The rise of the platform economy has ratcheted up competition, driven down prices, innovated service offerings in legacy industries, and generated enormous shareholder wealth. Platforms are also restructuring the economy, centrally positioning themselves for economic and consumer control. How do -can- we drive a wedge in this sector to advance stakeholder-owned platforms? This talk looks to the example of the U.S. electric co-op sector, its origins, how the rural enterprise scaled into a $40 billion+ industry while maintaining fidelity to its stakeholder-ownership. I conclude with pathways as to how legacy electric co-ops can play a role in advancing stakeholder-owned platforms.
About Keith Taylor
Dr. Taylor, Specialist in Community Economic Development at UC Davis, focuses on community wealth building through business and economic development policy and organizational and community governance practice, with a special emphasis on co-operatives.
About the "Who Owns the World?" event series:
This lecture is part of a free, public events series and course convened by The Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy at The New School entitled "Who Owns the World?" Members of the public are invited to join up to three events. All readings are openly accessible on the website: http://whoownstheworld.org