Co-operatives and the P2P economy

The emerging P2P economy potentially has a lot to learn from the co-operative as business model, according to two recent discussion panels at FutureFest on 15th March and last week at City University’s Department of Culture and Creative Industries. At FutureFest, Dave Boyle and Michel Bauwens discussed the co-operative as the business model that could make peer to peer business truly merit the title of sharing economy, while at City University Sion Whellens pointed out the fit between the co-operative model and collaborative practice in the creative industries and Rhiannon Colvin of Altgen floated the potential of a co-operative for freelancers.

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