Outlandish is a worker cooperative and the profits they generate are invested in prototyping and developing new projects for social change.
Nathan Schneider, a co-originator of the Platform Coop movement, talks about cooperatives, ownership, the commons and the future of the digital economy.
This book followed especially naturally from the Occupy one, Thank You, Anarchy. After the protests died down in 2012 and 2013, I started noticing that some of the activists I’d been following got involved in cooperative businesses. The first business I know of that started at Occupy Wall Street was a worker co-op print shop. Other people were helping create co-ops in areas of New York hit by Hurricane Sandy. There was this euphoria about the idea of co-ops among many of these people—a way of earning a livelihood while retaining the democratic values of the protests. I experienced a bit of that euphoria myself, which turned to a more serious fascination as I realized how long and deep this cooperative tradition has been.
In-depth report from the Platform and Open Cooperativism Conference at the European Economic and Social Committee, 5 December 2016. Includes audio.
We have an epic choice before us between platform coops and Death Star platforms, and the time to decide is now.