Update: Read our re-cap of the Platform Cooperativism event.
“Platform Cooperativism: Building The Cooperative Internet” is taking place this weekend, November 11-13, at The New School and Civic Hall in New York City, and will gather some of the leading doers, thinkers, and supporters of the platform co-op movement. The event has sold out, but anyone in the world can catch the livestream of the conference using the embedded video below. The program is posted online so you can follow along with the conversations throughout the weekend.
If you're in Montreal, or in NYC and don't have a ticket, you can attend one of these meet-ups to watch the livestream of the event with others in your area (more meet-ups are in the works).
Day 1 on Friday will start with an international group of policymakers discussing regulation and investment in alternative enterprise models. In the afternoon, the conversation will continue on to the legal and design implications of the cooperative platform economy.
Day 2 discussions on Saturday will focus on opportunities for international collaboration among unions, cooperatives, and other workers' rights initiatives. The main question is how platform co-ops address some of the digital economy’s challenges which the labor movement has struggled with for years. Shareable's Neal Gorenflo will be participating in the Cities and Technological Sovereignty panel discussion at 2:40pm (EST).
In addition to the presentations and discussions at the event, organizers and participants are launching the Platform Cooperativism Consortium — a global network of institutions to support the ecosystem of user owned and controlled digital platforms. The goal is to forge critical connections at the event and keep momentum building for the movement through the network.
If you're watching, you can follow along or join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #platformcoop.