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Your route to an ethical digital business in Scotland

25 January 2022, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Job insecurity and precarious working have proliferated with the rise of digital platforms like Uber and Deliveroo. Meanwhile, the tech giants behind digital platforms dominate markets and make huge profits.

But there’s a fairer alternative: platform co-ops. Join Co-operatives UK’s Ludovica Rogers to discover how platform co-ops can empower those on the frontline of services – putting them in control of the business, providing better working conditions and fairer pay. Ludovica will be joined by guest speakers from platform co-ops:

– Signalise – a sign language interpreting service that uses a digital platform to connect its members: Deaf people, BSL interpreters and service user organisations
– Open Food Network UK – a co‑op of co‑ops whose members collectively own and control an innovative software platform they use to trade the food they produce

Platform co‑ops are democratically owned and controlled businesses that use an online platform or mobile app to trade, connect people and pool resources or data. They are built on co‑operative principles and values that ensure the business:

– Truly responds to the needs of its community
– Embeds equity and social purpose from day one
– Has a growth model that does not involve giving up control to external profit‑driven investors

An online one-hour webinar on Zoom
Presentations from several speakers with an opportunity to ask questions at the end

What attendees will learn:
– An overview of platform co-ops
– What a platform co‑op is and isn’t
– About setting up and running a platform co-op, from platform pioneers
– What support is available for those wishing to set up a co-op, including The Hive business support programme, the next UnFound Accelerator programme and the specialist support available from Co-operative Development Scotland

Who should attend?
Anyone in Scotland and beyond who is keen to learn more about platform co‑ops, this includes:

– Individuals and groups looking to set up a digital platform enterprise
– Anyone wanting to learn more about co-ops: business advisors, local authorities, community leaders, voluntary sector support agencies, etc.