Apply for the 2018 #PlatformCoop Propaganda Challenge


By James Seibold

Public trust in the investor-owned platform economy is collapsing. Business models based on selling workers and users to Wall Street are under growing scrutiny, and a small but growing number of cooperatively-owned platforms present a real, positive alternative. How might we seize this moment to show the promise of platform cooperativism?

We invite proposals for creative media interventions that communicate platform cooperativism. These might be 2 minute-long videos, comic books, memes, infographics, games, or more. They might seek to deepen the platform co-op community or draw new people into it.

To apply for funding, submit a proposal through this form by May 11. By May 15, two commissions will be selected for $1,000 in support each, of which they’ll receive $500 upon selection and $500 upon completion of the project as proposed (or amended with approval of the challenge coordinators), provided it is completed and deployed before July 1. Commissions, also, can expect support from the platform co-op community and its promotional resources.

This challenge is funded through royalties from the book Ours to Hack and to Own. It is jointly administered by the Platform Cooperativism Consortium and the Internet of Ownership. The coordinators are Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider.

2 thoughts on “Apply for the 2018 #PlatformCoop Propaganda Challenge”

  • What would also be good would be to create a new organization/system that creates co-opitition where people both compete and cooperate to make the world better.

    For example if a appliance maker develops a more environmentally friendly appliance than they will receive extra funding and if they help others to build more environmentally friendly appliances than they will receive even more extra funding or if a sustainable farmer discoverers a better way of growing food and helps others to do the same than they will receive additional funding.

    And to make it happen we need a organization/system that gives extra funding to enterprises and people that do things that make the world a better place as determined by jury style funding panels and mostly funded by its own investment and business partnership funds (that way it can remain independent of politics and budget cuts) but it can also be funded by donations, crowdfunding and everything else.

    The additional funding can be for anything including installing solar panels to a company that switches to electric vehicles or a company that buys forest land and preserves it or a company that makes highly durable and recycleable products and takes them back for repourposeing or a restaurant owner who feeds the homeless or a medical clinic that serves low income families or a vet clinic that helps injured wildlife or a affordable living eco friendly apartment complex or a company having proven non discrimination hiring practices and everything else that makes the world better.

    If we give extra funding for making the world better than people will give it maximum effort in order to receive maximum funding which will enable them to do even more good things in the world.

    And workers will also have a reason to increase productivity and quality as some of the profit will fund a better world.

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