Futuristic blue city in the clouds
Image Credit: S. Wong

Funding the Commons moved to an in-person event in New York in June 2022! The 2-day summit on June 24th and 25th was for individuals and organizations building new models of sustainable public goods funding and value alignment in open source networks. Our goal with this event and future ones is to bridge the public goods community across Web2, Web3, research, philanthropy and industry.

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In New York, Funding The Commons featured several events with partners:

June 24: "Impact Capitalism" speaker series and workshop (Co-hosted by Fifty Years)
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June 25: Schelling Point Pop Up Unconference (Hosted by Gitcoin) and Tephra Labs workshop

Futuristic city
Golden Bridge, Vietnam. Image credit: Le Porcs

See speaker list for this event below

Funding the Commons is an event series that explores novel funding mechanisms for the commons and public goods. Recently, a two-day summit was held from June 24 - 25, 2022, in NYC for individuals and organizations building new funding models and working to improve value alignment in open source networks. To view the event’s schedule and recordings, see below:
Floorplan + printable schedule
June 24, 2022 9:30 EST
Doors Open
Coffee, breakfast, social time
June 24, 2022 10:15 EST
Welcome Remarks
Introduction and overview of Funding the Commons Day 1
June 24, 2022 10:30 EST
Priorities for Public Goods Builders in 2022
Benet, Protocol Labs
June 24, 2022 11:00 EST
The capitalist’s case against self-sovereignty – the emergence of mutualism
Horowitz, Freelancers Union
June 24, 2022 11:30 EST
10-minute break.
June 24, 2022 11:40 EST
Crowdfunding and the alignment of incentives
The talk highlights parallels and differences between reward-based crowdfunding (e.g Kickstarter) and the subset of cryptotokens that also involve preselling a future product, service or marketplace (e.g. utility tokens). The talk will emphasise the role of uncertainty, learning, moral hazard and contractual features which help to overcome the misalignment of incentives.
Tinn, McGill University
June 24, 2022 12:10 EST
Decentralized Societies
Join author, Puja Ohlhaver, with contributors Leon Erichsen and Divya Siddarth for an open Q&A about Decentralized Society.
Ohlhaver, Flashbots
Siddarth, Collective Intelligence Project
Erichsen, Gitcoin
June 24, 2022 12:40 EST
Encoding our values into economic systems
Creating value-driven economies, defining ideal market incentives, the gaps we need to close and the tools we need to align actions with the outcomes we seek to see in the world. Any new technology will be ultimately subject to the values encoded within the system it operates on.
Borda, Fifty Years
June 24, 2022 13:00 EST
Building a Regen Alliance
Borda, Fifty Years
Pop, Gitcoin
Frehlich, Protocol Labs
June 24, 2022 13:30 EST
Lunch break
45-minute lunch break.
June 24, 2022 14:15 EST
Funding Ethereum with the Protocol Guild
The Protocol Guild is a new Public Goods funding organization exclusively focused on the core Ethereum protocol: a collective that maintains an onchain registry of its membership.
Van Epps, Protocol Guild
June 24, 2022 14:35 EST
A user-centric approach to DeSci and tokenomics
As one of the first DAOs in decentralized science (DeSci), we at VitaDAO spent the last year onboarding contributors and making sure that the DAO works for them. From voting modalities to private key management to convincing our Discord bot that you’re a real human, a lot of details required and still require improvement. The biggest challenge, however, is to constantly remind ourselves not to take technology as a given, but to define from first principles what a DAO should look like to optimally enable our community to solve the problem of funding longevity research.
Beutel, VitaDAO
June 24, 2022 14:55 EST
LabDAO - let’s build an online research institute
LabDAO is an open, community-run network of wet & dry laboratory services to advance progress in the life sciences. By bringing together open scientific tools, teams and initial funding we want to build a home for inventors online.
Rindtorff, LabDAO
June 24, 2022 15:15 EST
Unitary Fund: experiments in public goods funding in quantum technologies
