TribO gift economy app
Created by Lu Andro.
I'm a Designer in Alto Paraíso De Goiás, Brazil. I'm currently freelancing.
TribO is an app for facilitating and managing gift economic relations of exchange, thus assisting the shift from a scarcity and money based system to an abundance one. The main goal of this app to to bring people together through economic relations that money power relations have been destroying throughout the centuries.
The famous communications theorist Marshall McLuhan once noted that with electronic communications, humanity would retribilize. Meaning that we would become less individualistic and go back to being community driven. Thus the famous term: global village. And this new form of social structuring will greatly effect the way we approach economic relations.
Together we create great abundance, but it is the difficulties brought by monetary relations of exchange that cut our access to the plenty, thus creating scarcity.
Our system of economic relations was based mainly on the story of barter; a myth Adam Smith played a great role in spreading to such a point, it now became common sense. It is basically the old story we've all heard that before money people used to exchange 30 chickens for a cow. But, if you wanted to have a cow, your neighbor would have to want something you had, at the exact moment, and with the exact quantity that would equal to his cow. Wouldn't that be very difficult? Duh! That's why money was invented! Was it really?
Let me tell another version of the story. You want a cow, but your neighbour wants nothing you have at the moment. He simply gives you the cow, and you feel obligated to return the favour. Whenever you have something your neighbour wants, you give him, and slowly but surely you return what you received.
Now, what makes more sense? Creating an elaborate financial system to make possible for you to get your neighbour's cow, alienating the fact that you have social relations with him. Or simply accepting the cow as a gift and strengthening your social bonds?
I'm a developer and designer myself, but I don't have that much expertise in creating web apps. I would really appreciate help with tuning up the UI, UX and with developing the app.
Release the manifesto that unites the ideas behind the project
Release final UI and UX designs for community feedback
Release code and design as open source to be incorporated by communities around the world