About us

We are individuals and organizations building new models of sustainable public goods funding and value alignment in open source networks. Our goal with Funding the Commons is to bridge the public goods community across Web2, Web3, research, philanthropy and industry. We do this by convening builders and practitioners, researchers and academics, and funders and philanthropists, catalyzing innovation in public goods. In the future, we seek to expand our impact by facilitating the creation of a public goods fund tied to impact evaluators, seeding projects that are conceived and incubated by the Funding the Commons community.
We envision a world where the incentives that govern human coordination at scale push our species to develop an economy that prioritizes public goods above all else. This world has top global talent innovating on public goods, supported by well-developed impact evaluation systems tied to continuous streams of project capital.

Builder Residency 2023

Discover the power of collaboration and innovation at the Funding the Commons Berlin Residency, a month-long, immersive experience designed for builders and hackers. This intensive in-person program will take place in the vibrant city of Berlin from 1-30 September 2023, and will focus on public goods funding infrastructure, impact evaluators, impact certification systems, and other elements of the public goods funding stack. Both Web2 and Web3 projects and builders are eligible and encouraged to participate in this transformative event. The residency embodies our mission to foster the development of a sustainable decentralized funding ecosystem for public goods. Expect a bustling in-person hub for hackers, developers, and designers, engrossed in creating innovative solutions that advance the public goods funding ecosystem. The Berlin Residency is your chance to be part of an experiment in a purpose-driven community that drives change through applied technology and collaboration. Whether you're an individual developer or part of a project team, if you are ready to contribute to and learn from this vibrant community we invite you to apply. We value open-source and expect the outputs of the residency to be accessible and usable by the wider community.
Let's Fund Your Next Project
Artizen and Funding the Commons have partnered to launch a 10 ETH Match Fund to support projects that promote, celebrate, and develop public goods in diverse fields such as art, science, technology, and startups. We seek visionary proposals that demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in the public goods sphere.

Istanbul 2023

d:pact is a day summit at the heart of Istanbul during DevConnect, 15th of November, which covers Media, Impact and Regenerative Movements. The summit is co-organized by Merkezsiz, a dynamic web3 media organization in Turkey, and Paribu Hub, the ecosystem hub of cryptocurrency exchange Paribu. It's an immersive experience that goes beyond technical jargon, diving deep into complex technical concepts from a non-technical perspective. Funding the Commons joins d:pact and Regens Unite as a content partner, adding another layer and depth to the discussions. This bustling metropolis is the perfect setting for a conference that delves into the realms of Media, Impact and Regenerative Movements. Its rich history, cultural diversity, and strategic location make it an ideal host for a gathering of forward-thinkers and changemakers. Istanbul's unique position as a bridge between continents symbolizes the very essence of d:pact - bridging gaps and connecting people. It's a melting pot of ideas, cultures, and perspectives, serving as a catalyst for stimulating discussions and forging meaningful connections. Istanbul's vibrant atmosphere fosters an environment where innovative approaches can thrive and drive positive change in our interconnected world. At its core, the purpose of the d:pact summit is to explore pressing questions that define our rapidly evolving world. How does the media influence society? How can we enhance public goods? How can regenerative movements promote sustainability? How does governance shape communities? How does culture impact our identities? These questions serve as our compass, guiding us through fresh talks, workshops, and discussions. In the heart of Istanbul, we invite you to embark on a journey of exploration. Together, we'll intensify our efforts to understand and harness the power of Web3's connectivity. It's not just a conference; it's a platform for collective sense-building and a celebration of the transformative potential that lies within our interconnected world.

Taipei 2023

Taipei is known as the land of digital democracy. Located in the center of Asia, Taipei presents itself with both traditional sceneries and Taipei is home to g0v, the civic tech community that plays a significant role in Taiwan’s digital democracy movement. Funding the Commons is working with da0, the web3 branch under g0v to create an one-and-only experience on public goods discussion. During December 2023, Taipei becomes the global headquarters of the blockchain industry for one week, as it hosts Taipei Blockchain Week, the rising conference series that focuses on connecting Taiwan and global community. As we set foot in Taipei, we will see a inspiring, innovative yet cultural environment that incubated strong public infrastructure, which creates a brand new dynamic for the 8th installment of Funding the Commons.

Previous Speakers

Previous speakers included public goods thought leaders such as Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum), Juan Benet (Protocol Labs), Kevin Owocki (Gitcoin), Karl Floersch (Optimism), Jaan Tallinn (Future of Life Institute & CSER), Tom Kalil (Schmidt Ventures), and many more.
Funding public goods — algorithms and mechanisms | November 12, 2021
Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum
Fireside Chat | March 3, 2022
Jaan Tallinn, Future of Life Institute & CSER & Juan Benet, Protocol Labs
Decentralized investment structures for public goods and commons | June 24, 2022
Juan Benet, Protocol Labs
Recent Events
Berlin 2023
DeSci.Berlin and unding the Commons joined forces during Berlin Blockchain Week, set to in the city's vibrant tech landscape. This combined event ignited the development of new partnerships, projects, and initiatives with each day providing a distinct platform to engage with the wider blockchain and decentralized science communities.
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Paris 2023
Funding the Commons, Paris was unique in its incorporation of open space technology and other unconference-style programming, in addition to engaging keynote speakers, panel discussions, and interactive workshops. This format enabled even more connection amongst participants, and led to the formation of new collaborations and projects.
Lisbon 2022
Funding the Commons, Lisbon featured engaging keynote sessions, collaborative workshops and opportunities to network and build relationships with other members of the community who were driven to find solutions to public goods funding.
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