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Platform Cooperativism:
an international movement
on the rise
#PlatformCoopBerlin
Impressions of the 1. PlatformCoopBerlinEvent
@SUPERMARKT 04.03.2016
Thomas Dönnebrink, Ela Kagel
Table of contents
	
		 Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise ................................................... 2
		 About the recent history of Platform Cooperativism ............................................................................ 3
	
		 Michel Bauwens view on Platform Cooperativism: What it is & why it matters .......................... 4
			 What is value? Getting aware of the historical context ............................................................ 4
			 A scattered rebellion ..................................................................................................................... 4
			 The shift towards open value creation commoners vs netarchical capitalism ...................... 5
			 How to build platform coops the “right” way ............................................................................... 6
			 The need for and potential of openness ..................................................................................... 7
		 Report on #PlatformCoopBerlin1 meet-up ............................................................................................... 9
			 Who was there? .............................................................................................................................. 9
			 What were the open barcamp workgroups all about? ............................................................. 9
		 Next steps .................................................................................................................................................... 12
		 Links to PlatformCoop events, topics, groups & URLs ....................................................................... 12
		 PlatformCoopBerlinEvents ......................................................................................................................... 13
		 Credits ........................................................................................................................................................... 15
Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 1/15
#PlatformCoopBerlin
Platform Cooperativism:
an international movement on the rise
This article comprises an introduction into the notion of platform cooperativism, references and links to main activists,
activities and further readings. You’ll also find a report on the first #platformCoopBerlin meet-up in Berlin on the
04.03.2016, including a transcript of Michel Bauwen’s speech at this gathering. This article might be useful for whoever
wants to get a basic or better understanding of platform cooperativism. People intending to organise
a #PlatformCoopX meetup in their own city or researching about the subject will also find helpful information, links
and contacts.
Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 2/15
#PlatformCoopBerlin
SUPERMARKT, Berlin
Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 3/15
It was Trebor Scholz, Associate Professor of Culture and
Media at the New School in New York City, who put the
concept of platform cooperativism on the agenda. „Plat-
form cooperativism, says Trebor, is about cloning the
technological heart of online platforms and puts it to
work with a cooperative model, one that puts workers,
owners, communities, and cities - in a kind of solidarity
that leads to political power.“ For more information have
a look at Trebor Scholz’s reader: platform cooperativism.
Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider, reporter and a visi-
ting assistant professor of media studies at University of
Colorado Boulder, initiated the Conference Platform Co-
operativism The Internet. Ownership. Democracy in NYC
in November 2015. This event brought together about
100 participants and each day an unexpected 1000+
coders and designers, scholars and researchers, worker
cooperatives and builders of platforms owned and go-
verned by their workers / participants. 1.800 people fol-
lowed the twitter-account @platformcoop and the hash-
tag #platformcoop was leading the national hitlist on the
13.11. for 5h. As intended the conference turned into „a
coming-out party for the cooperative Internet“ and did
not just spread the concept of #platformcooperativism,
but also generated a new and important political debate
about economy and society at large.
The facilitators of the 1st local #Platformcoop Berlin
meetup, Thomas Dönnebrink and Michel Bauwens, also
led a session about Platform Cooperativism In The Con-
text Of Alternative Infrastructures For The Commons
Economy, at this conference where they tried to con-
verge the collaborative economy, cooperativism and the
open source/data/knowledge movement. (Documenta-
tion: Presentation / Videostream).
Nevertheless, it didn’t stop with the closing of the con-
ference: participants carried the momentum on to suc-
cessive events like workshops, reunions or talks at the
OuiShareFest BCN in Barcelona, Madrid, Badajoz or pu-
blications about the topic – just to name our own un-
dertakings prior to the first event in Berlin. Also, The In-
ternet of Ownership was initiated by Nathan Schneider
as a „directory for the online democratic ecosystem“,
is showcasing further events and organisations on this
site.
In this line of tradition, the first #PlatformCoopBerlin
meet-up took place in Berlin at the new SUPERMARKT.
It was enabled and organized by a collaborative effort of
the SUPERMARKT Group, OuiShare Connectors and the
Heinrich Boell-Foundation. Michel Bauwens was invited
as the keynote speaker. Even though space was limited
and had filled up already with direct invitations, more
than 50 people attended instead of the 30 expected.
About the recent history of Platform Cooperativism
#PlatformCoopBerlin
2. Thomas Dönnebrink @ PlatformCooperativism Conference in NY
1. Trebor Scholz
Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 4/15
Michel Bauwens opened his speech by pointing out that
we are already living in a transition period. More and
more people are waking up to the fact that we are in
a crisis and that our extractive system cannot continue
infinitely in a world that is destroying the biosphere and
busting planetary boundaries. According to research
done in the Netherlands civic initiatives are growing li-
nearly since the 1980s until about 2005, since then ex-
ponentially. Michel calls it the birth of a “sensitive cons-
ciousness”. “What many activists worldwide are doing is
already changing society. We all know it is difficult. We
know it is precarious to do this, but the fact that so many
have gathered here shows that we believe in it – and we
are not alone.”
What is value? Getting aware of the histo-
rical context
Michel compares the grand transformation underway
with the great historical transformations of the 10th
and 15th/16th centuries: Until the 10th century, if one
wanted to get rich they went out to plunder their neigh-
bours. This changed gradually with the peace of God
movement in southern France, a social revolt against
the plunder economy. A revolution that laid the basis for
a new social contract. If you wanted to become rich you
had to plunder the earth and toil the land and the peop-
le bound to the land. Then around the 15th/16th century
another change in value regime occurred, producing or
induced by new social or technological innovations like:
double book accounting, printing press, Calvinism pro-
mising those becoming rich to go straight to heaven as
opposed to hell waiting for those who led an idle life.
Signs of the new value regime was not more so much
exploiting the land, but to make and sell commodities
which would eventually create the capitalistic system.
According to Michel the struggle of the last 200 years
was mainly between labour and capital and about who
gets which part of the cookie, but the real social and
not so apparent fundamental struggle is: who decides
what is value?
Following the current economic value logic: an oil spill
of a tanker is producing economic value, if you are vo-
lunteering to clean the beach, you are destroying econo-
mic value. If you help children to become autonomous
adults you have no recognition whatsoever. If you are
in the care economy you do not exist. The struggle is to
move from an extractive system to generative practices
and to co-creating shared resources for human groups,
communities and nature.
A scattered rebellion
Michel compares the grand transformation underway
with the great historical transformations of the 10th
Michel points out three big social movements:
– transition to sustainability
– fairness (around creation and distribution of value like
solidarity economy)
– commons (around open source, open software, open
hardware e.g. a shared/common knowledge base – to
create a vibrant society)
Michel Bauwens view on Platform Cooperativism:
What it is & why it matters (edited transcript of his keynote)
Michel Bauwens
#PlatformCoopBerlin
Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 5/15
Many people and millions of organisations and initiati-
ves are active in these spaces, but the problem is that
they are all fragmented. Michel mentions 12 different
software programmes for ordering food of community
supported agriculture in Italy alone. Local is fine, but if
we don’t find a way to connect and collaborate to form a
strong social force, we will lose. This is the story of tran-
sition: Changing the rules of the game.
