who owns the world? Platform cooperativism Conference comes to the new school

Conference brings together 150 speakers from 30 countries to discuss ways to democratize the internet and own the future


New York, October 31, 2019 --Who Owns The World?, the fifth conference on "platform cooperativism," is coming to The New School in New York City on November 7-9, 2019.

This year’s event is more relevant than ever, bringing together 150 speakers, scholars, and founders of platform cooperatives from more than 30 countries to meet and discuss data sovereignty, worker power in the platform economy, and more. 

Platform co-ops are businesses that use a website, mobile app, or protocol to sell goods, data, or services while relying on democratic decision-making and shared ownership of the platform by workers and users. 

Platform cooperatives confront  issues such as economic inequality and depopulation; they can do better than platform capitalism. The event will go beyond slideshows to advance existing and near future alternatives to the current enterprise structures.

Who Owns the World? is convened by Prof.  Trebor Scholz, the Founding Director of the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy at The New School (ICDE),  with support from Michael McHugh, ICDE’s Assistant Director.

Highlights of the conference include: 

Anand Giridharadas, Author and  Editor-at-Large at Time Magazine, in conversation with Wilma Liebman (former Chair of the National Labor Relations Board) about his book Winners Take All, the New York Times bestselling, groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite’s efforts to “change the world” preserve the status quo,  and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. 

Deputy Mayor J. Phillip Johnson and Ron Kim, New York Assemblymember, will address the conference in person. 

Pre-recorded video messages from: 

Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator from New York  John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (opposition Finance Minister) of the Labour Party, UK, Dieter Janecek, member of the German Bundestag.

Platform Co-op Confounders,  Mensakas, Equal Care,  Co-op, Up&Go, Salus Coop, Fairbnb, Smart, Fairmondo, NeedsMap, Stocksy,  United, Cataki, Cotabo, Resonate, Core Staffing Cooperative,  

Scholars including, Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology at Boston College, Mark Graham, Professor of Internet Geography at Oxford Internet Institute, Joseph Blasi, Beyster Professor; Director, Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing, Rutgers University, Jack Qiu, Professor Platform Cooperativism Consortium HK, Chinese University of Hong Kong,  Gar Alperovitz, American historian, political economist, and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative, Sandeep Vaheesan, Legal Director at the Open Markets Institute, Koray Caliskan, Affiliate FacultyThe Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy and Associate Professor of Strategic Design and Management at The New School,  and Jessica Gordon-Nemhard, Author, Professor, John Jay College, City University of NY. 

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