Learning from What Works: Arts and Culture

  • Jul 15, 2023 10:00AM–3:00PM

  • Online Synchronous

  • 80 - 270 USD

  • Certificate Course

  • English + Español (Live Transl.)

This course highlights the potential for platform cooperatives to provide a more equitable and sustainable model for artists and freelancers to do business. These cooperatives are owned and governed by their members, who are typically the individuals or groups who use the platform to sell their goods or services. This allows artists and freelancers to have a say in the decision-making and direction of the platform, rather than being at the mercy of a corporation or external entities. 

The focus on existing models that are practicing alternative ways to create, distribute, and monetize art and creative work highlights the importance of exploring and learning from successful examples. These models can provide valuable insight into how platform cooperatives can be effectively implemented and managed, and can help identify potential challenges and solutions. By examining these existing models, we can gain a better understanding of the potential for platform cooperatives to empower artists and freelancers and help them thrive in the digital economy.


    Class 1

    with Learning from What Works: Arts and Culture

    July 15, 2023 - 10AM-12PM EST

    • Exploring successful platform cooperatives in the arts and culture sector
    • Examining different approaches to monetizing art through digital platforms
    • Understanding copyright, trademark, and intellectual property law in relation to digital platforms used in arts and culture
    • Governance and decision-making structures in platform cooperatives
    • Understanding the tradeoffs between traditional and token-based models of art collective governance

    Class 2

    with Learning from What Works: Arts and Culture

    July 15, 2023 - 1PM-3PM EST

    • Analyzing the impact of platform co-ops on the roles of creators, curators, and arts aficionados
    • Assessing the viability of platform co-ops for music streaming
    • Evaluating the ethical implications of using open source models on platform co-ops
    • The role of platform cooperatives in promoting access to and preservation of cultural heritage
    • Platform cooperatives and the democratization of cultural production and distribution