Co-ops UK & Nesta "Platform Co-ops in Practice" research project


#1

Hi it’s Simon Borkin from Co-ops UK here - I’ve stumbled on this group and it’s my first post so do shout if this is not the forum for sharing such matters. However I wanted to make the CoTech network aware (if you hadn’t picked up already) that Co-ops UK is undertaking some work with Nesta on exploring the emerging platform co-op sector in the UK - tying in with the UnFound accelerator.

The hope is it will create wider public understanding of a key sector identified by the National Co‑operative Development Strategy, launched in 2017 to create a more participative, co‑operative economy for the UK

We’ve already undertaken a couple of workshops to gather views / share ideas and the initial findings from the research will be showcased at Co‑op Congress 2018 - so if you’re coming along, please do join our workshop on the day. We’ll be sharing our initial draft at the same time, so those who aren’t at Congress can feed in too.


#2

I’m glad that this sector is being investigated by Co-ops UK.

I can’t help thinking that an open source co-op taxi platform would be a great way to displace Uber, with many obvious benefits including the profits flowing around the communities where the taxis operate.


#3

Of course, as soon as I posted I then had to know whether that kind of platform already exists. Apparently it does: http://platformvaluenow.org/signals/alternative-forms-of-platforms-in-ridesharing/


#4

NEF just did a massive project on this.


#5

And CabFair are also part of the platform co-op incubator UnFound, being run by Co-ops UK and Stir to Action, see https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/indyventure/platform-coops-sharing-economy-uk-bank-social-care-a8368921.html