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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On November 17 & 18 2018, the Bits&Bäume-conference for digitization and sustainability took place at Technische Universität in Berlin. Members of platforms2share participated by hosting both a workshop as well as a panel on current issues in the platform economy.
In October 2018, Michael Jäger, member of platforms2share participated at the 14th Ökobilanz-Werkstatt in Osnabrück, a conference on life cycle assessement (LCA) organized by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU (German Federal Environmental Foundation).
On Octorber 17th 2018, platforms2share hosted the second workshop for its partners in the field discussing aspects of how to sustain in the digital platform economy. The workshop aimed for a better understanding of differnt market levels relevant for regulating the platform economy.
Sie betreiben eine digitale Plattform oder sind Teil einer solchen Organisation? Sie haben eine Genossenschaft gegründet und interessieren sich für die Plattformökonomie? Dann diskutieren Sie mit uns und nehmen Sie an unserem Workshop am 17. Oktober 2018 in Berlin teil.


Universität Mannheim
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Project Description
platforms2share at Bits & Bäume conference
Research Team and Partners
Santje Kludas
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2. Workshop with Partners in the Field
platforms2share at Ökobilanz-Werkstatt in Osnabrück
Platforms2share Workshop: Wie behauptet man sich in der Plattformökonomie?
Dr. Dominika Wruk