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Share Economies On The Rise

Share economies are trending in the Kansas City marketplace. These are networks that give people access to goods and services without ownership. Airbnb, for example, is a service in which travelers can rent a living space from a complete stranger for a short time.

On Tuesday's Central Standard, we explore how one particular peer-to-peer service, Lyft, has created a stir in Kansas City. We visit with a midtown man to find out why he "rents" out rooms on Airbnb. And, we take a look at this trend from both anthropological and business perspectives.   


  • Austin Alonzo, reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal
  • Bob McCollom, rents Ensuite Rooms in his home using Airbnb
  • Arun Sundararjan, professor and NEC Faculty Fellow in the Stern School of Business at New York University
  • Taylor Nelms, PhD candidate in the department of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine
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Gina Kaufmann is the host of Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer and now is the Media Training Manager with America Amplified. You can reach him at, or on Twitter.