Yoda: Trebor Scholz on Platform Cooperativism

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Platform Cooperativism vs. the Sharing Economy

The Bad: Sascha Lobo and Martin Kenneyrecently introduced the term platform capitalism, which I’d define in reference to subcontracting and rental economies with big payouts going to small groups of people. Occupations that cannot be off-shored, the pet walkers or home cleaners, are now subsumed under platform capitalism.

The Good: Worker-owned cooperatives can offer an alternative model of social organization to address financial instability. They will need to be · collectively owned, · democratically controlled businesses, · with a mission to anchor jobs, · offer health insurance and pension funds and, – a degree of dignity.

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