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intro’d to Trebor via #platformcoop fall 2015.. that he headed up with Nathan Schnieder


jun 2016

Trebor Scholz on How #PlatformCooperativism Can Unleash the Network  | P2P Foundation

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re:publica 2016 – Trebor Scholz: How Platform Cooperativism Can Unleash the Network

on turning sharing econ to a misnomer..

alt’s are absolutely possible and internet of people is absolutely feasible

5 min – i’m all for Paul Mason.. et al’s.. post capitalism.. post work.. via basic income… but in meantime.. let’s find better work and beds to sleep in.. bi highly unlikely in next few years.. so what can we do right now..

perhaps.. we can create future we desire sooner than we’re thinking.. by leaping

for (blank)’s sake

a nother way

ie: hosting life bits via self talk as data

6 min – networks today all owned by few people..   we talk about privacy, big data, access for all… but never any talk about ownership… for this reason i proposee theory of platform coop in 2014

11 min – what has share econ gotten us..? easier to exchange money.. et al

12 min – biggest problem.. is that there are so few alt’s suggested.. then he lists some: 3\ take production out of market like wikipedia  4\ for compensated labor market – platform cooperativism.. social org based on understanding that it’s hard to change what you don’t own.. (i’ve worked on this topic since 2008)

15 min – decided to dedicate my self to finding alt’s

hope so

…theory of platform coop – 2 main tenants: communal ownership and democratic governance

platform: places where we hang out.. work.. tinker.. generate value.. coop: ownership models for labor that can replace likes of uber..

16 min – why create profit for silicon valley rather than create community value..

19 min – giving ie’s of concrete coops already happening.. ie: undocumented can’t get credit card so make it so they can use cash .. on site..


21 min – 2 books coming out in early fall

nathan creating.. internet of ownership

what is  home health care professionals.. ex prisoners.. refugees…. workers can become collective owners..

how about an alternative that really gets us back to us.. ie: no money.. no measuring transactions or verifying people..

22 min – elinor ostrom.. aspiring to create alt’s w/o rigorous study.. is a pipe dream

all the studying hasn’t gotten us there yet.. no?

23 min – makers and skeptical scholars really need to talk

ed.. study.. research is really an essential cornerstone of platform coop..

? dang.

platform coops have to offer: communal ownership, income security


successful in oj production..


we need to show a transparency of the algorithms.. data about customers and workers.. to whom sold and for what purpose..


disengage.. partial is killing us

25 min – it’s really about marriage of cooperativism and internet – the online econ


26 min – this has to be worked on right now.. we need an alliance of cities.. we need a consortium..

or rather. let’s leap

what we really need is a *genuine sharing culture.. incubators.. small experiments w techs.. step by step walk throughs ..**legal templates.. wordpress of platform coop to build free software platform…  this is about bringing together tech and coop and learn and see what it can do **for our children, children’s children.. et al..

*genuine sharing.. so why do we need money (any measuring of transactions) for that..?

**legal template.. oh my .. too much

***for our children et al.. we have to quit partialing solutions.. for (blank)’s sake

ie: hosting life bits



Bringing the Platform Co-op “Rebel Cities” Together: An Interview with Trebor Scholz… #PlatformCooperativism

To keep the momentum going, we are organizing our next platform co-op event from November 11-13, 2016 in New York City. We will basically try to bring various “rebel cities” together to discuss how to push back against the extractive sharing economy and to promote and experiment with platform cooperatives.


To be more precise, we are now into the building of a consortium. We found that we were quite overwhelmed basically by “What can you do for us?” kind of demands and we felt a responsibility to this emerging movement. One part is therefore going from city to city over the summer to talk about this movement. Another part is to offer more tangible support: legal support, design support, coding support, etc. For this, we need a larger structure, so we’re hoping to bring together a network that can take on those challenges, and do that in a way that also reflects the democratic values of this project.


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write, read, and lecture on digital work and media activism. scholar-activist at Platform Cooperativism


june 2016

To keep the momentum going and to further build, grow, and sustain these initiatives, I am convening “Platform Cooperativism: Building the Cooperative Internet” November 11-13, 2016 again at the New School in New York City. Shareable and Civic Hall are already confirmed as partners in this event.


Considering the threats for cooperative practices posed by TTIP and the recently published guidelines of the European Commission on the “sharing economy,” one of the hopes for this event in November is to bring together policymakers from various “rebel cities” (thank you, David Harvey) like Berlin, Paris, or Barcelona to talk about and globally coordinate thoughtful regulatory responses to the “sharing economy” and to promote social innovation and experiments with digital cooperatives, in particular. The goal is to link platform co-ops to the pro-commons movement and the solidarity economy more broadly.

While Nathan Schneider and I conceived of the event last November as a coming out party of the cooperative, decentralized Internet, the gathering this Fall will focus more on rolling up our sleeves to make it happen. The questions on the table concern not only the ways in which platform cooperatives can contribute to the commons, but they are also about the legal aspects — of blockchain technology, for instance — design, funding, social organization, governance — of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations like Arcade City, for example — ecological sustainability, data transparency, a deep understanding of the social impact that is created beyond revenues measured in dollars and cents, and the role of unions, academia, credit unions, and municipalities. We should start incubators and accelerators to advance this work, especially with existing cooperatives that are best suited for this model of organization of labor. To host these initiatives, we should consider making creative and unconventional use of public libraries and museums.


via p2pfoundation’s fb share (oct 2016)

Matthieu Lietaert: Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Trebor Scholz, Associate Professor for Culture & Media at the New School and author of the book Uber-Worked and Underpaid: How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy (Polity, 2016). He is currently touring European cities to talk about platform cooperativism. Platform cooperativism, as he puts it, is “a way of joining the peer-to-peer and co-op movements with online labor markets while insisting on communal ownership and democratic governance.” I talked to him about this young movement, its rise, and the steps ahead. [ 1,171 more word ]

Bringing the Platform Co-op “Rebel Cities” Together

Platform cooperativism, as he puts it, is “a way of joining the peer-to-peer and co-op movements with online labor markets while insisting on communal ownership and democratic governance.


*especially young people who could not see a clear perspective in the current system, were enthusiastic about a realistic but slightly different pathway to more control over their life opportunities; it’s a more holistic vision of their future that **starts with the question: How do we want to live?

*agree and **i wish

meaning.. i don’t believe it starts with .. how do we want to live..  seems to start with.. how do we want to live better.. but still within parameter/assumption.. that we measure transactions..

that’s huge.

and we have to let go of it..

go deeper


The goal is to link platform co-ops to the pro-commons movement and the solidarity economy more broadly.