The shift towards open value creation:
commoners vs netarchical capitalism
And according to Michel the game changer is the chan-
ge to open value creation. The current system considers
the private labour and private capital the creator of
value: market value, that is.
In a new system the value is – or should be – created
through the mutualisation of knowledge: Wikihouse
or Wikipedia are just two of the 1000s of open source
communities where people decide to mutualise their
knowledge and thus generate and distribute value, crea-
ting commons. Not labour or capital, but citizens are the
productive entity here. Through their contribution they
create the condition for value creation.
Under the dominant system one can’t make a living di-
rectly from one’s open and contributory action. So even
if we create value, it is not recognized by the system, as
it has no market value. Abundant knowledge can’t be a
market value. This is one of our fundamental problems
today. Michel considers the current situation to be even
worse for workers/users as he sees that the extractive
netarchical economy is a shift in capitalism from labour
system (I pay people to create and market products
which I sell at a higher price) to direct exploitation of
collaboration of others. Think about Google, Youtube,
flickr, Uber, airbnb - all companies which do no longer
pay anyone for creating content and services but enab-
le us to do this and then they have a vacuum cleaner
and suck the value out of our exchange system. Think
about facebook: 1,5 Billion people co-creating value
– but 100% of the market value is privatized, captured
and is not reinvested in the capacity of the users to con-
tribute. This is the real problem. Even though with this
hyper productive system of peer production - Commons
based peer production - in place. This the value is direc-
tly captured by netarchical platforms. You can call them
the “capturists” creating a financialised exploitation of
human cooperation. Here the concept of platform co-
operativism comes in. Michel suggests that the circula-
tion of the commons should be achieved through open
input, participatory processes and commons-oriented
output which then creates the condition for open input
again – thus closing the loop. This works collectively, but
it doesn’t work individually, because the system doesn’t
allow and provide the resources for the commoner to
reproduce oneself. Livelihoods can not be reproduced
in this way.
In this netarchical system it is actually worse than be-
fore, because one even gets less money than in the old
system. This is why we have to change this system. The-
se are the death stars as Neal Gorenflo puts it. This is
where platform coops become interesting. They create
livelihoods around the commons and co-create liveli-
hoods for the commoners.
Michel strikes a blow for open cooperatives and here he
sees where platformcoops fit in – or should fit in. One
contributes to an open commons. In order to create a
living, one creates his/her own cooperative entity. As a
commoner one creates abundant goods that are avai-
lable to all (especially in the form of knowledge). Ever-
ybody can contribute to it. Everybody can use it. In or-
der to make a living, cooperatives which connect to the
(current) market have to be created. Michel’s argument
is that non-capitalistic, post-capitalistic markets can be
created. He suggests community supported agriculture
(CSA ) as an example: This is not capitalism. Capitalism
is separating value from the means of production. It is
about lucrative property, if one owns the land or if one
owns the platform receiving a rent from the activities
on the platform. In a coorporative context one creates
a form - like CSA - that practices solidarity with the pro-
ducer – a group of consumer. Money might be used, but
one is not buying commodities, but a share of the pro-
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Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 6/15
duction of a farmer. Michel asks: can we create non-ext-
ractive new models and why should they be open?
Looking at the history of cooperatives – e.g. Mondragon,
which Michel says he still loves as a good intent into the
right direction – they often only work for their own bene-
fit: for the benefit of its members instead of just certain
individuals, nevertheless it still stops there. What you
are getting is worker capitalism. On the inside you have
democracy at the workplace, but what happened when
Mondragon went to Poland for example and didn’t want
to share their bonuses, they hired Polish workers at a
minimum wage and then they had a strike. So these co-
operatives are better, but it is not enough. Nowadays co-
ops should co-create shared resources. This could mean
using free software licenses. So guaranteeing that the
work you are doing is also available outside your com-
munity, that it is a gift to the common good. These can
be done virtually/digitally or can also be done physical-
ly. Michel gave the example of a housing coop in Quito
in one of the poorest areas of the city. Members of the
cooperative are benefiting from special housing arran-
gements and in return they pledge to contribute a 100
hours of community work in which they clean dumps
and turn them into public parks for the citizens - thus
creating Commons.
Then Michel emphasised the meaning of Open Coopera-
tivism, which he proposes have the following characteri-
stics: That coops need to …
… be statutorily (internally) oriented towards the com-
mon good
… have governance models including all stakeholders
… actively co-produce the creation of immaterial and
material commons
… be organized socially and politically on a global basis,
even as they produce locally.
How to build platform coops the “right”
way
Platform coops aren’t there yet, but they are moving into
the right direction.
The effect UBER and airbnb has on local economies is
similar to a great grocery-shop that takes about 30% of
the value out of a local community. UBER and airbnb do
the same. They suck out a big part of the value, but they
don’t (re)invest in apartments or cars, they don’t make
anything. The only thing they do is creating an APP -
which is no rocket science - but they create a lot of con-
trol around it.
Platformcoop is a normal reaction to it. For example Ar-
cade City in Vermont is a Coop of drivers that create their
own UBER, creating their own platform (and now using
Ethereum and launching in 27 cities). How is it related to
the commons? In UBER, airbnb and others of their ilk are
no commons, but a platform can be a commons. When
we are exchanging on a platform that is a market fun-
ction, but the platform itself can be our common. This
is the connection of the emerging commons economy.
Nevertheless for Michel, this is not enough. He shared
his recent experience of taking a taxi in Amsterdam whe-
re he was charged 18€ one way and 9€ same way back.
So a monostakeholder platform can still exploit others.
That is why Michel considers multi-stakeholder approa-
ches to be better.
How could this apply to the creation of platformco-
ops? Their could be certain shares, Michel called them
“Fairshares”, reserved for founders (acknowledging and
recognizing that they are heavily investing their time for
the first 2-3 years), but these shares will diminish over
time, not turning into a life-long-rent. A similar share ar-
rangement could apply to (ethical) investors, recognising
their input and risk-taking. Another share arrangement
including workers and users. A platform(coop) design
like this will recognise and acknowledge that in the open
systems of today co-creation is the norm. Users of Fa-
cebook co-create the value of Facebook, without them
Facebook is not worth anything.
According to Michel we have to work on three circles:
sustainability, openness, solidarity and especially on
building bridges between the three to make the mode
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of production and distribution – free – fair – and sus-
tainable. Nature creates abundance and – used wisely
– provides enough for everybody’s needs, but capitalism
is scarcity engineering in order to turn abundant nature,
knowledge etc. into market goods. Distribution is ext-
remely unfair: inequality is rising all over the world. So
we need a system that gives answers to all three circles.
