Rachel Botsman is an author and the global authority on trust and the power of collaboration and sharing to change the way we live, work, bank and consume. Her ground-breaking new book Who Can You Trust? How Technology Brought Us Together – and Why It Could Drive Us Apart (UK: Penguin; USA: Public Affairs) was published in September 2017.
‘You can see the rise of distributed trust in the popularity of services such as Airbnb and Uber. These work on the basis of community control: people enter a stranger’s car or home partly because there is group oversight, peer ratings and an exchange of personal pictures…. It’s tempting to see this as just one more aspect of the digital economy. But another way to understand this cultural pattern is to use the intellectual framework offered by the business consultant and social analyst Rachel Botsman in her fascinating recent book, Who Can You Trust?’ Gillian Tett, Financial Times
Rachel is also known for originating the theory of ‘collaborative consumption’ with her 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 taught 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.
In 2013, World Economic Forum named her a ‘Young Global Leader’ and Fast Company named her as 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. She was nominated by Thinkers 50 for the 2015 Breakthrough Idea Award recognizing ‘a eureka moment in business thinking.’ and ranked in the top 50 in 2017.
She received her B.F.A (Hons) from the University of Oxford and attended Harvard University for her post-graduate studies.