Tibet Sprague

Project/Organization
Role
Description
A free, open source platform for social coordination, designed to help communities and organizations cooperate better both internally and with each other.
💫 Your brief bio
Communitarian technologist for good, and a passionate evangelist of the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible. I have been an entrepreneur and software developer since I was a teenager. After watching the corporate industrial complex corrupt, co-opt or destroy everything I ever built I co-founded the Terran Collective 4 years ago to create a container to do our work in a way that would prevent this from happening. Our mission is to figure out how humans can cooperate fully at every level with each other and the earth. Currently my main focus is leading the development of Hylo - the social coordination platform for a thriving planet!
Stage
Early StageEstablished
Location
Berkeley, CA, USA
Timezone
Pacific Standard Time GMT-8:00
😁 Fun fact
I never graduated from high school, I "unschooled" instead
E2C Vision
Goal for going through this process is to figure out our medium/long term plan for Hylo being community owned and governed. Focusing on around a 1 year timeline for now. At this time Hylo is a functioning product with some early adopter users, call it a Beta. It is open source and free of any investor commitments. We have been funding ourselves through partnerships with orgs who want to use Hylo and see it succeed and are down to pay for development of specific features (ones we want to build anyway). We have a for-profit LLC and a fiscally sponsored non-profit, both working on Hylo. We have also launched a crowdfunding campaign for the non-profit right now. The 1 year vision: - Hylo is a thriving platform with 1000s of happy communities/organizations using it and enough funding for a years of runway - We have started down the path of financial sustainability and stability through ongoing/recurring donations to the platform from various stakeholders. - We have a devoted team working full-time on Hylo of 10-15 people. - The open source ecosystem helping build Hylo is significant and active - We have figured out the best legal structure for Hylo that enables/supports community ownership and governance in some way or form and have implemented it (or at least started to.) - The stakeholders of Hylo (users, builders, funders) all feel ownership and ability to influence the direction Hylo takes. - We have figured out a structure whereby resources for developing Hylo flow to those involved in helping design and build it in a way that gets people excited to be involved and feeling fairly compensated for their efforts. - We have a board of directors that includes diverse stakeholders representing various communities involved - users of Hylo, funders, developers... - There are effective, active sociocratic circles holding different aspects of developing Hylo (design, development, marketing/storytelling, etc.) that include diverse representation and community involvement. - We have community decision making forums/councils on certain important topics/questions that gather input from a wide range of stakeholders - We have a well design technical and social infrastructure for collaboration that is accessible and understandable whereby people can input their ideas and see them included and considered in the process for deciding how the platform continues to develop.
Status
Featured
Time in operation
Commitment
Again, the legal/ownership structure, and the funding model.
E2C journey so far
Loved the idea from Ampled to put aside 10% of revenue for a contributor trust, to eventually pay people back for their contributions. From Astrid: have a golden share in the co-op, such that if ever the co-owners wanted to demutualize (break it apart for sale), shareholder needs to approve Exploring the "unit economics" framing was interesting. Mostly its been real helpful to set aside time to think through all these topics for Hylo. I appreciate the flow of each session to think through the various pieces involved in community stewardship.
E2C journey ahead
We need to figure out the ideal medium and long term legal structure for Hylo. We want it to be a not for profit with some amount/kind of collective ownership and governance. Perhaps some kind of non-profit / for-profit hybrid, perhaps with the for-profit majority owned by the non-profit to keep it long term on mission. But what about a coop? ... We also need to figure out how to best bring in funding (in the short term) that won't cause issues with moving towards this longer term structure, and in fact will help us get there. Current short-term plan is to find a super aligned philanthropist who wants to join us in deep partnership and will fund the non-profit.