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Saturday, July 9 • 9:30am - 10:45am
The Internet of Ownership: Cooperative Platforms for the Online Economy

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As the online "sharing economy" devolves into poor labor conditions and monopolistic practices, the concept of "platform cooperativism" offers a hopeful vision for a more democratic online economy. This new wave of entrepreneurs, investors, and business developers are merging offline cooperative economics with the Internet in creative ways. We'll discuss how far this emergent movement has come, and explore some of the challenges it faces in the struggle for the future of the online platforms we increasingly depend on.

Speakers
avatar for Mario Liebrenz

Mario Liebrenz

Communication Team, FairCoop
Mario Liebrenz is a member of the FairCoop Communication Team and a co-founder of the European Cooperative Society "Freedom Coop". Since 2013, he is involved in alternative and post growth economy movemtens, integral cooperatives, commons, cryptocurrencies and related areas. Currently, he finished his study "Professional Public Decision Making" at the University Bremen, with a Master’s thesis about Bitcoin, decentralized networks and blockchain... Read More →
avatar for Micky Metts

Micky Metts

Activist Hacker – Industry Organizer – Public Speaker – Connector – Visionary, Agaric
Micky Metts is a member of Agaric, a worker-owned web-tech cooperative. She is known as an Activist Hacker – Industry Organizer – Public Speaker – Connector – Advisor and Visionary. Micky acts as a liaison between the Solidarity Economy Network (SEN) and the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives, to bring the movements closer together. She is a member of FSF.org, Drupal.org and MayFirst.org. Micky has escaped from Weston, CT and... Read More →
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Nathan Schneider

Scholar in residence, University of Colorado Boulder
Nathan Schneider is a scholar-in-residence of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder whose work revolves around economy, technology, and religion. His articles have appeared in publications including Harper's, The Nation, The New Republic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New Inquiry, The New York Times, The Catholic Worker, and others. He writes regular columns for America, a national Catholic weekly, and Vice magazine, and is... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Rockwell Hall 204


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