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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In a recent article, Fred Krupp, the director of the Environmental Defense Fund, urged companies to stronger invest in new technologies to enhance their business in economic terms but also to become more sustainable. Furthermore, he states that environmental social and governance (ESG) investment criteria have won a huge amount of popularity in the last few years with more and more investors searching for sustainable investment alternatives. This increased focus on sustainability might also benefit the funding environment for platform cooperatives.
In Deutschland fehlt es an finanzieller Unterstützung für Sozialunternehmen. Daher stellt sich die Frage, wie Kapital für soziale und nachhaltige Projekte mobilisiert und dadurch in eine gemeinwohlorientierte Zukunft investiert werden kann. Um die Finanzierung von Sozialunternehmen zu stärken, entwickelten Mitglieder des Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland e. V. einen Reformvorschlag zur Nutzung nachrichtenloser Assets für sozialen Impact. (English version below).
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Germany's social enterprises are active in many industries and develop solutions for social challenges. They put emphasis on fairness and transparency, also when dealing with their own employees. The companies are well connected and work with cooperation partners from different sectors but would like to see more political support. In particular, the lack of funding opportunities poses a challenge for many social entrepreneurs.
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