PlatformX is an online jobs platform powered by a cooperative social enterprise (business with a purpose). It will be a platform cooperative hybrid using the FairShares multi-stakeholder model.
A Series of World Firsts
PlatformX will be the world’s first and only one of its kind to simultaneously:
- promote fair-pay jobs (microtasks and macrotasks; see FAQ)
- give workers a voice in improving and steering the platform
- have a built-in charitable component and conduct charitable initiatives (thru democratic or community-driven philanthropy)
- provide pro-worker dispute resolution and other benefits
- provide a genuine, supportive community
- offer zero commissions
- use the FairShares model
- promote the spirit of giving, volunteering, and paying it forward to help make the world a better place — faster
Backed by volunteer advisors highly experienced in the gig economy, commons, social enterprise, and cooperative sectors, PlatformX will address 15 out of 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) directly and indirectly through various initiatives.
PlatformX has roots going back to 2013 and is building on various initiatives I’ve led and joined since 2014, including my website OnlineJobsPlus (through mentoring and volunteer-coaching over 4,000 online workers) and Stanford University’s Stanford Crowd Research Collective which I’ve joined for three years until 2018 (our published papers are listed here; search for “Jeff Regino”).
At the Stanford Crowd Research project, we created Daemo, which has been featured in:
- the ILO (International Labor Organization)
- various websites like Wired, Medium, Pacific Standard, The Nation, P2P Foundation, Shares & Workers, Comune Info (Italian), Il Manifesto (Italian), InternetActu.net (French), Le Monde (French), Wired Japan, Gartner’s Talent Daily, Civic Hall’s Vital Sensors
- research-related websites (including Arvix, CiteSeerX, SemanticScholar, Academia.edu, ACM.org, ResearchGate)
- and in books like “Design Thinking Research. Looking Further: Design Thinking Beyond Solution-Fixation” by Christoph Meinel and Larry Leifer, and “The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change” by Ellen Ruppel Shell
Our vision is an online jobs industry with no exploitation, scams, precarity, and financial instability.
Our mission is to provide and promote fair pay, financial security, voice, and a genuinely supportive community to online workers worldwide.
Initial ambitious goal: create at least 100,000 to 500,000 jobs worldwide in 5-10 years.
“50 in 15”: an audacious goal to create jobs, provide skills, and impact the lives of 50 million freelancers in 15 years.
The ultimate goal is to create a Mondragon Corporation-like federation of social enterprises, cooperatives, community land trust/affordable housing co-ops, credit unions, and other impact and job-generating enterprises benefiting a billion people or more worldwide.
I’m extremely privileged and thankful to have five volunteer advisors so far (4 public, 1 private). With over 80 years of combined experience, they’re highly accomplished in the gig economy, commons, cooperative, and social enterprise sectors and will help guide me in this arduous but exciting journey.
- Michel Bauwens, Founder of P2P Foundation (Thailand/Belgium)
- Kristy Milland, Labor activist and Founder of TurkerNation (Canada)
- Cliff Southcombe, Founder of Social Enterprise International Ltd. and FairShares Association (UK)
- Sion Whellens, Co-founder of Worker Co-op Solidarity Fund and an advisor and director (UK)
PlatformX: Finalist and Top 3 in an Online Global Incubator
In February 2019, I joined the 3-month Leap program by Bridge For Billions, a Spain-based online incubator for purpose-driven entrepreneurs. As part of our cohort’s graduation, we had to announce our work publicly thru social media. And that includes the simple video pitch you saw above.
I did not win our cohort’s competition, but I reached the finals and became Top 3. And the unexpected icing on the cake of publicizing on Facebook was…
See You in New York!
In June 2019, I had the honor of getting an invitation from Trebor Scholz (Director, Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy at The New School ICDE) to present PlatformX at the Platform Coop Conference in New York this coming November!
Now, I just need to renew my passport and get a US visa! (October 2019 Update: ~$170 non-refundable US visa application denied!)
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