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 February 25, 2018 newspaper ZEIT released an interview with economist Nick Srnicek who argues that platforms such as Amazone, Google and Facebook have a natural tendency to create monopolies poviding them with strong market power.
After a successful event in 2017, the two days "Open Platform Cooperatives" conference will be back on the 26th-27th of July 2018
Members of the junior research group platforms2share contribute to the final conference of PeerSharing
On November 2 and 3, 2017, the German Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) held a conference on digital capitalism. Members of platforms2share were there.


The New School, New York, NY United States

Contact persons at platforms2share

Project Description
Platforms under governmetnal control?
Research Team and Partners
Santje Kludas
Dr. Dominika Wruk
Dr. Dominika Wruk
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Sharing as a Means to a Sustainable Economy?
Register open for the OPEN:2018 conference
Digital Capitalism
Santje Kludas