Listening to Radio 4 isn’t always stimulating but sometimes it does manage to highlight something that gets me thinking, as you probably know, dear reader.

This time it was Lyft, a peer-to-peer car sharing service. Somewhere between a minicab and hitchhiking. The drivers get a bit of cash (from what I understood) and can work on demand.

Also from the BBC was this story:

When indie band Frankie and the Heartstrings released their second album this summer, they were so alarmed by the lack of record shops in which to sell it that they decided to open their own.

Whether they’ll survive or not remains to be seen, obviously, but I found it interesting in terms of creating opportunities for themselves. If they can foster a sufficiently loving culture for tangible music then they stand a chance but I would not personally put money down on them but that’s just the pessimist in me talking. If the music industry reassesses its approach to the tangible then things may well work out but they’re not exactly known for their foresight…

These two things both struck me as two different components in a new economic model. The boys and their shop initially setup only for two weeks for their album’s release – an on-demand shop if you will.

What if our city centres had many on-demand shops? How hard would it be to configure premises for that?

Certainly current rent models probably wouldn’t support it but how many high street shops need to stand empty for months at a time before it becomes perfectly clear that legislative change is needed?

Moaning about the current state of things is of course the British way but I do get quite a kick out of some of the possibilities people are bringing to the table.

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