As the gig economy grows, more and more stories of worker exploitation are coming to the fore. And as reports of shady labor practices at Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit, Postmates, and Amazon Mechanical Turk show, these issues run rampant across all sectors of the gig economy. In the home services industry, the platform Handy has made a name for itself, connecting people with pre-screened professional […]
Platform Cooperativism is defined as “concrete near-future alternative to the extractive sharing economy…rooted in democratic ownership”. Any “cooperatively-owned, democratically-governed business that uses a protocol, website or mobile app to facilitate the sale of goods and services” is a Platform cooperative.The coming (May 2018) “End of Life” of Storify, which I only discovered this morning, has […]
Here are some of the places where the #platformcoop community meets, talks, and builds. Source: Connect – The Internet of Ownership NeighborSQUAD is creating a #platformcoop to enable the formation and governance of worker coops who are building Community Owned Networks.
NeighborSQUAD is researching how a Token Economy might help to jump start bringing in early adopters interested in forming Worker Owned Coops that would provide service and support for Community Owned Networks. Diminishing UX/Network Effects: New Token-Based Incentivizes for Early AdoptersBefore blockchains and the digital scarcity of tokens, it was difficult to attract early users to […]
Here at NeighborSQUAD we’re thinking a lot about how we can scale and have a decentralized open organization. One of the efforts we are following is “Colony.” Open OrganizationsWe believe that the most successful organizations of the future will be open.Openness is not about open plan offices or ‘20% time’. It’s about how decisions get […]
NeighborSQUAD supports the movement towards worker owned cooperatives. We’re creating a Digital Commons to address training needs of Community Owned Networks. In order to maintain good jobs and quality of life in rural Maine, business owner Vaughan Woodruff is guiding his solar installation company, Insource Renewables, toward employee ownership, with the help of Cooperative Development […]