The People’s Disruption
Platform Co-ops for Global Challenges
November 10-11, 2017 / The New School, New York City
The first platform cooperativism event in 2015 popularized the #platformcoop concept, and the conference a year later brought together co-op and union leaders to push the model forward. This third event will zero in on ways that platform cooperatives can help to address some of the future’s most urgent challenges. The fairer digital economy we need is already emerging, but it won’t happen on its own. That’s where you come in.
- Learn about new platform co-op projects that are shaping this emerging ecosystem, from blockchain-based financing to user-owned clouds
- Reflect on research about platform co-op experiments in recent years
- Confront growing challenges from artificial intelligence to global governance
- Join leaders from co-ops, industry, labor, and social movements — from Associated Press to Black Lives Matter — to raise the scale of our ambition
Platform cooperatives are poised to be a dynamic, transformative force in building a more equitable economy for people across various income, race and class strata, starting with the most vulnerable populations. This is a political and economic movement that can disrupt Silicon Valley’s disruptors by shifting the focus toward fundamentally fairer forms of ownership and governance. Over the past few years, the burgeoning of platform co-ops, community currencies, worker’s tech, the solidarity economy, and B Corps have shown us that alternative economies are not only necessary but possible. Come help us make platform cooperativism part of the new normal.
Trebor Scholz, Camille Kerr, Nathan Schneider, Palak Shah
Alicia Garza / Felicia Wong / Brad Burnham / danah boyd / Joseph Blasi / Pia Mancini / Yochai Benkler /Juliet Schor
CCA Global Partners, Cooperatives for a Better World, Eugene Lang The New School for Liberal Arts, Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies at The New School: Febecoop, Unionen, Vancity, SMart, Stocksy United; Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, National Cooperative Bank, Sharetribe, Hexalina, Freelancers Union, Institute for the Future, Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, Shareable.