Unitary Fund is a non-profit that supports public goods funding in quantum technologies: quantum computing, quantum sensing, and quantum networks. We do three main things (1) run a microgrant program that has funded 50+ projects across 20+ countries (2) run an in house open source lab and (3) host the largest community of open source developers in the space. This talk will share our experience as a case study in public goods funding for deep tech. We will share what has and has not worked and discuss future directions.
Zeng, Unitary Fund
June 24, 2022 15:35 EST
10-minute break
June 24, 2022 15:45 EST
Scaling the Commons: Comprehensive advances and commons sins
Klein, Knowledge Futures Group
June 24, 2022 16:15 EST
Algorithms as Policy
Software provides structure and thus relative predictability for our online interactions. “Code is law” lends a sense of absoluteness to the specific procedures or incentives embedded in the software. I prefer “Algorithms as Policy” because it is commonly understood that policies may evolve in time in response to change in context. This talk explore the GitcoinDAO’s data science work on fraud detection from an Algorithms as Policy perspective with attention to the costs incurred, value created, and open questions about funding this ongoing work.
Zargham, BlockScience
June 24, 2022 16:45 EST
Fireside chat with Tim Roughgarden
Roughgarden, a16z
Benet, Protocol Labs
June 24, 2022 17:15 EST
Day 1 Closing Remarks & Reception
June 24, 2022 19:00 EST
End of Day 1
To be announced.
June 24, 2022 9:30 EST
Movement, Connection
June 24, 2022 10:00 EST
Welcome Remarks
June 24, 2022 10:05 EST
Using VC dollars to fund solutions to the world’s biggest problems
Madej, Fifty Years
June 24, 2022 10:30 EST
Catalyzing early, ambitious biotechnology efforts for planetary health
For the past three years, we have been building a synthetic biology community focused on tackling the biggest problems and opportunities in the face a changing climate. Now, drawing from gold standards of modern funding systems, we will share our design of a new support mechanism to initiate new, "big if true" projects that can fulfill biotechs potential impact to planetary health, ecosystem health and future infrastructure.
Daniel R
Goodwin, Homeworld
June 24, 2022 10:55 EST
Chutzpah for public goods
Silicon Valley is full of for-profit founders who charismatically launch thousands of new efforts every year. Can we bring dynamism to the creation of public goods?
Gamick, Convergent Research
June 24, 2022 11:15 EST
Ownership and Revenue in Scientific Discoveries: IP-NFTs
James Sinka will explain how IP-NFTs are changing the way scientist can mint their discoveries to own some of the upside of their work. Furthermore, crowdsourcing enables bigger problems to be tackled, and lets outside funders enjoy in the spoils of the scientific innovations developed!
Sinka, Orange DAO & VitaDAO
June 24, 2022 11:35 EST
10-minute break
June 24, 2022 11:45 EST
Decentralized investment structures for public goods and commons
Benet, Protocol Labs
June 24, 2022 12:05 EST
Regenerative ICOs & IPOs - moving from profit maxiization to regeneration while giving VC competitive returns.
Sauter, Memex
June 24, 2022 12:30 EST
Adaptive Finance -- Risk Adjusted Bonding Curves
The talk explores AlphaBonds’ use of Risk-adjusted Bonding Curves for financing real world outcomes with adaptive feedback loops.
Conway, IXO
June 24, 2022 12:50 EST
Lunch break
40-minute lunch break
June 24, 2022 13:30 EST
Funding Positive-Sum Goods
Distinctions between private, public, and common goods have always been blurred; technology only makes them more so. Providing the positive-sum rails necessary for collective progress (from research to information common to digital infrastructure like identity) requires both distinguishing between types of goods and appropriate provision, and remixing existing decision-making structures to maximize the collective good. In this talk, we discuss the history of boundaries between goods and providers, and lay out possibilities for the future.
Siddarth, Collective Intelligence Project
June 24, 2022 13:50 EST
Interoperable Grants 2.0
Moore, Gitcoin
Thrift, Gitcoin
June 24, 2022 14:10 EST
Hypercerts: on-chain primitives for impact markets
Dalrymple, Protocol Labs
June 24, 2022 14:35 EST
Unleashing Refi’s ecosystemic value
Casur, PrimeDAO
June 24, 2022 14:55 EST
Public goods: the long and short of it
Sauter, Memex
Moore, Gitcoin
Floersch, Optimism
Ng, Uniswap
Pop, Gitcoin
June 24, 2022 15:20 EST
“Regenerative by Design” – Creating Incentive Alignment Through Tokenomics for a world that works for all
June 24, 2022 16:05 EST
10-minute break
June 24, 2022 16:15 EST
Impact Certificates
June 24, 2022 17:00 EST
Closing Remarks
June 24, 2022 17:05 EST
End of Day
June 25, 2022 9:30 EST
