Nomadic platform societies need platform cooperatives

Very good introduction by Nathan Schneider on why we need platform cooperatives, in a lecture co-organized by Outlandish in London.

From the notes to the video:

Nathan Schneider (@nathanairplane) gives an introduction to the concept of platform co-operativism, and talks about what the digital economy can learn from the tradition of co-operatives.

The talk is from the Platform Co-ops events at Newspeak House in May 2016. Hosted by Outlandish (,

Look at the Outlandish Youtube channel for the Q&A session as well as other speakers from the event.

Event description:

High-tech tools of exploitation are being repurposed to build a fairer economy.

The digital platforms that have become the connective tissue of our lives – the likes of Airbnb and Google – have proven to tend towards monopolies, monetisation of surveillance and disregard for labour standards.

But what stops us from using the Internet’s power for collective action to usurp them with alternatives?

What if taxi drivers were to seize control of their own platform and run it democratically? And what would an Amazon look like, were it not only to push wares, but to distribute power and accountability?

Outlandish invites you to an evening of discussions on the opportunities and challenges of making the vision of Platform Co-operativism a reality in the UK and abroad.

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