Crowdpol is a pro-social network for changemakers. A place for people to connect over common goals and create projects to achieve these. It is also a space to contribute your thought on how human civilization should evolve. More than thoughts actually. You can create your own proposals and vote on Crowdpol too. Or delegate your vote to someone you trust. Crowdpol is also about community. Mainly about local community because that is where we actually live, but also about coming together in a global community. And not in a fake way but aligning local actions with global goals and moving towards them together. About writing a new story, and taking read, measurable steps towards that new story. And living that new story. Together.Basically, Crowdpol is an attempt at developing an entirely new Operating System for human civilisation. Because we really, really need one.
Crowdpol is currently under the custodianship of a not for profit organisation called Syntropi based in Sweden. However, this is a temporary solution as a legal entity is required for us to have a bank account and pay salaries and other expenses. The next custodian of Crowdpol will be a foundation, the design of which all members of Crowdpol will be invited to contribute to, and the board of which will be elected by the network. The final destination is a distributed network with no central control or ownership. Crowdpol will own itself. But until then, you will get as much control and ownership as possible.
For a number of reasons. Mainly because it cost money to run a network, at least for now. More importantly, if you don’t pay then someone else will have to. And if someone else pays, eventually they get to call the shots. Not immediately, but over time. The more you grow to depend on them, the more they get to decide. They get to decide what you get to see and read. They get to decide what you get to write. They get to look into your private information and do with that what they please. And if they don’t like what you write or say or even the direction their metadata tells them that you are headed, they get to shut you down.
Or you can pay for your own platform and make up your own gosh-darn mind as to what you get to read and post and think. Seems like the better idea in the long run.
Thanks to paying members, your basic democratic rights are free. You get to create a presence, you get to vote and you get to submit proposals. Other than this, it is up whatever the communities you join allow.
If you want to change the world you’ll need help. If you want to change pretty much anything you’ll need help. Also, you’ll need to coordinate that help in an effective way towards common goals. The current social networking platforms out there are not designed to help you with that. They are not designed to empower you or even designed to assist you in any real way. They are usually designed to keep your attention and influence your actions in whatever ways will result in the greatest profit. Nothing wrong with that, unless you actually want to lead a life with some agency and control. Which you probably do, if you are the kind of person who wants to change the world.
So far we are not really making much money. But when we do, it will be used to cover our expenses, pay back the interest-free loans from our funders early on, fund future development and finally, we’ll set some money aside for the war chest as we will be getting attacked on all fronts when we start making actual progress in the real world. But for now, we are just a small fish hardly worth rolling out a big net to catch.
All financial statements will be posted after the end of the fiscal year. As we grow and build the tools to do so, we’ll publish all expenses in real-time. And whatever we do not require for the above-mentioned reasons will go straight back to your Altruistic Wallet to be spent at your discretion.
The Altruistic Wallet is simply your personal repository of funds that can only be used for certain types of transactions within the Crowdpol ecosystem. These transactions are
1. Funding individual changemakers
2. Funding projects developed on Crowdpol and monitored by the network
3. Funding internal development of Crowdpol as a platform
In these cases, any funds removed from the wallet leave our internal system and hopefully go forth into the world and create change.
There are two additional functions of the Altruistic Wallet and that is to
4. Finance the development and maintenance of Crowdpol as a platform and
5. Support individual content creators
In the case of financing the maintenance and development of Crowdpol, we are testing out a system of micropayments that are drawn from the individual member’s balance. I this way, each member will get a clearer idea of the costs involved with hosting their activity on the platform. It will also allow Crowdpol to grow in funding and capacity in tandem with a growing member base.
In the case of micropayments being made between users, these are simply the transfer of funds from one Altruistic Wallet to another within the system. These can be made as direct donations or as tips in conjunction with content one appreciates, but are also tied to “micro-actions” in favour of a specific post, such as liking something, upvoting something, or messaging someone etc. Users are incentivised in this way to create high-quality content as this will help to fund their Altruistic Wallets which they, in turn, can use to support 1 Changemakers, 2 projects or 3 development of the platform.
Taken together in time, the sum of these individual Altruistic Wallets will amount to funds large enough to take on global challenges along with a democratic, cost-effective and efficient way to allocate resources and evaluate the results of them. But for now, we’ll focus on less lofty goals and will try to fund local projects to get the hang of it and iron out all the kinks in the system.
