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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Corona has shown us how much we need organizations that create social and ecological value—and an ecosystem in which they can thrive. The #AirMOOC & #AirCompetition (AIR: Accelerating Investment Readiness) aim at joining Social Entrepreneurship & Impact Investing for more positive social change.
How can European digital platform companies remain competitive? How do national and EU regulations affect them? How can platformisation be governed in order to achieve fairer results for European stakeholders? Join the event to discuss thee and other questions with representatives from Zalando, Reshaping Work, Glovo and October.
You are doing research on the sharing economy and want to share your insights and get feedback? Then submit an abstract to the 7th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy (IWSE) before September 30, 2020. The workshop will take place in Barcelona, Spain, and will be hosted by the Faculty of Economics and Business Studies of the Open University of Catalonia (UOC).
Our collective future depends on whether we can ensure broad sharing of digital data with due individual and group protection. For the latter, we need to establish collective primary economic rights to data. The webinar will present the idea of community data, or community ownership of data and discuss implications for public sector politics and workers` rights.


Universität Mannheim
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Universität Mannheim
9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Barcelona, Spain

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Project Description
New online platform and pitch-competition for impact investing and social entrepreneurship: Submit your application until 30th JUNE, 2020!
Research Team and Partners
Santje Kludas
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New date for the 7th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy: 24th-26th February 2021
Platform Entrepreneurship in Europe: Which Business Models are Viable and Sustainable? Join the webinar on June 3rd 2020
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung: Webinar 'Economic rights in a data-based society' on May 19th 2020
Prof. Dr. Dominika Wruk