Lauren Capelin has played an instrumental role in building collaborative consumption into a global economy and movement over the last four years. Over this time, she developed CollaborativeConsumption.com and made it the leading source of news, resources and examples about the space globally, and built a curator network covering news and research from more than 30 countries. With a deep understanding of the unique potential of collaborative businesses and the communities that drive them, and based on her years of experience researching thousands of entrepreneurs and advising high-growth startups around the world, Capelin is passionate about harnessing the power of the collaborative economy to shape a more efficient, sustainable and connected future.
As Chief Knowledge Officer at Collaborative Lab, she is a renowned expert about the collaborative economy for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporations and government leaders around the world. She has worked alongside Rachel Botsman, author of “What’s Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live,” to explain the key principles of the collaborative economy, help clients determine its implications and opportunities, and develop strategies to take advantage of this societal shift.
Capelin is skilled at taking macro trends and ‘big ideas,’ and distilling them into practical insights that can be applied by organizations across sectors. She is a sought-after speaker and experienced workshop facilitator, having presented across Europe, Asia, the United States, South America and Australia for organizations including HP, Itaú, ESADE, Chosun Biz, FIERGS Brazil, Westpac, LGA of Tasmania, Social Media Week, Fast Company, the UN Environment Programme, Media Evolution and TEDxSouthBankWomen. Her presentations focus on how the collaborative economy will shape the future of business and society, building community in the 21st Century, and the unique traits of ‘collaborative entrepreneurship.’
Capelin writes regularly on the opportunities and challenges of businesses in the space, and profiles the work of entrepreneurs in the space globally. Her work and thinking has appeared in Telstra Smarter Business Ideas, Fast Company, Big Issue UK, Shareable Magazine, The Age Australia, ABC Radio, Clarín, PROFIT Magazine, Mundo Estranho, Sustainable Industries Magazine, McGill Daily, In:Genius, Solutions Journal, Oxygen Magazine, The European and other publications.
Lauren holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries, majoring in Creative Writing and Journalism, and a Graduate Certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies from Queensland University of Technology. She is an inaugural member of the World Economic Forum Sydney Global Shapers Hub.