Doors Open
Coffee, breakfast, social time
June 25, 2022 9:55 EST
Daily Kickoff / Welcome
Introduction and overview of Funding the Commons Day 2
June 25, 2022 10:05 EST
Democracy, Participation, and Mechanisms: What to do when participation is unrepresentative?
Democratic mechanisms -- standard voting, participatory budgeting, deliberative mechanisms, crowdsourcing -- seek to produce outcomes that "fairly" represent those who participated in the process, for some notion of "fair." However, a constant empirical fact across contexts is that voting population is unrepresentative of the "true" population. I detail resulting challenges and recent work to address them, including my own work in crowdsourcing ("311 systems) participation
Garg, Cornell
June 25, 2022 10:35 EST
Measurement Systems & Contributor Rewards
Zargham, BlockScience
Soskin, Govrn
Emmet, Commons Stack
Prof. Ellie
Rennie, RMIT
June 25, 2022 11:05 EST
15-minute break
June 25, 2022 11:20 EST
Web3 Commons Learning Tools
Shah, Tephra Labs
Mackinlay, Protocol Labs
Talwar, ETH Global
June 25, 2022 11:50 EST
A Collaborative Map of the Intelligent Cooperation Landscape
The Foresight Institute is building a living technology tree for collaborative mapping of knowledge, technologies, and open problems in the intelligent cooperation space. This talk showcases the visualisation software and data structures underlying the tech tree; the iterative process of building with collaborators; and the current prototype of the tree. We will also examine new ideas and theses that have emerged from mapping out relationships in the tree. Finally, we will discuss future use cases for the tech tree, including bounties and problem discovery.
Ying Tong
Lai, Electric Coin Company
June 25, 2022 12:10 EST
Towards Paretotopia: Visualizing Voluntarily Cooperation
Mark Miller (Agoric) is joined by Christine Peterson & Allison Duettmann of Foresight institute and Juan Benet (Protocol Labs) to map out how we can set up the right systems and actions to move ourselves towards a paretotopian future
Miller, Agoric
Duettmann, Foresight Institute
Peterson, Foresight Institute
Benet, Protocol Labs
June 25, 2022 12:40 EST
Lunch break
45-minute lunch break
June 25, 2022 13:25 EST
Blockchain Education as a public good
Unfortunately, popular books on blockchains contain a lot of information that just isn nott true. For instance, they tell the reader that blockchains like Bitcoin use encryption, that blockchains (by preventing double-spends) can guarantee the uniqueness of assets generally, and that decentralization is what prevents tampering with blockchain records. But we really need the general public to understand the basics of blockchain technology, for a few reasons: 1) the better they understand, the less likely they are to fall for scams, and 2) the better they understand, the more empowered they are to innovate and create new businesses and communities using their specialized non-blockchain knowledge. But this is a public goods problem, because it takes a significant amount of effort to educate, and educational efforts are subject to free-riding by competitor companies. However, I do not think the issue is insurmountable. We can incentivize knowledge in the general public by creating concrete, useful products that use individual "pieces" of blockchain technology, such as hashes, digital signatures, and tamper-evidence logs. When people get experience using these concrete products that help them in their everyday lives, they are much more likely to understand (and to want to understand) blockchains as a whole. I can explain what I have been building, and how I think other people can build similar concrete products.
Sills, Agoric
June 25, 2022 13:45 EST
Fluid Quadratic Finance: Cultivating Trust with a Flexible Public Goods Funding Model
Artizen’s mission is to radically expand support for the visionaries and problem-solvers who are building the world we want to live in. We do this with a transparent and participatory grant model that allows donors to directly support their values, with additional support for the grants that do the most good for the most people. In this talk, we will present a flexible model for public goods funding as well as an application of this model to the design of a continuous match funding mechanism for Artizen Grants.
Pinnell, Artizen
Katerman, Artizen
June 25, 2022 14:05 EST
Plural Markets and the Creative Uncertainty of Open Source
