CFP: Workshop (April 18 2018) Sharing Economy Platforms in Resilient Neighborhoods

Wednesday April 18
13:00 – 17:00, followed by dinner (optional)

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Benno Premselahuis, 4th floor, Benno Premselazaal
Rhijnspoorplein 1
1091 GC Amsterdam

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences – Play & Civic Media: Martijn de Waal & Nina Fistal (intern AUAS); Christian Frankel (Copenhagen Business School); Martijn Arets (Utrecht University/ in the context of the EU COST Action CA 16121 From Sharing to Caring: Examing Socio-Technical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy Mediapartner: The Mobile City

One of the promises of the emerging sharing or platform economy is that it could make neighborhoods more resilient: Platforms can provide new economic opportunities for citizens; contribute to social capital formation; empower citizens in democratic processes; and they could play a role in a more efficient management of resources and overall sustainability. At the same time critics have pointed out that platforms could also undermine some of these aspects: they could induce a precarization of labour, lead to social exclusion based on cultural capital, cause social fragmentation, or increase rather than decrease the use of resources.

In this workshop we want to further discuss / explore the relations between the rise of a platform economy in relation to the organization of resilient (social inclusive, sustainable) neighborhoods. What contexts, policies, design principles and governance models of digital platforms could contribute to more resilient neighborhoods? In particular, we would want to shift the debate from a focus on the major international platforms such as Airbnb and Uber, and explore the opportunities for locally organized platforms in relation to resilient neighborhoods.

Goal /Expected Outcomes:
The aim of this workshop is to understand better how local sharing economy initiatives can succeed. To do so three such initiatives will present their aims and their experiences. In learning from and with these three initiatives, their differences as well as similarities, we wish to discuss three questions:

* what are the aims of local initiatives for local communities and what are the aims of local communities with local initiatives?
* what are the specific problems of developing local initiatives — such as privacy and securing interests of users — and how are these problems handled?
* what tools are available for local initiatives — in terms of organizational structures, ownership forms, platform designs — and how are such tools used in practice?

In addressing these questions we wish to understand the impact of local sharing economy initiatives as concrete arrangements. And we wish to discuss two ways of discussing impacts: on one hand externally, that is with a focus on facts of what has been achieved; on the other hand internally to the local initiative, that is with a focus on public values, how they are articulated and how they come to matter.


13:00-13:30 Introduction of participants & themes

13:30-14:30 Introductionary remarks & context

Dr. Martijn de Waal (Professor (Lector) Play & Civic Media, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) Introduction

Dr. Christian Frankel (Associate Professor Copenhagen Busines School) Goals of the workshop – a perspective of ‘market design’

Prof. dr. Koen Frenken (Professor Innovation Studies Utrecht University) What’s at stake: A fair share : Safeguarding public interests in the sharing and gig economy.

Martijn Arets (Researcher Platform Economy; Expedition Leader Crowd Expedition & Collaboratie Economy Analyst, founder


15:00-15:30 Introduction of Cases

Strax – by Space & Matter – Strax is a neighborhood platform developed by architecture firm Space & Matter. Allowing future residents of a neighborhood to share communal resources, this platform is to make resource use more efficient, increase social capital and economic opportunities, lower building costs and produce an overall higher quality of life.

Commonfare – Commonfare, or “welfare of the common” is a participatory form of welfare provision based on collaboration among people living in Europe that want to develop new ways of collectively responding to the everyday problems they face, improving their own lives.

Platform Coops – Platform Cooperativism proposes an alternative ownership and governance structure for (local) platforms, that promises to empower users, producers, and local communities.

15:30-16:30 Groups discussions

16:30-17:00 Plenary reports & Conclusions

17:00 Drinks & Dinner (optional)

Want to participate?
We welcome applications for participants. This will be a small scale in depth workshop with limited capacity. If you are interested please send an e-mail with a brief bio (1-2 paragraphs) and motivation (1-2) paragraphs to no later than April 8. We will let you know whether we are able to accomodate you before April 10.

For questions about practicalities, please contact; for other questions

Suggested Readings:

Andreotti, A., Anselmi, G., Eichhorn, T., Hoffmann, C. P., & Micheli, M. (2017). Participation in the Sharing Economy.

Frenken, K., van Waes, A.H.M., Smink, M.M. & van Est, R. (2017). A fair share – Safeguarding public interests in the sharing and gig economy. Den Haag: Rathenau Instituut.

Frenken, Koen & Schor, Juliet (2017). Putting the sharing economy into perspective. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 23, (pp. 3-10).

Newlands, G., Lutz, C., & Fieseler, C. (2017). Power in the Sharing Economy.

Scholz, T. (2016). Platform Cooperativism. Challenging the Corporate Sharing Economy. New York: Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

OCU Ediciones SA. (2013). Collaboration or Business? From value for users to a society with values.


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