I’ve read dozens of books in the entrepreneurship/technology/social change space in the last couple of years, and it’s rare that a book knocks my intellectual or political socks off.
In many thought provoking ways, Chase weaves together lots of the themes I’ve been mulling over AND focuses in on how combining the use of excess capacity, creating new platforms online and elsewhere, and empowering average users (or peers in her terms) has had a huge impact already in dozens of markets and could have even more in areas like climate change in the not so distant future.
Her book has wider implications, including in my own field peacebuilding where we have yet to find the excess capacity, build the platforms (with her Inc), and enroll the peers (the peacebuilding community and others) to achieve the kind of exponential growth she talks about. That’s the case in part because she lives up to the goals she sets for herself for the quote attached to the photo I’ve inserted here.
As we have worked together since I first wrote this review in 2015, I’ve seen those ways evolve as Chase’s thoughts have evolved. Her newest initiative, Shared Mobility Principles is an attempt to bring the corporate and environmental worlds together around creating new, sustainable cities. As we have talked in the last two and a half years, we’ve seen shared interests in climate change, inequality, and the Sustainable Development Goals, which is how her work directly connects to mine these days.
And of all the books I’ve read in this space, it was the most fun.