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May 13th, 2017

Tags: blockchain

Protocol Cooperativism?

By Matthew SlaterSince ‘political economy’ became a subject in the 18th century, the predominant political dichotomy has been framed as labour versus capital. Marx talked about ‘control of the means of production’ as the essential political power that the workers needed to wrest from the capitalists. A great deal of activism and political theory continues in that vein: Gar Alperowitz work What then must we do? is all about rebuilding worker-owned coops…

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May 12th, 2017

Tags: policycities

What's the Future of Digital Social Innovation?

By Francesca Bria Originally published here on Six Wayfinder. Until today digital social innovation (DSI) has been mainly driven by grassroots social movements, hackers, geeks and civil society groups. Huge sums of public money have supported digital innovation in business, as well as in fields ranging from the military to espionage. But there has been very little systematic support for innovations that use digital technology to address social challenges. We need bold thin…

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March 29th, 2017

Tags: dataplatform cooperative

Do you want to learn more about health-data cooperatives? Listen to this podcast about Midata.coop.

We recently had the chance to speak with Ernst Hafen and Ulrich Genick of MiData (pronounced my-data), a Swiss cooperative that aims to restore users’ data privacy through an innovative market solution. Presently, the use of user data is mostly unregulated in the EU, with varying rights and privacy protections across EU member states which mostly stop at the requirement for consent and, thanks to “right to be forgotten” legislation, the deletion of collected p…

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March 16th, 2017

Tags: laborresearch

International Labor Office releases report on future of work

The International Labor Office has released a proposal for “a three-stage implementation plan” for a cooperative future of work. You can find the summary of their report on The Future of Work Centenary Initiative here, and the report in full here. Cooperative responses to technological changes Technological change is recognized as a major driver of growth and development. It is a dynamic process involving both job destruction and creation, as well as transformation of…

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March 14th, 2017

Tags: educationfree software

Boston Collaboratory School - Mentoring Horizontally, Up, Down and Sideways

By Micky Metts Plans for a new way of connecting students with their community Problem: Schools and students are traditionally disconnected from their community and seldom do they work on interrelated projects that will benefit both the school and the people of the community. Solution: Mentoring students to develop free software, such as the Drupal content management system, will introduce students to the myriad of careers and skills necessary to build a successful web pre…

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March 12th, 2017

Tags: policylegal

California Assembly Bill 626: The Platform Cooperativism Consortium Calls for a People-Centered Approach to Local Regulation

As the platform cooperative ecosystem continues to grow internationally, with participants sharing ideas, tools, and know-how, it is important that we remember that local grassroots activism begins is a powerful mechanism of change. Already, we have seen how local laws and regulations can radically alter the economy on a municipal level. Residents of Austin, Texas voted last year to regulate basic safety measures into their ride-hail economy, despite a hard-fought opposition …

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March 3rd, 2017

Tags: unioncooperative

Reflections on platform cooperativism and open source

By Juho Makkonen Originally published here on Sharetribe’s Medium page. Last week, I attended the open:2017 conference in London and came away feeling optimistic. I continue to believe that platform cooperativism — a model where users own and govern the online platforms that mediate their life and work — can offer a path to a more equitable society. My goal, both personally and with Sharetribe, is to build a future where people have more control over their own lives. …

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March 3rd, 2017

Tags: scholarshipplatform cooperative

Study Shows European Co-op Associations Welcome Platform Cooperativism (But National Differences Exist)

This paper examines the challenges and opportunities of platform cooperativism from the perspective and experience of established cooperatives in Europe. Currently, there are around 180,000 cooperatives in the EU, forming an extensive network articulated at local and national level through long established representative associations. The study, realized by LAMA Agency in collaboration with Cooperatives Europe, argues that the platform cooperative approach could provide a val…

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February 26th, 2017

Tags: unionplatform cooperativelabor

We Stand In Solidarity with Striking Ride-hail Drivers in India

Uber has frequently been in the news for its abuses of its employees and customers, from the recent documentation of the omnipresent sexual harassment at the company’s San Francisco offices by Susan Fowler to the tracking of passengers by Uber employees — ex-girlfriends, celebrities, and politicians. After CEO Travis Kalanick made a public statement in defense of the company’s relationship with the Trump administration, over 200,000 users mobilized under the slogan #Del…

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February 22nd, 2017

Tags: platform cooperative

An Introduction to Reciproka

“Reciproka facilitates the development of a co-owned network of open co-operatives through ownership transfer, network building and co-operative accumulation.” (http://www.reciproka.cc/) All over the world, inequalities are reaching alarming levels. The structural reproduction of economic inequality lies in the unequal ownership of productive assets as it maintains a distributive mechanism in which owners accumulate ever more wealth while the majority of salaried worker…

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January 11th, 2017

Tags: ownershipSpanish

El año que hablamos de cooperativas de plataforma o #platformcoops

Imagen de la campaña #BuyTwitter Artículo de Marcela Basch, publicado aquí con permisoEl mismo año en que la economía colaborativa se hizo mainstream y las críticas fueron cobrando volumen y consistencia, empezó a escucharse más fuerte la prédica de las #platformcoops, o cooperativas de plataforma. En el plan C nos la presentó Neal Gorenflo en la previa de Comunes, cuando nos decía “necesitamos construir cooperativas de plataforma cuanto antes”. En uno de sus …

