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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Next week, the European Parliament is going to vote on a law, renewing the copyright regulations in the European Union. The law is criticized in fear of censorship of the internet.
The 6th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy (6th IWSE) in Utrecht aims to bring together academics and other stakeholders to discuss the latest insights on the sharing economy. Submit an abstract before March 15th 2019.
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 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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