Neighbourhoods is a design philosophy for Holochain hApps. As a new unit of social cohesion online, Neighbourhoods push forward "platforms" and "DAOs", pointing the way forward for group organizing on the distributed web.
Neighbourhoods are formed around the Reputation Interchange, which we are building to help communities engage with each other, socially and commercially, while preserving what's unique about their group culture.
We hope this interoperable reputation layer for the distributed web will unlock new forms of social coordination at scale.
Community activators choose modules and widget-sized code blocks from the tokenized 'low-code marketplace'. They can stitch together micro-networks using conscious design of culture and little pieces of code that works together seamlessly.
***A small, initial issuance of $NHT will be available in Q4 2021. Please inquire with the team for details at [email protected] or on Discord.***
The low-code marketplace comes equipped with a "reputation interchange" containing different ways to articulate member credibility for purpose (depending on the culture and context of the Neighbourhood).
This is "culture first" computing: Neighborhoods operate through the ratings and measurements they choose to discover, engage, and interact.
This "reputation interchange" enables different Neighbourhoods to get information from each other on their own terms. Neighborhoods are not meant to be mega-platforms -- they work to make behavior meaningful in small group contexts and portable outside of them.
Imagine being able to port your Uber or Lyft rating and comments into your new Couchsurfing account - The cultural premises of these groups are different, but if a trusted Couchsurfing node says "hey, that info can still help us get to know a person faster", then you don't have to start from scratch building a reputation on Couchsurfing!
This is what we call "memetic mediation" across groups, and it doesn't require consensus or any other universal governance framework!
The distributed web needs a social, reputation layer that enables mass coordination rather than silos. When there's no central location for interpersonal data, helping people move from community to community with their reputation in tow is no small feat. It requires a language for expressing and understanding context-sensitive, interpersonal information and a cryptographic, p2p means of establishing data provenance.
Cultural lenses, the way we determine which behaviors matter for different purposes, define Neighborhoods. Reputation that explains behavior in its original context creates coherence at the group level and greater individual autonomy - users can translate the reputation they earn from one Neighbourhood to another.
Building bridges between Neighbourhoods is what makes this framework really useful. We call these "memetic bridges".
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