We have to work together. So the dozen CSA ordering
software in Italy should talk to each other and create an
open source platform where they can share their infra-
structure investments.
The need for and potential of openness
This is also connected to the intents of the open source
circular economy. Michel does not see how the circular
economy can create sustainability without openness. If
everybody has, wants and sticks to its private logistical
chain, it will take 50 years or so to make it. But in the
context of an ethical coalition of entrepreneurs around
the commons, cooperation becomes easier. Take for ex-
ample the enspiral network in New Zealand - “a virtual
and physical network of companies and professionals
working together to create a thriving society” – they
have full transparency internally, consisting of 18 ven-
tures with open logistics, open book accounting, etc.
Here we go. Then happens what is already happening
in the material world which is called stigmergy: coordi-
nation without command by signalling without pricing.
Looking at Linux or Wikipedia: people see what needs
to be done, and whoever wants is free to allocate ones
time or resources to it. With open supply chains and lo-
gistics one can actually move this to the physical sphere.
Imagine the hyper productivity that can be achieved if
this gets done. Capitalism cannot match it. We already
know something like Wikipedia or Linux cannot be done
in this way. It has been calculated, it is impossible. We
can do it. We did it. We can turn Wikihouse into a global
platform for public carbon neutral housing. We can do it.
We can use Wikispeed or similar mutualised productive
knowledge for sustainable transportation and without it
I doubt that we will be able to move to a circular eco-
nomy.
And same thing for the solidarity economy. By all sym-
pathy if you are a solidarity company but privatising
your knowledge you are playing a different game. The
same game as capitalism. It makes much more sense
to mutualise your knowledge and contribute more value
than private companies because you are sharing your
knowledge and everybody in the ecosystem can use
your innovation. Take Wikispeed again, they release a
new design every week. How about Volkswagen? Well,
we know about Volkswagen.
If you want to combine all the circles: sustainability,
openness, solidarity - there is currently no money for it.
So a lot of work remains to be done. Nevertheless there
is already a lot of knowledge and experience out the-
re. There are more than 20.000 articles of transition on
P2P foundation, Commons transition et al. and Michel
brought up examples like Sensorica, Ethos, Enspiral, Las
Indias to learn from. There are coalitions out there ex-
perimenting and they are doing fine and are growing.
This is not utopia. This is something real, but we need to
spread the knowledge. The transition has started alrea-
dy, we just need to speed it up because we do not have
that much time.
#PlatformCoopBerlin
Friederike Abitz
Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 8/15
SUPERMARKT, Berlin
Joy Lohmann
#PlatformCoopBerlin
Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 9/15
The three-hour-workshop consisted of two parts, about
90 min each.
The first round of input was all about contextualisation,
the motivations of the Boell Foundation and the SUPER-
MARKT. A quick presentation of all participants showed
which actors and interests had gathered. Thomas Dön-
nebrink provided the introduction and the context. Mi-
chel Bauwens, researcher, activist and director of the
P2P foundation, gave an introductory speech.
In the second part of the evening, participants were as-
ked to organise themselves in the form of an open bar-
camp. The barcamp evolved into five workshops and
a final closing round presenting the outcomes of each
group. A final discussion about learnings, findings and
patterns emerging closed the official part of this work-
shop. The rest of the evening was dedicated to networ-
king, drinks and snacks.
Who was there?
This first meeting of the local Berlin initiatives brought
together more than 50 people:
· Founders, CEOs and members of platforms and/or co-
ops such as:
Fairmondo, Fairleihen, SMART, Yunity, WeChange, Co-
liga, Jolocom, DCrow, Leihbar, Central Association of
Consumer Cooperatives
· Networks and Network Platforms such as:
OuiShare, Open Source Ecology, Solidarische Ökonomie,
berlinerpool, das-kooperativ, StopResetGo
· Members of Foundations such as:
Boell, P2P, Anstiftung, Free Software Foundations
· Institutes & Organisations such as:
Commons-Institut, Institut für ökologische Wirschafts-
forschung, Konzeptwerk neue Ökonomie
· Individual journalists, artists, programmers, activists,
changemakers, foresight strategist, researches and faci-
litators interested in the topic.
For more information about the participants and their
contributions see: bit.ly/PlatformCoopBerlin1Voices
What were the open barcamp workgroups
all about?
1. Why Platforms? Centralised platforms vs distribu-
ted network
Almost everyone liked the idea of cooperativism, but
some people also criticised the idea of platforms. Initi-
atives, such as Jolocom, explicitly strive towards distri-
buted, autonomous nodes and being in favour of the
network concept, rather than the centralised platform.
Felix Weth from Fairmondo took up the challenge and
brought another perspective into the debate: We have
to think big in order to be able to provide real alternati-
ves to proprietary, large-scale user platforms.
These were the main questions debated in this work-
group: Can we outcompete multinational corporations
Report on #PlatformCoopBerlin1 meet-up
#PlatformCoopBerlin
SUPERMARKT, Berlin
Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 10/15
by creating our own platforms? Will we manage to ad-
here to our principles of openness and safety while
operating fast-growing, international platforms? Or is a
network of decentralized autonomous organisations the
only viable and sustainable solution?
2. Mapping the ecosystem: Overview of people and
platforms
In this group Adrien Labaeye urged the community to
start mapping the platformcoop ecosystem. „We have to
know what’s out there and with whom we can coopera-
te“. He is part of a larger group working on transformap,
a techno-social architecture to visualize the commons
transition. The workgroup tried to define basic criteria
helping to source data for the creation of maps. Adri-
en Labaeye presented a first metamap to get started
with an overview of concepts, tools, directories, activists,
platforms, movements, foundations and other entities
in the field of platformcoops – or related to it.
3. Linking the ecosytem - Interoperability of existing
platforms
Another group, mainly consisting of the programmers
of the various platforms present, discussed terms, chan-
ces and difficulties of interoperability and collaborati-
on between platforms. One of the outcomes were that
technical and interpersonal solutions are both key in or-
der to establish collaboration and cooperative thinking.
Further collaboration is envisaged.
4. A coalition between cities
Discussed were the vision of forming a coalition of diffe-
rent cities working together with the open source and
open makers movement creating a platform for their ci-
tizens making sure that the money/value generated on
and via the platform also stays in the region. A coaliti-
on of cities that start pooling infrastructure investment
costs for collaboratively creating a common kernel plat-
form seems ideal and logic given the fact that one per-
son can only be in one city at a time, making competition
and the development of expensive own proprietary so-
lutions little sense and not a smart move. On the ground
of fairness and solidarity rich cities and entities would
contribute more, poorer less. At the end each member
contribute what they can and just take what they need.
#PlatformCoopBerlin
Friederike Abitz
SUPERMARKT, Berlin
Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 11/15
5. Sustainability
A fifth group looked into another big topic: Sustainabili-
ty. While it is certainly important to work with sustainabi-
lity as a main standard, it is also essential for activists to
sustain themselves and to avoid activists’ burnout. The
group came up with the idea of creating a social char-
ter, a set of values and measures that takes effect at the
core of any action.
