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Just like traditional co-ops, platform co-ops are organisations that are owned and managed by their members. While traditional co-ops are normally based around a physical community of members, platform co-ops live online and are normally populated by online communities of members.

Bringing together 400 attendees from the private sector, existing and aspiring co-operatives, open source and technology developers as well as researchers, press and academia, OPEN 2018 provides a chance to learn, discuss and develop valuable relationships within the co-operative economy. With practical guidance on starting-up, hands on workshops about developing decentralised organisations and advice on governance and ownership structures to develop more inclusive and participatory organisations OPEN 2018 will provide valuable lessons for projects and organisations of all sizes.

Emma Hoddinott, Local Government Officer, of The Co-operative Party, Matthew Brown, Labour Group Leader on Preston City Council and Cristina Flesher Fominaya, Reader in Social Politics and Media at Loughborough University, will debate Applying “the Preston Model” to the wider economy discussing the latest advances and successes of “the Preston model” and how similar local and central government strategies could be deployed to create a thriving cooperative economy across the UK.

Details of the full programme can be accessed here:https://2018.open.coop/programme/

To register, click here: https://2018.open.coop/register/


Thursday, 26 July 2018
Friday, 27 July 2018


The Open Co-op


Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

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