Date(s) - 17/11/2016
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bay Area TBA
If you were in charge of the Internet, how would you set the rules?
More and more of us rely on online platforms—from Facebook and Google to Uber and Amazon—for our social and economic lives. At the same time, these platforms rely on monopolistic business models that extract revenue for investors through user surveillance, data manipulation and precarious labor. If this is our future, we need another way.
Platform cooperativism is a growing, global movement to create an online economy based instead on shared ownership and democracy. It’s happening in Colorado, too. We’ll hear from CU professor Nathan Schneider, who co-edited the movement’s new manifesto, Ours to Hack and to Own. And we’ll also hear from local projects that are already helping to build an Internet of shared ownership, including:
- Drutopia – a cooperative initiative within the Drupal project that prioritizes putting the best online tools into the hands of grassroots groups
- Green Taxi Cooperative – the Denver area’s newest taxi company, an 800-member, app-driven, driver-owned co-op
- Kickfurther – a peer consignment platform for small businesses and self-governing groups
- P2Binvestor – equity-free investment platform
Join us to help envision how Colorado can lead the way to an online economy—and an economy in general—that serves us all.
Alliance Center, Denver
1536 Wynkoop Street, Suite 100, Denver
Thursday, November 17, 2016
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Free and open to the public