PCC Event

Nathan Schneider Interviews Professor Esther N. Gicheru

  • Nov 12, 2016 5:10–5:40PM

  • The New School<br />
    Wollman Hall<br />
    Eugene Lang College<br />
    5th floor
    65 West 11th St
    New York,
    United States

Cooperatives represent nearly half of Kenya’s GDP, and many Kenyans rely on co-ops for their livelihoods, financial services, and social safety net. Platform economies have also taken root there, from on-demand services familiar in the U.S. and Europe to innovations like the M-PESA mobile payment and micro-finance system. Can Kenya’s experience help lead the way to the cooperative movement of the future? Can global solidarity disrupt the Silicon Valley-centric shape of the tech sector today? This conversation will explore lessons in cooperation from East Africa, as well as strategies for ensuring that platform cooperativism brings about a more inclusive online economy than the one that currently prevails.

Participants

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    Nathan Schneider Assistant Professor of Media Studies, The University of Colorado Boulder

  • Esther N. Gicheru Director, Institute of Co-operative Development (ICD) Co-operative University of Kenya

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