December 14th, 2016Tags: research
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 galleries, and archived recordings of every lecture given at the event.
Jason Weiner of Colorado Cooperative Developers discusses the success of Green Taxi Cooperative, a new union taxicab cooperative in the Denver/Boulder metro area. The company’s app has the convenience and functionality of its venture-capital backed competitors, shares 100% ownership among its members, and is now the second largest worker cooperative in the country.
The Union-Coop Model
This panel, moderated by Trebor Scholz, featured speakers from a number of different unions: Palak Shah of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Dawn Gearhart of Teamsters Local 117, Lieza Dessein and Frisia Donders of SMart Coop, Annette Mühlberg of United Services Union in Berlin, Michael Peck of 1worker1vote.org and Mondragon, and Christian Sweeney of the AFL-CIO. They discussed the union-coop model and the challenges it will have to overcome to succeed.
Towards an Open Social Economy
In this talk, Yochai Benkler elaborates the economic conditions that have resulted in a crisis for democratic capitalism. Arguing that recent far-right populism is a response to an oligarchic capitalism which was born in the 1970s, Benkler claims that platform cooperatives have the potential to be a core component of an alternative, left-wing trajectory into a market economy re-embedded with social relations. He stresses the importance of winning an ideological war in this time of uncertainty, not on paper but through real-world organizations engaging in cooperative social production.
The Digital Democracy Manifesto
A cheeky and informative talk by Richard Barbrook discussing the path to the inclusion of platform cooperatives as a key point in the Digital Democracy Manifesto proposed by UK Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
In his short presentation Ulrich Genicke introduced MIDATA.coop, a project that enables citizens to securely store, manage and control access to their personal data by helping them to establish and own national/regional not-for-profit MIDATA cooperatives. MIDATA’s initial focus will be on health related data since these are most sensitive and valuable for one’s personal health. MIDATA cooperatives act as the fiduciaries of their members’ data. As MIDATA members, citizens can visualize and analyze their personal data.
There were so many remarkable talks; these is merely a small selection. Here are a few more talks
March 16th, 2017
International Labor Office releases report on future of work
March 3rd, 2017
Reflections on platform cooperativism and open source
February 26th, 2017
We Stand In Solidarity with Striking Ride-hail Drivers in India
February 22nd, 2017
An Introduction to Reciproka
January 11th, 2017
El año que hablamos de cooperativas de plataforma o #platformcoops
January 9th, 2017
January 4th, 2017
Some people are so poor, all they have is money
December 16th, 2016
Reflections on Platform Cooperativism
December 14th, 2016
“Platform Cooperativism: Building the Cooperative Internet” Link Mega-List
December 12th, 2016
How to Connect the Platform Ecosystem? A Report from Mexico City.
November 29th, 2016
The User Experience in Platform Cooperativism
November 29th, 2016
Own the Next Generation of Streaming Music
November 28th, 2016
Twitter kaufen, Demokratie erweitern
November 23rd, 2016
Sci-Fi Imagines the Cooperative Platform Economy as a Victor
October 13th, 2016
In Brussels, Online Food Couriers Launch Their Own Platform Co-op
July 28th, 2016
How to set up a platform co-op for refugees in Europe