incentives around public goods

Our approach
Design principles
  • Incentive alignment

  • Radically open-source

  • Iterative development

  • Robust engineering practices

  • Polycentric governance

  • Open standards

  • Ecological economics

  • Biomimetic design

We want to create a world where public goods are valued fairly for the benefits they deliver. Our current economic system frequently exploits the environment, and undervalues open-source software, open research, and other altruistic efforts addressing the collective needs of our society. We aim to change this.
We are building commons-based microeconomies to sustain public goods through incentive alignment, continuous funding and community governance. Our library of open-source, interoperable web3 components will put effective new tools in the hands of communities, enabling them to raise and allocate shared funds, make transparent decisions, and monitor their progress in supporting the Commons.
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Our Commons have 4 layers, and for each we are building a fully open-source, interoperable component.

True open-source interoperability will come through a standardization of token engineering practices and simulation tools. With cadCAD you can test the economic parameters of a Commons before launching.
The Commons Stack isn't a platform, but rather a growing library of open-source components. Our designs and components are fully open-source and interoperable: you take what you need to incentivize work towards shared goals, provide accountability, facilitate governance, and receive feedback on the health of your Commons.
Iterative design strategy
Technical & cultural initialization
To advance the design of commons-based economies, we need an open-source ecosystem of token engineering tools and a robust token engineering methodology. That is why we supported BlockScience in open sourcing cadCAD at the 2019 Token Engineering Global Gathering; because this software serves the critical function of testing the economic parameters of a Commons before it launches. We have included this key piece of software as a core technical initialization tool of the Commons Stack iteration 0.

Of course, the most important feature of any Commons built using our toolkit will be the people who use it, the cultural initialization component of our systems. That's why we are implementing the Trusted Seed: a curated list of community members aligned with our mission of creating sustainable funding for public goods, specifically token engineering research, open source software and, eventually, all kinds of nonprofit causes. To become a member of the Trusted Seed, you can put skin in the game by contributing funds or labor to the Commons Stack, entitling you to CSTK tokens which denote your reputation in the Trusted Seed. Members of the Commons Stack Trusted Seed will be invited to participate in the Hatch phases of our various Field Test Commons to guide these communities toward success and bring this new cooperative economic paradigm to maturity. Read more about the Trusted Seed here.
Iterative design strategy
Token Engineering Commons
Token engineering has the potential to address many of the problems facing humanity by giving us the power to realign economic incentives. The Commons Stack aims to accelerate the development of this new engineering discipline by inviting the token engineering community to come together as a DAO and use our Augmented Bonding Curve to launch the Token Engineering Commons. This will be an 'ecosystem-funding DAO' focused on furthering token engineering R&D. The Token Engineering Commons will raise and allocate funds to establish and grow the token engineering discipline as well as incentivizing siloed researchers across the industry to collaborate on shaping the emerging standards of this nascent field.
Griff Green
Michael Zargham
Bernd Lapp
Core team
Jeff Emmett
David Llop
Stefaan Ponnet
Kris Jones
Tamara Helenius
Daniel Knobelsdorf
Lívia Deschermayer
Jessica Zartler
Ivy Bagay
Algene C
Freshelle Tilanduca
Simon de la Rouviere
Eden Dhaliwal
Jordi Baylina
Trent McConaghy
Luke Duncan
Patrick Storchenegger
Raphael Bauman
Abbey Titcomb
Lorelei Loie
Kris Decoodt
Read more about the various components we are building, and how you can be a part of this incredible project by applying to become a member of the Trusted Seed. Learn how the Commons Stack was partly inspired by Giveth's mission and how BlockScience's focus on algorithmic decision-making ties into what we're building. Understand more about the components of the Commons Stack: (1) the Augmented Bonding Curve for fundraising, (2) the Giveth DApp for fund allocation, (3) Conviction Voting as a decision-making tool and (4) the Analytics Dashboard for real-time system feedback via cadCAD.