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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Partnerships and common strategies

In recent years, we have accompanied quite a number of start-ups from the digital, cooperative economy sector and supported many new start-up projects in building networks. We regularly speak at national and international conferences on the subject and offer a space for experiments that normally have little place in the classical economy. In this article about setting up a local food delivery service in Berlin, you can get an idea on how we work:

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Platform Coops Learning Journeys

We regularly organise platform coop learning journeys, in order to bring the digital cooperative economy closer to other interested parties. We invite participants to places where the cooperative economy is already being lived and we bring together founders from different areas. In the following article you will find a documentation of our platform coop learning journeys.


Building an innovation network

We are currently working on the concept of an innovation network that we strive at establishing for platform coops in Germany from September 2020 on. With this innovation network we hope to make the cooperative, digital economy in Germany more visible and we want to help strengthen and establish it. To this end, we are working together to develop a strategy for knowledge transfer and create a creative environment for the development of pioneering solutions and experimental spaces.


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!