Platform Coops – start your own!

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Date(s) - 09/12/2016 - 10/12/2016
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Cooperative businesses, democratic ownership and self-organization – a two-days conference at SUPERMARKT (day 1) and AGORA (day 2)

Friday, Dec 9th at SUPERMARKT, Mehringplatz 9, 10969 Berlin – 9.30am – 6pm. FAIRO community currency launch at 7.30pm-until late
Saturday, Dec 10th at AGORA, Mittelweg 50, 12053 Berlin – 9.30-6pm, followed by dinner at AGORA.
plus special event: “URLab #2 – Platform City” – Workshop, organized by Tesserae Urban Social Research group, Saturday, December 10 at SUPERMARKT and local surroundings!

“We have an epic choice before us between platform coops and Death Star platforms, and the time to decide is now. It might be the most important economic decision we ever make, but most of us don’t even know we have a choice.” (Neal Gorenflo)

As “Death Star platforms” like Airbnb and Uber increasingly dominate the markets with a cheap-labor business model and traditional corporate structures, more and more communities start to build their own, democratically controlled platform coops – with the aim of creating value for everyone involved.

Platform cooperatives share democratic ownership and governance among the people who rely on them, especially those who contribute their labor and personal data. Platform coops are based on cooperative business structures, very often decentralized modes of organization, democratic control and real-world services or products.

Today, an increasing number of platforms are emerging worldwide. Freelancers, artists, farmers, drivers, caretakers – more and more people from various backgrounds start to unite in order to create value and share what they create. This movement is no longer a niche – it starts to reach out to all sectors of traditional economy, care or education.

This event aims at gathering key players of the platform cooperativism movement to explore shared values, common goals and a joint political agenda. Over the course of two days, participants get introduced into cooperative structures – from learning how to start off and run cooperative businesses to exploring visionary ideas about platform coop design and its impact on politics, markets and society at large.

This #platformcoop-event is all about shared ownership, democratic control and self-organization, with an extra focus on blockchain technologies to enable bootstrapping of decentralized organizations.

Join us for one or both days! Panel discussions, hands-on workshops, platform design toolkits, a deep-dive into neighbourhood economies, the festive launch of a community currency and lots of other interesting topics are waiting for you!

COSTS: 5 €/day or 8 € for both days. The entry fee can be paid in cash upon arrival on both days.

REGISTRATION: Please send us a mail to and tell us a bit about yourself and why this event is of interest to you. Thanks!

LANGUAGE: Both the local and the international perspective is important for the platform coop movement. We therefore strive at being as inclusive as possible when it comes to languages. Some of our sessions are in German only, most are in English. The program below clearly flags the language of each session. Regardless of the language of presentation, we welcome feedback, questions and comments in any language and try our best to support with translations.

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