How to integrate the users of coop services? How to cre-
ate principles of mutualism?
Up to this date the cooperative world has not much he-
ard, understood, used or put its teeth into the fast-gro-
wing sharing and collaborative economy and digital
platforms. Almost the same applies to the sharing and
collaborative economy who has little or no knowledge
about cooperatives and has rather looked to old system
when it comes to ownership and governance models.
To bring both separated worlds together showing and
exploring the potentials that lay in the part where they
overlap, is the main purpose and aim of this and the
successive #PlatformCoop meet-ups, events and pub-
lications. The first #PlatformCoopBerlin meet-up with
Michel Bauwens and many very knowledgeable and ex-
perienced participants from either or both worlds was a
very good start and has created a momentum beyond
Berlin, where several of the platformcoops and activists
are located. #Convergence and mutual learning and ex-
perimenting as well as carrying it to a wider audience
and into the political sphere came on the to do list for
the next events.
#PlatformCoopBerlin
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Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 12/15
First suggestions for the to-do list to foster the topic and
(local) community around #PlatformCoop. (feedback, re-
commendation, participation all welcomed)
• #PlatformCoopBerlin meet-ups should not only take
place in and be organized by the Supermarkt Group, but
in the spaces and with the help of other players in the
field.
• Define clear goals for those meet-ups and the way it
can relate to other commons-oriented communties,
groups.
• Reflect on existing proposals/principles like in Trebor
Scholz‘s report and existing critique by Bauwens and
discuss positions and ideas within the PlatformCoop
(Berlin) community.
• Create a pathway and best practice solutions on how
to achieve sustainable platforms and economic entities
that will operate for the interest and the benefit of the
common good and the workers, users and contributors
of the platforms and will not be undermined or taken
over by corporations or serving just particular interests.
• Put together some guidelines and share expertise.
• Build an infrastructure/space/forum for mutual lear-
ning and support
Next steps
#PlatformCoopBerlin
Click link for future and past #PlatformCoopBerlinEvents
Click link for topics of interest around PlatformCoop
In both documents you are welcomed to add further interesting events and suggestions and your topics of interests
– via the comment function there.
Click link for joining one of the current PlatformCoop Facebook Groups.
PlatformCoopBerlin or PlatformCoopBarcelona or Rise of the Digital Cooperative
Click link für PlatformCoop Internetsites: NYC Conference 11/2015 or Internet of Ownership
Links to PlatformCoop events,
topics, groups & URLs
Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 13/15
#PlatformCoopBerlin
PlatformCoopBerlinEvents – upcoming
(for past events see bottom)
PlatformCoopEvents listed here will take place in Berlin OR are co-organized by members of the PlatformCoopBerlin
team and community in other cities or countries. For further PlatformCoopEvents by other platformCooperativist in
other cities and countries see: http://internetofownership.net/
2016-04-22
#PlatformCoopBerlin2 meet-up @Fairmondo in Berlin – Glogauerstr. 21
Platform Cooperativism in practice: Fairmondo - Crowdfunding to avoid the venture capital trap.
A series of six #PlatformCoopBerlin meet-ups are planned every 6 - 9 weeks and taking place in the locations of dif-
ferent hosts (if you/your entity or initiative wants to host one event please leave comment or contact us with date,
location and topic suggestions)
2016-05-01
Co-op DiscoTech (good occasion for #PlatformCoopBerlinEvent - to be discussed/planned?)
MIT’s Co-Design Studio is calling for people to organize Co-op DiscoTechs—simultaneous events around the world
designed to connect people into the intersection of cooperative enterprise and technology.
2016-05-03
How Platform Cooperativism Can Unleash the Network @Re:publica in Berlin
Trebor Scholz et al.
2016-05-09
Berlin auf dem Weg zur Sharing City? Die Potenziale der Share und Collaborative Economy in Berlin. Diskussion der
Chancen und Handlungsempfehlungen. im Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlin, Niederkirchnerstr. 5, Raum 376
2016-05-18ff
Several #PlatformCoop Events @OuiShareFest in Paris (see programme)
2016-05-31f
Genopreneurship Summit in Köln (Akademie Deutscher Genossenschaften)
Thomas Dönnebrink, Ela Kagel, et al.
2016-06-9/13
Second Open Source Circular Economy days in Berlin & 30+ cities worldwide
(good occasion for #PlatformCoopBerlinEvent - to be discussed/planned?)
2016-06-15
Konferenz: Sharing Economy zwischen Gemeinwohl und Gewinn. Neue Herausforderung für Zivilgesellschaft, Wirt-
schaft und Politik (BMBF/FONA gefördertes Forschungsprojekt mit IÖW, IZT, ifeu)
Thomas Dönnebrink, et al.
2016-07-02
Internationaler Tag der Genossenschaften
(good occasion for #PlatformCoopBerlinEvent - to be discussed/planned?)
Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 14/15
#PlatformCoopBerlin
2016-08-30ff
#PlatformCoop Event @Degrowth in Budapest: Platform Cooperativism & Co Workshop.
Access INSTEAD of ownership was yesterday. Access AND ownership will be tomorrow.
Thomas Dönnebrink, Ela Kagel, Andreas Arnold, Cristobal Gracia
2016-09-29f
#PlatformCoop Event @Goethe-Institute in Mexiko City, Mexiko
Thomas Dönnebrink, Felix Weth
2016-10-26f
Tacit Futures: a 24 hour workshop on platform cooperativism at the Volksbuehne
Trebor Scholz, Ela Kagel, et al.
