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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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.
Wie können Genossenschaften fit für das digitale Zeitalter gemacht werden? Mit dieser Frage beschäftigt sich die Arbeitsgemeinschaft Genossenschaft.Digital.Jetzt und veranstaltet ein Kick-Off, um ihre theoretischen Forderungen zu kommunizieren und deren Weg in die Praxis zu ebnen. (English version below)
In der aktuellen Folge des Podcasts „Das Arbeitsgespräch“ vom Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales diskutiert Arbeitsminister Hubertus Heil mit Mitbegründer und CEO der digitalen Plattform Helpling Philip Huffmann über faire Plattformarbeit und die Zukunft der Plattformökonomie. Während Uneinigkeit bezüglich konkreter Vorgehensweisen bei der Regulierung von digitalen Plattformen besteht, können die Gesprächspartner sich auf gemeinsame Ziele einigen (English version below).
The promise of easily accessible and flexible work makes the platform economy particularly attractive for women, who still do most of the caring work and must combine their professional activities with family life. At the same time, problems of the traditional labor market persist in platform work. An expert report prepared for the federal government's Third Equality Report examines how women experience platform work and what role the platform economy plays with regard to equality. (Deutschsprachige Version unten)



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Faire Plattformarbeit und die Zukunft der Plattformökonomie – ein „Arbeitsgespräch“ zwischen Arbeitsminister Hubertus Heil und Philip Huffman, Mitbegründer und CEO der Plattform Helpling
Genossenschaften im digitalen Zeitalter – Kampagnen Kick-Off der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Genossenschaft.Digital.Jetzt am 05. Mai 2021
Platform economy and equality: An expertise for the Third Gender Equality Report examines women's experiences in platform work