The CoSume Project

Enrico Cassinelli —  May 26, 2012

The Sharing Economy is rising, and it’s considered to be the “next big thing” in the economical world.

Many applications and platforms are already trying to tackle the needs of the new “collaborative consumption” movement, such as ZipCar, Side.cr or Zaarly.

One of the latest services I stumbled upon is the Cosume Project.

The team is trying to crowdfund the project now, and they are plenty of good ideas.

Their motto is to “help people consume less new stuff” with the help of friends and social networks you already use.

Here’s a quick overview of how the application is going to work when you want to buy a thing :

  • Use your smartphone or computer to upload information about the thing
  • The CoSume Project will tell your selected networks of friends via Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or whatever you like. (This is important; this is something for you and your close friends – people you trust and share your everyday life with, away from keyboard).

then one of these three things will happen:

  • Your friends says “Don’t buy it. You can get one from me” or “Borrow one from me because I’m not using it anyway.”
  • Your friends says it’s a no-go because of quality, ethics or simply “MAN! You don’t really need that.”
  • You can buy it together with your friends. Why should each and every one of you buy the same board game if you can buy one and share it? (it’s probably the same group that you’re gonna play the board game with anyway)

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2 responses to The CoSume Project

  1. CoSume seems like an interesting approach to sharing and collaborative consumption. Since so much of sharing is local, and many of our friends on social networks can be distributed around the globe, I wonder if they will also allow you to discover other local, shareable resources in your own neighborhood.