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by Eric Courier de Méré

WeServe.io Development
New York, NY, United States
100% 2 / 1004 ฿ 0.022
Funded Teammates Raised

WeServe.io is an app for collaborative governance.

Problem/Solution

WeServe.io is a web app designed to channel the power of social network into sustainable action, thereby promoting autonomous leaders. Autonomous means, not owned by political or financial partisanship.

Social networks are the manifestation of a new power, that generates tremendous phenomena such as Trump; Bernie; the Brexit; the Arab Springs; Occupying Wall Street; etc…[1] Unfortunately, that type of impact is not sustainable: it goes with the buzz and often brings chaos. Social media content is unverified; so in addition to generating ephemeral movements, social networks often allow for unconsidered actions.[1]

Some tools proved to generate high quality, complex, and sustainable collaboration, such as Wikipedia and GitHub. WeServe.io intends to plug such collaborative tools with social networks. The goal is to explore a new mode of governance that delivers continuous collaborative impact based on quality content.

The new horizontal power of the internet is already corroding the old vertical power of traditional institutions[2], and so far it has brought chaos because this new power is out of control. We need to prevent chaos by channeling this new wild power. Doing so allows to address issues that the old power cannot solve, such as corruption, opacity, immobilism, crisis of legitimacy, polarization (of the media, and of the politics).

Project leaders on WeServe.io will gain unbeatable public legitimacy, based on concrete transparent action rather than mere communication. Projects are not to be restricted to civic governance, we can imagine implications in academia, business, and journalism.

- A researcher can raise funds, publicize her research, and build a team in complete autonomy.

- An entrepreneur can launch a business-prototype on weserve.io to test the market, and build a community around his product.

- Journalists can reconnect to their initial mission, by being more independent, more engaged, and yet delivering good quality content.

- Activists can do more than protesting; they can generate sustainable transparent actions, thereby building active communities, and leveraging institutions.

Product

Main Features:

  • Collaborative text editor (MediaWiki = Wikipedia)
  • Project management (similar to Trello)
  • Task Crowdfunding (Stripe credit card +Bitgo)
  • Social network integration, (Facebook; Twitter; Google+)
  • A messaging system comparable to Slack (using FireChat)

Technology

The main innovation is not in the IT but in the concept:

- Projects are open for public to read, edit, and implement; however, a project leader can approve or reject every change, so the project leader gets credit in case of success, and is accountable for the project’s impact.

- A leader can delegate operations by appointing a lead editor and an “executor”.  The “lead editor” has special credential to edit and approve revisions on media wiki, and the executor monitors the fulfilment of tasks.

- Each task has a button “fund”, and a button “do”, so each task becomes a small crowdfunding campaign. Any visitor can suggest a new task.

- Money goes from donor to the people who complete the task, so leaders do not deal directly with money.

- Payment is released when task is proven to be completed as confirmed by leader or executor. Also visitors can review and comment on actions.

- Donors see exactly where their money goes, and project can start as soon as a task is fully funded instead of waiting for the whole project to be funded. This means projects are unlimited in time and budget.

- People who complete a task receive the amount in bitcoin raised for that task.

Advantage of using bitcoin:

1-Projects can have an instant impact anywhere in the world.

2-People who do not have a bank account can participate.

3-Wealthy people will be likely to refund their bitcoins into a new task instead of cashing their bitcoins. Thus the platform would benefit from a circular economy effect.

Business Model:

The initial business model consists in taking a small commission on crowdfunding donations. The commission is currently set at 5%.

We will also use our own crowdfunding/crowdsourcing system to develop.

User Acquisition

  • Our target audience are potential project leaders in business, civic action, journalism, and academia. We focus on project leaders because they are the one who will bring their network to the platform when they start a project.
  • Generate the buzz with high impact projects
  • Partner with institutions like Columbia University to bring impactful users.  Some faculty members are currently following progress.
  • Develop a community of contributeurs.

Comparative advantage:

  • Action: projects are empowered not only with funding, but also with task force. Traditional social networks allow sharing and commenting on the news, whereas WeServe.io gives users the possibility to directly act in the news, instead of feeling powerless and frustrated.
  • Legitimacy:  WeServe.io converts individual’s energy into collaborative action = democratic legitimate power.
  • Transparency: users know precisely in which task their money goes; also, they can edit the project they serve.
  • Sustainable: Projects are constantly updated, to allow for adaptations and changes depending on the project challenges and context.
  • Market Validation: a project starts small and grows with its audience. A project on weserve.io is a constant market analysis, except that it has an actual impact and build a real story, unlike mere surveys and research. You can use WeServe.io to build a business prototype and feed your business plan with concrete data and user feedback.
  • Content: WeServe.io’s editorial feature documents tomorrows news with verified information: Imagine news that are being implemented in the world at the moment you read/write them. WeServe.io allows for quality editorial content, (like wikipedia) because projects are constantly reviewed and updated.
  • Subsidiarity: weserve.io improves local actors’ capacity to find local solutions.
  • Donors do not get exhausted: Giving money for a transparent task that I may have created myself, on a project that I can edit, is not the same as giving to another charity.
  • Inclusive: weserve.io brings contrasting people together in a unique efforts to achieve common goals.
Volunteers can refund the amount they earned towards a new task. People who cannot afford to volunteer may keep the money they earned.
  • Anti Corruption: Build powerful actions for your community without having to belong to the ruling clubs, and without being bound by political or financial partisanship.

Team

Eric Courier de Méré: founder

Arthur Braud: Data Analysis (classification/prediction)

Estelle Danilo: Role to be defined

10 Online freelancers

Advisors

Sidney Nakahodo

Outlook

We want to develop an open source legitimacy index to rank leaders based on their actions, reviews, traffic, etc… We may eventually become a rating agency for public independent leaders. In order to provide legitimate ratings, we need to be transparent about the index calculation. The algorithm would be operated on the blockchain, for more security and transparency. Also we are planning on using smart contracts on the blockchain to enforce the control of task completion and money transfer.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Cebrian, Manuel, Iyad Rahwan, and Alex “Sandy” Pentland. “Beyond Viral.” Communications of the ACM 59, no. 4 (March 23, 2016): 36–39. doi:10.1145/2818992.
  2. Naim, Moises. The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be. Reprint. New York: Basic Books, 2014.
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