About Rachel

Rachel Botsman is known around the world for her visionary thinking on how the power of collaboration and trust enabled by technologies will change the way we live, work, bank and consume.

She defined the theory of ‘collaborative consumption’ in her first book What’s Mine is Yours, and in her TED talks. A visiting academic at the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School, Botsman studies and teaches how technology is transforming trust between people. Her work has been published in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, Wired, NPR, Fast Company, and more.  Botsman has been named as one of the world’s top 20 speakers to keynote your conference by Monocle, one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Recently she has won the Thinkers 50 2015 Breakthrough Idea Award for ‘recognizing an idea which has the potential to change the way we think about business forever.’ She is currently writing a new book on the future of trust.


Extended Bio

Rachel Botsman is fascinated by how technology is transforming the social glue of society— trust between people.

She is known for originating the theory of ‘collaborative consumption’ with her acclaimed book, What’s Mine is Yours (HarperCollins, 2010). The concept was subsequently named by TIME as one of the ‘10 Ideas that Will Change the World’ and by Thinkers50 as the 2015 Breakthrough Idea that has ‘the potential to change the way we think about business forever.’ Her TED talks on the subject have been viewed more than two million times and she was named as one of the world’s top 20 speakers to keynote your conference by Monocle.

A visiting academic at the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School, Botsman teaches the world’s first M.B.A. course on the collaborative economy, a new curriculum she designed in 2015. She loves to teach students how to use the principles of collaboration as a transformative lens to think about value, scale and trust differently.

Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The New York Times, The Guardian, and more.  Botsman is a contributing editor at Wired and writes a monthly column for the Australian Financial Review about the mindset of entrepreneurs who see the world differently. She provides commentary for CNN, the BBC, ABC, and NPR and many other news outlets.

Named as one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Botsman shares her visionary thinking with organizations around the globe including Google, Microsoft, the UK Treasury, PwC, Accenture, Adobe and Salesforce. In her work with governments and companies, she examines the growth and challenges of start-ups such as Airbnb, TaskRabbit and Uber, with a focus on technology’s impact on trust and innovation. She paints a vivid picture of how and why the world is changing using case studies, visuals and stories grounded in deep research and frameworks.

Botsman is an honors graduate in Fine Arts from the University of Oxford and attended Harvard University for her post-graduate studies.  She lives with her husband and two children. When not reading or writing, she is likely to be cooking, gardening or running around on the beach with her kids. She is insatiably curious about simplifying big complex ideas that could help people understand each other better. Botsman is currently writing a new book on the future of trust.



What people say

Not one single day has gone by since the event without external & internal commendations on her engagement with our audience. Her message really connected and impacted the entire audience. It was also evident via our social engagement metrics.

— Adobe

From the moment we spoke about what I was trying to achieve with the conference to the feedback received it was evident that Rachel is a genuine world class speaker who knows how to stir thinking and encourage an audience to open their minds. Her polished but warm style coupled with her relevant and clever stories leave an audience with a genuine sense of wonder and awe but most importantly it leaves them curious and hungry for more!

— Commonwealth Bank

Her talk at Microsoft Research both provoked and inspired, setting off an active conversation that continues to this day and world-wide within the company.

— Microsoft Research

Rachel Botsman was the standout favourite for all our delegates.

— CEO Magazine Executive Conference

We had a wonderful event with Rachel. She was pretty amazing — an accomplished, intelligent and humble speaker who was a delight to work with. Her subject matter was highly relevant and members loved it — rating it 9.7.

— Entrepreneurs’ Organisation

Rachel Botsman was excellent. For our audience, she was right on key with her presentation. Her content was exactly what we needed for our program. Her presentation style and delivery was dynamic, engaging, humorous and thought-provoking. One of the best keynotes we've had!

— The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Rachel's presentation was on topic, interesting and engaging. Our audience was thrilled with her presentation. The anecdotal feedback has been fantastic for both Rachel and her content.

Hewlett Packard

Rachel Botsman was a brilliant speaker at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. She captured imaginations when speaking about how collaborative technologies are reshaping our relationships and reinventing the world around us in life-changing ways. 

— Clinton Global Initiative

The feedback on Rachel’s Spark presentation was outstanding! It was a high-energy, thought provoking session, and a wonderful way to close the conference. I am sure participants left with new perspective on their businesses. I look forward to working with you again.

— Cap Gemini

Rachel's presentation was exceptional. It has generated much discussion and thinking, and was a great way to close out our forum.

— Lend Lease

The ratings from our audience for Rachel were the amongst the very highest we have ever received. Rachel's presentation was both motivating and energizing, seasoned with critically important cases studies from companies that are transforming industries and lives.

— Cognizant

Rachel is one of a very rare breed of presenters with the ability to simultaneously awe a room into silence, super charge them possibility and call forth a powerful drive towards innovative thinking. She has grace and strength in her delivery and intelligence and candour in her content and the gift to inspire all generations in her positioning. But more than all that, her presentations resonate with you and your organisation long after the chairs have been stacked away. I cannot recommend Rachel highly enough.

— LJ Hooker

The audience responses we have received about Rachel's presentation were overwhelming. I don't think anyone knew what to expect from her but everyone walked away completely blown away by what she had to say. We have had such interest in her from within HP as well as from audience members in general. Thank you, thank you, thank you for recommending her!

— Hewlett-Packard

Rachel Botsman led her audience of tourism industry experts and local government councils on a discovery voyage as her presentation on Collaborative Consumption opened up a world they "kinda knew but not really", and accentuated the change occurring all around us; she didn't lose them for a moment, and left them better educated and aware of new opportunities and worldwide trends.

— Local Government and Shires Association, Sydney

Rachel possesses the skill and wisdom to excite and broaden the minds of any audience.

— Elite Media Group

I would recommend Rachel to anyone! She listened to her briefing and her material was excellent for our audience. Her delivery was also highly engaging with the right mix of substance, humor and passion.

LimeBridge (Aust) Pty Ltd

Rachel Botsman was captivating, relevant to our theme and an outstanding presenter. We were grateful to have had Rachel kick start our 3-Day Conference.

— PropertyInvesting.com

We had approximately 400 people attend the conference over the three days and everyone we spoke to said they had taken away an abundance of ideas which they were excited to implement into their respective organisations. Very inspirational and thought-provoking presentation.

— Australasian Better Boards Conference

She brought our audience a fresh, new and provocative perspective on the sharing economy – with timely updates on how this was shaping global macro economic trends and consumer behaviour. Our delegates were a buzz after her presentation. Without hesitation we would welcome Rachel back to G-Force!

— Genesys
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