Cooperative Alternatives to the Sharing Economy (2/5)



This session at civic hall discusses issues of platform capitalism in which “sharing” platforms such as Uber and Airbnb are hijacking the co-operative movement. Rather than leading to millennials pairing down their lifestyles, the speaker argues that sharing economies are encouraging excess. Instead of desiring possession we are streaming our lives through this type of economy. This system is reinforcing us to think of ourselves as workers rather than imagine possibilities of being collective owners. Workers co-operatives are experiencing competition from these big companies and the normalisation of the gig economy. We must imagine alternatives, taking the emphasis away from “the economy” and instead centre people.


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