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Which opportunities do cooperative models and blockchain technology offer to the platform economy? What are other potential pathways toward a more sustainable platform economy?

Today, new digital platforms for sharing, swapping and other ways of collaborative consumption are widely associated with positive economic, ecological and social effects. At the same time, existing platforms like Airbnb and Uber are increasingly criticized in public debate for having negative effects on people, local economies and our planet. As a counter model, new decentral models combining alternative organizational forms (such as platform cooperatives) and new technologies (such as Blockchain technology) are discussed and tested. These and other alternative models promise to better reach social-ecological goals and offer potential to transform the sharing and platform economy. 


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How do P2P-platforms ensure their communities‘ commitment over time? What influence do they have on shaping interactions between their community members with the design decisions they make for their platforms? Selin Öner, Kasia Gruszka and Anna Pillinger (all WU Vienn) present their insights on platform infrastructures and platform governance in the second block.
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Was macht erfolgreiche Plattformorganisationen aus und was sichert ihr Überleben? Wie entwickelt sich das Feld der Plattformökonomie? Anja Herrmann-Fankhänel (TU Chemnitz), Dominika Wruk und Tino Schöllhorn (Uni Mannheim) stellen aktuelle Forschungsprojekte zu Dynamiken in der Plattformökonomie vor.
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Wie sind die Felder rund um Blockchain Technologie, Sharing und Kooperativismus strukturiert? Gibt es Überlappungen, die für die Entstehung neuer organisationaler Formen förderlich wären? Dominika Wruk und Tino Schöllhorn von der Universität Mannheim stellen Ergebnisse aus ihrem aktuellen Forschungsprojekt vor.
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Dominika Wruk und Tino Schöllhorn (Universität Mannheim): How fields overlap: Relational and symbolic overlaps between blockchain, cooperativism and sharing