- Social Media Platform
We hope to become one of the first widely-used nonprofit decentralized social media platforms that:
- Are structured around the common goal/theme of improving the world and the lives of their members and
- Include a broad range of features
Facebook, just for example, includes a broad range of features. It is highly usable. But it is basically a “general purpose” platform. It isn’t structured around a common goal. LinkedIn, on the other hand, is structured around a common goal, or at least a common theme: jobs, career, and business. So our objective is to have the full usability of Facebook, while being structured around a common theme/goal, like LinkedIn.
- Mynd.Us (see http://mynd.us)
- As stated above, our common goal/theme is two-sided. We want to improve the world, and we want to improve the lives of our individual members. We believe these two sides go hand-in-hand. To improve the world, we must begin with ourselves, as individuals. WeFuture.Us will seek to empower individual members to improve their own lives, by providing them with tools and resources for doing so. Mynd.Us is one of those tools. It will be a mind map app (mobile & desktop) that also includes optional premade mind map templates.
- If you aren’t familiar with mind maps, check out Mindly. A good mind map app has the ability to not only provide an external source of organization and focus, but to train a person to think in a more focused, structured manner. For people who are motivated to improve the world, this is an incredibly powerful tool to help them transform good intentions into effective action.
- The mind map will eventually incorporate AI and other cloud-based technologies, as we work towards making it the best mind map application there is. The platform will also give people the ability to create and share their own templates, allowing the community and its individual members to evolve symbiotically with the application.
- WeWiki.Us (see http://WeWiki.Us)
- An open wiki platform will serve as a basis for sharing and evolving as a community. The platform runs on the same program that powers Wikipedia, allowing any member with sufficient user-rights to make edits etc. The wiki will work alongside both our social networking features and a Version Control System (similar to Git, for example). Finally, blockchain technology will also be utilized, and the end result will be an incredibly collaborative system with numerous practical group functionalities. Below, you can see some ways these functionalities could be applied.
- Open Think Tank
WeFuture.Us aspires to become a sort of think tank that is recognized for reliably generating valuable, data-driven insights for the public and private sectors. In keeping with our overall ethos, participation will be open to all. However, quality will be maintained via our governing structure (see below).
- Other Applications
a) Open Innovate ~ We will foster an environment where new technologies can be developed collaboratively without a focus on ownership and profits. Individuals will be encouraged to share ideas for patents with one another, in order to receive support from other members who have the experience or knowledge needed to bring those ideas to fruition. Individuals will be able to choose various levels of personal credit or ownership in the projects they initiate, using various technologies both within and outside of the legal patent system (Bitmark technology, for example). But the community will be geared towards encouraging new ways of approaching the creation, dissemination, and reward system for intellectual property, in keeping with its nonprofit mission to improve the world. Our goal is for the community itself to become capable of providing a powerful reward system, both monetary and social/status in nature. This could be accomplished via paid roles within the community, the ability to become a community influencer, official governing roles etc. The hope is that many of our members will find sufficient satisfaction from a combination of internal/psychological “altruistic” rewards, rewards provided by the community, and rewards external to the community that community rewards grant access to. One of our key goals will be to establish our community as a major influencing force within the global community at large, leading to a position where decisions made within our community are largely recognized outside our community, and individuals esteemed within our community become esteemed at large.
b) Open Incubate/Accelerate ~ We’ll seek to apply the same principles described above (regarding patents/innovations) to the realm of business startups. We hope to create an open community of entrepreneurs who mutually support one another in launching startups with missions to improve the world. We will even encourage the formation of new communities that break off from our own due to variations in philosophy etc. Our community model itself is to be “open source”, just like everything else we do.
c) Deliberate, conciliate, contemplate ~ We’ll apply the same principles towards productive philosophical discourse; systems of internal governance; models/simulations of national/global governments and policies; efforts to achieve mutual respect and benefit between differing worldviews; and the formation of subcommunities to offer psychological, sociological, and spiritual support systems. Much more information on all that is to be provided shortly.
- Distributed OpenOwnership and OpenGovernance
- Distributed OpenOwnership ~ WeFuture.Us is to belong to its members. Various degrees of ownership will be offered, each with differing degrees of responsibility and differing potential for reward. Although we are a nonprofit, those who run our operations and expansion must be compensated according to their level of participation. Our hope is to create many full-time roles that offer individuals livable salaries to do something that they can be passionate about and take full ownership of.
- Distributed OpenGovernance ~ Our members will govern the community. Roles and responsibilities will be determined through a combination of qualified direct democracy and qualified meritocracy. The term “qualified” here denotes the establishment of moderation via checks and balances, mitigating the harm potentiated by such governing models (tyranny of the masses etc.). A balanced meritocracy must be achieved. The community must avoid the formation of an elite caste based on ascribed social statuses (genetic IQ factors etc.), but must simultaneously refrain from the “charitable” assigning of key roles to unqualified individuals. The community might begin such an endeavor by recognizing the validity of multiple intelligences, rather than relying entirely on commodified measures of ability that are biased towards parochial and commercialized cultural values.
- Vetting and verification of members ~ This would only be required for members who want to participate in certain features, such as the distributed OpenOwnership or the distributed OpenGovernance.
- Virtual Nonprofit Economy
- Sustainable monetization models
- We don’t want to charge for memberships or for services. We don’t want to go the “freemium” route either. So how do we monetize our platform to pay salaries and invest in growth?
- Allowing advertising is one idea. But it is an idea we’re wary of. If we did go that route, we’d probably want to advertise only for like minded philanthropic organizations with whom we’ve established a relationship. And we’d probably want the advertising to not look like advertising. For example, we might “advertise” for our partners by discussing their company/services as a relevant part of a larger, informative blog post.
- Merchandising. Again, we’re wary, but not quite ruling out the possibility.
- Receiving donations
- Asking our members to either donate monthly or allow us to display advertisements to them individually in lieu of donating. However, we would make both the donating and the advertisements completely optional. A member could choose to neither donate nor see advertisements, and we would not restrict the functionality that we provide them. Once more, we do not want to be a freemium service. But it is our hope that a large number of the sort of individuals who would want to join a philanthropic community like ours would be willing to at least see relevant ads from other philanthropic ventures if they cannot afford to make regular donations.
- Members who choose to participate in the open, distributed ownership of our organization would reasonably be expected to invest something monetarily in the organization. Investing financial resources in one’s own company is, after all, a key responsibility for any business owner. So is investing one’s time and energy. So different degrees of ownership that we offer members would come with differing degrees of expectations for owners to invest both time/energy and money in the organization.