Platform Cooperativism Resource Library


Hays Witt (Co-founder, Driver’s Seat Cooperative) at Who Owns the World Conference, convened by the Platform Cooperativism Consortium at The New School in November 2019. Hays is a speaker for the Owning Our Power: Young Lions of the Co-op Movement event.

About the event: We are proud to showcase a combination of some of the most inspiring projects that have recently launched, and others that have distinctly proven themselves over the past few years. We will hear about strategies for capitalization, franchisement of the co-op model, the encouragement and facilitation of democratic governance among distributed producers, collaboration with unions, technological innovations relying on blockchain, and revenue sharing in the community. In quick succession, presenters will offer you an overview of how they are collectively making cooperative interventions across a range of sectors. Learn from these pioneers.

Hays is a long-time progressive organizer and a subject matter expert in the new mobility and future of workers fields. He’s lead major organizing projects and policy initiatives at SEIU and the Partnership for Working Families, consulted for the cities of Portland and Seattle, and advised non-profit clients like the National Employment Law Project. Driver’s Seat Cooperative empowers gig workers to capture the value of the data they create, while challenging the deep information asymmetries manifest in platform work. We give rideshare drivers and on-demand delivery workers the technology and the organization to collect and share their data, and put it to use improving their work lives and their communities.

Added April 22, 2020