Everyone flocks to major platforms when they want to coordinate some action with others. We get it - many communities require similar basic tools. The problem is that every group, whose style is unique, inherits the same cultural patterns from these platforms.
Think of the weight they carry! Platforms’ metrics and business models determine our language for interacting with one another. They determine how we find and approach each other. They determine the ordering of feeds and visibility of posts, announcements, and other media.
generic tech, specific culture
Neighbourhoods is a framework for groupware that enables communities to design and select custom cultural patterns - all using p2p, “web3” software called Holochain.
At the heart of each neighbourhood is the Social Sensemaker, a custom piece of software which implements and calculates a group’s specific metrics, reactions to media objects, and ways of recognizing each other.
This means groups can interact, and make sense of those interactions, on their own terms; Individuals get a more expressive symbolic language, and groups get to share focus on what they care about.
coherence within and across neighbourhoods
A scientific research group has different expressive needs than a meme channel, and both of these require different metrics from a dating community. Maybe your group does a combination of these things and wants to better segregate different activities without using three different platforms to coordinate.
The Social Sensemaker also validates and shares data across neighbourhoods, so that group-to-group interactions are easier and personal credibility is portable!
Want to create a neighbourhood? We offer a bootstrapping wizard and community management modules that help you discover “generic tools” and “specific cultural metrics” to pair together and iterate on as you go.
Developers contribute to this embedded marketplace so that creating a neighbourhood requires more thoughtful consideration of culture and less coding. Coding work and use of various modules are tracked, enabling a range of options for supporting developers and the code commons.
Our native currency, $NHT, helps do just that. As of December 2021, $NHT has been deployed on the ETH and MATIC chains. You can find it on decentralized exchanges, like SushiSwap, and on MEXC Global.
Introducing Neighbourhoods: generic tools, specific cultures
The Metagovernance Seminar invites individuals working in online governance to present their work to a community of other researchers and practitioners. Topics of the seminar include, but are not limited to, computational tools for governance, governance incidents and case studies from online communities, topics in cryptoeconomics, and the design of digital constitutions.