Nathan Schneider, jornalista e professor de novas mídias da Universidade de Boulder Colorado, nos Estados Unidos, é uma das pessoas que mais vem estudando e promovendo a ideia do “cooperativismo de plataforma” mundo afora. No final de outubro ele esteve no Brasil para um evento privado organizado pela KES, onde falou da ideia de “user ownership” (em tradução livre, compartilhar a posse da empresa) para uma plateia de empresários, COs e CTOs de startups e empresas como Coca-Cola e Bradesco
Resource Work Cooperative is a not-for-profit, self-funding worker’s cooperative based in Hobart, Tasmania. Founded in 1993, we employ 35 local Tasmanians who democratically run our social enterprise. We can supply materials for your next renovation or art project, pick up your reusable goods for free or even sustainably deconstruct entire buildings!
Designing and building digital services for the Co‑op
We are aiming to create familiarity across Co‑op services. Familiarity makes things quicker and easier for our users — it helps them understand our services and trust us.
As the gig economy grows, more and more stories of worker exploitation are coming to the fore. And as reports of shady labor practices at Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit, Postmates, and Amazon Mechanical Turk show, these issues run rampant across all sectors of the gig economy. In the home services industry, the platform Handy has made a name for itself, connecting people with pre-screened professional cleaners, fixers, and other professionals. Within three years of its founding, however, the company already faced lawsuits for allegedly underpaying workers and making them pay severe fees for minor transgressions.
To counter poor labor practices, gig workers and entrepreneurs are now taking matters into their own hands by launching their own digital platforms for various services. Called "platform cooperatives," these businesses bring the structure of traditional cooperatives, including worker ownership and governance, to the digital world.