The New School Upcoming Conference – WHO OWNS THE WORLD?

November 8th 8:00-9:30pm

Tishman Auditorium

63 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003

this keynote by Anand Giridharadas

You can browse the program here or see a list of all participants here.

Who Owns The World?, the fifth conference on “platform cooperativism” at The New School in New York City.

Focusing on concrete, near-term economic alternatives, this event is convening 150 speakers from over 30 countries to meet each other, co-design, and learn about a wide range of topics:

  • new models for distributed governance,

  • best practices for cooperation including the allocation of startup funding,

  • antitrust,

  • misogyny and racism in co-ops,

  • ecological sustainability,

  • worker power in the platform economy,

  • the potential of platform co-ops for data trusts,

  • data co-ops,

  • and data sovereignty.

Highlights include Anand Giridharadas, author of Winners Take All in conversation with Wilma Liebman, former chair of the NLRB.

policy facilitators

Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator; John Martin McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (opposition Finance Minister) of the Labour Party, UK; Dieter Janecek, member of the German Bundestag;  New York Assemblymember Ron Kim,

platform co-op founders

Mensakas, Equal Care Co-op, Up&Go, Salus Coop, Fairbnb, Smart,

Fairmondo, NeedsMap, Stocksy United, Cataki, Cotabo, Resonate, Core Staffing Cooperative,


Juliet Schor, Mark Graham, Joseph Blasi, Jack Qiu, Gar Alperovitz, Sandeep Vaheesan, Koray Caliskan, Jessica Gordon-Nemhard,

platform co-op incubators and other organizations providing infrastructure support, Unfound, Sharetribe, IDRC

tech co-ops

Sassafras, CoLab, Startin’blox, Cooper Systems

allied community groups

Sixth Street Youth Program, Techo, Peer to Peer Foundation, Young Farmers of America, Data 4 Black Lives, The New School Hip Hop Collective, The Fairwork Foundation

union and co-op leaders

United States, Japan, Indonesia, France, Sweden, and India.

Coming to us from Zambia, Hip Hop artist PilAto, a.k.a Zambia’s Voice of Inequality, will perform a remake of Childish Gambino’s This Is America. The New School Hip Hop Collective will stage a night of Liberation. Prof. Daniel Blake and his Music for Political Action Fall 2019 course at The New School selected and researched the history of songs that relate to our event. You’ll hear them in the breaks. Stefania de Kenessey and vocalists Lisa Daehlin (soprano) and Waundell Saavedra (bass) will perform their live rendition of the platform co-op anthem!

Lastly, the artist Gabo Camnitzer will stage a children’s strike with Sixth Street Youth Project, and a film screening with Astra Taylor (in person).

convened by

Trebor Scholz with support from Michael McHugh

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The following organizations have taken a stand for the future of cooperatives in the digital economy by joining the PCC Circle of Cooperators as members:,, Coompanion, Needs Map, Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (Australia), Datavest, Democracy at Work Institute, Co-operatives UK, Stocksy United, CoLab Cooperative, Cotabo, Ontario Co-operative Association, Fondazione Centro Studi Doc, Center for Cultural Innovation, Cooperatives for a Better World, Unionen, Institute for the Future, CoLab Cooperative, Febecoop, La Coop des Communs.

In addition, we acknowledge event sponsors including Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing at Rutgers University; The New School’s Milano School for Management and Policy, the Ford Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations.