There isn’t just one, inevitable future of work. Let us apply the power of our technological imagination to practice forms of cooperation and collaboration. Worker–owned cooperatives could design their own apps-based platforms, fostering truly peer-to-peer ways of providing services and things, and speak truth to the new platform capitalists.
The main argument that the research puts forward is that platform is such new business model. It has ancient roots, but its modern application provides a unique opportunity for addressing organizational, economic, social, and political problems of the 21st century.
The future of work is in our hands – let’s construct it together!
Freelancers shouldn‘t live in precarious conditions. Cooperative organizations that provide freelancers with employment and compliance services can function as a bridge to more flexible ways of working. We are connecting these organizations, the talented people who demand better working conditions and consumer options, and the future economy through service design and social innovation to amplify cooperative economics and social justice.
Waste pollution is one of the biggest and most urgent global challenges mankind faces today. This issue increases together with population growth, fast technological progress and is constantly reinforced by capitalism driven overproduction. Modern societies experience incredibly dangerous moment in history, with highest social inequality rates ever, escalation of various -isms, along with short-sighted populism that both harm democracy and endanger minority groups. Individual people and whole communities suffer social apathy considering themselves powerless and unable to take actions to influence ongoing global processes in line with their best interests and values.
Prop 22 is expected to put more cars on the road, which is particularly concerning because a recent study found that Uber and Lyft were responsible for about half of San Francisco’s increase in congestion between 2010 and 2016. Transportation is also the largest contributor to U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Allowing these companies to expand without giving workers’ the ability to organize is a huge obstacle to the fight for a just and carbon-free transit sector.
FairShares is a brand and development model for self-governing social enterprises operating as companies, co-operatives, partnerships and associations that integrate founder, worker, user and investor interests in ventures that build social solidarity and advance sustainable development.
This document describes a governance/economic model for self-sustaining, mission-oriented, distributed organizations.
It values pro-bono, care, and paid work with complementary metrics and dispenses rewards accordingly. The purpose is to extract people from the capitalist marketplace so they can use their unique talents to do fulfilling, socially and environmentally meaningful work. The document prototypes a governance model fit for digital labor as applied to an existing organization: the P2P translation collective Guerrilla Translation which is, in turn, embedded into a larger umbrella organization called the Guerrilla Media Collective. Guerrilla Translation serves as the practical example to illustrate the model. The Guerrilla Media Collective is a pilot project for Distributed Cooperative Organizations or DisCOs.
The DisCO Manifesto is a deep dive into the world of Distributed Cooperative Organizations. Over its 80 colorful pages, you will read about how DisCOs are a P2P/Commons, cooperative and Feminist Economic alternative to Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (or DAOs). The DisCO Manifesto also includes some background on topics like blockchain, AI, the commons, feminism, cooperatives, cyberpunk, and more.
In the Basque country of Northern Spain, the Mondragon Corporation—the world’s largest co-operative business enterprise—has found ways to weather economic crises, avoid severe income inequality, and build long-term worker loyalty. Why don’t more businesses follow “the Mondragon model”?
This IoO project explores and documents efforts to form free, open source alternatives to corporate cloud infrastructures, especially through cooperative business models.
This is a directory of platform cooperativism ecosystem. Use the drop-down menus to explore.
Solidarity as a Business Model.
Start.coop accelerates the growth and development of the next generation of
co-operative entrepreneurs with the knowledge, tools, and financing necessary to build businesses that share prosperity among the many, not just the few.
Stocksy United is a platform co-op where businesses, consumers, and graphic designers can find beautiful and compelling stock content to license for usage in design, presentations, ads, etc. The artists are paid a relatively high percentage of the royalties generated by each image sale: 50% on standard licenses and 75% on extended licenses. On top of that, in the event of year-end company surplus, Stocksy shares this surplus with its artists in the form of patronage.
Platform Co-op Community Hangout: Ela Kagel on Emerging Platform Co-ops in Berlin (November 7, 2018):
Ela Kagel joined us for our first Community Hangout to talk about Technology, Money, and Society. Along with giving us an update on her work with Rchain (https://www.rchain.coop)
, she led a fantastic conversation with our community members.
Ela is a co-founder of SUPERMARKT (https://supermarkt-berlin.net/en/)
, a coworking space & research studio with a focus on digital culture, social innovation and collaborative economy in Berlin.
Indie.vc is a program designed to fund and support founders on a path to profitability.
We believe deeply that there are hundreds, even thousands, of businesses that could be thriving, at scale, if they focused on revenue growth over raising another round of funding. On average, the companies we've backed have increased revenues over 100% in the first 12 months of the program and around 300% after 24 months post-investment.
We aim to be the last investment our founders need to take. We call this Permissionless Entrepreneurship.
UnFound is for tech founders and start-ups looking for a different way to set-up and run platform businesses.
It brings together platforms that would like to go about their business in a more collaborative and inclusive way. Find out how we can make the digital economy our own.
Is this you? Get involved!
Platform cooperatives are businesses that use a website, mobile app, or protocol to sell goods or services. They rely on democratic decision-making and shared ownership of the platform by workers and users.
Community powered tourism
50% of our platform fee is used to fund a project of your choice for the communities you visit.
This is a way to empower local communities and promote authentic, fair and conscious tourism.
Get in touch with one of our teams, operating in over 40 cities across Europe, to take part in the collective entrepreneurship experience, joining forces to bring meaning and solidarity to work.
"a cooperative for freelancers"