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The Platform Cooperative Salon

From: 29 May 2018 - 18:00 To: 29 May 2018 - 21:00

The Platform Cooperative Salon

Michael Bauwens is the keynote speaker for a special event organised by UCC Centre for Cooperative Studies, Cultivate and the P2P Foundation on the emerging field of platform co-operatives

Date Tuesday 29th May 2018
Time 18:00 - 21:00
Venue Creative Zone, Boole Library

The Platform Cooperative Salon 

Stories and Conversations on Platform Cooperatives 

An introduction to the emerging field of open or platform co-operatives, something we believe could making the sharing or collaborative economy fair for people and planet. 

Platform co-ops involve a shared set of tools and processes to allow people and cooperatives to work together as an ecosystem of stakeholders. Many are digital, such as the blockchain-based, community-owned streaming service Resonate, which is incorporated in Ireland (IPS) and based in Berlin. Another model is the sMart platform co-op based in Belgium. 150,000 people are members of this co-op, which operates in nine countries.

SMart describes itself as a cooperative dedicated to the needs of all freelancers. Without creating their own legal structure, freelancers can work within our legally secured framework, stay autonomous, focus on their core activity and on the customer relationships, while accessing the best social protection possible. 

Michel Bauwens a P2P and commons pioneer and who is currently working with the SMart Platform will introduce the concept of Platform Cooperatives in this Salon. He will be joined by other cooperative platform advocates from Ireland and abroad. 

Stories and Conversations on Platform Cooperatives 
This follow on event from the Platform Cooperative Salon will feature a number of short stories from emerging platform projects and a facilitated conversation on what we can do to enable more of these initiatives. 

This event is organised by UCC Centre for Cooperative Studies, Cultivate and the P2P Foundation


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