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Yid Lit: Rachel Botsman

Yid Lit: Rachel Botsman

If you pay for a membership to Netflix or Zipcar, if you’ve gone to a clothing swap, a potluck or given or gotten anything from Craigslist, you’re participating in “collaborative consumption,” the phenomenon of sharing, swapping, borrowing and lending that Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers write in their new book, “What’s Mine is Yours” (Harper Business), is enabled by networking technology and is changing the way we live. I spoke with author and speaker Rachel Botsman recently about the pulse of American consumerism, sharing’s Jewish roots and Israel’s unique position in this space as a kibbutznik culture and technology front-runner.

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