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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The newly-founded Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy researches the potentials and obstacles of democratically owned organizations in the Digital Economy. In his position as the Institute’s research fellow, Jonas Pentzien will develop a comparative study of legislative obstacles for platform cooperatives in the United States, France, and Germany
Der Forschungsverbund i-share stellt auf seinem fünften Symposium Ergebnisse aus Umfragen unter Sharing Organisationen in Deutschland vor.
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How could future economic activities look like and which role could computer supported collaborative work-technology (CSCW-technology) play? Enquiring organizational structures of coops, Lampinen et al. try to find an answer to those challenging questions.


The New School, New York, NY United States

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Project Description
Jonas Pentzien from platforms2share appointed Research Fellow at The New School by Trebor Scholz
Research Team and Partners
Santje Kludas
Dr. Dominika Wruk
Dr. Dominika Wruk
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When Ostrom Meets Blockchain
SAVE THE DATE: Fünftes i-share Symposium am 25. Juni 2019 an der Universität Mannheim
What we can learn from Coops for organizing businesses
Santje Kludas