People have shown a tremendous willingness to invest their free time and energy contributing to projects that don’t benefit them financially. This “cognitive surplus”–the free time that people have on their hands to engage in collaborative activities–has the potential to realize vast stores of social value that the traditional marketplace tends to neglect.
Modern technologies like the internet, along with more recent innovations like distributed version control, have opened a pathway to more fully realize this value, but dependence on a still ad hoc, fragmented infrastructure means we’re not being as efficient or effective with this resource as we could be.
This project is about removing the barriers that keep social production flowing at a trickle instead of a stream and providing a more robust, integrated core infrastructure to service this growing community of amateur creators and contributors.
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY
This community explores the application of the Open Value Network (OVN) model to causes and other charitable purposes.
GoodLabs a hub for commons-based peer production providing creators and contributors with a community, personalized online workspaces, and data-driven insights to help them better understand and improve upon their operations.
Leveraging human-centered design principles, the GoodLabs platform aims to popularize the collaborative enterprise approach among a variety of loosely related non-technical users, including NGOs, activists, social enterprises, and more.
Weekly meetings Fridays 9 am EST - see Meeting Minutes
UPCOMING ACTION ITEMSLast updated Jan/22/21.
Propose topics to discuss during our weekly work meeting [Planning below]
Further develop onboarding process: Join form, Communication channel
Outreach to new contributors: Michel Bauwens, Sebastian, Dmitry
Review of draft table structure for all entities (See Appendix 4)
Add Crow’s Foot Diagram for Relational Database model
Build ER Diagram in Access
Find collaborative graph database tool
RECENT ACTION ITEMSLast updated 11/16/20.
Met with involveMINT to discuss collaboration during Climate Collabathon Community Events (see )
Added new model to Appendix 1: Social Innovation in Marginalized Rural Areas (SIMRA)
Added Key Relationships to Appendix 3
Added Attributes and Levels per Entity in Appendix 4.
Started researching collaborative databases
Added new Data Folder containing these files:
Set up Kanban board on to support task management
CURRENT PROJECT NEEDSLast updated 11/16/20.
We're currently looking for people with the following skills:
Coding and web development - to help us better understand and define the design specs for the tentative GoodLabs platform.
Database management - to help design and build a database of social production projects for integration and interoperability with future GoodLabs platform.
Data visualization - to conceive of new ways to represent the ever-expanding and evolving field of social production projects and organizations.
Join the discussion here to help decide on early-phase tasks and actions to move this initiative forward.
Any proposed project or initiative that advances to a Draft stage of development will be added here and opened for contributions. (Click here to access our Project Development Protocol.)
To view past projects, browse the Project Archive below.
Inventory of our past projects.
PROJECTS under this COMMUNITY follow the OPEN VALUE NETWORK model's governance.
PROJECTS are seen as COLLABORATIVE VENTURES, which are TRANSPARENT (anyone has access to the information that they produce) and OPEN (anyone can participate). They only produce PRODUCTS and services based on OPEN SOURCE knowledge or technology. PROJECTS have a CUSTODIAN that represents them legally and acts as a trust for their tangible assets. PROJECTS can have multiple EXCHANGE FIRMS, which are commercial entities that move products and services developed by PROJECTS on the MARKET.
EXCHANGE FIRMS oblige themselves by contract with the CUSTODIAN to share PROFIT with all contributors to PROJECTS, from which they commercialize PRODUCTS.
CUSTODIAN Agreement [provide link]
EXCHANGE FIRM Agreement [provide link]
Project Governance Template [provide link]
See the Governance page for network-level and project-level governance and governance templates documents.