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Thursday, May 19 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Return of the Co-op: Building the Next-Generation Sharing Economy

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Can an old model be the basis for a new economy? Can the cooperative status and the #PlatformCoop movement offer an alternative to a capitalistic, value-captating model?
In practice, how can we build cooperatives for the digital age? 
In this workshop, founders of digital cooperatives and leaders of citizen-owned infrastructure cooperatives will share their experience. At the same time, entrepreneurs who wish to convert their collaborative organizations into full-on cooperatives will share their interrogations.
Come raise your own questions! You will be invited to discuss them during a World Café, with the help of featured experts. 

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Ralph Boeije

Entrepreneur, Part-up
Creating a platform for decentralized movements, community and companies. Bringing swarm-organizing to the masses and enabling anyone to be free to choice what to work on and who to work with.
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Julek Jurowicz

co-founder, SMartBE
Julek founded SMartBe in 1998, together with fellow Managing Director Pierre Burnotte. Once SMartBe’s success was established, Julek followed the only logical way to go: Europe – in order to answer to a growing need for simplified international mobility.
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Claus Skytte

Co-founder, Resecond.com
Claus Skytte is an author, entrepreneur and circular strategist with over 25 years’ experience in the advertising industry, and not least, which he left 2 years ago to concentrate his life on the 4th industrial revolution. Skytte is Danish pioneer of Sharing Economy / Collaborative... Read More →
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Emmanuel Soulias

Director, Enercoop
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Felix Weth

CEO, Fairmondo
Felix is the founder and CEO of Fairmondo, a German online-marketplace owned by its users. He holds degrees in political sciences, philosophy, economics, public policy, and administration. As an anti-corruption activist, he travelled widely through Africa where he saw how corruption deprives especially young people of li... Read More →

Featured Attendees
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Chelsea Rustrum

Co-founder and Founder, respectively, Blox7.com and Blockchain for Good
Chelsea Rustrum explores shared ownership and value distribution through the lens of the sharing economy and blockchain technology. She’s the author of It’s a Shareable Life, the founder of Blockchain for Good, a social and educational series, and the co-founder of Blox 7, a new... Read More →
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Jean Luc Chautagnat

Coordinator, Manufacture Coopérative - BIGRE
I am acting for the transformation of the economy has become the key to the functioning of our societies. I invested in the development of a human economy, democratic, cooperative and friendly. I am active in the co-operative renewal which allows new forms of cooperatives born and... Read More →
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Juho Makkonen

CEO, Sharetribe
I've been building peer-to-peer marketplaces since 2008 and I'm passionate about the impact they have in empowering people in the collaborative economy. My company Sharetribe is focused on helping entrepreneurs in the collaborative economy to launch and manage their own peer-to-peer... Read More →
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Nathan Schneider

Writer, Activist, Platform Cooperativism
Nathan Schneider is a scholar-in-residence of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder whose work revolves around economy, technology, and religion. In 2014, he co-organized “Platform Cooperativism,” a pioneering conference on democratic online platforms at the New... Read More →
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Prosper Wanner

Gestore, Hotel du Nord cooperative
I am manager of 2 cooperatives.  Hôtel du Nord is a residents’ cooperative which offer hospitality (guest rooms, bed & breakfast, urban walks, local productions, books, ...) in the Northern districts of Marseille. Residents, artists, associations, companies offer a discovery... Read More →

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Lieza Dessein

project manager, SMartBE
I am an enthusiastic project and community manager for Smart. Smart is a company that evolves in social economy since 1998 and provides concrete solutions for creative entrepreneurs. We offer an online accountancy tool, real life training sessions, legal advice and much more to simplify... Read More →
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Thomas Doennebrink

OuiShare Connector & Freelancer Collaborative Econ, OuiShare
OuiShare Connector Germany & Freelancer on the Collaborative Economy. Based in Berlin. Interested in the Collaborative Economy especially from the angle of how it can contribute leading towards a new, sustainable and human economy and society. (http://de.slideshare.net/doennebrink/2014-1020f-civic-economy-slideshare... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm CEST