Selection criteria

What does it take for a project to be accepted and featured in the Commons Economy Roadmap?

In short, it's the combination of two elements: a strong orientation toward Commons Economics and the economic soundness of its operations.

You can read more details about the criteria here. It includes the procedures meant to open the governance of CER for IT2! It will also include a procedure meant to open the governance of CER for IT2!

In the meantime, here are some of the criteria that we included in our evaluation:

Commons Orientation and Applied Values

  • Structures of ownership, governance, and funding.
  • Levels of inclusion and diversity in the workforce and leadership.
  • Context-weighted degree of decentralization/distributedness.
  • Meaningful testing of non-monetary economics and tooling.
  • Political relevance and menace to the socio-economic status quo.

Economic Soundness and Strategic Positioning

  • Business Model/Tokenomics stability and viability.
  • Historical resiliency of the project.
  • Meaningful testing of novel Commons-Oriented economic mechanisms.
  • Uniqueness in the current economic landscape.
  • Level of community and stakeholders engagement.
  • Quality of organizational processes.

We could spend years enriching and clarifying a framework that incorporates the most recent advances in crypto-economics, organizational studies, political economy, sociology of science and technology and more, but our ideation process led us to the conclusion that an heuristic model for such complexity is the only meaningful way to run this experiment. This is especially true in the space of distributed ledger technologies, which constitutes a perfect example of the structural problems academia faces in understanding such complex and fast moving phenomena.

The Commons Economy Roadmap is not a rigorous or "objective" scientific examination of the projects it features. Its goal is to take the best of existing scientific literature and contemporary political thinking and offer a simplified, positioned, iterative framework on where we should direct our attention and resources, while leaving this enormous complexity in the background for those who are specifically interested in it.