Cooperative Values & Business Models in the Digital Age

Platform Cooperativism (2017/08/31), with Mathias Sager  


Course Outline

Cooperative Values & Business Models in the Digital Age: An Introduction to Platform Cooperativism & Invitation for Contributions

The Internet is slipping out of ordinary users’ control. Internet technologies are transforming our workplaces, relationships, and societies. Companies like Uber, Amazon, and Facebook are capturing vital sectors of the economy such as transportation and phenomena like search and social networking. All of us who rely on the Internet have virtually no control over the platforms that affect and inform us on a daily basis.

Platform cooperativism is a growing international movement that builds a fairer future of work. Rooted in democratic ownership, co-op members, technologists, unionists, and freelancers create a concrete near-future alternative to the extractive sharing economy.

Let’s imagine a digital economy that would follow the 7 co-operative principles:

  • Voluntary and Open Membership
  • Democratic Member Control
  • Member Economic Participation
  • Autonomy and Independence
  • Education, Training, and Information
  • Cooperation among Cooperatives
  • Concern for Community

This introductory seminar is the ideal overview for anybody interested in the concept of platform cooperativism. We are also seeking contributors to the formation process of the Platform Cooperativism Japan (PCJ) consortium, a sister organization of the PCC New York, platform coop.

We are looking forward to discuss with interested parties from academia, platform co-op enterprises, independent software developers, artists, designers, lawyers, activists, publishing outlets, and funders, who want to respond to genuine needs in the digital economy.

Information about the instructor, Mathias Sager

Mathias is concerned about the interplay of human potential and behavior, the (digital) economy and society, and the promotion of cooperative ways to increase individual and collective, private and professional thriving and well-being. A current focus is the formation of the Platform Cooperativism Japan (PCJ) Consortium, a sister organization of the PCC New York platform coop.

Organization profile

The Platform Cooperativism Japan (PCJ) Consortium (a sister Organization of the PCC New York, platform coop) is in its formation process and therefore on the mission to spread awareness about the international development.

Platform Cooperativism Japan (PCJ) connects key stakeholders of the emerging platform economy ecosystem to create synergies in the pursuit of increased shared value, ownership, and governance. The PCJ Consortium supports the cooperative digital economy through research, experimentation, education, advocacy, documentation of best practices, technical support, the coordination of funding, and events.

  • The Platform Cooperativism Japan (PCJ) Consortium does:
  • Advocate the role of platform cooperativism in a fairer future of work
  • Work with partners to develop a local research agenda for the sector
  • Share impactful stories of platform cooperativism’s potential
  • Help platform cooperatives get started

Join us in forming the necessary alliances. Possible members include the following: Researchers, city governments, municipalities, policy makers, incubators, educators, community-builders (grass-root level), platform coop enterprises (start-ups and established ones), coop networks, Independent software developers, open source software developers, artists, designers, lawyers, activists, foundations, publishing outlets, funders, and any inventive organization and individual worker and co-op member with a genuine cooperative mindset who is willing to actively contribute to the activities of the PCJ consortium.

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