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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W. Brian Arthur has been one of the first researchers doing work in the field of complexity economics. In recent years, he has become particularly well known for his seminal work on economic dynamics under increasing returns. The rise of the digital platform economy has brought new relevance to Arthurs work – even though its foundations originated from two decades before digital platforms gained economic importance.
From 27th to 29th June, Jonas Pentzien and Clara Wolff participated in the 6th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy (IWSE) at University of Utrecht, where they presented their current research projects as part of platforms2share.
On July 16th, SUPERMARKT will host a workshop to discuss the concept of a new platform coop operating in the textile and clothing industry.
All power to platforms? On July 2nd, platforms2share will participate at an event hosted by Fairbindung at SUPERMARKT Berlin asking how the digital platform capitalism could be transformed into a more solidary and democratic way.


Universität Mannheim
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Barcelona, Spain

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Project Description
Article: Brian Arthurs Technological Competition Model and its application to the digital platform economy
Research Team and Partners
Santje Kludas
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Event: Workshop at SUPERMARKT "A Platform Coop in the Making - Fairness and Participation in Value Chains"
Jonas Pentzien and Clara Wolff present their research at the 6th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy
Event: p2s at Café Décroissance hosted by Fairbindung at SUPERMARKT Berlin
Dr. Dominika Wruk