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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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.
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In October 2018, Michael Jäger from platforms2share co-organized the session „Beyond Production – about the relevance of the use phase in life cycle assessment" at the 14th Ökobilanz-Werkstatt in Osnabrück, a conference on life cycle assessement (LCA) hosted by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU (German Federal Environmental Foundation).
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On Octorber 17th 2018, platforms2share hosted a 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.
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What forms of sharing contribute to more sustainable lifestyles and how do they diffuse? How do established firms deal with the sharing trend and what implications does this have for their environment? These questions guided the VÖW Herbstakademie 2018. Dominika Wruk from platforms2share discussed at the final panel challenges of sharing organizations "between voluntary work and business".
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Events

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Universität Mannheim
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Oct
13
Tue
Universität Mannheim
9:00 AM-2:00 PM
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Barcelona, Spain
24/02/2021-26/02/2021
May
26
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Mannheim
26/05/2021-27/11/2020
 

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platforms2share workshop: How to succeed in the platform economy?
platforms2share co-organizes session at Ökobilanz-Werkstatt in Osnabrück
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platforms2share at VÖW Herbstakademie "Sharing at the City"