Open-source projects differ from private companies, because their product is a public good. On the other hand, open-source projects are very similar to private companies with respect to how they build their products. Both must manage their runway and make decisions in the face of persistent uncertainty in the surrounding environment. Unlike private companies, open-source projects lack flexible mechanisms for managing financing and risk. We highlight this problem and showcase strawman solutions, aiming to motivate critical attention to this gap.
Maymounkov, Protocol Labs
June 25, 2022 14:25 EST
15-minute break
June 25, 2022 14:40 EST
Peer review as a public good
Overview of the history, challenges, and opportunities for peer review
Zhu, Atoms.org
June 25, 2022 15:00 EST
Research Roadmapping with Discourse Graphs — mapping out investments in scientific public goods
Kirsanow, Protocol Labs
June 25, 2022 15:20 EST
Standards in the Real World
What we can learn from the standardization movements of the early 1900s.
Lang, Experiment Foundation
June 25, 2022 15:40 EST
Privacy as a commons in web3 -- where we are and where we can go
Web3 today sits on a knife’s edge where developers increasingly have to decide whether to include off-chain user data into their products. "Can I take on an email or phone number? Do I build UX beyond a users wallet and on-chain data? How can we juggle privacy needs with the promise of interoperability web3 brings us? What can we learn from web2 privacy and what tools make web3 uniquely exciting in avoiding a privacy commons tragedy?
Stern, Privy
June 25, 2022 16:00 EST
Network futures for the Earth-Moon System
Work is underway by major space agencies and commercial operators to establish networking around the Moon. These lunar networks will underpin human and robotic exploration, and eventually socio-political activities. This talk will introduce the requirement and conditions for networks around the Moon, and specific opportunities to think anew about foundational questions of architecture and design. I will also discuss why this is an important moment to avoid "splinternets" between geopolitical rivals, and ensure lunar networking is established and protected as a commons—much like space itself.
Kate, Open Lunar Foundation
June 25, 2022 16:20 EST
June 25, 2022 16:40 EST
June 25, 2022 18:40 EST
End of Day 2
June 25, 2022 10:00 EST
The Public and Its Problems: On finding local solutions to global problems
To be announced.
Moore, Gitcoin
June 25, 2022 10:45 EST
15-minute break
June 25, 2022 11:00 EST
How Soulbound Tokens Can Make Quadratic Funding More Pluralistic
To be announced.
Erichsen, Gitcoin
June 25, 2022 11:45 EST
15-minute break
June 25, 2022 12:00 EST
Scaling public goods funding
To be announced.
Natanzon, Gitcoin
June 25, 2022 12:15 EST
15-minute break
June 25, 2022 12:30 EST
New Applications for Quadratic Funding
To be announced.
O’Day, Gitcoin
June 25, 2022 13:00 EST
15-minute break
June 25, 2022 13:15 EST
Scoping potential future public goods
To be announced.
Klein, Knowledge Futures Group
June 25, 2022 14:00 EST
15-minute break
June 25, 2022 14:15 EST
3 Design Thinking Practices For The Commons
To be announced.
Yeh, Fansi Me Inc
June 25, 2022 14:45 EST
15-minute break
June 25, 2022 15:00 EST
Panvala: A Mass Movement to Fund the Commons
To be announced.
Babalola, Panvala
June 25, 2022 15:45 EST
15-minute break
June 25, 2022 16:00 EST
Playfulness and Lifelong Learning in DAOs
To be announced.
Canter, Gitcoin
June 25, 2022 17:00 EST
Event Close
Event Information

This Funding the Commons took place at the New-York Historical Society

New-York Historical Society

170 Central Park West

New York, NY 10024

New York City & State COVID policy did apply - we asked that attendees were considerate of others and exercised additional caution to self-assess for any potential symptoms.
The New-York Historical Society is New-York's oldest museum. Located on the edge of Central Park in New York's Museum District, the venue hosts a library, exhibits, and educational programs for the public.
Venue Access
Access is available from the street on Central Park West, and can be easily reached by the A,B,C subway lines.

Further details for on-site registration to be updated closer to event.

**Venue is fully ADA compliant and accessible to all visitors.

Funding the Commons is an ongoing series - previous speakers have included Juan Benet (Protocol Labs), Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum), Karl Floersch (Optimism), Jaan Taalin (Future of Life Institute & CSER), Tom Kalil (Schmidt Futures) and many others.

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