Platform coops

planted: 11/04/2020last tended: 16/12/2022

Platform Cooperatives.

Platform co-operatives adopt the democratic ownership and governance structure of workers' co-operatives and utilise a digital platform for the sale of goods or services.

Platform cooperatives are an alternative to venture capital-funded and centralized platforms, putting stakeholders before shareholders.

Platform Cooperativism Consortium

Platform co-ops are based on principles including:

  • Broad-based ownership of the platform, in which workers control the technological features, production processes, algorithms, data, and job structures of the online platform;
  • Democratic governance, in which all stakeholders who own the platform collectively govern the platform;
  • Co-design of the platform, in which all stakeholders are included in the design and creation of the platform ensuring that software grows out of their needs, capacities, and aspirations;
  • An aspiration to open source development and open data, in which new platform co-ops can lay the algorithmic foundations for other co-ops.

Platform Cooperativism Consortium

Platform cooperatives are businesses that use a website, mobile app, or protocol to sell goods or services. 📱 They rely on democratic decision-making and shared ownership of the platform by workers and users.👥

Preston Cooperative Development Network

  • offer a near-future, alternative to platform capitalism based on cooperative principles such as democratic ownership and governance.
  • introduce economic fairness, training, and democratic participation in the running of online businesses.
  • give stakeholders a say in what happens on the platforms.

    Preston Cooperative Development Network

Platform co-ops must be founded with a deep commitment to social justice which should be considered in all processes of institutional design and governance practices

Platform socialism

1. Elsewhere

1.2. In the Agora

1.3. Mentions

Recent changes. Source. Peer Production License.