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How to grow platform alternatives (fast)

The chapter investigates the strategies employed by cooperatively organized platforms to expand their businesses, with a specific emphasis on the global CoopCycle federation that brings together over 60 rider cooperatives worldwide. A detailed analysis of the federative structures of CoopCycle highlights their ability to redistribute technological power and facilitate the widespread scaling of alternative platforms. Expanding upon this, the chapter delves into how the dissemination of software under a CopyLeft license can bolster worker struggles and empower marginalized groups. The results add to the ongoing discourse on cooperative platforms, providing insights into fostering sustainability, scalability, and empowerment within the platform economy.

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