Rachel Botsman is known around the world for her visionary thinking on how the power of collaboration and trust enabled by technologies will change the way we live, work, bank and consume.
She defined the theory of ‘collaborative consumption’ in her first book What’s Mine is Yours, and in her TED talks. A visiting academic at the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School, Botsman studies and teaches how technology is transforming trust between people. Her work has been published in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, Wired, NPR, Fast Company, and more.
Botsman has been named as one of the world’s top 20 speakers to keynote your conference by Monocle, one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Recently she has 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.’ She is currently writing a new book on the future of trust.
Client Comments for Rachel Botsman
- Rachel is a genuine world class speaker who knows how to stir thinking and encourage an audience to open their minds. Months on, I am still receiving emails about her talk. Her polished but warm style coupled with her relevant and clever stories leave an audience with a genuine sense of wonder and awe but most importantly it leaves them curious and hungry for more! I would not hesitate in booking Rachel for any event that calls for a world class thought leader - especially if you are after someone to disrupt and stir thinking.
Creative Director, Commonwealth Bank
- Rachel Botsman was excellent. For our audience, she was right on key with her presentation. Her content was exactly what we needed for our program. Her presentation style and delivery was dynamic, engaging, humorous and thought-provoking. One of the best keynote's we've had!
The Association to Advance Colegiate Schools of Business
- We had a wonderful event with Rachel. She was pretty amazing - an accomplished, intelligent and humble speaker who was a delight to work with. Her subject matter was highly relevant and members loved it – rating it 9.7. It was my favourite learning event this year and I'd love to welcome her back.
Entrepreneurs' Organisation - Sydney
- Rachel Botsman was excellent. For our audience, she was right on key with her presentation. Her content was exactly what we needed for our program. Her presentation style and delivery was dynamic, engaging, humorous and thought-provoking. One of the best keynotes we've had!
The Association to Advance Colegiate Schools of Business
- The doyenne of the (Collaborative Consumption) movement.
Wall Street Journal
- Without buying into the shallow potential of the latest fad, be that Twitter or Facebook, Botsman takes a more intelligent long view of how technology will change the terms on which people live and work.
- A Kevin Bacon, or a central figure, in the growing network of collaborative consumption businesses.
- Her talk at Microsoft Research both provoked and inspired, setting off an active conversation that continues to this day and world-wide within the company.
- Rachel Botsman speaks from the heart and directly to everyone in her audience. She wowed TEDxSydney with her compelling storytelling about Collaborative Consumption. Rachel wants us to share our lives AND our goods and chattels – when you hear her speak you will open your heart and your doors.
Janne Ryan, Executive Producer, TEDxSydney
- Rachel Botsman was a brilliant speaker at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. She captured imaginations when speaking about how collaborative technologies are reshaping our relationships and reinventing the world around us in life-changing ways. Rachel is on the vanguard of an extraordinary movement and is sweeping us up with her as she creates new paths into the future.
Clinton Global Initiative
- If you weren't already convinced that collaboration is the current world wave - in politics, business, life - then listen to Rachel Botsman on the subject! Her talk at Microsoft Research both provoked and inspired, setting off an active conversation that continues to this day and world-wide within the company.
- Rachel Botsman was the highlight of the 2010 Feast Conference. Need proof? Our Twitter feed blew up after her talk and she has been one of the most viewed talks of all time. Rachel is a social innovator who transforms the way our society thinks about collaboration.
Michael Karnjanaprakorn, co-founder, The Feast
- Rachel was outstanding and her presentation quality quickly spread around our tradeshow of 3000 people by word of mouth. Rachel explained the 'social design' concept in a way that eludes many others, and I could see the pennies dropping in many heads in the audience. She spoke eloquently, answered all questions constructively and meaningfully, and was very well prepared. We will use her again... and again. Very impressive.
Club Managers Association of Australia
- Rachel's presentation was exceptional. It has generated much discussion and thinking, and was a great way to close out our forum.
- It's not often you get to see a speaker of Rachels talent, intellect and calibre so accessible on Australia's shores. She is a wonderful speaker who tailored her talk just for us. All the members who attended were highly impressed and the take-aways for the night were right on the money. As a futurist who has a deep understanding of collaborative consumption she truly is the global thought leader in the field and it only takes a few moments into her presentation to see why. EO Melbourne highly recommends her.
Entrepreneurs' Organization - Melbourne
- Rachel Botsman was the standout favourite for all our delegates.
CEO Magazine Executive Conference
- We engaged Rachel Botsman to be our keynote speaker at our C-level global thought-leadership roadshow, Cognizant Community. Rachel delivered keynote presentations in Auckland and Sydney this year, addressing the themes of collaborative consumption and crowdsourcing. The ratings from our audience for Rachel were the amongst the very highest we have ever received. Rachel's presentation was both motivating and energizing, seasoned with critically important cases studies from companies that are transforming industries and lives.
- Rachel is one of a very rare breed of presenters with the ability to simultaneously awe a room into silence, super charge them possibility and call forth a powerful drive towards innovative thinking. She has grace and strength in her delivery and intelligence and candour in her content and the gift to inspire all generations in her positioning. But more than all that, her presentations resonate with you and your organisation long after the chairs have been stacked away. I cannot recommend Rachel highly enough.
