“In this episode, we connect with James Slezak. James is the co-founder of Peers, an organization that helps make it easier for workers to find, compare and manage work in the sharing economy. Currently, James is the Director of Strategy for the New York Times.”
April, 2015, New York: “100 Top Creatives Changing the World – artists, filmakers, writers, musicians, actors, revolutionaries, architects, designers, makers, entrepreneurs, sculptors. We ask them about their passions.”
March 13, 2015: Join insiders from The New York Times, Vice, First Look Media and Dutch media startup Blendle as they dissect and debate the competing models that will define the media business of the next decade.
“The sharing movement is changing the face of our streets and neighborhoods, challenging notions of ownership and consumption, vocation and recreation, travel and neighborhoods. This panel will explore the big issues of the sharing economy and the nuts and bolts of how it’s happening on the ground. Chaired by James Slezak, Co-Founder, PEERS, with panelists:
– Anita Roth, Head of Policy Research, Airbnb
– Daan Weddepohl, Founder and CEO, Peerby
– Jordan Sale, Digital Marketing Director, Fundrise
– Sharon Feigon, Executive Director, Shared-Use Mobility Center
– Scott Hall, DC General Manager, Zipcar
– Erin Barnes, Co-Founder, ioby
The New Sharing Economy: Join Arun Sundararajan (NYU Stern School of Business) in conversation with James Slezak (co-founder, Peers), Wrede Petersmeyer (New York City Manager, Airbnb), Carolyn Childers (Handybook) and Evan Frank (OneFineStay).
Thurs June 5, 3:30-4:30pm: Defining and Debating the “Sharing Economy”. Tom Slee, James Slezak, Denise Cheng, Adam Greenfield, Nancy Scola (moderator). Is there such a thing as the “sharing economy,” or are some people more interested in sharing, while others are interested in the economy? How can we usefully distinguish between “sharing economy” enterprises that empower their users and those that may actually seek to exploit them? A critic, an advocate and an academic observer will take a close look at these questions and try to get to the bottom of what is good and what is hype about this emerging phenomenon.
San Francisco, May 13, 2014, 9AM.
Director of Strategy, December 2013—present (full-time primary role)
Guest lecture for the Futurecraft: Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Design course at MIT Media Lab / Sloan School of Business, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Instructors: Prof Amanda Parkes, Prof Leonardo Bonanni.
Cape Town, South Africa: “How can co-operatives reach under-represented voices of women and youth; engage members, customers and employees and help build the next generation of co-ops? The answer is in large part through communication and media, including social media. This session includes a live cross to New York by Skype, with guest speaker James Slezak, co-founder of consumer movement peers.org.”
In the New York City region, Sandy helped to mobilize a conversation on climate survival, but the politics and economics of ending climate pollution — specifically divesting from the fossil fuel industries — has largely been ignored.
The panel will confront the challenge that Wall Street faces in its financing of the pollution that is threatening New York City’s future. We will also tackle this thorny question: Why is David H. Koch, NYC’s richest man, one of the people most responsible for blocking US climate action?
November 2, 2013, Cambridge MA
Sharing economy’s rapid growth raises thorny but vital questions
As ridesharing and roomsharing challenge the status quo, might simple communication alleviate the tension?
Founder and managing partner: neweconomylab.com
Join Net Impact CEO, Liz Maw; “No Impact Man” Documentary & Book creator, Colin Beavin; Purpose Partner and Co-Founder of Peers.org and New Economy Lab, James Slezak; LifeEdited.com Community Manager, David Friedlander; CSRwire Editorial Director, Aman Singh and Justgood.org Founder, Brian Weinberg for an exciting discussion entitled “21st Century Movements – The Modern Lifestyle.
November 10 – 15, 2013
“The Australian New Economy Summit explores the megatrends changing our business environment and the threats and opportunities created by the shift from an industrial-era to a knowledge economy.”
July 31, 2013: Peers.org—the organization to grow, mainstream and protect the sharing economy—is launched by executive director Natalie Foster, alongside co-founders James Slezak and Douglas Atkin, in partnership with Airbnb, Vayable, Taskrabbit, MeetUp, Lyft, Sidecar and more than 30 other leading sharing and peer economy organizations from around the world.
Writing the Next Chapter in the Movement for Renewable Energy: a presentation and conversation with the European Wind Energy Association Communications Network (EWEA CONE)
The Future Of Capitalism: A YGL-organized workshop
Activists, Rockstars & Startups: Building Movements
Purpose: Driving the New Economy
Leadership and People: How to Create a Movement
Online Organization to Offline Action