The Executive Council is Thinking Ahead as it E
stablishes the New
"Platforms Exploration Committee"
Exploring "Platforms" for AESA
The Executive Council has approved an exploration committee to begin researching a new business model called "platforms." This new business model has the potential to propel AESA into the future using technology to network our members.
How "Platforms" Work
An example of a business that works on a platform model is Uber. Uber as a company owns the electronic platform where business is exchanged. Both drivers and riders access the electronic platform to connect with one another and make a business transaction. The rider goes onto the platform to request a ride and the driver responds to pick up the rider. The cost of the ride is all done on the Uber platform via credit card without any paper money exchanged. The same concept holds true for Airbnb and hundreds of other businesses. As a matter of fact, the fastest growing companies today have made the switch to platform business models.
Is It Right for AESA?
The Platform Exploratory Committee will be exploring AESA's place in the platform business model. We will be looking at questions such as:
- How can a platform business model help ESAs exchange services with one another?
- How would it support networking opportunities?
- Would it be a model that our business partners might be interested in?
Clearly there are more questions than answers right now. We will certainly keep you informed through the Online News and at the Annual Conference as we learn more about "platforms."
AESA and our members are the institutions that are in the right place to change the education world. Moving to a platform business model just may be the vehicle needed to get us there!
Here are some articles about platforms if you are interested in learning more!