Fair point. Clearly the more change you have in your wallet, the more change you can support. Pun intended. The operative word, however, is altruism. Whatever you have in your wallet, it can only be spent on people and projects within the ecosystem.
The principle is that we would most likely be happier about paying taxes if we ourselves got to decide what our taxes were used to support. And, frankly, the world would probably have a lot more schools and hospitals and parks and other nice stuff than bloated militaries, publicly bailed out private corporations and highly reimbursed politicians detracting rather than adding to the common good.
In effect, the Altruistic Wallet is a bit like being able to put your taxes towards the world you’d like to see. The more you earn or put into it, the more of the change that you want to see you get to directly support.
The system is by no means perfect. Clearly, it is a compromise between individual democratic rights and the invariable fact that as long as we use money, it will have its own agenda. But it is most likely one of the better options to what is offered elsewhere today. And besides, the whole point of Crowdpol is to release the creativity required to come up with even better solutions and to support these in every possible way in order to make them happen and test them out. So go create a better system that makes the Altruistic Wallet obsolete!
No, but in order to use all the functions of the platform you will need tokens in your wallet. And the easiest way to do this is to become a member.
Once we have more revenue streams, higher administrative capacity and more reliable metrics, every individual human that registers will get their own wallet and can use the contents to support the change they want to see. But this early in the game we need you to fund your own wallet so we can maintain the platform.
We currently use PayPal but we’ll add more options as we progress. To add credits to your wallet visit the Altruistic Wallet page.
Any funds in decommissioned wallets are returned to the main Crowdpol wallet and any funds not needed to sustain the network are then spread out into the rest of the active Altruistic Wallets on the platform.
Not yet, but deffo in the future. In the meantime, you can donate to us in several cryptocurrencies. Donations go directly to Crowdpol to pay for staff and development etc and all use of these funds must be approved by the board of directors and will be open to review. Anything not used will be returned to the members through a general drop into the active Altruistic Wallets on the platform.
A donation page will be up early July.
Creds or Crowdpol Credits are simply tokens that you can send within the ecosystem. They represent the content of your Altruistic Wallet and can be sued for micropayments. These micropayments correspond loosely to the running costs of the network but can also be used as direct donations or as tips in conjunction with content one appreciates. They are also tied to “micro-actions” in favour of a specific post, such as liking something, upvoting something, or messaging someone etc.
Nope. That would sort of defeat the purpose, what with sharing and altruism being the name of this particular game. CrowdCredits merely represent what is currently in your wallet by way of traditional currencies. In the future, we will no doubt integrate the use of various digital tokens and all main cryptocurrencies, but Crowdpol does not currently have a native coin of its own. We simply do not need one at this point in time. And if we ever create one, it is unlikely that it will be one that will make anyone a millionaire. Or maybe it will make everyone millionaires, making the term relatively meaningless.
If you are keen to discuss a tokenised currency system that we should develop together and issue in the Crowdpol ecosystem, then I’d say join a community with this purpose or write a proposal on how to do it. It is a very interesting topic and one well worth exploring in the future.
Liquid Democracy is a combination of direct democracy and representative democracy but without the limitations of either system. Liquid Democracy allows users to vote on any issue they wish directly but also allow users to delegate their vote to a representative on any issues they wish. This allows for a flexibility that representative democracy does not allow, but also the broader understanding that direct democracy impairs. As an added bonus, you get to select as many delegates you like to represent you and can remove them at any time if they fall short of your expectations. And needless to say, your vote on nay topic will always overrule the vote of your delegate.
Anyone can become a delegate on Crowdpol, so you are not restricted to chose a political party to represent you. You can sign up to become a delegate yourself if you like. This does not mean anyone will select you to represent them, but it is an option.
Through using this delegatory system you can create a completely unique political platform instead och having to support one of the fixed platforms that the few available political parties offer up once every four years or so. If you are fortunate enough to live in a country that offers even this meagre option, which a large portion of the global population is not.
Liquid democracy is simply a more modern and way better version of the current democratic system that is deployed with various minor alterations by the nations that deploy such things. As Crowdpol aims to provide a better democratic ecosystem on both a local and global scale we have liquid democracy built-in on the core level.
Projects are one of the things you can create under Proposals, along with Petitions, Propositions, Polls and Posts.
