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Saturday, April 29 • 16:00 - 16:20
Platform Cooperativism

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Platform cooperativism is a practice and intellectual framework which seeks the replacement of the extractive business models of the sharing economy with worker-owned, democratically-governed, ethical and equitable alternatives. Despite short-term consumer convenience and technological aptitude, the so-called sharing economy has failed to make good on the promises implied in its name: its businesses neither share their wealth, with the industry rate of exploitation averaging 25%, nor promote social reciprocity, having have hamstrung the once-booming social economies of, e.g., couchsurfing and ride sharing. The claim of platform cooperativism is that a future of fairer work is possible.

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Trebor Sholtz

The New School, Associate Professor
Trebor Scholz is a scholar-activist and Associate Professor for Culture & Media at The New School in New York City. His book Uber-Worked and Underpaid. How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy (Polity, 2016) develops an analysis of the challenges posed by digital labor an... Read More →

Saturday April 29, 2017 16:00 - 16:20 EDT
Distillery Room