Past Events
2016-03-04
#PlatformCoopBerlin1 meet-up @Supermarkt with Michel Bauwens
Michel Bauwens, Thomas Dönnebrink, Ela Kagel, Documentation: bit.ly/PlatformCoopBerlin1
2016-02-22
#Platformcoop & #Convergence Event in Badajoz (part of OuiShareSummit)
Thomas Dönnebrink
2016-02-14
#Platformcoop & #Convergence Event in Madrid
Thomas Dönnebrink
2016-02-11
#Platformcoop & #Convergence Event in Barcelona
Thomas Dönnebrink
2016-02-04
The New “Sharing Economy” - #PlatformCooperativism @Goethe-Institute in NYC
Trebor Scholz, Felix Weth
2015-11-20
Präsentation & Workshop – Inmersión en las plataformas cooperativas digitales /OuiShareFest Barcelona
Thomas Dönnebrink & Elena Dinaro: Documentation: Profil@Conference / Presentation
2015-11-14
Special Lunch Session with Michel Bauwens Platform Cooperativism In The Context Of Alternative Infrastructures For
The Commons Economy @Platform Cooperativism Conference NYC
Michel Bauwens, Thomas Dönnebrink: Documentation: Profil@Conference / Presentation / Videostream
Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 15/15
Authors:
Thomas Dönnebrink, thomas@ouishare.net
Ela Kagel, ela@supermarkt-berlin.net
Text contributors:
Andreas Arnold, andreas@leihbar.net
Adrien Labaeye, adrienlabaeye@gmail.com
Graphic recordings:
Joy Lohmann, j.lohmann@artlab4.de
Friederike Abitz, friederikeabitz@gmail.com
Graphic design:
Jammrath – Produkt / Grafik / Text
post@jammrath.de
Credits
#PlatformCoopBerlin
Kooperationspartner:
#PlatformCoopBerlin
CC 2016

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Platform Cooperativism

  • 1. Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise #PlatformCoopBerlin Impressions of the 1. PlatformCoopBerlinEvent @SUPERMARKT 04.03.2016 Thomas Dönnebrink, Ela Kagel
  • 2. Table of contents Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise ................................................... 2 About the recent history of Platform Cooperativism ............................................................................ 3 Michel Bauwens view on Platform Cooperativism: What it is & why it matters .......................... 4 What is value? Getting aware of the historical context ............................................................ 4 A scattered rebellion ..................................................................................................................... 4 The shift towards open value creation commoners vs netarchical capitalism ...................... 5 How to build platform coops the “right” way ............................................................................... 6 The need for and potential of openness ..................................................................................... 7 Report on #PlatformCoopBerlin1 meet-up ............................................................................................... 9 Who was there? .............................................................................................................................. 9 What were the open barcamp workgroups all about? ............................................................. 9 Next steps .................................................................................................................................................... 12 Links to PlatformCoop events, topics, groups & URLs ....................................................................... 12 PlatformCoopBerlinEvents ......................................................................................................................... 13 Credits ........................................................................................................................................................... 15 Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 1/15 #PlatformCoopBerlin
  • 3. Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise This article comprises an introduction into the notion of platform cooperativism, references and links to main activists, activities and further readings. You’ll also find a report on the first #platformCoopBerlin meet-up in Berlin on the 04.03.2016, including a transcript of Michel Bauwen’s speech at this gathering. This article might be useful for whoever wants to get a basic or better understanding of platform cooperativism. People intending to organise a #PlatformCoopX meetup in their own city or researching about the subject will also find helpful information, links and contacts. Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 2/15 #PlatformCoopBerlin SUPERMARKT, Berlin
  • 4. Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 3/15 It was Trebor Scholz, Associate Professor of Culture and Media at the New School in New York City, who put the concept of platform cooperativism on the agenda. „Plat- form cooperativism, says Trebor, is about cloning the technological heart of online platforms and puts it to work with a cooperative model, one that puts workers, owners, communities, and cities - in a kind of solidarity that leads to political power.“ For more information have a look at Trebor Scholz’s reader: platform cooperativism. Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider, reporter and a visi- ting assistant professor of media studies at University of Colorado Boulder, initiated the Conference Platform Co- operativism The Internet. Ownership. Democracy in NYC in November 2015. This event brought together about 100 participants and each day an unexpected 1000+ coders and designers, scholars and researchers, worker cooperatives and builders of platforms owned and go- verned by their workers / participants. 1.800 people fol- lowed the twitter-account @platformcoop and the hash- tag #platformcoop was leading the national hitlist on the 13.11. for 5h. As intended the conference turned into „a coming-out party for the cooperative Internet“ and did not just spread the concept of #platformcooperativism, but also generated a new and important political debate about economy and society at large. The facilitators of the 1st local #Platformcoop Berlin meetup, Thomas Dönnebrink and Michel Bauwens, also led a session about Platform Cooperativism In The Con- text Of Alternative Infrastructures For The Commons Economy, at this conference where they tried to con- verge the collaborative economy, cooperativism and the open source/data/knowledge movement. (Documenta- tion: Presentation / Videostream). Nevertheless, it didn’t stop with the closing of the con- ference: participants carried the momentum on to suc- cessive events like workshops, reunions or talks at the OuiShareFest BCN in Barcelona, Madrid, Badajoz or pu- blications about the topic – just to name our own un- dertakings prior to the first event in Berlin. Also, The In- ternet of Ownership was initiated by Nathan Schneider as a „directory for the online democratic ecosystem“, is showcasing further events and organisations on this site. In this line of tradition, the first #PlatformCoopBerlin meet-up took place in Berlin at the new SUPERMARKT. It was enabled and organized by a collaborative effort of the SUPERMARKT Group, OuiShare Connectors and the Heinrich Boell-Foundation. Michel Bauwens was invited as the keynote speaker. Even though space was limited and had filled up already with direct invitations, more than 50 people attended instead of the 30 expected. About the recent history of Platform Cooperativism #PlatformCoopBerlin 2. Thomas Dönnebrink @ PlatformCooperativism Conference in NY 1. Trebor Scholz
