📚 3 Courses for the Co-op Curious

Whether you have a weekend or three months available, whether you prefer to start in April, June, or in the fall, there are three courses that will offer you an opportunity to learn about cooperative ownership in the digital economy.

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Platform Co-ops Now!

The Platform Cooperativism Consortium (PCC) at The New School in New York City (USA) and Mondragon co-op. & MTA at Mondragon University in Mondragon, Gizpuzkoa (Spain) jointly offer Platform Cooperatives Now!an online course to introduce, incubate, and accelerate platform cooperatives. 

This course starts to equip participants with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed as cooperative entrepreneurs in the fast-growing gig economy. It allows learners to study and get involved with a generation of young, cooperative entrepreneurs.

When: April 25 – July 11, 2022

Mode of Delivery: Online, asynchronous + synchronous

Course Language: English only for the research track, entrepreneurial track is also available in Spanish

Who Should Take This Course:
You’ll have to decide for one of the two tracks
1) Enroll in the research track if you want to learn about the cooperative digital economy or influence policy in this area.

2) Or, enroll in the entrepreneurial track if you want to launch digital platforms that provide decent, dignified work, or if you want to convert your cooperative or tech startup to a platform cooperative.

Course Fee:
Global North – ($110 tuition + $40 registration fee = $150)
Global South – ($40 registration fee only)

Facilitator: Mondragon University (MU)/The New School

Instructors: Prof. Trebor Scholz for the research track, Ana Aguirre, Ander Etxeberria at MU, and global partners for the entrepreneurial track

What are you waiting for? Enroll here (available in Spanish and English)


Crypto, DAOs, and Coops: The Future of Work and the Internet?

You’ve probably heard of blockchain, crypto, Distributed Autonomous Organizations (DAOs), and cooperatives for a while now. Enroll in this pop-up course to think about them concurrently, to improve your knowledge of cooperatives and distributed technology, whether you are an expert or a newbie, whether you have a firm grasp on these technologies or are completely new to them, whether you are passionate about crypto or are wary of it. We’ll trawl through the good, the hype, and the fraudulent aspects of Web 3 and cooperatives to critically examine crypto politics, genuine opportunities, and practicalities for the co-op curious.

When: June 25 – 26, 2022

Course Fee: US $250

Facilitators: Platform Cooperativism Consortium (USA) & ITS Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Mode of Delivery: Online, synchronous

Course language: English

Instructors: A group of blockchain and co-op experts

Want to be a part of this new economy? Sign up here and we’ll notify you when this course becomes available for enrollment. This pop-up course will only run if at least 100 people enroll.

(Edit: A previous version of the post stated the dates for this course to be June 24-25, 2022. Note that they have been moved one day forward to June 25-26, 2022)

Summer Course 2022!


Cooperate to Own the Future

When markets and government safety nets fail, people band together, organize, and demonstrate possibilities for a better world. What can citizens do if their government does not invest sufficiently in addressing structural inequalities and racism, regulating large technology companies, or developing digital infrastructure? They don’t have any other option but to rely on each other. Things that were previously thought to be impossible can become common sense in times of crisis: the Great Depression gave rise to the original New Deal. The term “platform co-ops” refers to organizations that integrate cooperative principles in the digital economy. They have the potential to become the new common sense, providing better employment opportunities now!

This course starts to equip students with the knowledge they need to participate as cooperative entrepreneurs in the rapidly growing new economy.

When: August 29 – December 16, 2022

Mode of Delivery: Online, asynchronous + synchronous

Facilitator: The New School, New York City

Course Language: English

Instructor: Prof. Trebor Scholz

Course Fee: $150 or $40
Global North – ($110 tuition + $40 registration fee = $150)
Global South – ($40 registration fee only)

Are you one of the (platform) co-op curious? Sign up and we’ll notify you when this certificate course becomes available for enrollment.