As humans digitize an increasing portion of the world’s information, each economic sector is transfigured by and incorporated into the knowledge economy, the economy that exists at the intersection of human creativity and digital capacity. Yet, knowledge economy projects remain undifferentiated in structure and governance, and undercapitalized. Crowd-curated project cooperatives and asset marketplaces, along with the financial rails necessary to support them, offer the potential for much greater collaboration across the knowledge economy.
Our goal is to catalyze this collaboration. We envision a world of digital cooperatives that redefine the future of knowledge work, enabled by a freely proliferating diversity of project ownership, governance, and capitalization structures.
To realize this potential, we propose a software platform that matches projects with knowledge workers and digital assets. Four core interlocking mechanisms enable this: Standardized smart contracts designed to facilitate collaboration while lowering transaction risk and cost. A decentralized registry and repository for platform participants to list and access digital assets, APIs, and projects through a user-friendly dashboard. Crowd-curation mechanisms to assure quality of work offered and requested. A native platform token to quantify and reward knowledge workers and curators with fair value for their work.
This combination will enable variously collaborative structure, ownership, and governance—first for software development, and, with time, for intellectual property, medical research, and metadata, and other digital assets.