To create a project, simply select this option on the proposals page and follow the required steps.
Note that you are required to be a) a paying member and b) a verified member in order to start an official project on Crowdpol. This is to minimise the risk of fake or insincere projects being created and siphoning off resources from the real ones.
Fundraising is unfortunately not a feature Crowdpol can provide at the moment due to legal reasons. We are working on this however and hope to provide a fully working platform for fundraising before the end of 2020.
Until we can provide the service, you are more than welcome to use a different fundraising platform or webpage and link to it from your project page on Crowdpol. Hopefully you’ll find some volunteers and perhaps some other resources through the network until we are ready to support you in this also.
What happens happens. What one person thinks is a bad project another might think is a great one. Ultimately, it is up to the members of the network to decide which project they chose to support.
However, if a project violates the laws of Sweden we will have to remove it as the entity currently legally responsible for Crowdpol is situated in Sweden. This is as noted a temporary arrangement, within a few years Crowdpol will be a fully self-governing, distributed entity with no central authority and no legal domicile in traditional terms.
Be excellent to one another.
And if you can’t be excellent, be nice.
And if you can’t be nice, practice being nice somewhere else, then come back when you are ready.
There are plenty of places on the internet where you can be nasty, throw your weight around, deliberately misunderstand other peoples points and misrepresent them, share all the lol kitten vids and pictures of your brunch you want and generally fill the ether with not altogether relevant chatter. So go, tiger! Get it out of your system. We’ll be here to welcome you when you are ready!
P.s. Actually, you can totally share the odd lol kitten video in a private message. I mean, who doesn’t love lol kittens?
Crowdpol is based on the principle of freedom of speech so we do not censor any sentiments if we can help it. Crowdpol is also dedicated to co-creation, cooperation and supporting a constructive and nurturing environment to connect and interact with other people in. This means enforcing some rules of conduct.
In an effort to strike a balance between these two you can post anything you deem fit for public discussion but you can not attack, threaten or abuse any specific member or members of Crowdpol. This includes publishing private information without that persons expressed permission, also known as doxing. Because in a community we take care of each other, even if we don’t see eye to eye.
Neither is the posting advertising or promoting goods and services in any other way permitted unless this is explicitly allowed by an individual community.
Individual communities might also apply different rules of engagement in their forums as each community can set their own rules as long as they abide by certain parameters. These rules must be clearly stated and agreed upon by all members before joining said communities.
Note that as Crowdpol is currently managed by a Swedish company that is a subsidiary to a Swedish NGO, national law might prohibit certain extreme content. Crowdpol retains the right to remove such content for liability purposes. Again, this is a temporary arrangement as Crowdpol is constantly exploring means to offer more and more distributed services.
We are still experimenting with this, but we are aiming for a distributed system where the network regulates itself by various means.
As all users who wish to post content need to be paying members, there is a basic financial incitement to follow the rules. Not adhering to the rules could potentially lead to loss of funds, which encourages a degree of self-policing.
The ultimate goal of all activity on Crowdpol is to have a greater impact. By trolling or adding other noise to the system instead of valuable content, a user’s reach and thus capacity to gain support for their proposals will be diminished. This too should improve the quality of the conversations and other content on Crowdpol.
Finally, we are building a system to flag content that breaks the rules of conduct that all users must agree upon abiding by before being allowed to interact through posting content on the platform. Users that have qualified to use this tool can flag content with a yellow flag if it is close to breaking the rules and a red flag if it is in clear violation of the rules. When a red flag is used, both users’ accounts are temporarily suspended as far as posting content goes until a moderator has reviewed the case. If the moderator deems the flagging is correct, the offending user will lose all credits in their Altruistic Wallet and will have their account suspended for a minimum of one month. During this time the member can still vote and submit proposals, but will not be allowed to post content until they have passed a test as evidence that they grasp the rules of conduct. Once the month is over and the test is passed, the member will be free to interact with no penalties.
Should the member cross the line again, the suspension will be a minimum of three months and a new test to prove the user understands and accepts the rules.
Should the member feel that they have been unfairly treated, they can submit their case for a trial by an anonymous jury. This jury will be drawn randomly from voluntary members of Crowdpol who will discuss the case without knowing the identity of the transgressor or of the other jury members. Other members can follow the discussion and can comment on the verdict once it is delivered.
