Platforms Cooperatives Now

Knowledge area
Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Hours/ECTS
38 HOURS
Calendar
Aug 30, 2021 - Dec 06, 2021
Language
English
Modality
Online

Objectives

Worldwide, millions of young people will be unemployed in the course of COVID-19. From India, Italy, Spain, and Brazil to the United States, the virus does not discriminate, yet its economic and social impact is unevenly distributed. Workers in tourism, the arts, retail, education, and all informal workers are the hardest hit. Low-income, marginalized, working-class people and immigrants are more adversely affected. Income inequality is growing, confidence in governments is eroding, and more and more people are embracing nationalism and populism. Workers lost power and a sense of agency over their lives. In the face of all this, how can working people organize, regain control, and participate in the building of economic alternatives?

What comes next? Amazon, Wholefoods, and Instacart workers walking out may just be the beginning. A general strike of gig workers? A student loan holders strike? We see it all over the world. In moments of crisis like this, things that had been considered impossible can become common sense: The Great Depression gave rise to the original New Deal. We need to show possibilities for how the world could be better. Platform co-ops can provide better jobs at scale now!

At a moment where the concentration of big tech companies is skyrocketing, this course does not stop at an analysis of surveillance capitalism; it equips people to succeed as cooperative platform entrepreneurs in the fast growing gig economy. It gives learners the opportunity to analyze and get involved with a generation of young leaders that is experimenting with innovative power-building strategies that are rooted in cooperative ownership of digital platforms. Imagine an Uber owned by the drivers or Twitter owned by its users. A shift to a “shared economy” to a genuine participatory, democratically owned economy is possible.

After two editions of this program, 800 participants from 55 countries, 49 local partners have participated and 299 initiatives have been generated.

Aimed at

This course is designed for people who:

  • are unemployed and are determined to find decent work, especially in the service sector
  • want to work in a dignified digital work environment where they co-own and co-govern the digital platform through which they are connected to clients
  • are in cooperatives and want to transition them into platform cooperatives
  • people who are interested in knowing more about platform cooperatives

Program

Part 1 (August 30th - September 24th)

Session 1

Inequality, Big Tech, the Gig Economy, & Possible Alternatives

2 hours

Session 2

The Cooperative Advantage

2 hours

Session 3

Scaling the Worker Co-op Model:  Platform Cooperatives -Introduction

2 hours

Session 4

Scaling the Worker Co-op Model:  Platform Cooperatives - Case Studies

2 hours

 

Part 2 (September 27th - December 17th)

In the second part of this course, in collaboration with a supportive organization in your country, you will start work on incubating a cooperative digital project. Reading materials for this part will be in your local language. 

Session 1 

Introduction & Basic Team Tools

3 hours

Session 2

The Need, Opportunities, & Idea Market 

3 hours

Session 3 

The Creation & Business Idea Generation

3 hours

Session 4 

Analysis Business Idea Environment & Value Proposition

3 hours

Session 5 

Customer Validation, Testing, Prototype, & First Minimum Viable Product

3 hours

Session 6

Platform Co-Op Business Model Generation

3 hours

Session 7 

Technology Frame, User Stories, & Technological Pathways

3 hours

Session 8

Financial Frame, Business Plan Feasibility, Impact Investment Strategy

3 hours

Session 9

Communication Strategy & Pitching

3 hours

Session 10

Public Online Presentation, Platform Co-Op Teams Challenge & Feedback

3 hours

Faculty

About R. Trebor Scholz
Author of Uberworked and Underpaid, Trebor Scholz is a scholar-activist and founding director of the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy at The New School in New York City.
Learn more at: http://platform.coop

About Jose Mari Luzarraga Monasterio
Social entrepreneur from MONDRAGON devoted to Human centre globalization through “teampreneurship.” Co-founder of Mondragon Team Academy (MTA world) building an international community of teampreneurs and young leading change makers through the definition and implementation of a new vision of education. (ASHOKA fellow since 2015).

Contributors/sponsors

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Pricing info

The purpose is to offer a program as accessible as possible. To sign up for the program, register here

For developed countries, the price is $150.00

For developing countries, the price is $40.00 

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