Contribute to Basis: We'd love your help!

This project is built off of the ideas and voices of the people who are eventually going to be using it to break out of the capitalist system. If you have thoughts, input, or just want to get to know the project better, check out the discussions below!

Interfacing and translation

The translation between the Basis network and the outside world is arguably the most important part of the project. It creates a protective membrane around the network that allows it to grow and thrive while allowing the free movement of members and their value. The interfacing with the outside has the following goals:

  • Facilitate seamless transactions between in-network companies and capitalist entities
  • Allow network members to exchange their credits for local currency
  • Maintain a decentralized infrastructure to avoid single points of failure

Although many of the interactions of banking have been described in the paper, much of it remains to be determined.

Join on some of the interfacing/translation discussions.

Property rights

One of the primary goals of the Basis project is the conversion of privately-owned productive and housing resources to be commonly held. However, the story doesn't end there. We need ways to determine who ultimately manages which shared resources, and then how use of these resources is determined. Who stays in which house? What company uses which factory? Who can log or hike or farm in the forest?

What ultimately makes sense is that the people most impacted by a resource have the most say in managing it. How do we measure this impact, and how do we translate it into a well-defined process? And how do we enable people to build on this process without artificial limitations?

Help us in discussions regarding property.

Governance

What is the good of common ownership of anything if you have no say in how it's managed? Governance is about harnessing democracy and consensus to give people a say in the things that affect them. Not only this, but the ultimate goal of governance is to allow people to propose changes to the system itself and collectively decide whether it should be implemented or not.

This topic is very much about voting, security, and different methods of democracy. If this interests you, discuss governance with us.

Privacy

Cash has this wonderful property of being anonymous. No government agency can see the things you buy. No corporation can connect your purchases to your ad profile. Credit cards and other electronic payment methods erode this attribute of cash, and while the general public seems fine with the trade-off, the aggregation of this kind of data can ultimately prove very harmful.

So while Basis makes all productive transactions open to member scrutiny, it also protects the purchases of individual members such that only they and the company they're buying from know all the details of the transaction. To the system, and thus the prying eyes of of the public, we can see that a transaction happened. Never your transaction happened. The buyer is completely obscured.

Beyond buying things, another essential facet to Basis is voting. While some groups might want open voting, others might require anonymity and privacy in their democratic processes. This needs to be supported fully.

If you have experience in cryptography, data privacy, or electronic voting, we'd love to get your input.

Public market

A large part of this project is cost tracking. Cost tracking requires that people buy things through the system itself. Think of it like a commonly-owned Amazon.com except that the members of the system decide where the profits go.

Check out public market discussions.

Economics

While the economics of Basis has received a lot of thought and research and is currently being implemented in code, some aspects are still being determined. For instance, members can define public companies with subsidized costs. Where do these subsidies come from? In Basis, there's no concept of costs disappearing. All costs must be accounted for.

Do we implement taxation? Or are there other methods of covering costs? Help us figure these things out.

Also, what automated controls do we place on the economy to guide things in a direction favorable to all participants? You might be interested in discussing cybernetics.

All discussions

See the list of all ongoing project discussions to find one that interests you.

Want to bring up a topic that isn't here? Have a concern or an idea for the project? Stop by the project tracker and open a new issue or join us at the community forum!