Which supporting policies for cooperative platforms in Europe?

Thursday 17 October 2019, From 9am to 2pm
At the European Committee of Regions
rue Belliard 99/101, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
FR / NL / EN

Febecoop, in collaboration with Saw-B and Smart, is pleased to invite you to the final day of the project “Platform Coop Brussels”.
With the support of the Brussels Capital Region, the project aims to stimulate the emergence of a cooperative alternative within the collaborative economy in Brussels.

Since the movement faces local and European challenges alike, both levels will be addressed. During the conference cooperative platform entrepreneurs, researchers, supporting structures and institutional representatives will exchange views. Three expert panels will discuss three specific challenges faced by cooperative platforms: economical models and financing, labour and governance, as well as local and sustainable development.

A walking lunch will be offered to all participants.

After the conference a workshop is organized from 3pm to 6pm at LaVallée (rue Adolphe Lavallée 39, 1080 Brussels), one of the Smart cooperative’s emblematic Third Places. The objective will be, for the cooperative platforms and supporting structures, to define which actions should be taken on a European level to support cooperative platforms.


8.30am – 9.00am : registration and coffee

9.00am – 9.10am : welcome speech by Smart – Sandrino Graceffa

9.10am – 9.20am : cooperative platforms challenges in the Brussels Capital Region – Barbara Trachte, minister for Economic Transition of the Brussels Capital Region

9.20am – 9.30am : presentation of several key learning points concerning the project – Hilde Vernaillen, president of Febecoop

Moderator: Christophe Charlot, journalist for Trends Tendance

9.30am -10.30am : Economic models and financing :

Can cooperative platforms be lucrative? Which strategies should be explored? Can we adopt elements from the collaborative platforms’ business models? How to capitalize on the cooperative DNA to innovate and develop sustainable specific models? What about financing? Which role can the local authorities have?

Michel Bauwens, co-founder of the P2P Foundation and Smart research
Philippe Herbiet, project coordinator CHANGE, Crédal
Samuel Cohen, co-founder and associate of France Barter
Dennis Stokkink, president of Pour La Solidarité and rapporteur at the GECES

10.30am – 11.25am : Labour and governance :

How can the cooperative model guarantee better working conditions for the persons contributing to the added value of a platform company? Is it possible to reconcile decent working conditions with “on demand services”? How can each cooperative platform stakeholder be involved in a governance based on its economic model ?

Corinne Vercher-Chaptal, deputy director of the CEPN UMR, Université Paris 13
Ludovic Voet, Confederal Secretary at the European Trade Union Confederation
Philippe Lovens, CEO and co-founder of Urbike
Simel Esim, Head of Cooperatives Unit at the ILO

11.25am – 11.45am : Short break

11.45am – 12.40am : local and sustainable development

How can collaborative platforms contribute to a local and sustainable economy? Which challenges arise with regard to the unwanted effects of the collaborative platforms? What can local governments do?

Ricard Espelt, researcher at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute of the Open University of Catalonia
Damiano Avellino, co-founder of FairBnB
Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit Advanced Technologies, Clusters and Social Economy for DG Grow at European Commission
Erdmuthe Klaer, deputy Secretary General of REVES network

12.40am -1pm : Conclusions by Isabelle Ferreras, tenured fellow of FNRS and professor of Sociology at the Université Catholique de Louvain

1pm – 2pm : Lunch

mandatory registration

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