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Course Description

When markets fail and safety nets of governments, communities, and families break down, people cooperate. When governments do not invest enough to stop structural inequalities and racism, regulate big tech companies, and create digital infrastructure, what do people do? What choice do they have but to turn to each other?

In moments of crisis like this, things that had been considered impossible can become common sense: The Great Depression gave rise to the original New Deal. Platform co-ops can be the new common sense, providing better livelihoods now!

This course equips participants with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed as cooperative entrepreneurs in the fast-growing gig economy. It allows learners to study and get involved with a generation of young "teampreneurs."


R. Trebor Scholz

Trebor Scholz is a community-engaged scholar, activist, and founding director of the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy at The New School in New York City. Scholz is also an Affiliate Faculty at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Learn more at: https://platform.coop

Jose Mari Luzarraga Monasterio

Monasterio is a social entrepreneur from MONDRAGON devoted to human-centered globalization through 'teampreneurship.' Co-founder of Mondragon Team Academy (MTA world), he is building an international community of 'teampreneurs' and young leading change-makers. He is also an ASHOKA fellow since 2015.

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