What Exactly Is This Thing, Anyway?
“OK, so check it out,” I have this working concept for an alternative economy built on people-powered resource networks, collectively operating as one big gift circle kaleidoscope. The idea is to open-source our creative visions, to put forth and contextualize our needs and offers, no matter how big or small, routine or bizarre, and allow transparency to open gateways of giving/receiving which align with our chosen skills and passions. Sharing information in such a way will lead to better-informed, better- connected communities aware of the real deficits and surpluses of real people, and vitalize collaborative social action toward getting All The Things done, seeing that all needs are met to the best of our ability.
In lieu of “spendable” currency, which tends to perpetuate scarcity and separation, the capital in Village is essentially a social one, honoring participation, transparency, and trust, with profiles reflecting the actual nature and amount of our contributions. Value here is measured in a way that is analogous to the acceptance of gratitude, naturally given as significant informational feedback on quality, character, context, purpose, relation, etc. One can think of it like a public appreciation ledger and data investment bank doubly serving its users with living resumés and inventories linked together via a kind of gamified stats engine.
It all starts with a Quest, where a proposed (or existing) creation is deconstructed to its most valuable and identifying attributes, including actionable tasks and all the requisite resources to bring it forward. These aspects highlight point-for-point pertinent and worthwhile nominations for what it is you would like there to BE, and how in particular you would like to DO. Then the Quest is published, making the vision accessible to helping hands as well as to those in need, enabling a flexible exchange where all participate voluntarily and all roles are recognized.
We The People are more than capable of deciding for ourselves what is the most meaningful work to be done, and once empowered to freely associate value, only really need an effective method for positive social organizing. Money may still be part of the equation for fulfilling some Quests, but the aim of the Village platform is to circumvent it wherever possible, in favor of a coordinated interdependence movement toward local resource autonomy.
Sounds Great, But Is It Really Real?
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How Do I Get Involved?
Village has reached the height of an early conceptual stage and now seeks opportunities to experiment and demonstrate its functionality. One of the ways we can kick it off is by initiating a small number of pilot projects which will bring people together and produce a direct, visible, and tangible benefit to communities here in Portland, OR, starting at the Guildhall of Community Supported Everything on NE Alberta St, and working out through its extended network of positive change-makers.
The effort will at first be coordinated by word of mouth and aided by various online social networks, while research is conducted into developing an open-source software platform capable of accommodating advanced database management, points distribution, interactive social networking features, community pages, project pages, and so on. There is also the possibility for a crypto-currency to be linked in with the exchange system, but until proof of concept is confirmed, it will all be by hand and very local!
To get involved, keep your eyes on Community Supported Everything, where open project collaboration opportunities, events, and resources will be appearing. If you have a project of your own that you would like to be supported in through our community, explore the following prompts:
“What do I really want?” Describe a creative vision of your own—a project you would like to begin or participate in, possibly something for which you lack the proper resources or connections. This can be an offer or an ask, or a combination of both. A Quest!
“What are the benefits?” In no uncertain terms, describe what value you believe is being offered in this vision, to the benefit of your community and to yourself. Observable, tangible, energetic attributes–all are relevant. In the process, highlight which points of focus work as searchable/linkable/thankable terms, 1-2 words each. Organize into subcategories wherever more detail is appropriate!
“How can others help?” Since most offers will require certain needs to be met, provide a similar breakdown of the required resources, services, and identifying elements which will most effectively enable your offers. Again, organize into subcategories where clarification is appropriate.
**It may help to think visually – I find a tree structure or bubble map to work well, using 1-2 word tags**
More to come!