May 15, 2022

S02E20 - Trebor Scholz on Platform Cooperativism

Over the last decade platform-cooperativism has grown from an idea into a movement. How far can it take us? 

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Trebor Scholz (New School University): 

Trebor on Twitter: 

Platform Cooperativism Consortium:

Institute for Cooperative Digital Economy:

Fellowship Program at The New School’s Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy:

Ted Talk by Trebor Scholz from January 2022:

Scholz, Trebor and Schneider, Nathan. 2016. "Ours to Hack and to Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperatives.", New York/London: OR Books.: (PDF available)

Scholz, Trebor. 2016. “Platform Cooperativism: Challenging the cooperate sharing economy”. Published by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, New York Office. (Available as PDF): 

Further Material

International Cooperative Alliance:

Smart Coop:


America’s Electric Cooperatives:

The Drivers Cooperative:

Department of Cooperation, Government of Kerala, India:

Self Employed Women’s Association of India (SEWA):

Platform Cooperatives Germany:



Web 3 (Wikipedia):

Blockchain (Wikipedia):

Decentralized Autonomy Organizations (Wikipedia):

“They Love Crypto. They’re Trying to Buy the Constitution.”:

Mondragon Cooperative:

Parecon (Wikipedia):

Hahnel, R. 2021. Democratic Economic Planning. New York: Routledge:

Albert, M. 2003: Parecon. Life After Capitalism. London/New York: Verso:

Muldoon, James. 2022. Platform Socialism. London: Pluto Press:


Further Future Histories Episodes on related topics

S02E11 | James Muldoon on Platform Socialism:

S02E10 | Aaron Benanav on Associational Socialism and Democratic Planning:

(German) S01E55/56 | Michael Seemann zur Macht der Plattformen (pt.1 & 2):

S01E44/45 | Benjamin Bratton on Synthetic Catallaxies, Platforms of Platforms & Red Futurism (pt.1 & 2):

S01E31/32 | Daniel E. Saros on Digital Socialism and the Abolition of Capital (pt. 1 & 2):

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