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. 


Im Rahmen des sechsten i-share Symposiums wollen wir folgenden Fragen nachgehen: Wie haben sich Sharing und Platform Economy in den letzten Jahren entwickelt? Welche Chancen gibt es für neue Organisationsformen und mit welchen Herausforderungen sind sie konfrontiert? Welche Auswirkungen auf Umwelt, Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft lassen sich beobachten? Beim anschließenden platforms2share Forschungskolloquium werden laufende Forschungs- und Promotionsvorhaben zur Platform Economy diskutiert.
Tino Schöllhorn published a short paper showing how the Blockchain technology is theorized using data from Wikipedia. Based on these results he concludes that the use of Blockchain in the Sharing Economy might start to gain momentum.
To develop a comprehensive and holistic picture of current research on the sharing economy, researchers from different disciplines presented their work at the 5th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy at the University of Mannheim in 2018. Dominika Wruk, member of platforms2share, Achim Oberg and Indre Maurer have published the Best Paper Proceedings to the workshop, that comprises a selection of short papers. The volume is published with Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
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Call for Contributions für sechstes i-share Symposium und zweites platforms2share Forschungskolloquium am 19./20. Mai in Mannheim