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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News

 
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 providing them with strong market power.
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After a successful event in 2017, the two days "Open Platform Cooperatives" conference will be back on the 26th-27th of July 2018
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In this article Jonas Pentzien and his colleagues from the research project PeerSharing pose the question if peer-to-peer sharing is sustainable.
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Members of the junior research group platforms2share contribute to the final conference of PeerSharing
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Events

May
19
Tue
Universität Mannheim
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
May
20
Wed
Universität Mannheim
9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Jul
1
Wed
Barcelona, Spain
01/07/2020-03/07/2020
Nov
26
Thu
Mannheim
26/11/2020-27/11/2020
 

Contact persons at platforms2share

 
Project Description
Platforms under governmetnal control?
Research Team and Partners
Santje Kludas
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Life Cycle Assessment of the Sharing Economy: Sharing on Its Own does not Help the Environment
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Sharing as a Means to a Sustainable Economy?
Prof. Dr. Dominika Wruk