Social lab is an innovative methodology of co-creation among different stakeholders. PLUS adopts this technique in order to combine theory, research and practice. As the project focusses much attention on key-actors’ agency, we will involve such subjects into the process of evaluation of the research and production of solutions for the mentioned challenges of platform economy.

The main characteristics of these social labs are (Hassan, 2014):

Social labs are platforms for addressing complex social challenges that have three core characteristics:

They are social. Social labs start by bringing together diverse participants to work in a team that acts collectively.

They are experimental. Social labs are not one-off experiences. They’re ongoing and sustained efforts.

They are systemic. The ideas and initiatives developing in social labs, released as prototypes, aspire to be systemic in nature.

Z. Hassan, The Social Labs Revolution: A New Approach to Solving our Most Complex Challenges, «Stanford Social Innovation Review», 2014

SOPO Lab will bridge the research with the practice, gathering platform economy’ stakeholders with local and European policymakers in order to co-create policy guidelines to face challenges and opportunities of such transformations.

SOPO Lab to co-create will be articulated into three different sessions – grounded both on local and European level – that correspond to three axes of challenges and opportunities in the platform economy:

  • Session 1 – “Local and European regulation and taxation of Platforms”
  • Session 2 – “Labour Rights and organization in the Platform Economy”
  • Session 3 – “How to innovate Welfare for Platform Workers”

These physical encounters will also be backed up by a digital space where the participants involved in these dynamics can access to a different set of resources like policy briefings, reports, news, blog posts, etc. about the impact of platform economy in welfare and emploment.

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