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11/12/2021 - 11/18/2021 | Berlin

#TheNewCommonSense. Forging the Cooperative Digital Economy

Platform Cooperativism Consortium at The New School, New York City
Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), Berlin
WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Berlin

The current pandemic has plunged the whole world into disarray. One significant shift has been the ever-greater emphasis on the internet in our daily lives. Through community ownership, platform cooperatives allow us to take control of our relationship with the internet and the myriad of services it mediates. In the face of widespread economic insecurity, previously unimaginable changes can become common sense. It is now time to forge a digital economy that addresses the urgent challenges of our time. To make democracy commonplace, in the workplace and beyond. To scale equality. To contribute to the commons, not the destruction of our environment. It's time to think about how digital platforms may be guided by cooperative principles.

The Platform Cooperativism Consortium (PCC), the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), and the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) will host the annual Platform Cooperativism Conference, for the first time in Europe, from November 12 to 18, 2021. Due to the ongoing global pandemic, this year’s conference is split into a two-day, in-person event at the Humboldt University of Berlin (November 12-13), and a set of virtual events (November 15-18). Registration will give access to a livestream of the conference’s representative opening event on November 12 as well as a set of eight virtual conversations to take place between November 15-18. Due to Berlin’s Covid regulations, the in-person event this year is invite only.

Over the two formats, #TheNewCommonSense will convene more than 80 cooperative pioneers, workers, trade unionists, policymakers, researchers, designers, and activists from over 20 countries. The focus of this much-needed event is to take stock of how platform co-ops have responded to the pandemic, to analyze inhibiting and supportive policy, and to discuss current experiments with data co-ops, token systems, and crypto networks. Over eight days, we will discuss the potential of cooperative governance in the digital realm, data trusts, and feminist tech infrastructures, among other subjects. Confirmed speakers include Francesca Bria, Trebor Scholz, Mayo Fuster Morell, Philipp Staab, McKenzie Wark, Jonas Pentzien, Christina Colclough, Niels van Doorn, Primavera de Filippi, Nathan Schneider and many more. Participatory democracy is an aspiration that has extended to almost every nation on this planet. It’s time to steer the digital economy into this direction, to make platform co-ops common sense – in Europe and beyond. Join us!

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11/12/2021 - 11/18/2021

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Economics / business administration, Environment / ecology, Information technology

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