Our goal is to transform an existing startup into an open and decentralized organization.
As a community, we will define how the value of our work should be shared, and how decisions should be made.
We will use the blockchain to foster trust and transparency, and new forms of governance respectful of individuals’ aspirations.
The experiment will be shared publicly, so that lessons learned contribute to the general movement towards a world of peers.
Ftopia is an online file sharing service for professionals. It enables teams to to create customized private and public workspaces and to invite their partners and customers to share documents of any kind with ease.
We are building a new generation of open source software for sharing information, and now we want to build a new generation of open organization to sustain it.
The ability to exchange documents, spreadsheets, photos, x-rays scans, videos, CAD plans and other files has become the lifeblood of every organization.
In a world of interdependent initiatives and increasing cooperation, such a critical capability should be managed as a commons, owned, governed and developed by all its stakeholders, rather than solely depending on private businesses.
NB: ftopia’s software has not been released under an open source license yet. This is one of the first tasks ahead.
Platforms such as Amazon, Facebook, Google or Uber have initiated a profound transformation on the global economy and our society.
On one hand, there’s a promise of a tremendous economical efficiency, thanks to the ability of connecting intelligently millions of people in order to fulfill their needs at the lowest possible cost
On the other hand, we are witnessing an increasing inequality gap and a worrying concentration of power, out of reach of the traditional political and social institutions.
Combined with the pervasive automatization that makes entire sectors of the economy virtually jobless within a couple of decades, the future of work may seem grim.
Many people are working on new ideas, new institutions and new technologies to address those issues.
We are taking part to this movement, in our own special way: a real-life organizational, technological and business experimentation that will help ourselves and others to “walk the talk” of decentralization.
You can read more about the origin of the project in our first blog post on Medium.
We have identified six activities core to the #freeftopia project. Whether you are proficient in finance, legal, coding, product management, communication, organizational design or just interested to contribute in your own way, you’re very welcome to help!
Welcome, orient and connect new comers in a liquid organization
Enable peers measure the value of others’ contributions
Build a consensus when anybody can join and no one is the boss
Build and operate an information sharing solution as a commons
Share value according to a community-driven, blockchain-enforced governance
Tell our story and help others to build their decentralized commons
Are you willing to go outside your comfort zone and experience something really new? Do you want to co-create the future of work? Are you looking for better ways to collaborate with others, to have your part in important decisions, to get a fair reward for the value you contribute to create?
Then #freeftopia is for you. No matter how much time you can allocate to the project, you’re welcome. No matter what your skills are, as long as we share the same goal and the same values. Our organization is transparent. You can find your place by joining others in an existing activity – or you can suggest your own and invite teammates to join you!
Be a co-founder. Be an explorer. Be a change maker.
If you want to help , you’re very welcome! We need finance people, coders, lawyers, designers, communicators… If you think you can help in any way, you can start by dropping us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since we do everything in the open, we have also set online, collaborative environments for working together :
We look forward to welcome you on board!
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