Platform.coop, is a cooperatively owned, democratically governed platform built on the trust and clarity of purpose among its members. We are an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common needs through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.
Along with our customers we have created a kind of ecosystem of appropriate forms of finance, services, policy, and trade rules to support the development of democratic online enterprises where any person or business associated with the development of this ecosystem can be considered a proponent of platform.coop. and are a part of the cooperativism movement insofar as they attempt to encourage, develop, and sustain its development.
It’s not by fluke that we have been heralded as the infrastructure on which new alliances between cities, citizens and public utilities working together on localised resources, water supply, waste disposal, and energy provision.
Our Principles -
Broad-based ownership of the platform, in which workers control the technological features, production processes, algorithms, data, and job structures of the online platform.
Democratic governance, in which all stakeholders who own the platform collectively govern the platform through decision-making tools that enable democratic governance among a large number of users.
Co-design of the platform, in which all stakeholders are included in the design and creation of the platform ensuring that software grows out of their needs, capacities, and aspirations
An aspiration to open source development and open data, in which new platform co-ops can lay the algorithmic foundations for other co-ops.
Marketplace of the Future