Disco-Tech – Discover Technology May 1st

On May 1st 2016, the MIT Co-Design Studio team, Research Action Design, Intelligent Mischief , the Detroit Community Technology Project, and Boston Civic Media (bostoncivic.media) are calling on YOU to join us at the Boston Co-op DiscoTech.

Where: SEIU 32BJ

26 West Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, 0211, MA

The Co-op DiscoTech (shorthand for a Cooperative Economy Discovering Technology fair) is an event designed for people of all backgrounds and skill levels to learn about how technology can be used to support the growth of the cooperative economy – worker-owned cooperatives, consumer cooperatives, housing cooperatives, and more!

If you’d like to know more, or you want to present your work or host a workshop at the DiscoTech, please contact Katie: klarthur@mit.edu

More info: http://codesign.mit.edu/discotechs

*NOTE: *If you’d like to eat free, delicious food when you come to the DiscoTech, *please RSVP here: **https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coop-discotech-boston-tickets-23441822121***

We’ll focus on creating welcoming spaces where a wide range of people (not just techies!) will feel welcome sharing and learning about each other’s experiences with cooperatives: worker-owned co-ops, consumer co-ops, housing co-ops, hybrid cooperatives, co-op support organizations … pretty much anything that has to do with the cooperative economy! We’re also inviting cooperative organizations, technologists, developers, and designers to come to the DiscoTech to learn, teach, sprint, hack, meet up, explore projects, and build community together.

We’ll dive in deep to understand worker cooperative tools, systems, and histories, through speakers, skillshares, workshops, and activities open to all. We’ll also get hands-on with tools and approaches that can strengthen worker, consumer, housing, and hybrid cooperatives. We’ll link existing co-ops, technologists, designers, and community organizers to strengthen our strategies and tools for a cooperative future!
After/Party at Make/Shift, 7pm+

Platform Cooperativism Transforming Online Experiences

How are worker-owned cooperatives transforming the meaning of online
platforms by placing power and profit in the hands of users?

Join us Monday, April 4th * 2-3:30pm* at the MIT Center for Civic Media (E15 3rd floor)
for a conversation with Trebor Scholz – Associate Professor at the New School and a leading expert on digital labor, as he talks about the emerging model of platform cooperativism, following on from the Platform Cooperativism conference Trebor co-organized last November
videos: http://livestream.com/internetsociety/platformcoop/archives
overview blog post: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/natematias/what-is-platform-cooperativism-and-why-is-it-important

In Part One Trebor will outline the idea of platform cooperatives and *the
need for reshaping the structures and power and profit that currently
determine today’s platform economies*. See:

Trebor Scholz, “Platform Cooperativism vs. the Sharing Economy
Medium (December 5, 2014)

Nathan Schneider & Trebor Scholz: “What if We Owned the Internet? It’s Time
to Bring the Co-Op Revolution to the Web
Yes Magazine. Nov 9, 2015

In Part Two, we will have a group conversation about the *innovations in
design, social organization, and markets* that will be needed to realize
the vision of a web where everyday users have a stake.

Monday’s conversation is being co-hosted by the MIT Center for Civic Media,
the MIT Co-Design Class, and the Berkman Cooperation Working Group. See you
Monday!

Help Support Workplace Democracy!

In addition to working on planning for the National Worker Cooperative Conference with the fantastic Melissa Hoover and Stephanie Neely from the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives WORC’N has started to fundraise! We’re working hard to get together scholarship funds for local individuals with an interest in worker ownership.

Please help us with this goal by going to: http://www.gofundme.com/99esg or making a check out to WORC’N and sending it to Jannae Knospe, 94 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA  02130.

If you would rather come hang out and learn more (or if you’re hungry) you can come and join us for brunch! March 25th, 11am to 2pm.