Platforms, Power, People: How the platform economy will transform the way we do business
More than 40% of Australian executives say platform-based business models will be part of their core growth strategy within three years. But what do they need to do to get there? Who will be the challengers in this space? What will the growth of digital labour mean for their plans? Where will platforms sit with the growing peer-to-peer and digital co-op movements?
Who wins and who loses in these new digital innovation eco-systems?
Discussing the challenges and opportunities of the platform economy will be:
- International scholar-activist Associate Professor Trebor Scholz of The New School, New York City
- Brianna Wettlaufer, Co-Founder, Stocksy
- Melina Morrison, Chief Executive Officer, Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals
- Associate Professor Danielle Logue, UTS Business School
- Associate Professor Sarah Kaine, UTS Business School
This event is hosted by:
About the kenyote speaker
Trebor Scholz is a scholar-activist and Associate Professor for Culture & Media at The New School in New York City. His book Uber-Worked and Underpaid. How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy (Polity, 2016) develops an analysis of the challenges posed by digital labour and introduces the concept of platform cooperativism as a way of joining the peer-to-peer and co-op movements with online labor markets while insisting on communal ownership and democratic governance. His next book will focus on the prospects of the cooperative online economy. His edited volumes include Digital Labor: The Internet as Playground and Factory (Routledge, 2013), and Ours to Hack and to Own: Platform Cooperativism. A New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet (with Nathan Schneider, OR, 2016). In 2009, Scholz started to convene the influential digital labor conferences at The New School. Today, he frequently presents on the future of work, solidarity, and the Internet to media scholars, lawyers, activists, designers, developers, union leaders, and policymakers worldwide. Scholz is a member of the Barcelona Advisory Council on Technological Sovereignty. His articles and ideas have appeared in The Nation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Le Monde, and The Washington Post.
About Melina Morrison
Melina Morrison is the inaugural CEO of Australia’s first peak body for co-operatives and mutuals, the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals. She is an advocate for all forms of mutually owned enterprise, regularly contributing commentary and appearing as a spokesperson for the sector. Melina has commissioned, edited and co-written the sector’s first national mapping reports. Melina’s former roles in the co-operative sector include five years as editor of the flagship publication for the global peak body, the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA). Melina wrote the message platform for the ICA’s global strategy, Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade. Her advocacy work for the sector resulted in Australia minting a coin commemorating the International Year of Co-operatives in 2012. Melina was also successful in lobbying for a Senate inquiry into the co-operative and mutual business sector, which handed down its report on the 17 March 2016. In August, Melina was named on an eight person advisory group to ensure the implementation of a $14.9 million Federal government programme to provide farmers with knowledge and materials on co-operatives.