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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E-Floaters, the new mobility trend from California, are used and offered as sharing concepts in more and more cities worldwide, while in Germany their legalization is still a matter of controversy.
The thirteenth edition of the conference for the digital society will take place in Berlin, this time led by the motto tl;dr which is Internet slang and stands for “too long; didn’t read”.
Die Sharing Economy bringt nachhaltige Geschäftsmodelle und soziale Innovationen hervor und ist damit Teil einer Social Economy. Das ifm Mannheim freut sich deshalb über die Aufnahme der Stadt Mannheim in die ESER-Initiative (European Social Economy Regions) und damit die Steigerung der Sichtbarkeit auch für die Sharing Economy. Bei der öffentlichen Kickoff-Veranstaltung wird die Roadmap Social Economy Mannheim 2019 vorgestellt.
Why did Uber fail to legalize their service UberPop in the Netherlands? Researcher from the Utrecht University use the notion of “institutional entrepreneurship” to explain Uber’s unsuccessful attempt to change Dutch taxi law.


The New School, New York, NY United States

Contact persons at platforms2share

Project Description
E-Floaters are coming to Germany
Research Team and Partners
Santje Kludas
Dr. Dominika Wruk
Dr. Dominika Wruk
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Mannheim wird Teil der ESER-Initiative und feiert das mit einer Kickoff-Veranstaltung am 2. Mai 2019
Event: Re:publica
Uber as a failing institutional entrepreneur?
Santje Kludas