Usually when I throw out a somewhat crazy idea, it remains just that—a somewhat crazy idea, out there in the ether. But when I proposed in The Guardian recently that maybe Twiter users should buy Twitter rather than letting it get sold to another big company, something else happened. People started organizing. It has become the latest outgrowth of the platform co-op movement that’s the subject of my new book with Trebor Scholz (and 60+ contributors), Ours to Hack and to Own, available for preorder from OR Books.
- As an editorial for the current issue of The Nation, I’ve proposed that platform cooperativism is on the rise, backing the claim up with the stories of two very different platform co-ops: Stocksy United and Green Taxi.
- Want to learn about economic democracy in business school? Good luck. In The Chronicle of Higher Education (available here for a month before getting paywalled), I consider how and why it’s virtually impossible to study this sizeable chunk of the economy in the United States.
- In addition to the stuff I wrote, I’m featured in two recent articles in Shareable —one on art co-ops and one on gig economies—plus an interview with Grand Rapids community radio and a report that includes my agitating around platform co-ops in Australia over the summer.
- 2016.10.20: Boulder, CO – MALfunction with the Media Archaeology Lab
- 2016.11.02: Austin, TX – HHHI HComp plenary
- 2016.11.11-13: New York, NY – Platform Cooperativism conference at The New School
- 2016.11.17: Denver, CO – “How Platform Co-ops Can Take Community Wealth Building Online“
- 2017.02.09: Nashville, TN – Belmont University Faith and Culture Symposium
- 2017.04.06: Santa Barbara, CA – UCSB Community Matters lecture
Okay, that’s it. Take heart!