Scale Free Collaboration and Liquid Appreciative Payment Flows - Holons

Holons

Purpose

To break down silos to enable scale-free peer 2 peer collaboration on projects and causes, while sharing rewards according to contribution.

Definition of Holon

A holon is an evolving self-organizing structure, composed of other holons. A holon is simultaneously a whole in itself and at the same time is nested within another holon and so is a part of something much larger than itself. Holons range in size from the smallest subatomic particles and strings, all the way up to the multiverse, comprising many universes. Individual humans, their societies and their cultures are intermediate level holons, created by the interaction of forces working upon us both top-down and bottom-up.A holon is an evolving self-organizing structure, composed of other holons, whose structures exist at a balance point between chaos and order. A holon is simultaneously a whole in itself and at the same time is nested within another holon and so is a part of something much larger than itself. Holons range in size from the smallest subatomic particles and strings, all the way up to the multiverse, comprising many universes. Individual humans, their societies and their cultures are intermediate level holons, created by the interaction of forces working upon us both top-down and bottom-up.

Motivation

Open source is all about contributions, but how do we account for them?

There are two realms of contribution; qualitative (subjective) and quantitive (objective).

  • In the realm of subjective quality; we must acknowledge that qualities are an emergent property of an interrelated schema - which is a potentially infinite list.

  • In the realm of quantity; Peter Drucker states “what gets measured, gets managed”, while Goodharts Law dictates that “when a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure”.

There are pros and cons to both approaches, but since the industrial revolution we’ve arguably enshrined a bias towards paradigms of objective quantification. This has lead to the creation of accounting tools which continuously shape our mindsets in this tradition. The most obvious of these is fiat currency.

The cryptocurrency community has made displacing this outdated system a rally cry, though the paradigm hasn’t moved on much as evidenced in continued speculation and the exclusive barter of short term mediums of exchange (tokens). As such, we are potentially just recreating another form of capitalism.

How do we avoid creating a flatland devoid of qualitative meaning? How can we broaden our perspective to be more inclusive of a plurality of values? It’s our assertion that an integration of both qualitative and quantitative measures is necessary.

On the quantitative side, we can build upon the current paradigm, which has also become one of Ethereum’s primary use cases - payments. Payments are a specific objective quantification of value, necessary for most people in todays socio-economic climate. Our innovation lies in how we distribute this “payment”.

On the other side, qualifiers (eg:badges, or Gitcoin Kudos) are an emergent property of an action, but these qualities might be too sparse to be considered a useful to turn into a measurable. Therefore, we suggest to use Appreciation as a signal which can integrate both the quantitative and qualitative realms. Using this single subjective signal paradoxically allows us to measure all subjective qualities in a very simple way, which can then be used to direct payments.

Introducing Holons!

Holons is a “liquid renumeration” structure built on Ethereum; the mechanism fundementally consists of a stackable payment splitter that weights fund appropriation according to participants “appreciation”.

Each Holon has its own Ethereum address where ether and any ERC20 tokens can be sent. This value will be automatically split across its members. This resembles the way dividends work within a traditional organizations; the fundamental differences is that shares in the holon can’t be purchased or are not set in advance, but computed at the moment of payment proportionally to the appreciation received by the holon members.

As members cannot send appreciation to themselves, we obtain an altruistic peer to peer signal to highlight the people who have significantly advanced the project or have closely collaborated to the other members. Doing care work for your hack team? If people “appreciate” your efforts you will receive a proportional amount of the income according to the appreciation graph. Same thing goes for design, development, logistics, marketing etc. This setup allows for people to work across multiple teams and work wherever they are appreciated, wherever they are.

Holons can also be nested: a marketing holon could receive funds from the appreciation sent over from the sales holon, and in turn it would be split the received funds to its members. As people can join different holon, they receive funds from multiple streams within the same organization, and also across different organizations.

Holons thus allows users to dish appreciation as a non-scarce subjective quantifier that acts as a generalised correlate for payment distribution.

It is a completelly new way of thinking about organizations: People will be able to join the causes and projects they care about, contribute and get appreciated. Whenever a payment is received (Eg: a price money, a grant, commercial licenses), it will flow automatically through the entire holonic structure, rewarding the right people.

Contributors:

  • Roberto Valenti

  • Maija Grudule

  • Josh Fairhead

Links:

Holons Prototype

Keywords: Payment Flows, Liquid Renumeration, Appreciative Rewards, Holocratic Payments, Fractal Dividends, Liquid Pledging

From a Discord discussion last night with rshks#0800:

How would Appreciation go to the unknown value bringers that simple were not measured? Following with goodhearts law, would that incentivize appreciation seeking behaviour?

For sure these are valid concerns; the invisible stuff that gets done is often a qualitative endeavour thats at a greater depth than the perceivers (third) eye for detail… A good sound engineers job for example often falls on deaf ears - I know this from experience. And yeah, I dont think appreciation seeking behaviour is too bad if its long term, but the cheap signalling / short term hype mongering could be a really negative side effect that needs deeper consideration. I see this kinda misalignment of incentives happening with Gitcoin grants - the loud voices are rewarded so people are spamming everywhere they can to generate short term hype… not good IMO (but thats the game - we might have to paradoxically play it). Thoughts on designing around these issues and ritual dissent is encouraged and appreciated :stuck_out_tongue:

Gathered from @AlessandroMazzi on Telegram:

There are questions arising in me about how to value contributions with objective/subjective metrics. The question for me therefore lies on measuring, that goes beyond the profit generated. In my case, how well can we value creating peace between two colleagues or departments? What kind of metrics do we use to value well-being created by an HR department? These are a few thoughts