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

 
In May 2019, together with several partners, we invited cooperatives from Belgium and Germany to a two-day event in Berlin, to give them the opportunity to exchange experiences and learnings and to create a network that allows future collaborations in the areas of items sharing, freelancing, housing, carsharing and IT.
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The Future of Fair Finance conference was held in Mannheim on November 20th 2019. The event centered around the question what new regulations for the finance market mean for practices of sustainable finance. Dominika Wruk from platforms2share participated in the panel on how investments in socially and ecologically desirable projects and organizations in the region could be promoted.
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Tino Schöllhorn published a short paper showing how the Blockchain technology is theorized using data from Wikipedia. Based on these results he concludes that the use of Blockchain in the Sharing Economy might start to gain momentum.
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Since Airbnb established its business model around the world, the company has faced major critics for their impact on local communities. In September 2019 Fairbnb launched its own apartment booking platform, which aims at connecting local hosts and tourists while strengthening the local community.
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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
 

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Project Description
Platform Coop Learning Journey: Insights and written documentation
Research Team and Partners
Santje Kludas
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Theorizing Technologies for the Sharing Economy: The Blockchain Example
Impressions from the third Future of Fair Finance in Mannheim
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Fairbnb: Saving major cities from ghost hotels?
Prof. Dr. Dominika Wruk