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2nd Edition

The 2nd Edition of the Platform Co-operatives Now Course, 26th October 2020 – 29th January 2021 is running now.  It follows the wildly successful 1st Edition

What’s the investment?

Digitally interested people wanting a thorough intellectual, academic and theory-based understanding of platform co-operativism should pull up at the end of Part 1.  This costs just 130 EURO.  These fees go Mondragon Team Academy

Part 2. gets practical and hands-on as we work in teams to take a business idea through 10-stages of development.  The graduates of this section would usually have a specific business idea they are investigating.  This costs and additional $250 per student.  Students can decide to join this part 2 of the program during Part 1.  These fees go to incubator.coop

Part 1 is a pre-requisite to Part 2.

What does “success” look like for this course

Graduates will receive a certificate of recognition.

To successfully graduate, participants will submit the following material.

● Researchers, interested policymakers, and people with other, non-entrepreneurial backgrounds submit a 3000-word paper at the end of Part 1. They cannot participate in Part 2, which is focused on the mechanics of building platform co-ops.

● Novice entrepreneurs produce a 500-word essay in Part 1 and 3-minute video for Part 2.

● Experienced entrepreneurs produce a 1500-word essay for Part 1 and a 3 minute video about their project for Part 2.


Part 1 (October 26th – November 6th)

Session 1

Inequality, Big Tech, the Gig Economy, & Possible Alternatives

2 hours

Session 2

The Cooperative Advantage

2 hours

Session 3

Scaling the Worker Co-op Model:  Platform Cooperatives -Introduction

2 hours

Session 4

Scaling the Worker Co-op Model:  Platform Cooperatives – Case Studies

2 hours

Part 2 (November 9th – January 29th)

The second part of this course is run by incubator.coop in Australia, you will start work on incubating a cooperative digital project. 

Session 1 

Introduction & Basic Team Tools

3 hours

Session 2

The Need, Opportunities, & Idea Market 

3 hours

Session 3 

The Creation & Business Idea Generation

3 hours

Session 4 

Analysis Business Idea Environment & Value Proposition

3 hours

Session 5 

Customer Validation, Testing, Prototype, & First Minimum Viable Product

3 hours

Session 6

Platform Co-Op Business Model Generation

3 hours

Session 7 

Technology Frame, User Stories, & Technological Pathways

3 hours

Session 8

Financial Frame, Business Plan Feasibility, Impact Investment Strategy

3 hours

Session 9

Communication Strategy & Pitching

3 hours

Session 10

Public Online Presentation, Platform Co-Op Teams Challenge & Feedback

3 hours

What’s in It for Me and My Community?

● Learn about platform capitalism, the gig economy, and the cooperative digital economy

● Understand the process of building a platform co-op

● Familiarize yourself with the ecosystem of platform co-ops

● Connect with hundreds of people in this global community

● Develop a business plan and deck for your project

● Learn new skills

● Work with local partner organizations

● Share your existing knowledge and experience

● Join our post-course alumni network

How Does It Work?

● This is a pass/fail certificate course

● Duration: 3 months

● Time commitment 12 lectures over 3 months

● Total hours including discussion and prep time: 66 hours

● Lectures are offered asynchronously; you can access them flexibly on any device

● Downloadable resources

● Live discussions

● Inspiring, thoughtful speakers


About R. Trebor Scholz
Trebor Scholz is a scholar-activist and founding director of the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy at The New School in New York City. Learn more at: http://platform.coop

About Jose Mari Luzarraga
Monasterio Social entrepreneur from MONDRAGON devoted to Human centre globalization through “teampreneurship.” Co-founder of Mondragon Team Academy (MTA world) building an international community of teampreneurs and young leading change makers through the definition and implementation of a new vision of education. (ASHOKA fellow since 2015).

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