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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Nachbarschaftshilfeplattformen sind in Zeiten des Coronavirus ein hilfreiches Instrument, um Hilfesuchende und Hilfegebende zu vernetzen. Die Plattformen koordinieren Angebot und Nachfrage und sorgen dafür, dass Vertrauen zwischen Suchenden und Anbietenden geschaffen wird. (English Version below).
Sustainable investing is rapidly increasing in popularity shifting investors’ focus towards additional investment criteria next to financial returns. This paradigm shift could also bene-fit platform cooperatives as new financing opportunities open up. Platform cooperatives like Fairbnb strongly promote sustainability and social values and therefore fit ESG invest-ment criteria, but even better suit socially responsible investing approaches. (Deutsche Version im Blogpost enthalten)
48 Stunden. Herausforderungen der Bundesregierung und aus der Gesellschaft. Du und theoretisch 80 Millionen andere. Die Covid-19 Krise. Vielfältige Lösungen. Sei mit Deinen Fähigkeiten dabei, wenn wir Lösungen aus der Gesellschaft für die Gesellschaft entwickeln.
In a recent article, Fred Krupp, the director of the Environmental Defense Fund, urged companies to stronger invest in new technologies to enhance their business in economic terms but also to become more sustainable. Furthermore, he states that environmental social and governance (ESG) investment criteria have won a huge amount of popularity in the last few years with more and more investors searching for sustainable investment alternatives. This increased focus on sustainability might also benefit the funding environment for platform cooperatives.


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

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Project Description
Plattformen für Nachbarschaftshilfe bündeln Solidarität in Zeiten der Covid-19 Pandemie
Research Team and Partners
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Das Bundeskanzleramt veranstaltet einen Hackathon zu (unternehmerischen) Lösungen im Umgang mit Corona vom 20. bis 22. März
How Platform Cooperatives fit the Landscape of ESG and Socially Responsible Investing
Calls for sustainable investments are getting louder
Prof. Dr. Dominika Wruk