Rachel Botsman speaker

Rachel Botsman

Champion of the collaborative economy, author and thought leader.

Known for originating the theory of ‘collaborative consumption’ her Ted talk has been viewed by over two million people.

Think sharing economy? Think Rachel Botsman - the leading thinker on the power of collaboration.

Videos of Rachel Botsman

The State of the Sharing Economy
The Changing World of Work: Does the Collaborative Economy Foster Trust or Inequity?
Trust Me, I'm a Stranger

Speaker Profile

About Rachel Botsman


In 2015, she designed the world’s first M.B.A. course on the collaborative economy, which she teaches at Oxford University’s Saïd School of Business.

She is the founder of Collaborative Lab, the leading source of expertise for businesses and governments that are embracing the collaborative economy. 

Her ideas and writings have appeared in Harvard Business Review, The Economist, CNN, The New York Times, The Guardian, Fast Company and other publications.

She has spoken at many high profile events including the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Economic Forum. Her TED talks have been viewed more than two million times. Corporate speaking clients include HP and Google.

She attended Oxford and Harvard

Awards, Accolades, Achievements & Honours

  • Winner of the Thinkers 50 2015 Breakthrough Idea Award.
  • Named the 2013 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum
  • One of the 'most creative people in business' - Fast Company 2014
  • One of the world’s top 20 speakers to keynote your conference - Monocle

Speaking Style

Passionate, eloquent, engaging, uses cutting edge examples from the sharing and trust economy.

With the sharing economy Rachel Botsman has seized upon an idea with the potential to change the way we think about business forever and was awarded a breakthrough award by Thinkes50 for it..

Every day we see evidence that using digital technologies to share services and goods will transform the way we live, work and consume. Rachel has been a source of inspiration for many new companies in the collaborative economy via her HBR articles and influential New York Times bestseller, 'What's Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption'. TIME Magazine named Rachel's ideas on Collaborative Consumption one of the ten ideas that will change the world.

In her work with universities, entrepreneurs, corporations, and governments Rachel examines the growth and challenges of fast growing companies like Airbnb, TaskRabbit and Uber, with a focus on technology’s impact on trust and relationships.

Speaking Topics

  • Macro trends on how technology is changing business and society
  • Customer transformation: how and why consumer behaviours are changing
  • Disruption: why sectors are getting transformed and how to respond (getting above the technology to understand the business model transformation)
  • New business models in a digital age
  • Power of collaboration and crowds
  • Disruption: why sectors are getting transformed and how to respond
  • Trust: new dynamics of trust and loyalty
  • Entrepreneurial culture: lessons we can learn from the rising entrepreneurs and Broad themes of transformation
  • Sustainability: New ways to think about waste, resources and sustainable behaviours
  • Broad themes of transformation (including cities)


"Rachel was a brilliant speaker at the 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." - Clinton Global Initiative

"We engaged Rachel Botsman to be our keynote speaker at our C-level global thought-leadership roadshow. 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." - John Burgin, Vice President and Region Head Australia and New Zealand, Cognizant

"Rachel is one of a very rare bread of presenters with the ability to simultaneously awe a room into silence, super charge them and call forth a powerful drive towards innovative thinking. She has grace and strength in her delivery and intelligence and candor in her content and the gift to inspire all generations in her positioning..." - LJ Hooker, Cecille Weldon, Head of Knowledge Management & Sustainability

Books By Rachel Botsman

  • What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, HarperBusiness 2010

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