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The Future of Ownership

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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.

Wes Moore is a decorated Army combat veteran, youth advocate and CEO of BridgeEdU, a national initiative focusing on addressing the college completion and career placement crisis by reinventing the Freshman Year of college. He is also the author of two instant New York Times bestselling books, The Other Wes Moore and The Work.