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Doug O’Brien at Who Owns the World Conference, convened by the Platform Cooperativism Consortium at The New School in November 2019. O’Brien is a guest speaker for the “Gig Worker, Freelancer, Self-Employed: Who Is Watching out for Them?” discussion panel.

How can the worker co-op form help workers in the informal economy, marked by deregulated tech firms and a decline of unions, both in the overdeveloped world as well as in the economically developing world? Where and how does technology play a role in answering this question?

Doug O’Brien is the President & CEO of NCBA CLUSA, where he works with the cooperative community, both domestically and internationally, to deepen its impact on individuals and communities. NCBA is the primary voice for cooperatives in the United States for using the cooperative business model to empower people in their businesses and communities. Doug has been with NCBA since 2016, where he has served as the Executive Vice President of Programs before becoming president and CEO in January 2018.

Added April 17, 2020