  • 5. Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 4/15 Michel Bauwens opened his speech by pointing out that we are already living in a transition period. More and more people are waking up to the fact that we are in a crisis and that our extractive system cannot continue infinitely in a world that is destroying the biosphere and busting planetary boundaries. According to research done in the Netherlands civic initiatives are growing li- nearly since the 1980s until about 2005, since then ex- ponentially. Michel calls it the birth of a “sensitive cons- ciousness”. “What many activists worldwide are doing is already changing society. We all know it is difficult. We know it is precarious to do this, but the fact that so many have gathered here shows that we believe in it – and we are not alone.” What is value? Getting aware of the histo- rical context Michel compares the grand transformation underway with the great historical transformations of the 10th and 15th/16th centuries: Until the 10th century, if one wanted to get rich they went out to plunder their neigh- bours. This changed gradually with the peace of God movement in southern France, a social revolt against the plunder economy. A revolution that laid the basis for a new social contract. If you wanted to become rich you had to plunder the earth and toil the land and the peop- le bound to the land. Then around the 15th/16th century another change in value regime occurred, producing or induced by new social or technological innovations like: double book accounting, printing press, Calvinism pro- mising those becoming rich to go straight to heaven as opposed to hell waiting for those who led an idle life. Signs of the new value regime was not more so much exploiting the land, but to make and sell commodities which would eventually create the capitalistic system. According to Michel the struggle of the last 200 years was mainly between labour and capital and about who gets which part of the cookie, but the real social and not so apparent fundamental struggle is: who decides what is value? Following the current economic value logic: an oil spill of a tanker is producing economic value, if you are vo- lunteering to clean the beach, you are destroying econo- mic value. If you help children to become autonomous adults you have no recognition whatsoever. If you are in the care economy you do not exist. The struggle is to move from an extractive system to generative practices and to co-creating shared resources for human groups, communities and nature. A scattered rebellion Michel compares the grand transformation underway with the great historical transformations of the 10th Michel points out three big social movements: – transition to sustainability – fairness (around creation and distribution of value like solidarity economy) – commons (around open source, open software, open hardware e.g. a shared/common knowledge base – to create a vibrant society) Michel Bauwens view on Platform Cooperativism: What it is & why it matters (edited transcript of his keynote) Michel Bauwens #PlatformCoopBerlin
  • 6. Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 5/15 Many people and millions of organisations and initiati- ves are active in these spaces, but the problem is that they are all fragmented. Michel mentions 12 different software programmes for ordering food of community supported agriculture in Italy alone. Local is fine, but if we don’t find a way to connect and collaborate to form a strong social force, we will lose. This is the story of tran- sition: Changing the rules of the game. The shift towards open value creation: commoners vs netarchical capitalism And according to Michel the game changer is the chan- ge to open value creation. The current system considers the private labour and private capital the creator of value: market value, that is. In a new system the value is – or should be – created through the mutualisation of knowledge: Wikihouse or Wikipedia are just two of the 1000s of open source communities where people decide to mutualise their knowledge and thus generate and distribute value, crea- ting commons. Not labour or capital, but citizens are the productive entity here. Through their contribution they create the condition for value creation. Under the dominant system one can’t make a living di- rectly from one’s open and contributory action. So even if we create value, it is not recognized by the system, as it has no market value. Abundant knowledge can’t be a market value. This is one of our fundamental problems today. Michel considers the current situation to be even worse for workers/users as he sees that the extractive netarchical economy is a shift in capitalism from labour system (I pay people to create and market products which I sell at a higher price) to direct exploitation of collaboration of others. Think about Google, Youtube, flickr, Uber, airbnb - all companies which do no longer pay anyone for creating content and services but enab- le us to do this and then they have a vacuum cleaner and suck the value out of our exchange system. Think about facebook: 1,5 Billion people co-creating value – but 100% of the market value is privatized, captured and is not reinvested in the capacity of the users to con- tribute. This is the real problem. Even though with this hyper productive system of peer production - Commons based peer production - in place. This the value is direc- tly captured by netarchical platforms. You can call them the “capturists” creating a financialised exploitation of human cooperation. Here the concept of platform co- operativism comes in. Michel suggests that the circula- tion of the commons should be achieved through open input, participatory processes and commons-oriented output which then creates the condition for open input again – thus closing the loop. This works collectively, but it doesn’t work individually, because the system doesn’t allow and provide the resources for the commoner to reproduce oneself. Livelihoods can not be reproduced in this way. In this netarchical system it is actually worse than be- fore, because one even gets less money than in the old system. This is why we have to change this system. The- se are the death stars as Neal Gorenflo puts it. This is where platform coops become interesting. They create livelihoods around the commons and co-create liveli- hoods for the commoners. Michel strikes a blow for open cooperatives and here he sees where platformcoops fit in – or should fit in. One contributes to an open commons. In order to create a living, one creates his/her own cooperative entity. As a commoner one creates abundant goods that are avai- lable to all (especially in the form of knowledge). Ever- ybody can contribute to it. Everybody can use it. In or- der to make a living, cooperatives which connect to the (current) market have to be created. Michel’s argument is that non-capitalistic, post-capitalistic markets can be created. He suggests community supported agriculture (CSA ) as an example: This is not capitalism. Capitalism is separating value from the means of production. It is about lucrative property, if one owns the land or if one owns the platform receiving a rent from the activities on the platform. In a coorporative context one creates a form - like CSA - that practices solidarity with the pro- ducer – a group of consumer. Money might be used, but one is not buying commodities, but a share of the pro- #PlatformCoopBerlin
  • 7. Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 6/15 duction of a farmer. Michel asks: can we create non-ext- ractive new models and why should they be open? Looking at the history of cooperatives – e.g. Mondragon, which Michel says he still loves as a good intent into the right direction – they often only work for their own bene- fit: for the benefit of its members instead of just certain individuals, nevertheless it still stops there. What you are getting is worker capitalism. On the inside you have democracy at the workplace, but what happened when Mondragon went to Poland for example and didn’t want to share their bonuses, they hired Polish workers at a minimum wage and then they had a strike. So these co- operatives are better, but it is not enough. Nowadays co- ops should co-create shared resources. This could mean using free software licenses. So guaranteeing that the work you are doing is also available outside your com- munity, that it is a gift to the common good. These can be done virtually/digitally or can also be done physical- ly. Michel gave the example of a housing coop in Quito in one of the poorest areas of the city. Members of the cooperative are benefiting from special housing arran- gements and in return they pledge to contribute a 100 hours of community work in which they clean dumps and turn them into public parks for the citizens - thus creating Commons. Then Michel emphasised the meaning of Open Coopera- tivism, which he proposes have the following characteri- stics: That coops need to … … be statutorily (internally) oriented towards the com- mon good … have governance models including all stakeholders … actively co-produce the creation of immaterial and material commons … be organized socially and politically on a global basis, even as they produce locally. How to build platform coops the “right” way Platform coops aren’t there yet, but they are moving into the right direction. The effect UBER and airbnb has on local economies is similar to a great grocery-shop that takes about 30% of the value out of a local community. UBER and airbnb do the same. They suck out a big part of the value, but they don’t (re)invest in apartments or cars, they don’t make anything. The only thing they do is creating an APP - which is no rocket science - but they create a lot of con- trol around it. Platformcoop is a normal reaction to it. For example Ar- cade City in Vermont is a Coop of drivers that create their own UBER, creating their own platform (and now using Ethereum and launching in 27 