The rules are fairly straight forward. Be polite and respectful, make an effort to understand the perspective of the person or persons you are interacting with, don’t submit your opinions as facts and make an effort to express yourself as clearly and logically as possible. Failing to do this will not result in being suspended but it is likely that you will be increasingly ignored by the people you will want to reach and convince if you are going to create change.
Posting clearly irrelevant content, trolling, baiting, advertising goods and services in forums where this is not explicitly allowed and in other ways disrespecting the commons that is a forum may result in a warning or a yellow flag.
Threatening, abusing or intimidating another user in any way, shape or form, will result in a red flag.
Note that individual communities on Crowdpol might employ different rules of engagement and different ways to deal with transgressions. However, such rules should be clearly stated before you join a community.
Also, do not take credit for someone else’s work. Crowdpol uses a tipping system, and if you share a link to someone else’s work that receives a tip/like, then that tip should go into their Atlrusitic Wallet. If they don’t have one, it will go into a temporary Altruistic Wallet and used to develop new features on the platform that all members get to vote on.
But please contact the content creator prior to sharing if possible, and ask them to create an account on Crowdpol so the tip goes directly to them in the future! Because let’s support the people who help us understand the world in a way that makes sense to us! Thanks.
No, at least not in the way this can happen on other platforms. Crowdpol is comitted to supporting freedom of speech even when this speech is not in line with what we might want to hear. We fight our battles of opinion through dialogue and through evaluating the factual basis of statements collectively.
The only free speech we do not allow is the kind of speech that limits the right to free speech of another, such as threats and intimidation
Proposals are a broad term for the kind of activities one can create on Crowdpol. Proposals are divided into Posts, Propositions, Petitions, Polls and Projects.
Posts are basically blog posts, articles or other publications.
Propositions are much like traditional political proposals. They consist of a title, a brief summary, and the main text after which users can vote for, or against or abstain altogether from voting. Crowdpol has also included the option to post and rank arguments for or against the specific proposition.
Petitions are basically proposals that users can sign to indicate support. Petitions are also accompanied by pro and con arguments in order for users to gain a deeper understanding of the issue at hand.
Polls are online questionnaires posted to gather the opinions on a topic or topics in a community. These can have single or multiple answers. Polls can also be designed as propositions by the author to allow multiple choices rather than simply yes and no. This can be a practical feature to find out which options a community prefers.
Projects are quite different from other proposals as they are activities with specific goals and require a project manager that accepts full responsibility for the project. Projects require a budget and a measurable goal if they are looking for funding on Crowdpol. Projects that are looking for other types of support need to have clear and deliverable goals and specifications in order for volunteers and other contributors to be able to decide if they wish to engage or not.
To start a community you need to be a paying member of Crowdpol. It is also your responsibility to monitor the activity of that community and cater to the needs of the community. You can create a public community that anyone can join, a private community where you select your members or a secret community that is only visible to its members.
To create a community, simply click on “Create a community” and follow the steps!
Yes, to a degree. If you want to have different rules in your community you can, provided users are informed of this when they join. However, there are some basic rules that you will need to take into account. Crowdpol exists on servers in Europe and is managed by a Swedish NGO, so an activity that is deemed against the law might have to be curtailed. Also, it is entirely up to you if you want to allow users that are not premium or paying members to post content within your community, but you must then provide the tokens required for this to happen. The costs to the network are the same whether you are posting in a public, private or secret community.
Simple answer: not private and secure enough.
Though we do not mine in order to sell your data to manipulate you, this does not mean that outside forces can ‘t hack the system and get access to your data.
Until we have far better systems in place to secure privacy, it is not recommended that you share any sensitive or private information that you do not want to end up in the public domain or in private hands other than such private hands that you completely trust. This includes voting on sensitive or private topics. As it stands, we simply cannot guarantee that we can protect any data from an exterior attack. Always be cautious before you are bold. If democracy was not a such a sensitive yet dangerous thing, we’d have a lot more of it in modern societies.
So, if you for instance wish to upload your address in order to see activities or projects close to you, perhaps only upload a more general address such as a street near by or the district if the town you live in.
As we make the network more sophisticated in order to better protect the identity and the activity of our members this will become less of an issue, but for now it is better to be safe than sorry.
And remember, we are still probably a thousand times better than the competition when it comes to respecting your privacy and right to autonomy. And that is saying something.