Platform Cooperatives Germany


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Why platform coops?

Towards a cooperative, digital economy!

Platform cooperativism is a response to the one-sided concentration of power and money within the global platform economy. Platform cooperatives, or platform coops, include cooperatives with a digital business model, but also other forms of cooperative enterprise that are rethinking ownership and democratic control.

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Platform Coops network

We founded the cooperative with the aim of establishing an innovation network for the Platform Coops in Germany. Since September 1, 2020, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) has been funding the networking activities of Platform Cooperatives Germany eG and the K8 Institut für strategische Ästhetik gGmbH as part of the Innovation Program for Business Models and Pioneering Solutions (IGP). With this innovation network we want to make the cooperative, digital economy in Germany visible, strengthen and establish it.

Our partners

To this end, we are working together to develop a strategy for knowledge transfer, examine framework conditions and create a creative environment for the development of pioneering solutions and experimental spaces. The network needs representatives from different levels and sectors to create a supportive ecosystem for this new form of economy.
The following partners support the network work significantly with resources and know-how:

iteratec nurdemteam eG
SmartDE eG
FDO Solutions GmbH,
Hostsharing eG,
German Data Protection Cooperative e.G.,
CoopGo Association of Free Cooperatives and Cooperatives e.V,
Streampark GmbH & Co. KG.

The team of founders

Platform Cooperatives Germany eG is still a young cooperative, which was just officiall registered at the beginning of 2020. The founding team has been well known in the cooperative economy for several years and holds a broad range of experience and a diverse set of backgrounds and skills.

Claudia Henke

Board member of Platform Cooperatives Germany eG,

Executive director & board member of h3-o eG.

Ela Kagel

Board member of Platform Cooperatives Germany eG,

Executive director of  SUPERMARKT Berlin

Magdalena Ziomek

Board member of Platform Cooperatives Germany eG,

Executive director & board member of SMartDE eG

Andreas Arnold

Founding member of Platform Cooperatives Germany eG,

Business Consultant

Thomas Dönnebrink

Founding member of Platform Cooperatives Germany eG,

OuiShare Connector

Zsolt Szentirmai

Founding member of Platform Cooperatives Germany eG,

Executive director of Streampark GmbH & Co. KG

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Latest News

The Platform Co-op Conference (PCC), which has been held regularly since 2016, so far focused mainly on the US and Asia, will be coming to Europe for the first time this year. Following editions in New York City (2016, 2017, 2019) and Hong Kong (2018), in 2020 Europe will now become the focus of the cooperative digital economy! Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we are currently rescheduling the date of the conference, which was originally planned to take place from 12-15 November 2020 at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Please stay tuned for more info!

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Our cooperative is currently represented in Hamburg and Berlin and we are happy to receive news!