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The on-demand economy is the new economic environment that we are immersed in today; everything (well, almost everything) we want can be accessed at the touch of a button on our smartphones or other devices. While we move at lightning speed toward and through this new economy, it’s always interesting to hear unique perspectives on the on-demand economy and the implications it brings and opportunities it provides.

Check out some of our favorite TED Talks below, in no particular order, for some new and very relevant insight into what, exactly, the on-demand economy is and what it means for us.

“My Way Highway – the Future of Delivery in Our On-Demand Economy” by Alan Amling

Amling is the VP of Global Logistics and Marketing for UPS. In his TED talk, he addresses the here-and-now demand in today’s economy and shares his vision of the supply chain of the future in a very on-demand marketplace.

“Opportunities of the On-Demand Economy” by Tom Fisher

Fisher is a professor in the School of Architecture and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota and was recently recognized as the fifth most published architecture writer in the United States. In his talk, he speaks of the new, on-demand economy that will reduce the “waste” and “excess capacity” that much of our economy today carries and provide many opportunities for a positive and sustainable future.

“The Currency of the New Economy is Trust” by Rachel Botsman

Botsman is a businesswoman who has been highly impactful in the shared economy of today; she teaches the world’s first MBA course in the collaborative economy at the University of Oxford and originated the idea of “collaborative consumption” in her book What’s Mine is Yours. In her TED talk, she addresses the currency that all systems (Airbnb, TaskRabbit, etc.) in today’s collaborative economy depend on: trust.


“Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling” by Emilie Wapnick

Wapnick is a life and career coach who works with “multipotentialites,” people who have a wide set of career interests and a desire to explore more than one. In her TED talk, Emilie discusses the importance of multipotentialites in society today, especially in the on-demand economy.


“How Airbnb Designs for Trust” by Joe Gebbia

Gebbia is the co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Airbnb. In his TED talk, he discusses the making of on-demand economy giant Airbnb, and how it had to (and still has to) overcome the “stranger-danger bias,” an issue that is very relevant to potential employers of on-demand workers in today’s economy.