neighbourhoods

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groupware
with a purpose

Most of us rely on social apps for work, play, and connection. Yet, we don’t know why we see what we see, who sees us, how our feed is ordered, or how to collectively address harms and injustices online.

It’s about time we had real input on groupware and how it operates!

social intelligence
for the distributed web

Neighbourhoods separates the functions of a collaboration tool from the data layer that makes up the group’s culture.

You and your group own the design and appearance of reactions, tags, ratings, and permissions and how these subjective factors feed back into the behavior of your collaboration tool.

sensemaking within and across neighbourhoods

Using Holochain, peers can validate data and store records of their interactions on their own computers. We believe in the promise of autonomy, agency, and truly p2p communications.

Nevertheless, we’ve become accustomed to the recommendation, curation, and sensemaking that helps us sort through the world’s information. Communities should have the same control over their ways of perceiving, reacting, and recognizing each other.

create from a commons-based marketplace

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 Uniswap.

roadmap 2023
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Epic: Ecosystem Development

Participatory events supporting the growth of the Neighbourhoods ecosystem.

Applet Fest

Series of online and in-person events demonstrating the NH framework and offering open standards, resulting in additional development of 'critical applet suite' for intial marketplace deployment.

Cultural Hackathon

Local events with community groups looking to use Neighbourhoods to develop specific cultural styles in their remote coordination.

Epic: Sensemaker 0.0.2 computational complexity and digital identity

Buildout of the Sensemaker, including digital identity and agent-related features.

Integration of hardcoded computations (Sensemaker 0.0.2)

Additional capabilities built in to the Sensemaker, enabling more complex social intelligence.

Agent roles and capabilities (Sensemaker 0.0.2)

Intermediary, key forwarding steps enabling basic use of roles and capabilities prior to the planned integration of Holochain's 'Deepkey' system for digital identity.

Integration of Deepkey, profiles, and personas

Intra- and cross-neighbourhood use agent assessments and reputation via leaderboards, badges, and 'social CVs'.

Epic: Toolkit 0.0.1

An early version of our toolkit to scaffold your neighbourhood, demonstrating how to set up distributed, online communities with social intelligence features.

Sensemaker_lite

Implementation of a Holochain app that enables groups to add extra metadata on any entry from any other hApp DNA, store, and process that metadata into useful insights via community-defined processes.

NH Launcher - 'We' Fork

A forked version of the 'We' hApp, serving as an entry point where applets are initially selected for use within a neighbourhood.

Open standards for NH-compatible applets

Documentation of standards enabling hApps to handle the social data ontology of the sensemaker-lite, plus an applet scaffolding tool.

Sample Applets

Demonstration of, and support for, applets using our template config files.

Community Activation Wizard

The Community Activation Wizard places cultural choices (e.g. resources, dimensions, and methods), into a configuration file that is used to compile into a neighbourhood. Community activators arrange the flow of resources, contexts, agents, modes of sense-making, and scoring computations.

Sensemaker Dashboard

Stakeholders of any given neighbourhood must be able to fully engage in their social contexts. For example, they may adjust and respond to data sharing requests from other neighbourhoods or alter how they compute scores. They may also browse and add additional hApp modules via early marketplace functionality.

Epic: Low-Code Marketplace

Prototyping and early releases of the Neighbourhoods marketplace, which connects applet developers and communities.

Marketplace assumptions and actor behavior modeling

Specification and modelling of in-marketplace accounting, solicitation and use of external investment, elements of community/dev relationships, etc.

Neighbourhoods' Neighbourhood for community activators with marketplace features

Marketplace prototype that rates, assesses, and tracks usage of applets and integrates native accounting features.

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