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 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. Dominika Wruk von platforms2share stellt ihre aktuelle Forschung zur Sharing und Platform Economy vor.
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 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


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

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Uber as a failing institutional entrepreneur?
Mannheim wird Teil der ESER-Initiative und feiert das mit einer Kickoff-Veranstaltung am 2. Mai 2019
Jonas Pentzien from platforms2share appointed Research Fellow at The New School by Trebor Scholz
Dr. Dominika Wruk