June Update

Requests For Collaboration

Recently, Charlie Fisher came to the LDCRC Slack asking for assistance on how blockchain (and cryptocurrencies and DAOs) can be used for citizen-led governance of a revolving equity fund for land purchases.

If you are knowledgeable (or have the desire to learn) about this area or you are working on a project involving blockchain use-cases in financing land (or real estate) purchases, or you know someone who is, please send Charlie Fisher a message on Slack with your contact information and how you can help him on his project.

Here is Charlie Fisher’s initial message he posted on Slack detailing his project:

Hi! Not quite sure if I'm in the right place yet but I enjoyed going through the links above. I work for an architecture co-operative in Oxford and doing PhD research on citizen-led affordable housing models.

I landed here because I'm working with five councils in Oxfordshire (UK) to establish a £1-5m revolving equity fund for land purchase. Primarily for citizen-led housing but that's just the entry-point (rewilding, growing, energy).

In my job I help groups of people set up the legal, financial and people-organising basis for community land trusts including advice on withdrawable share offers. I'm just coming to the potential of scale through digital as I get involved in bigger schemes (e.g. I currently have the task of suggesting approaches to creative governance for a new Garden Village of over 2000 homes).

For the equity fund I'm trying to work out if we could use a form of citizen-governed distributed finance to sit alongside the co-operative organisations so a) we don't get slowed down by the structures that council officers/politicians sit within b) reduce cost and time-wastage of administering an equity fund manually and c) the value system for why projects get funded is discussed and decided at a neighbourhood or city scale.

This could be just the governance platform or it could be a token backed by stable land assets around Oxford.

I've been to courses and events on DAOs/DHOs/DiSCOs and my focus would still be on the human relationships - I don't yet know if incorporating ideas from blockchain/DLT projects will be a distraction to actually getting land projects funded. I'm used to running funding decisions on Loomio.

I've started forming a list of examples but nothing that fits exactly so far. Getting involved in the Seeds community has been useful and the Greenpoint Land Reserve has similar elements.

Distroid

Distroid Issue 9 is now available.

April Update

Monthly Meeting, Weekly Sessions, and watching The Social Dilemma

Author: Charles Adjovu

April Monthly Meeting

We held our monthly meeting on April 3rd. You can find the meeting notes here.

Weekly Sessions

We will be holding weekly sessions to shorten the length of the monthly meeting. The weekly sessions will cover:

  1. Expert topics (mostly centered on projects, research updates and tools),

  2. Citizen-topics (mostly centered on learning and getting involved), and

  3. Discussion (mostly centered on brainstorming and issue articulation, and a watching or listening session).

New Readings

Check out these new articles on conceptualizing blockchain as a commons:

  1. Challenges and Approaches to Scaling the Global Commons

  2. A Route to Commons-Based Democratic Monies? Embedding the Governance of Money in Traditional Communal Institutions

The Social Dilemma Film Session

We will be hosting a watch session of The Social Dilemma in the next month. Add your availability here on when2meet.

One we have a date selected, we will post an Eventbrite link.

If you got some time, come watch the film with us.

For more information about the film, you can check out the trailer here: https://www.humanetech.com/the-social-dilemma

Trivia

  1. What is the largest cooperative in the world?

  2. What is a cypherpunk?

  3. What is the six degrees of Kevin Bacon phenomenon?

  4. What is machine learning?

  5. What is a coinbase?

  6. What was the first proof-of-stake cryptocurrency?

  7. What caused Bitcoin’s popularity to rise in 2013?

  8. What is HODL an acronym for?

Leave your answers in the comments!

Contact

Questions? Inquiries? Send an email to ledgerback@gmail.com or leave a comment.

Chat? Join our Discord or Slack.

How do I get involved? Send an email to ledgerback@gmail.com

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LDCRC March Updates

Trial Period Syllabus

The Syllabus is now at Version 0.7.

You may find it here and the Markdown Template version.

