What we do
Inspired by close-knit communities, the proposal is to promote the free association of people for common purposes by adding a layer of social trust on the Web with no central control and with simple rules of operation. First, by interconnecting a multitude of human-sized communities, social trust stays strong and engagement is more likely to occur. Second, assuming that bad reputation repels and good reputation attracts, the IoC aims to explore how collective reputation can be used as a catalyst to regulate social interactions within these small social clusters. If individuals’ reputation affect each other, a collective reputation mechanism could act as a systematic incentive to inhibit behaviors that are detrimental to the collective reputational asset, and to foster those that are beneficial to the group. Third, unable to increase the size of their network beyond a certain limit, and tied by a collective reputation, users need to remain attractive to the rest of their community if they do not want to be replaced by more outstanding peers. As a result, there is a strong incentive to anchor relationships in reciprocity, fairness and excellence. Influence and leadership are more likely to shift to those who positively impact their communities, to those who lead by example, and to those who reciprocate with fairness.
Our social impact
Designed from first principles, this proposal for a distributed social environment introduces both a collective intelligence mechanism and a resource allocation system to actualize greater human, social and economic value from online communities. The desired output is for the Internet of Communities to become a working model for a distributed social system and the blueprint for new crowdsourcing initiatives. “[..] The real disruption taking place is not technology? it’s a trust shift that will open the doors to new and sometimes counter-intuitive — ways of designing systems that will change human behavior on a large scale”. (Rachel Botsman) And, “It becomes clear that the best way to unlock enormous stores of value on networks is to develop tools that can facilitate GFNs (Group Forming Networks). This will be the next great Internet disruption. But to achieve this, we must develop a network architecture and software systems that can enable people to build trust and social capital in user-centric, scalable ways”. (John H. Clippinger, David Bollier)
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