While we are tech nerds, we also believe that a fundamental shift must take place in our consciousness and societies if we are going to survive climate change and technological revolution. We support the efforts of open source, co-op owned businesses, and new economic and governance principles which we believe will lead to a more empowered and egalitarian world.
There is a fundamental change that is happening in our society now, and we believe that one of the answers lies in creating pro-social technology that underlie our banking, our media, and our markets. We have a responsibility to not only create this product, but to explain it to others and empower them to use it. While this need not be colonialist or extractive in nature, the practice of pro-social technology is inherently focussed around the people, not the product. We support products that solve problems that people have, not technology. We do not seek to build tech for tech’s sake, or to reestablish the monopolistic hold on data from Web 2.0.
We have a responsibility now to look five or ten years in the future and try to create a crypto-system that uses financial derivatives to model and to value what the dollar leaves out of the market.
Our culture does not understand how to use units of accounting to value the work of people who create “art” (music, performance, visual art). While we all believe the story that art is “valuable” or “unique” we simply don’t know how to assign these things value. That does not mean that we can’t assign it value, it means we don’t. Yet. The same applies to our other valuable assets like data and attention, which is why we give them away for free cat videos.