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Report from Who Owns the World? Conference

Prof. Scholz said that over the past few years the institute had been busy developing an online co-op course and setting up a publishing house, and is conducting research into blockchain, data co-ops, and ways to fund and scale the movement. It has organised conferences and online chat sessions, and held meetings with the International Labour Organization, trade unions, policymakers and co-op leaders.

But he said that platform co-ops are facing problems, not just in terms of finance but also with their own people, with difficult attitudes ranging from misogyny to the sense that some co-op founders are more interested in creating an online identity than a business.

“Almost every single co-op we talked to said there was difficulty making decisions,” he told delegates in his opening address, adding that “members don’t feel like members”.

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