The Trial Period Syllabus is the knowledge requirement that trial-members (i.e., trainees) must complete before they can become an associate-member of the cooperative.

Trainee Marvin Roman has already started working on the Trial Period Syllabus.

Laplace

The one-pager for Laplace is live!

You can find it here.

Additionally, you can find the GitHub repository here.

The Laplace project board will be updated sometime in the next 2 - 6 months.

Distroid

Issue 6

Catch Distroid Issue 6 and get up-to-date on the NFT craze!

Blog

Charles Adjovu recently published “Thoughts on ‘How to Unlearn Capitalism through Cooperative Ownership’” in the Ledgerback Blog.

Meetings

We held our Monthly Meeting on March 6th.


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Author: Charles Adjovu

Cooperative Data Commons

Writer: Jack Smye; Reviewer: Charles Adjovu

We’re very excited here at Ledgerback to be taking on a new research project with an anticipated publish date in January 2021. In this essay, we will be looking at potential conceptualizations of democratic governance structures facilitating an interoperable data commons for decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs). And while our proposal goes into far more detail, in essence we will be analyzing this in two parts:

  1. the ways in which Web 3.0 technologies can utilize the collection and manipulation of data in an emancipatory manner, and

  2. how the organizations working in these fields can share and collectively manage this data in a way that honors the true socio-political nature of blockchain technology.

In this, we are hoping to present a way of envisioning the decentralized digital future that encapsulates how decentralization can play out in a non-localized manner — which is to say that we are trying to conceptualize how DAOs can interact with one another in a way that mimics the democratic governance structure of a blockchain.

Therefore, we posit that the collective management of data can serve as the ethereal layer that holds the decentralized interoperation of DAOs together, and that this collective management necessitates entirely new visions of a digital paradigm.


Help us investigate the formation of a Data Commons

If you enjoyed this article and you want to know more, please see the Supplementary Material section.

Additionally, please consider joining us (as a member or contributor) and investigating the formation of a democratized data commons.

Supplementary Material

Research Proposal

Data Proposal (1).docx


About LedgerbackØDCRC

Established in 2018, the Ledgerback Digital Commons Research Cooperative (LedgerbackØDCRC) is a nonprofit cooperative association and distributed p2p network for unifying the study of the internet and society and fostering collaboration between stakeholders to advance towards a global technological commonwealth.

Our research approach is an inter/cross-disciplinary approach, with the goal to eventually employ an anti/antedisciplinary approach as we continue to grow.

Global Technological Commonwealth

A global technological commonwealth (as summarized here) is a sociotechnical imaginary (i.e., a vision of the future) that “consists of post-capitalist society where communities of mutual interest cooperate in the construction of institutions of regenerative economic relations” [1]. The technological design principles include:

  • “incorporating planetary boundaries,

  • modelling on natural biological ecosystems,

  • enabling the redefinition of value,

  • enabling radically democratic coordination and governance, and

  • allowing for the growth of a cooperative commons as the desirable future” [1].

For more information on the global technological commonwealth (and to get some background), we recommend reading Dr. Sarah Manski’s article, Distributed Ledger Technologies, Value Accounting, and the Self Sovereign Identity.

Areas of Interest

Our areas of interest include, without limitation:

  1. Web 3 technologies (blockchain, pubs, secure scuttlebutt, fediverse, smart contracts, etc.)

  2. Collaborative economy (platform ecosystems, business models, platform capitalism, platform cooperativism, ownership economy, p2p/commons, digital labor, social contracts, etc.)

  3. Future of work (open value accounting, peer production, self-management practices, digital organizations, etc.)

  4. Digital Infrastructure (internet service providers, hardware, mesh networks, machine-to-machine economy, Internet-of-Things, etc.)

  5. Data science and ethical AI (AI/ML, human-in-the-loop AI, data analytics, algorithmic policy, algorithmic governance, etc.)

  6. Information privacy and security (data stewardship, cybersecurity, privacy-by-design, zero knowledge proof, cryptography, etc.)

