In an increasing global market place, platform and network businesses from AirBnb to Uber are disrupting and dominating their respective markets.
At their core there is in an uneasy relationship between user and platform, but there are examples of platform co-ops emerging in all sectors around the globe. From music streaming platforms, which give artists a fair deal, to taxi drivers and health care professionals getting a fair wage. Platform co-ops welcome workers and users as co-owners and in this session you will explore progress in this area of huge potential growth – and feed in your thoughts on how to support this sector.
The work of Trebor Scholz of the New School in New York has been enormously influential, his support in developing this field as a whole cannot be overestimated.
He contributed to a report released by Co‑operatives UK and Nesta in February 2019, which outlines the conditions necessary for platform co‑operatives to become viable alternatives to the Big Tech corporations that monopolise the market, such as Facebook, Amazon, Google, Uber and Airbnb.
Watch Trebor’s contribution to Co-op Congress: