For this session, we are tracing emerging patterns within the cooperative digital ecosystem. We asked Juliet Schor, Joseph Blasi, Gar Alperovitz, Jack Qiu, and Melissa Hoover to each pose a question, which they’ll then answer for 10 minutes. Then, we will open it up to everybody for a People’s Q&A. Here are the questions that will guide our discussion:
- How best can platform cooperatives contribute to fundamental community-based system-wide political-economic transformation?
- What are the particular challenges that platform cooperatives face?
- How will the quality of the jobs for the workers you expect to work in the cooperative you are designing be better than similar jobs in non-worker-owned firms?
- What are the essential elements of platforms that aggregate the power and resources of workers rather than atomizing them?
- How to start a platform co-op while minimizing the dangers of an authoritarian crackdown?
- Prof. Joseph Blasi (Rutgers University)
- Melissa Hoover (Democracy at Work Institute)
- Prof. Gar Alperovitz (Democracy Collaborative)
- Prof. Jack Qiu (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
- Prof. Juliet Schor (Boston College)
Facilitated by Luciana Bruno & Amelia Evans
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Concluded with an Appeal by Hal Plotkin
Luciana Bruno Research Fellow, Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy
Amelia Evans Research Fellow at the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy
Joseph Blasi Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing, Rutgers University
Melissa Hoover Executive Director of the Democracy at Work Institute
Gar Alperovitz Co-founder Democracy Collaborative
Jack Linchuan Qiu Professor, Platform Cooperativism Consortium HK, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Juliet Schor Professor of Sociology at Boston College
Hal Plotkin Member, Council of Advisors, Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy