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The 1st Edition

The 1st Edition of the Platform Co-op’s Now Course was the result of collaboration between The New School, Mondragon University and incubator.coop.

Trebor Scholz from the New Schoool and Jose Mari Luzarraga Monasterio of Mondragon University delivered the first 4 weeks to a global audience.  Local Partners delivered the final 4-weeks in their respective countries.  Andrew Ward and Rohan Clarke of incubator.coop delivered 10 modules in 4-weeks.

At the end of 8 weeks 6 Projects had completed the course.

The enrolled students and project participants included:

Aaron

Magner

Andrew

Keast

Andrew

Ward

Ann

Apps

Bing

Gibson

Brownen

Morgan

Elliot

Hughes

Emma

Pascoe

Hamideh

Iraj

Dr. Lea Campbell

Campbell

Melinda

Marshall

Molly

Kendall

Paul

Atkins

Peter

Tregilgas

Rachel

Pines

Rebel

Black

Rohan

Clarke

Sam

Waterhouse

Sidsel

Grimstad

Tamsin

Young

Tuffy

Morwitzer

Viv

Rockach

Katrina

Ford

Kerri

Kennedy

Janeece

Keller

Adrian

Clarke

Mel

Gatfield

Sara

Smylie

Lorraine

Cassin

Jane

Karslake

Graduating Projects

A quick summary of the projects (in alphabetical order!):

Comrades Camera – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1icL55Fjq4PGisjtwgtkcCPwjDBYK4Fwj/view?usp=sharing

A platform for sharing the equipment and services that artists need. It is aimed at enabling artists to offer their equipment, and to share their skills and expertise, with projects and other artists – in a way that helps create sustainable income for artists.

 

FairBnB – https://archive.org/details/fairbnb-australia

A smart & fair solution for community powered tourism. This project aims to bring a global platform coop to Australia. The model enables communities to invest in their own development, via recycling 50% of booking fees back into local projects. This revenue sharing approach aligns interests between communities, hosts and guests and creates a socially sustainable business model that has a significant competitive advantage over incumbent platforms.

There’s a growing demand for distributed organising software from trade unions and similar member-owned organisations.  Get.coop allows them to share and evolve this common asset on behalf of members. The Platform Coops Now! course was a catalyst to bring three trade unions together to understand the problem and work on creating a cooperative.
A 2-sided marketplace where locals can buy business services from locals.  Loconomics takes less margin and offers advanced features for businesses providing local services. It has customised the open source software for the Australian market and intends on piloting the platform in Darebin, Melbourne over the next 6 months.

Making your waste a future resource. A platform that addresses the issue of matching and logistics in “waste production” and demand with “next-markets”.  It’s an app that creates a market in recycled products by connecting logistics. transports and storage.

The Rural Woman – https://archive.org/details/therw

An existing 3000-strong community of female micro entrepreneurs transitioning to cooperative to a Member-owned organisation and sharing in the development and ongoing support of the digital platforms they support. It has a dual focus – assisting members with lifelong learning and creating a platform for amplifying the impact of their members in their communities.

View The Graduating Pitches

FairBnB

Loconomics

Future Resource

Get.coop

The Rural Woman

Comrades Camera

Global Results

The 1st Edition was a great start.  There was much learned by the course convenors, local partners, students and project participants.