Yesterday, I heard a telecast of the Jerry from Ben and Jerry who spoke at Western Illinois University, my University. He pointed out that they raised their capital by an /IPO directly to Vermont residents. This was under an "obscure" Vermont law that allows this. One out of one hundred Vermonters bought some shares.
And I just heard on NPR, Debora Spar who talked about risk in the Economic Meltdown and argued that had women been involved at crucial junctures, there may have been less risk and a better outcome. She noted that there was a correlation between risk taking and testosterone levels.
The implications for a participatory share economy is obvious.