Sharing Economy – The Utopian Goal or Business as Usual?
In 2011, Time Magazine named collaborative consumption, also known as the ‘sharing economy’, one of the ‘Ten Ideas that will Change the World’; PricewaterhouseCoopers’s projections also show that a sharing economy has the potential to increase global revenues from US$15 billion in 2015 to US$335 billion by 2025. Boosters claimed that a sharing economy could bring about empowerment of ordinary people, efficiency, lower carbon footprints, as well as a more transparent, participatory, and a socially connecting environment. Critics, on the other hand, denounce the sharing economy as a misnomer and claim that it has morphed into pure capitalism. Over the last few years, while pioneers like Airbnb and Uber and some local start-ups experience explosive growth, they have also had to face regulatory and political battles. As the debate rages across the globe, will the sharing economy evolve in line with its utopian goals, or will it devolve into business as usual? It is timely to step back and take a look at what has happened in the sharing economy and how the arguments of both sides stack up.
Session 1: Case Study – Uber


Mr. Kenneth She
Head of Hong Kong, Uber

Date: 29/2 (Mon)
18:45 – 20:15

Session 2: Sharing Economy – The Utopian Goal or Business as Usual?


Ms. Ada Wong, JP
Chair, Make A Difference Institute; Convenor & Director, The Good Lab


Mr. Fong Po Kiu, Francis  
Honorary president, Hong Kong Information Technology Federation;

Chairman, Hong Kong Association of Interactive Marketing

Mr. Kevin Tsui
Associate Professor, The John E. Walker Department of Economics


Language: English
14/3 (Mon)
12:45 – 14:00
Haking Wong Podium

Registration (starts on 28/1):
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Date Time Venue
29 Feb 2016 18:45 - 20:15 KB223
14 Mar 2016 12:45 - 14:00 Haking Wong Podium