We envision a world where organisations are open, transparent and in touch with people.
Our mission is to enable a system where people from any part of the planet can create things without trust, geography, language and regulatory barriers. We want to give power to people to create and be involved in organisations that are open, transparent and most importantly, considerate to users' well-being.
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We believe the ability to create organisations that are user-first will be driven by open source collaborators building on a platform that enforces openness, transparency and accountability . With the world increasingly becoming more connected, remote work is becoming more acceptable, the barrier to launching any internet-based business continues to drop, collaborators distributed around the globe will find it easier to create a decentrally governed organisation capable of providing solutions to many problems we face today. They will offer their skills to many of these organisations at their own time and terms.
Why Open Organisations?
Internet of Powerless Users
Users have very little say in the ownership, behaviour and governance of their favourite organisations because they are either not paying for the services they enjoy or are not financially invested in the organisation. Without any real power, users are subjected to decisions designed to increase profit for shareholders.
Users are increasingly threatened by the ability of service providers to censor opinions that do not resonate with their beliefs or those of their customers. Why censorship of opinions and ideas may be unquestionable in some instances, the power these services wield can and have deprived many users' their rights and means of livelihood.
Data Ownership & Privacy
Most platform on the internet allow users to use their services for free. But the catch here is that majority of these platforms sell users' data to third-party agents without clear and explicit consent of users. This practice expose users to intrusive and targetted advertising, identity theft and losses. They have no way to truly own, manage and authorize access to their data.
Obstacles of Open Organisations
Inflexible Collaboration Platforms
Existing platforms for collaboration do not provide tools that allow collaborators organise, coordinate, co-own and contribute without fear of censorship. They do not prioritise the idea of openness and accountability that open organisations are built upon.
Single Ownership Architecture
Collaborative platforms (e.g. code-sharing platforms) only support single-owner architecture where one user, by default, is granted complete control of all resources - This kind of ownership structure and assumption is not right for communities of individuals who share little or nothing in common and have no basis for trust.
Shared Resource Governance & Management
Open communities will create assets and resources that are owned by members. There needs to be a mechanism by which ownership is proved, verified and enforced in a transparent and replicable way. Additionally, collective resources need to render themselves to be administered using the governance structure setup by members.
Promise of Open Organisations
User-Centricity As The Core Ethic
At a time when investor-driven organisations are optimising for revenue growth at the expense of the needs of users, open organisations spearheaded by open source collaborators will offer a major shift to new models that take users' well-being and experience as the central focus of their activities.
Transparency, Accountability & Control
The level of openness and transparency available in open organisation will be unmatched. Open organisations will have their operations be visible to everyone. Users or members will see how changes are presented, debated and implemented with the option to participate in the decision-making process.
Open Source Service As A Force For Change
Open source software products are mostly end up as one or many components embedded in larger products or services with questionable ethics. The emergence of open organisation delivering services will finally give users around the world choices and collaborators, a way to organise and disrupt the status quo.
The single-owner structure is the de-facto administrative structure supported by thousands of centralised dependencies that collaborators of decentrally governed projects will need. Some of these dependencies include hosting services (AWS, DigitalOcean), payment services (Stripe) and advertisement networks (Adwords, Facebook). So:
How can collaborators build open,
equitable, trust-minimized organisations
on the back of systems that only demand and
recognise a single identity as an authority?
How can collaborators working on an alternative to Airbnb handle governance of their Stripe account without worrying about mismanagement by a colleague who maintains access to the account?
The easy answer would be for collaborators not to bother to use centralised dependencies but instead replace them with decentralised alternatives. A decision like that could only make sense if the end-user is familiar with the decentralised option or if the community is building a completely decentralised experience for customers. Stripe and the many thousands of dependencies must recognise blockchain-based identities and governance events by browsing, interpreting and executing terms of proposals.
With a proposal-approve-execute scheme, community participants create specific proposals supported by a service provider: the proposal is put up for deliberation and voting (or whatever mechanism is used to reach consensus), when it is approved, the service provider will automatically notice the event and immediately provide the service. Everything needed to provide the service exist on the blockchain (source code, funds, configurations, content-copy e.t.c.).
Area of Focus
There are several areas of concern preventing the emergence of genuinely open
organisations comprising of distrustful collaborators. They are either not available
on centralised collaboration frameworks or not designed to minimise trust.
A collaboration framework built on centralised technology does not offer true ownership to collaborators. Any form of ownership offered is at best an illusion — Best described as layer-2 ownership. For legal reasons, the framework provider assumes layer-1 ownership and extends it to collaborators. Any project built on these platforms cannot extend true ownership to collaborators; This is a disincentive for collaborators to build valuable organisations.
Regardless of how great and exciting the idea of decentralised organisations seem, they will be outnumbered by centralised entities who for legal reasons demand an identity they can work with; They will not go asking for whom to engage within the decentralised organisation. For open, decentralised organisations to be able to compete and access similar benefits available to fully centralised organisations, they must act in unison under one shared identity that must be decentrally governed.
Open organisations require a governance framework that is vendor-neutral, only providing primitives and constructs that allow these organisations to design the kind of on-chain governance model they want. Governance is needed to coordinate and agree to issues surrounding ownership, the shared identity of the organisation, finance, dispute resolution and more.
For open organisations to thrive, collaborators must be free to share thier ideas, thoughts and work without fear of a central authority deciding what is acceptable according to terms that are questionable. If any form of censorship should be performed, it should be in accordance with rules set and agreed by community members.
We are determined to create the tools and platforms that will promote and aid global collaboration in ways we have never experienced. To make this happen, we need to enable the people who are best positioned to provide radical changes; These people are open source collaborators. They will help create, manage and grow public entities that stand for openness, fairness and freedom.