cities). How is it related to the commons? In UBER, airbnb and others of their ilk are no commons, but a platform can be a commons. When we are exchanging on a platform that is a market fun- ction, but the platform itself can be our common. This is the connection of the emerging commons economy. Nevertheless for Michel, this is not enough. He shared his recent experience of taking a taxi in Amsterdam whe- re he was charged 18€ one way and 9€ same way back. So a monostakeholder platform can still exploit others. That is why Michel considers multi-stakeholder approa- ches to be better. How could this apply to the creation of platformco- ops? Their could be certain shares, Michel called them “Fairshares”, reserved for founders (acknowledging and recognizing that they are heavily investing their time for the first 2-3 years), but these shares will diminish over time, not turning into a life-long-rent. A similar share ar- rangement could apply to (ethical) investors, recognising their input and risk-taking. Another share arrangement including workers and users. A platform(coop) design like this will recognise and acknowledge that in the open systems of today co-creation is the norm. Users of Fa- cebook co-create the value of Facebook, without them Facebook is not worth anything. According to Michel we have to work on three circles: sustainability, openness, solidarity and especially on building bridges between the three to make the mode #PlatformCoopBerlin
  • 8. Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 7/15 of production and distribution – free – fair – and sus- tainable. Nature creates abundance and – used wisely – provides enough for everybody’s needs, but capitalism is scarcity engineering in order to turn abundant nature, knowledge etc. into market goods. Distribution is ext- remely unfair: inequality is rising all over the world. So we need a system that gives answers to all three circles. We have to work together. So the dozen CSA ordering software in Italy should talk to each other and create an open source platform where they can share their infra- structure investments. The need for and potential of openness This is also connected to the intents of the open source circular economy. Michel does not see how the circular economy can create sustainability without openness. If everybody has, wants and sticks to its private logistical chain, it will take 50 years or so to make it. But in the context of an ethical coalition of entrepreneurs around the commons, cooperation becomes easier. Take for ex- ample the enspiral network in New Zealand - “a virtual and physical network of companies and professionals working together to create a thriving society” – they have full transparency internally, consisting of 18 ven- tures with open logistics, open book accounting, etc. Here we go. Then happens what is already happening in the material world which is called stigmergy: coordi- nation without command by signalling without pricing. Looking at Linux or Wikipedia: people see what needs to be done, and whoever wants is free to allocate ones time or resources to it. With open supply chains and lo- gistics one can actually move this to the physical sphere. Imagine the hyper productivity that can be achieved if this gets done. Capitalism cannot match it. We already know something like Wikipedia or Linux cannot be done in this way. It has been calculated, it is impossible. We can do it. We did it. We can turn Wikihouse into a global platform for public carbon neutral housing. We can do it. We can use Wikispeed or similar mutualised productive knowledge for sustainable transportation and without it I doubt that we will be able to move to a circular eco- nomy. And same thing for the solidarity economy. By all sym- pathy if you are a solidarity company but privatising your knowledge you are playing a different game. The same game as capitalism. It makes much more sense to mutualise your knowledge and contribute more value than private companies because you are sharing your knowledge and everybody in the ecosystem can use your innovation. Take Wikispeed again, they release a new design every week. How about Volkswagen? Well, we know about Volkswagen. If you want to combine all the circles: sustainability, openness, solidarity - there is currently no money for it. So a lot of work remains to be done. Nevertheless there is already a lot of knowledge and experience out the- re. There are more than 20.000 articles of transition on P2P foundation, Commons transition et al. and Michel brought up examples like Sensorica, Ethos, Enspiral, Las Indias to learn from. There are coalitions out there ex- perimenting and they are doing fine and are growing. This is not utopia. This is something real, but we need to spread the knowledge. The transition has started alrea- dy, we just need to speed it up because we do not have that much time. #PlatformCoopBerlin Friederike Abitz
  • 9. Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 8/15 SUPERMARKT, Berlin Joy Lohmann #PlatformCoopBerlin
  • 10. Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 9/15 The three-hour-workshop consisted of two parts, about 90 min each. The first round of input was all about contextualisation, the motivations of the Boell Foundation and the SUPER- MARKT. A quick presentation of all participants showed which actors and interests had gathered. Thomas Dön- nebrink provided the introduction and the context. Mi- chel Bauwens, researcher, activist and director of the P2P foundation, gave an introductory speech. In the second part of the evening, participants were as- ked to organise themselves in the form of an open bar- camp. The barcamp evolved into five workshops and a final closing round presenting the outcomes of each group. A final discussion about learnings, findings and patterns emerging closed the official part of this work- shop. The rest of the evening was dedicated to networ- king, drinks and snacks. Who was there? This first meeting of the local Berlin initiatives brought together more than 50 people: · Founders, CEOs and members of platforms and/or co- ops such as: Fairmondo, Fairleihen, SMART, Yunity, WeChange, Co- liga, Jolocom, DCrow, Leihbar, Central Association of Consumer Cooperatives · Networks and Network Platforms such as: OuiShare, Open Source Ecology, Solidarische Ökonomie, berlinerpool, das-kooperativ, StopResetGo · Members of Foundations such as: Boell, P2P, Anstiftung, Free Software Foundations · Institutes & Organisations such as: Commons-Institut, Institut für ökologische Wirschafts- forschung, Konzeptwerk neue Ökonomie · Individual journalists, artists, programmers, activists, changemakers, foresight strategist, researches and faci- litators interested in the topic. For more information about the participants and their contributions see: bit.ly/PlatformCoopBerlin1Voices What were the open barcamp workgroups all about? 1. Why Platforms? Centralised platforms vs distribu- ted network Almost everyone liked the idea of cooperativism, but some people also criticised the idea of platforms. Initi- atives, such as Jolocom, explicitly strive towards distri- buted, autonomous nodes and being in favour of the network concept, rather than the centralised platform. Felix Weth from Fairmondo took up the challenge and brought another perspective into the debate: We have to think big in order to be able to provide real alternati- ves to proprietary, large-scale user platforms. These were the main questions debated in this work- group: Can we outcompete multinational corporations Report on #PlatformCoopBerlin1 meet-up #PlatformCoopBerlin SUPERMARKT, Berlin
