Hire a cleaning co-op? There's an app for that, and they built it
May 8, 2019 8:00 AM Subscribe
Between 2006 and Aug. 2018, the Center for Family Life helped start fifteen co-ops—ranging from childcare to home repair services—with a total of 534 workers and $11 million in revenue, according to the organization (via Vice | Free Money), with funding from places like the Robin Hood Foundation. In 2016, CFL worked with co-ops to develop their own booking app, to make it easier for customers to engage the service, and it would allow workers to market themselves more easily on social networks. And they would own their own code, with no Silicon Valley “disrupter” skimming profits off the top. When Workers Control the Code (Wired)
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For workers looking to run their own show, the technical barriers are shrinking, notes Trebor Scholz, a New School professor who has popularized the concept of “platform cooperativism.” Building a marketplace app just isn't that hard anymore, , nor is charging credit cards. Scholz's team is writing open source code that anyone can customize; his first set of pilot projects includes working with 3,000 child-care workers in Illinois and a co-op of women in Ahmedabad, India, doing beauty-care work.The Platform Cooperativism Consortium (PCC) at The New School, receives $1,000,000 Google.org grant -- Google.org Foundation Grant Will Support the Development of Cooperatives in the Digital Economy
“What you have is much more dignified work, where people are in control,” Scholz says.
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