In these early stages, as we are beginning to explore potential pilot projects for demonstrating the concept of a gratitude currency and a social-action gift economy, we are presented a challenge—how do we best go about mapping by hand one of these so-called Quests?
Because each Quest is likely to combine a variety of interrelated, interdependent offers AND needs, and be fulfilled by multiple participants in dynamic roles of giving AND receiving, a suitable visual format must be able to communicate layers within layers. Gantt charts, tree structures, bubble maps, different data diagrams all came up, but I think the best approach resembles something between a file system tree and database schema.
As one can see (hopefully haha), we have a root level connecting multiple sub-levels increasingly detailing each aspect of focus using single or double-word strings. The elements at the root represent some basic types of value recognition, types which can be found at any level, any time.
This structure may produce a lot of apparent mirroring/redundancy, with tasks, roles, requests, resources all having their own ‘module’ yet, categorically speaking, could be consolidated. However, it is not necessarily meant to be organized categorically, but rather in self-contained sub-Quests for individual or group completion. “Many hands make light work,” and breaking down the big picture into many easily-digestible pieces makes for more efficient distribution, and perhaps even a higher probability for completion.
In the coming days, we will be drawing up plans for a tangible project to be completed right in our own front yard. Once enacted, and many people get the gist of how to conduct the exchange, the model will be able to spread on its own, spurring the creation of elaborate data relationships of interconnecting community systems. Call in the database programmers !!