  • 11. Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 10/15 by creating our own platforms? Will we manage to ad- here to our principles of openness and safety while operating fast-growing, international platforms? Or is a network of decentralized autonomous organisations the only viable and sustainable solution? 2. Mapping the ecosystem: Overview of people and platforms In this group Adrien Labaeye urged the community to start mapping the platformcoop ecosystem. „We have to know what’s out there and with whom we can coopera- te“. He is part of a larger group working on transformap, a techno-social architecture to visualize the commons transition. The workgroup tried to define basic criteria helping to source data for the creation of maps. Adri- en Labaeye presented a first metamap to get started with an overview of concepts, tools, directories, activists, platforms, movements, foundations and other entities in the field of platformcoops – or related to it. 3. Linking the ecosytem - Interoperability of existing platforms Another group, mainly consisting of the programmers of the various platforms present, discussed terms, chan- ces and difficulties of interoperability and collaborati- on between platforms. One of the outcomes were that technical and interpersonal solutions are both key in or- der to establish collaboration and cooperative thinking. Further collaboration is envisaged. 4. A coalition between cities Discussed were the vision of forming a coalition of diffe- rent cities working together with the open source and open makers movement creating a platform for their ci- tizens making sure that the money/value generated on and via the platform also stays in the region. A coaliti- on of cities that start pooling infrastructure investment costs for collaboratively creating a common kernel plat- form seems ideal and logic given the fact that one per- son can only be in one city at a time, making competition and the development of expensive own proprietary so- lutions little sense and not a smart move. On the ground of fairness and solidarity rich cities and entities would contribute more, poorer less. At the end each member contribute what they can and just take what they need. #PlatformCoopBerlin Friederike Abitz SUPERMARKT, Berlin
  • 12. Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 11/15 5. Sustainability A fifth group looked into another big topic: Sustainabili- ty. While it is certainly important to work with sustainabi- lity as a main standard, it is also essential for activists to sustain themselves and to avoid activists’ burnout. The group came up with the idea of creating a social char- ter, a set of values and measures that takes effect at the core of any action. How to integrate the users of coop services? How to cre- ate principles of mutualism? Up to this date the cooperative world has not much he- ard, understood, used or put its teeth into the fast-gro- wing sharing and collaborative economy and digital platforms. Almost the same applies to the sharing and collaborative economy who has little or no knowledge about cooperatives and has rather looked to old system when it comes to ownership and governance models. To bring both separated worlds together showing and exploring the potentials that lay in the part where they overlap, is the main purpose and aim of this and the successive #PlatformCoop meet-ups, events and pub- lications. The first #PlatformCoopBerlin meet-up with Michel Bauwens and many very knowledgeable and ex- perienced participants from either or both worlds was a very good start and has created a momentum beyond Berlin, where several of the platformcoops and activists are located. #Convergence and mutual learning and ex- perimenting as well as carrying it to a wider audience and into the political sphere came on the to do list for the next events. #PlatformCoopBerlin SUPERMARKT, Berlin
  • 13. Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 12/15 First suggestions for the to-do list to foster the topic and (local) community around #PlatformCoop. (feedback, re- commendation, participation all welcomed) • #PlatformCoopBerlin meet-ups should not only take place in and be organized by the Supermarkt Group, but in the spaces and with the help of other players in the field. • Define clear goals for those meet-ups and the way it can relate to other commons-oriented communties, groups. • Reflect on existing proposals/principles like in Trebor Scholz‘s report and existing critique by Bauwens and discuss positions and ideas within the PlatformCoop (Berlin) community. • Create a pathway and best practice solutions on how to achieve sustainable platforms and economic entities that will operate for the interest and the benefit of the common good and the workers, users and contributors of the platforms and will not be undermined or taken over by corporations or serving just particular interests. • Put together some guidelines and share expertise. • Build an infrastructure/space/forum for mutual lear- ning and support Next steps #PlatformCoopBerlin Click link for future and past #PlatformCoopBerlinEvents Click link for topics of interest around PlatformCoop In both documents you are welcomed to add further interesting events and suggestions and your topics of interests – via the comment function there. Click link for joining one of the current PlatformCoop Facebook Groups. PlatformCoopBerlin or PlatformCoopBarcelona or Rise of the Digital Cooperative Click link für PlatformCoop Internetsites: NYC Conference 11/2015 or Internet of Ownership Links to PlatformCoop events, topics, groups & URLs
  • 14. Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 13/15 #PlatformCoopBerlin PlatformCoopBerlinEvents – upcoming (for past events see bottom) PlatformCoopEvents listed here will take place in Berlin OR are co-organized by members of the PlatformCoopBerlin team and community in other cities or countries. For further PlatformCoopEvents by other platformCooperativist in other cities and countries see: http://internetofownership.net/ 2016-04-22 #PlatformCoopBerlin2 meet-up @Fairmondo in Berlin – Glogauerstr. 21 Platform Cooperativism in practice: Fairmondo - Crowdfunding to avoid the venture capital trap. A series of six #PlatformCoopBerlin meet-ups are planned every 6 - 9 weeks and taking place in the locations of dif- ferent hosts (if you/your entity or initiative wants to host one event please leave comment or contact us with date, location and topic suggestions) 2016-05-01 Co-op DiscoTech (good occasion for #PlatformCoopBerlinEvent - to be discussed/planned?) MIT’s Co-Design Studio is calling for people to organize Co-op DiscoTechs—simultaneous events around the world designed to connect people into the intersection of cooperative enterprise and technology. 2016-05-03 How Platform Cooperativism Can Unleash the Network @Re:publica in Berlin Trebor Scholz et al. 2016-05-09 Berlin auf dem Weg zur Sharing City? Die Potenziale der Share und Collaborative Economy in Berlin. Diskussion der Chancen und Handlungsempfehlungen. im Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlin, Niederkirchnerstr. 5, Raum 376 2016-05-18ff Several #PlatformCoop Events @OuiShareFest in Paris (see programme) 2016-05-31f Genopreneurship Summit in Köln (Akademie Deutscher Genossenschaften) Thomas Dönnebrink, Ela Kagel, et al. 2016-06-9/13 Second Open Source Circular Economy days in Berlin & 30+ cities worldwide (good occasion for #PlatformCoopBerlinEvent - to be discussed/planned?) 2016-06-15 Konferenz: Sharing Economy zwischen Gemeinwohl und Gewinn. Neue Herausforderung für Zivilgesellschaft, Wirt- schaft und Politik (BMBF/FONA gefördertes Forschungsprojekt mit IÖW, IZT, ifeu) Thomas Dönnebrink, et al. 2016-07-02 Internationaler Tag der Genossenschaften (good occasion for #PlatformCoopBerlinEvent - to be discussed/planned?)
  • 15. Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 14/15 #PlatformCoopBerlin 2016-08-30ff #PlatformCoop Event @Degrowth in Budapest: Platform Cooperativism & Co Workshop. Access INSTEAD of ownership was yesterday. Access AND ownership will be tomorrow. Thomas Dönnebrink, Ela Kagel, Andreas Arnold, Cristobal Gracia 2016-09-29f #PlatformCoop Event @Goethe-Institute in Mexiko City, Mexiko Thomas Dönnebrink, Felix Weth 2016-10-26f Tacit Futures: a 24 hour workshop on platform cooperativism at the Volksbuehne Trebor Scholz, Ela Kagel, et al. Past Events 2016-03-04 #PlatformCoopBerlin1 meet-up @Supermarkt with Michel Bauwens Michel Bauwens, Thomas Dönnebrink, Ela Kagel, Documentation: bit.ly/PlatformCoopBerlin1 2016-02-22 #Platformcoop & #Convergence Event in Badajoz (part of OuiShareSummit) Thomas Dönnebrink 2016-02-14 #Platformcoop & #Convergence Event in Madrid Thomas Dönnebrink 2016-02-11 #Platformcoop & #Convergence Event in Barcelona Thomas Dönnebrink 2016-02-04 The New “Sharing Economy” - #PlatformCooperativism @Goethe-Institute in NYC Trebor Scholz, Felix Weth 2015-11-20 Präsentation & Workshop – Inmersión en las plataformas cooperativas digitales /OuiShareFest Barcelona Thomas Dönnebrink & Elena Dinaro: Documentation: Profil@Conference / Presentation 2015-11-14 Special Lunch Session with Michel Bauwens Platform Cooperativism In The Context Of Alternative Infrastructures For The Commons Economy @Platform Cooperativism Conference NYC Michel Bauwens, Thomas Dönnebrink: Documentation: Profil@Conference / Presentation / Videostream
  • 16. Platform Cooperativism: an international movement on the rise 15/15 Authors: Thomas Dönnebrink, thomas@ouishare.net Ela Kagel, ela@supermarkt-berlin.net Text contributors: Andreas Arnold, andreas@leihbar.net Adrien Labaeye, adrienlabaeye@gmail.com Graphic recordings: Joy Lohmann, j.lohmann@artlab4.de Friederike Abitz, friederikeabitz@gmail.com Graphic design: Jammrath – Produkt / Grafik / Text post@jammrath.de Credits #PlatformCoopBerlin Kooperationspartner: