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Natalie Foster of PEERS: Campaigns to Empower a Sharing Economy

Written by Brooke Estin | Dec 9, 2013 9:34:36 PM

A digital campaigner whose not afraid to share, Natalie Foster is focused on growing a new economy where people create value and access to what they need through sharing everyday.

 

The co-founder of Peers and veteran in online organizing and movement building, Natalie started the advocacy group to raise awareness of the benefits of sharing and collaborative consumption.

For Foster, impact is “when someone feels personally touched and inspired by something someone else has put into the world, so much so that they feel their experience is improved upon in some way, and that they have an added tool to do what they want to do in the world.”

No stranger to creating online tools to make an impact, Natalie directed New Media for President Obama’s Organizing for America and the Democratic National Committee.

On making an impact, one of her proudest moments was passing the Affordable Care Act. She added that “millions of Americans -- including several of my friends and family members -- will be able to access health insurance coverage when the new marketplace (the exchange) goes live.”

 

In the same spirit of expanding access to healthcare, Natalie has been focused on how to do the same with the U.S. economy. 

“I've been thinking about how to fix the U.S. economy for years via my organization Rebuild the Dream,” said Foster. “I've been increasingly inspired by people turning to one another to build their own economy -- and the emerging sharing and peer economy is a big part of that. It's a movement of people around the globe, and so we started Peers to support it.”

That leads to her most recent impact, the launch of Peers, which has signed up more than 11,000 global members committed to the sharing economy movement.

But impact doesn’t happen as a result of one person’s actions says Foster. “I feel like no one creates impact in a vacuum  It takes all of us working towards the greater good, and informing and supporting each other's work, so I offer support, perspective, ideas, and encouragement.”

Hard at work from Peers office at the Impact Hub Bay Area , she credits her least impactful daily activity of doodling with having a positive impact on her concentration and presence.

Even more impactful? Working at  Impact Hub Bay Area says Foster.

“ Impact Hub Bay Area is an inspiring community of people who are always willing to lend their ideas, projects, and support to the community,” said the Peers co-founder. “Members like Christie George and Colin Mutchler have given us great ideas when just stopping by our office to say "Hi",  Impact Hub Bay Area staff has helped to connect us to their colleagues in cities all over the world where we've done events, and members have stopped by our office to share their excitement for the work we do and make connections.

What happens if you fail in making an impact? Natalie says, “I hope others will share their learnings, their failures, their triumphs, and what inspires them, so we can keep creating impact, together.”

“At the end of the day, what happens at  Impact Hub Bay Area is what we hope will happen widely in the world through the sharing economy -- that all people will have a community around them that can help support them, inspire them, and help them build a better world.”

 

And we do too Natalie!

 

To learn more about Peer’s work, go to: http://www.peers.org.

Impact Hub Bay Area is an inspiring community of people who are always willing to lend their ideas, projects, and support to the community. HUB members like Christie George and Colin Mutchler have given us great ideas when just stopping by our office to say "Hi", Impact Hub staff has helped to connect us to their colleagues in cities all over the world where we've done events, and members have stopped by our office to share their excitement for the work we do and make connections. At the end of the day, what happens at Impact Hubs is what we hope will happen widely in the world through the sharing economy -- that all people will have a community around them that can help support them, inspire them, and help them build a better world.