- The audience responses we have received about Rachel's presentation were overwhelming. I don't think anyone knew what to expect from her but everyone walked away completely blown away by what she had to say. We have had such interest in her from within HP as well as from audience members in general. Thank you, thank you, thank you for recommending her!
- Attendees at the Sydney Digital, Marketing & Media Summit 2011 were delighted and inspired with Rachel's though provoking and forward thinking presentation on Building a Collaborative Brand. Rachel possesses the skill and wisdom to excite and broaden the minds of any audience.
Elite Media Group
- Rachel's presentation was on topic, interesting and engaging. Our audience was thrilled with her presentation. The anecdotal feedback has been fantastic for both Rachel and her content.
- I would recommend Rachel to anyone! She listened to her briefing and her material was excellent for our audience. Her delivery was also highly engaging with the right mix of substance, humor and passion.
LimeBridge (Aust) Pty Ltd
- Rachel Botsman was captivating, relevant to our theme and an outstanding presenter. We were grateful to have had Rachel kick start our 3-Day Conference.
- Rachel Botsman led her audience of tourism industry experts and local government councils on a discovery voyage as her presentation on Collaborative Consumption opened up a world they "kinda knew but not really", and accentuated the change occurring all around us; she didn't lose them for a moment, and left them better educated and aware of new opportunities and worldwide trends.
Local Government and Shires Association, Sydney
- Rachel was a fantastic addition to our annual APAC G-Force Conference. She brought our audience a fresh, new and provocative perspective on the sharing economy - with timely updates on how this was shaping global macro economic trends and consumer behaviour. Our delegates were a buzz after her presentation, and we couldn't stock enough of her books to give away as a gift to key customers. Without hesitation we would welcome Rachel back to G-Force!
- I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Rachel, on behalf of the Better Boards team, for presenting at the 2014 Australasian Better Boards Conference. Her time, effort and input into the conference assisted in making the weekend a highly successful and informative event.
We had approximately 400 people attend the conference over the three days and everyone we spoke to said they had taken away an abundance of ideas which they were excited to implement into their respective organisations. Very inspirational and thought-provoking presentation.
Australasian Better Boards Conference
- The Collaborative Economy: A Transformative Lens, Not A Start-Up Trend
- The Changing Rules of Trust
- The Future of ‘Work’
- Sharing Cities: Transforming How We Live, Work & Consume
- On The Money: The Future of Finance
- Wired for Wonder
Topic SynopsesThe Collaborative Economy: A Transformative Lens, Not A Start-Up Trend
The collaborative economy is creating entirely new ways of doing business that are significantly impacting the way we live, work, bank and consume. But what exactly is the connection between seemingly different ideas such as social lending, peer-to-peer accommodation, car sharing and ride sharing? Rachel, who originally coined the idea in her seminal book, explains the key principles behind why business models and behaviors are being transformed across sectors.
Rachel takes audiences deep inside the ventures that are challenging the status quo – from Airbnb to Lyft to TaskRabbit to Transferwise – and identifies the five common drivers that make a sector ripe for change. She also demonstrates how large companies including BMW, Marriott, GM and DHL, are starting to respond to profound shifts in attitudes towards trust, assets and ownership. Named by TIME as one of the '10 Ideas That Will Change the World', Rachel leaves audiences inspired by the scale and speed of growth in the collaborative economy, and also provides participants with clear insights on how organizations can respond to some of the most revolutionary changes we have seen in business and society in centuries.
The Changing Rules of Trust
How do you build trust with someone you have never met? Digital technologies are changing the speed and nature of how trust is built and destroyed, giving rise to new business models and behaviors. Airbnb, Tinder and Uber are just a handful of examples of how new trust mechanisms are enabling us to become comfortable with people, experiences and ideas we might never have otherwise considered. Rachel will explore how trust is shifting from institutions to individuals, and its profound business and social implications. She explores the upside of this new world and how it will add value to people’s lives, as well as the thorny issues of privacy, identity and risk.
The Future of ‘Work’
The collaborative economy is creating revolutionary changes in business and society, producing new jobs and tearing up old ones. Companies like Airbnb, Etsy, TaskRabbit and Uber have the potential to make a new generation of “micro-entrepreneurs,” changing how people can use their time, skills and talents. But what are the benefits – and the downsides – to these new types of independent ‘jobs’? How are collaborative businesses in tune with the way an increasing number of people want to lead their lives and earn income? In this session, Rachel will explore these questions and address the wider implications of the collaborative economy on the future of work.
Sharing Cities: Transforming How We Live, Work & Consume
What if cities actively embraced the principles of collaboration and sharing? Rachel will challenge participants to think differently about how the ‘Shared City’ has the potential to change the nature of how we live, work, play, and consume in cities. Using examples from around the world, she will explore how cities are starting to embrace collaborative principles to address social issues, help achieve sustainable goals and prepare for a different future of work. She will go into how the collaborative/sharing economy is not a technology trend but a powerful lens to think differently about efficiency, trust and human connection.
On The Money: The Future of Finance
How can technology transform money, banking and finance? In this speech, Rachel offers a clear view of the fundamental changes in how we interact with money, both in terms of value and trust. From discussing crowdfunding to mobile money to virtual currencies to new payment systems, she takes audiences inside cutting-edge start-ups from across the globe, connecting the dots on the shifts, tools and risks that are rapidly disrupting the financial sector.
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