As you know very well, in time traditional economic models have developed in a way to instill in people a feeling of possessiveness towards whatever they may need.
Under linear economic models dictated by capitalism, we processed raw materials and products we obtain from the nature and marketed them for human purchase. Those who made the purchase used such goods for some time, only to discard them into the nature later on. We polluted the planet, acted wasteful and spent lavishly.
However, from the 2000s onwards, we saw the emergence of a new trend in economy.
Instead of making significant payments to own an asset, the idea of using it for the time of the need and then leaving it started to sound more interesting.
Hence, enabling the owners of passive assets to generate income and having the users benefit from such assets to the extent of their need through small payments they make was found to be rather reasonable.
Especially the dizzying pace of the advances in the digital realm and devices like smart phones which found their way into our daily lives made millions of people adopt this new economic trend in a short amount of time.
This new trend is called Sharing Economy.
In many countries, especially those that rank among the largest economies of the world, almost all real sectors generate a significant value added under Sharing Economy.
Yet, it must be acknowledged that as it stands, Sharing Economy does not rest upon an integrated economic model. It constitutes a niche area of study within the overall economy. However, it does bear a grand potential and offers major opportunities for the future.
Sharing economy is bringing about a paradigm shift in traditional methods of production and consumption.
That being said, it is still early for Sharing Economy to completely transform the traditional market structure or gain macroeconomic weight at the global scale.
Moreover, there are still concerns yet to be resolved in terms of legal and security-related matters.
Even so, Sharing Economy paints a picture of economic relations cultivated through the use of digital technologies and social relationships.
On one side of these economic relations, there is the party entitled to utilize the asset which is the subject of such economic relations, without owning said asset.
Here, it can be seen that economic relations are based on the principle of sharing.
It is certain that as sharing economy gains widespread popularity, production, consumption and savings shall undergo a transformation leagues beyond what traditional market conditions allow for.
As new models and modes of business emerge, passive assets will be utilized in a more effective manner and sustainable sharing mechanisms will see a broader proliferation. Thus, as sharing economy grows, it will start to threaten some traditional occupational groups. The loss of trust which may spring out during that time will bring certain legal procedures into question. The lack of a legal framework protecting the relevant parties may give way to loss of value and the parties taking up preventive acts.
As we have seen with the example of Uber both in Türkiye and the world at large, ventures which provide shared transportation and accommodation services at the global scale both experience and give way to various issues due to legal gaps.
Specifically, we should acknowledge the great importance and necessity of bridging such legal gaps through a diligent assessment of global examples coinciding with the early outset of sharing economy in our country. This is reinforced further when one considers the proliferation of flat share and shared vehicle and scooter services in Türkiye, which required efforts at the beginning due to the economic and socio-cultural making of Türkiye and which are now on the stage as serious business models. Study results also stand as a testimony to the fact that our young population welcomes innovation and displays proclivity to the practices of Sharing Economy.
In fact, this subject can be addressed from the perspective of social innovation. With Sharing Economy, a novel economic structure providing young entrepreneurs with boundless opportunities, we could significantly popularize the behavior of sharing which is already a part of our society’s culture. Thus, we would make important contributions for the well-being of our country which is already faced with a shortage of resources, while empowering the democratic social life at the same time.
As the umbrella professional organization for this new economic sphere, here PAYDER shall carry the banner in bridging the legal gaps, supporting millions of gifted and young entrepreneurs in Türkiye who seek employment and to broaden the business horizons with the value added they create, and providing Türkiye with a say in summit meetings at the international scale.
We believe that in the future, Sharing Economy will bring great contributions. We believe that the act and behavior of sharing, which has always been an integral part of our social culture, will provide a value added in the economic sense. Sharing Economy is bound to leave its mark on the 21st Century; and we as PAYDER will stand with you, our supporters, and lead the way in shaping the future of our country.
PAYDER is going to organize the First International Sharing Economy Summit on November 15th, 2022 at İzmir Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center under the auspices of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality. During the Summit, sustainable projects at national and international levels leading to qualified employment, enhancing the Sharing Economy, integrating into social life and making Turkey as the one of leading countries in this field will be presented and debated.
The significant Sharing Economy experts that contribute to the growth of Sharing Economy both in national and international level will participate in this event. We strongly believe that the sessions to be held in the Summit will offer new business opportunities to young entrepreneurs in our country and worldwide.
Thank you very much for all your support in advance.
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