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Rachel Botsman

Rachel Botsman

Collaborative economy expert

Rachel Botsman is an author and the global authority on the power of collaboration and sharing to change the way we live, work, bank and consume. She is known for originating the theory of ‘collaborative consumption’ with her acclaimed book, What’s Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live (Harper Collins, 2010). The concept was subsequently named by TIME as one of the ‘10 Ideas that Will Change the World’ in 2011 and the book was shortlisted for the 800-CEO-Read Business Book of the Year in 2010. Her TED talks on the topic have been viewed more than two million times.  In 2015, she designed the world’s first M.B.A. course on the collaborative economy, which she teaches at Oxford University’s Saïd School of Business.

Rachel is a regular writer and commentator in leading international publications including The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The New York Times, and The Guardian. Rachel is a contributing editor for Wired and writes a monthly column for the Australian Financial Review, exploring the mindset of entrepreneurs who see the world differently. 

In her work with universities, entrepreneurs, corporations, and governments Rachel examines the growth and challenges of start-ups such as Airbnb, TaskRabbit and Uber, with a focus on technology’s impact on trust and relationships. Combining research and historical knowledge with strategic intuition and foresight, Rachel discerns threads and patterns that provide context for how and why the world is changing and the broader implications of this new economy.

In 2013, World Economic Forum named her a ‘Young Global Leader’ and Fast Company named heras one of the ‘Most Creative People in Business.’  She is a much acclaimed speaker and was named by Monocle as one of the world’s top 20 speakers to keynote your conference. Recently she won the Thinkers 50 2015 Breakthrough Idea Award for ‘recognizing an idea which has the potential to change the way we think about business forever.’

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