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January 9th, 2017

Tags: researchPlatform Cooperativism Consortium

Happy 17

Amidst misogyny, racism & political hostility, networks of economic alternatives in 2017. Happy new year! Last week, we kicked around ideas for concrete projects that the Platform Cooperativism Consortium should realize this coming year. In the second part of this article, we’ll devote ourselves to just that: pragmatic objectives for the next twelve months. But for our project to have legs to stand on, we — the people involved in this movement— also need to think throu…

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January 4th, 2017

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Some people are so poor, all they have is money

Originally published here on Platform Coops in Germany, a website documenting the PLATFORM COOPS — START YOUR OWN! event. This quote was brought up by Christophe Guené, founder of the financial self-help platform Unite!, during his presentation. In many ways, this characterized the overall theme of the PLATFORM COOP – START YOUR OWN!-event from December 9-10, 2016 at Supermarkt and Agora. A group of around 70 people, most of them representing coops and networks,…

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December 16th, 2016

Tags: platform cooperative

Commune 🚕 🚌 🚙 : a Taxi Co-op Owned by Passengers and Drivers. A Proposal from Berlin.

by Arthur Röing Baer Global taxi networks have undergone monumental changes. Legacy taxi companies are being replaced by digital labor platforms like Uber, Didi Xiao, Lyft, Gett, and Ola. These platforms expand their reach into ever more logistical infrastructures. As a designer who has followed the controversial practices of some of these extractive enterprises, I will introduce the Commune model and discuss how platform cooperativism can offer a viable, near future altern…

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December 16th, 2016

Tags: commons

Reflections on Platform Cooperativism

By Jonas Algers Originally published here on the blog of the Political Economy Research Center at Goldsmiths University of London. In the wake of the Trump election victory, I found myself in New York City at a conference on Platform Cooperativism. It was opened by the organiser with this statement: “After the election I thought that I should cancel the conference and instead hold another on what to do now. But then I realised that platform cooperativism is part of …

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December 14th, 2016

Tags: research

“Platform Cooperativism: Building the Cooperative Internet” Link Mega-List

With November’s event come and gone, we have assembled a list of some of the articles and media resulting from “ Platform Cooperativism: Building the Cooperative Internet.” We want to thank everyone in attendance — in person and watching via live stream — for their dedication and passion. For those of you who did not get a chance to attend, we encourage you to check out the materials linked below which include post-conference write-ups, live coverage, image …

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December 12th, 2016

Tags: platform cooperative

How to Connect the Platform Ecosystem? A Report from Mexico City.

by Sebastian Romero Mexico City is a sprawling metropolis with over 21 million inhabitants. Devising solutions to sustainably meet the needs of us all requires smart collaboration rather than isolated efforts. This is where Vientos comes in. Vientos (vientos.org.mx/en) is an open source platform co-op that for the past year and a half has been designing ways to facilitate collaboration between social projects, the solidarity economy, and individuals. Taking their needs, in…

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November 29th, 2016

Tags: designfree software

The User Experience in Platform Cooperativism

Some thoughts on the design of collaborative platforms and reputation systems that make it possible to build trust and solidarity networks. Enric Senabre Ricard Espelt “Platform Cooperativism” is a fairly recent concept coined by Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider to disrupt the collaborative economy scenario, which is currently dominated by a few “unicorn” corporations and by what many people consider a neo-capitalist perspective. The concept is part…

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November 29th, 2016

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Own the Next Generation of Streaming Music

Resonate is based on a simple premise – that artists will continue to be taken advantage of in the current system unless they own the platforms that distribute their content. The digital revolution was a major boon to recording artists because it used to be hideously expensive to record an album. With the arrival of home studio recording, artists were suddenly empowered to fully realize their creative visions for fractions of the previous cost, no longer requiring them to …

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November 28th, 2016

Tags: Germanownership

​Twitter kaufen, Demokratie erweitern

Zwei konkrete Vorschläge, wie wir Rechtspopulismus eindämmen können. Von Ute Scheub und Thomas Dönnebrink Wird der Trumphalismus von 9/11 weite politische Landschaften in demagogische Brüllfelder verwandeln? Diese Gefahr droht bekanntlich nicht nur in den USA, sondern auch in Deutschland, Europa und weltweit. Trumps Triumph beruhte unter anderem auf Meinungs-Robotern, mit denen Stimmungen erzeugt und manipuliert wurden. Sein Team hat im Wahlkampf massiv „Social Bots…

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Ours to Hack and to Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, A New Vision for the Future of work and a Fairer Internet

Ours to Hack and to Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, A New Vision for the Future of work and a Fairer Internet


What's Yours Is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy

What’s Yours Is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy


Uberworked and Underpaid: How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy

Uberworked and Underpaid: How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy