Explainer: What is a platform co-op?
A platform co-op is a digital platform — a website or mobile app designed to provide a service or sell a product — that is collectively owned and governed by the people who depend on and participate in it. Where corporate "sharing" platforms extract value and distribute it to shareholding owners who seek a return on their investment, platform co-ops distribute ownership and management of the enterprise to its participants — those working for the platform or those using the service.
"More than just access to stuff, Libraries of Things typically build community by offering classes and a place where people can share not just things, but also ideas and skills," says Gene Homicki, co-founder and CEO of myTurn, an online platform that makes it easy for anyone to start and manage a Library of Things.
Robin Chase, author of "Peers, Inc" and co-founder of Zipcar, challenges us to actively shape the introduction of autonomous vehicles before it's too late — they will be available by 2020.
One of the important principles when considering open source projects and related communities is there needs to be an ecosystem around the project for the community to thrive.
Peer Value: Advancing the Commons Collaborative Economy
This conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, will feature conversations and plans of action for shaping and connecting the commons on a global level.
Global Social Economy Forum More than 2,000 participants from every continent will be converging in Québec’s metropolis to discuss and work on the central theme of the Global Social Economy Forum — collaboration between local governments and the social and solidarity economy actors for the development of cities.
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