belief in the importance of liberty and equality” as Wikipedia puts it. Quoting further, “In North America, unlike in Europe, the word liberalism almost exclusively refers to social liberalism in contemporary politics.” So what does your question mean? Or, more importantly, what do the people taking the survey think it means?

    FWIW, the terminology of the political compass, which uses economic left/right and libertarian/authoritarian as its two independent axes, makes a lot more sense to me than the American notion of liberalism (which appears to be “economic near right coupled with moderate authoritarianism”). But I digress.

    Other than that, you were taking a lot of things granted; for example, that it is legal to share public transport. This is far from being universally true (season tickets may be issued to specific individuals and only be valid with photo ID, for example; sharing would be tantamount to fraud).

    Also you assumed that sharing communities were universally available in any geographic area. Well, try to find a bicycle pooling community in, say, Egilsstadir, Iceland. You may have better luck trying to share helicopters. :) “No relevant sharing community available in my vicinity” should have been a possible reply among the reasons why I don’t share something.

    Another question with a cultural bias was the one about household income. Absolute values are meaningless globally; someone who is very well-to-do in Thailand may earn very little by Norwegian standards *and still be affluent* in his own country. You could perhaps have avoided the bias by asking how the household income compared to the national average, but even that may not be good enough for contries with huge differences between rich and poor (where earning near the average actually means you are pretty well off, due to the magic of statistics).

    I hope whoever wrote the survey will try to avoid these and similar pitfalls next time.

  2. Jane Park says:

    Hey Andras– you may want to pass the feedback along to the Shareable folks who wrote the survey by commenting on their blog at http://shareable.net/blog/innovation-study-tell-us-how-much-you-share.

    Best,
    Jane

  3. Andras, I appreciate your detailed feedback. Thank you. I will share it with our partner Latitude Research.

    While it’s our intention to take a global perspective because sharing is universally human, we obviously failed in a number of ways with our survey instrument. I apologize for that. We will do things differently next time. And hopefully do better.

    Thank you again for great feedback.

    Neal Gorenflo
    Publisher
    Shareable.net

  4. Tim Sparke says:

    Hi Andras,

    You have hi the nail on the head. I am an Australian and to be frank the term “economic liberal” has less than no meaning to me. Although I understand the meaning behind the term, it would fall on deaf ears in this part of the world.

    Tim Sparke