Research project on digital platforms in the sharing economy

Which opportunities do cooperative models and blockchain technology offer to the sharing economy? In the inter- and transdiciplinary junior research group platforms2share we want to answer this question.

Today, new digital platforms for sharing, swapping and other ways of collaborative consumption are widely associated with positive economic, ecological and social effects. At the same time, existing platforms like Airbnb and Uber are increasingly criticized in public debate for having negative effects on people, local economies and our planet. As a counter model, new decentral models combining alternative organizational forms (such as platform cooperatives) and new technologies (such as Blockchain technology) are discussed and tested. The promise to better reach social-ecological goals and offer potential transform the sharing and platform economy.

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News

 
Two weeks ago, when the British delivery service Deliveroo announced its retreat from the German market, around 1000 former Deliveroo riders lost their jobs within less than one week. However, there are first attempts to found a platform cooperative so that riders can launch their own delivery service democratically and self-organized.
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In the last week of September, the Conference “Great Transformation: The Future of Modern Societies” will take place in Jena. Santje Kludas will represent platforms2share at a panel and will talk about the role of cooperatives within the platform economy.
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In their guest commentary at netzpolitik.org Santje Kludas, Jonas Pentzien and Clara Wolff from platforms2share together with Dominik Piétron from Humboldt University Berlin, shed light on how cooperative organization and the use of free software offer possibilities for a social-ecological platformization.
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W. Brian Arthur has been one of the first researchers doing work in the field of complexity economics. In recent years, he has become particularly well known for his seminal work on economic dynamics under increasing returns. The rise of the digital platform economy has brought new relevance to Arthurs work – even though its foundations originated from two decades before digital platforms gained economic importance.
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Project Description
The case of Deliveroo: How the failure of a delivery service could lead to the founding of a new platform cooperative
Research Team and Partners
Santje Kludas
Dr. Dominika Wruk
Dr. Dominika Wruk
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All Power to Platforms? – platforms2share guest commentary at netzpolitik.org
Great Transformation? platforms2share at the 2. DGS regional conference
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Article: Brian Arthurs Technological Competition Model and its application to the digital platform economy
Santje Kludas