Research on the platform economy

Which opportunities do cooperative models and blockchain technology offer to the platform economy? What are other potential pathways toward a more sustainable platform economy? 

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. These and other alternative models promise to better reach social-ecological goals and offer potential to transform the sharing and platform economy. 

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In der Sharing Economy arbeiten verschiedene Personen auf ganz unterschiedliche Art und Weise: Bezahlte MitarbeiterInnen verbringen ihren Arbeitstag in Sharing-Economy-Organisationen, Ehrenamtliche arbeiten in ihrer Freizeit freiwillig mit, AnbieterInnen stellen ihre Arbeitskraft oder verschiedene Produkte über Sharing-Plattformen bereit, Freelancer nutzen Coworking Spaces, um ihrer Arbeit nachzugehen. Diese verschiedenen Personengruppen und ihre Arbeit in der Sharing Economy wurden bei i-share untersucht. Die Merkmale, Herausforderungen und Potenziale des Arbeitens in der Sharing Economy wurden in qualitativen und quantitative Studien untersucht. Ergebnisse dieser Forschung werden im vorliegenden Report beschrieben. Herausgegeben wird der Report von Johanna Mair, Daniel Veit und Michael Woywode aus dem i-share Forschungsnetzwerk.
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How can appropriate legal frameworks and cooperative platforms ensure a better distribution of economic gains and secure social rights in the platform economy? Together with Smart Belgium, Pour la Solidarité and the Utrecht University, Dominika Wruk from platforms2share organizes this session, that addresses both challenges that major digital platforms bring upon communities across Europe and possible solutions, both at institutional and organizational level, that can counteract these. The session takes place on the second day of the event, on May 27,, 11.30 am - 1.00 pm CET
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Welche Schritte sind bei der Gründung einer Platform Coop entscheidend? Die Platform Cooperatives Germany eG bietet am 20. Mai 2021 einen Workshop an, um Gründungsinteressierte bei Fragen zu Geschäftsmodell, Finanzierung und Unternehmensform zu unterstützen. (English version below)
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Together with her co-authors, Dominika Wruk from platforms2share addresses this question in an article just published in Stanford Social Innovation Review. It is an introduction to a series of articles on the social economy.
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Wie ist Arbeiten in der Sharing Economy ausgestaltet? Der zweite i-share Report stellt sich dieser Frage und ist jetzt als PDF verfügbar
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Prof. Dr. Dominika Wruk
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Workshop zur Gründung einer Platform Coop am 20. Mai 2021
platforms2share co-organizes session on the Potential of Cooperative Models for the Platform Economy at the EUSES
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The social economy is increasingly seen as a motor for social change, but how can this shift in perspectives be framed to better understand and harness its potential?