  7. Knowledge Commons (notetaking tools, knowledge repositories, decision-making models, decision analysis, collective intelligence, swarm intelligence, EdTech, etc.)

  8. Metascience (open science, citizen science, science funding, bibliometrics, publishing, etc.)

  9. Personal Data or Digital Identity economy (data stewardship, data monetization, self-sovereign digital identity, decentralized identifiers, digital identity, decentralized identity, data privacy, data cooperatives, data trusts, etc.)

  10. Open Finance (e.g., alternative currencies, timebanking, community currencies, decentralized finance, prize-linked savings accounts)

  11. Complex systems (game theory, mechanism design, dynamic systems, simulation, etc.)

  12. Cryptoeconomics (bonding curves, cryptoprimitives, complex systems, peer prediction, schelling points, tokenization, etc.)

  13. Sustainability (circular economy, renewable energy, community-owned utilities, etc.)

  14. Science and Technology (how science and technology interact with society positively and negatively, and how the relationship between them can be changed for the social good)

Problem Statements

Some example problem statements we are investigating are described in the following articles:

Currently, LedgerbackØDCRC is run by volunteers (and we thank them for all their effort!).

Membership Benefits

Our primary stakeholders or intended beneficiaries of our membership are investigators (scholars, researchers, academics, activists, makers, technologists, etc.), practitioners, citizens, and our staff (the people who make LedgerbackØDCRC run!) .

The benefits we provide or plan to provide to our members includes:

  1. online portal (email included)

  2. cloud infrastructure and interactive computing infrastructure

  3. combining resources

  4. mapping, data analytics, knowledge tools

  5. grantwriting support

  6. fundraising support

  7. sharing experiences

  8. publishing support

  9. research assistance

  10. networking offline and online

  11. informing members of opportunities

  12. providing resources

We do not have a membership fee (no need to pay $2,500.00 to join our community) but we do have annual fees ($50.00/year or provide 40 hours of time to cooperative-directed activities) to keep the cooperative operational.

Join us via the form below or send an email to ledgerback@gmail.com.

Describing LedgerbackØDCRC

The LedgerbackØDCRC is best understood as multi-purpose cooperative (we don’t fall neatly into a category 😖) that can better be described by its functions (or really a mix of a foundation, ecosystem and a research institute):

  1. Research Institute: We produce original research (basic, applied, empirical) and analyses on the internet and society, formulate models, tools, and designs and practices, grow a body of knowledge on the internet and society with an emphasis on how to transition towards a global technological commonwealth, develop prototypes, open source software and proof-of-concepts, and run citizen science projects.

  2. Data Cooperative: We produce and analyze datasets, trends, and other areas of interest by collecting publicly available data or curating data from our members or participants in our projects, and offer our analyses and datasets to the general public and interested parties.

  3. Foundation: we support efforts to advance towards a global technological commonwealth, hosting events and workshops, hosting distributed communities, and acting as a host for the greater Ledgerback ecosystem.

  4. Observatory: We monitor progress among the many sociotechnical ecosystems

  5. Academy: We produce open source educational materials and help others find and take courses on the internet and society, and develop the skills needed to cause transformational change towards a global technological commonwealth.

  6. Distributed community: We work together with people all across the world online to build a knowledge commons and provide resources to those who need them.

Supporting the Ledgerback¤DCRC

You can support us in many different ways including:

  1. Becoming a member (best way to do it)

  2. Making a direct donation (donations are not tax deductible for now but we are working on it!)

  3. Getting involved with one of our cooperative research projects as an investigator or citizen

  4. Volunteering to help take on our core or administrative activities

  5. Connecting the LedgerbackØDCRC with other individuals and organizations working in similar areas

  6. Sending us your feedback on our articles, podcasts, and other media

  7. Mentioning to others who we are and what we are doing

  8. Taking our ideas and models and putting them into practice (with attribution 😆)

  9. Send us a message asking for problems to solve.

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