The Future of Ownership | WYPR

The Future of Ownership

Mar 20, 2019

Credit Flickr

We live in a society deeply invested in ownership. It’s been the classic way to gain, sustain, and grow family wealth. It’s been the mark of adulthood and stability. Ownership – of a car, of a house, of a phone, clothes - has been a ‘given’ for most of recent history. But will this remain the case? With the rise of the so-called sharing economy and the popularity of Marie Kondo-style minimalism, ownership doesn’t always hold the same appeal.

Ben Tarnoff, journalist, founder of Logic Magazine, and author of the article, The future: where borrowing is the norm and ownership is luxury. 

Leanna Garfield, a reporter covering innovations in urban design, architecture, and environmental sustainability, and author of article, Only 20% of Americans will own a car in 15 years, new study finds.

Arielle Bernstein, a writer and professor at American University. She’s the author of the Atlantic article, Marie Kondo and the Privilege of Clutter.