Many people now manage their work and resources through digital platforms that offer flexibility and independence. However, these platforms can be exploitative and monopolistic, owned largely by a small number of Big Tech corporations which enable the precarious gig economy, exacerbate systemic inequalities and facilitate data surveillance and data capture.
Platform co-operatives are a potential route to a fairer, more inclusive digital economy, that generates tangible advantages for workers and consumers alike.
Equal Care co-op is a care & support platform co-op starting in the Calder Valley. It aims to change the way social care is delivered by creating trusted networks of professionals linked to family, friends and neighbours.
If you want to know more about care co-ops, you can check out Nesta’s report
How could platform co-ops be useful locally? Could somebody come and teach us about them?