Community OS 

a community driven social currency on blockchain
Complex Barter
community currency

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CommunityOS Phase 1: The Callicoon Project
The Callicoon Project focuses on bringing greater technological and social connectivity to the community of Sullivan County, NY. It is a stakeholder centric, research driven community engagement initiative to define value for a community operating system.

Overall Goal: Increase Community Connectedness, Improve Health and Happiness

Health is a byproduct of a healthy system. The most compelling evidence to begin the Callicoon project is the inequality present. In order to impact human health, all of the community systems must be considered. All connections and value must be reimagined. We believe a successful community project will be realized when the health of the community is apparent.

Callicoon is a small hamlet in the larger community of Sullivan County. When comparing the counties in New York, Sullivan county ranks 61st out of 62 in health outcomes and 60th for condition of health factors — health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2014). There is a recent influx of money from New York City by the way of weekend homes and visitors, and telecommuters living part-time. This has increased the property taxes but done little in terms of added value for the community. This poses a difficult balance: One of the unhealthiest communities grows much of the food for New York City, but sees none of the benefit. Food is one of the most powerful determinants of health.  This inequity is grounded and tangible — and thus a ripe opportunity for positive transition. With health-centric goals, we will cultivate a community operating system that increases the possibility of connection and cooperation.

The goal of the Callicoon project is to systematically implement blockchain into the community of Sullivan County using Callicoon as a nexus point. Looking from a pure science perspective, we aim to observe what is necessary and sufficient for the system to exist. By including these two criteria, we will introduce only what is needed, and allow all else to evolve organically. The outcome is a community operating system. One that the community controls and manages. One that incorporates layers of value to create a cooperative economy.

Current Status
The project is currently developing a resource bank built on a blockchain network. The resource bank is a complex barter system.

This goal is to increase connectedness between people in the community and increase possibility for local collaboration. The system will allow community members to input items that one has and would like to share as resources, and to exchange value in the form of a social currency. The adoption process of the technology will be the next step once the web based platforms are up and running. We expect this to be a brick and mortar, physical process of adoption. There will be community hubs to sign people up in person, help them to understand how to utilize the system, and collect feedback on the desired goal of community connectedness. 

The Future of CommunityOS

This model can be replicated and implemented in many different cultures and geographies, adapted to the needs and desires of the communities in each. The intention is to begin to work with aligned community members in other regions when interest is expressed. We aim to place power of governance of resources in the hands of the community. Therefore we will implement only what is necessary and sufficient, and we will assist with training the community to make our own presence unnecessary in the future.  As we begin to link together these working models of the future, the research expands into collective governance and management between and amongst the communities.

Collaborators

ENGN (engine) School - Project Oriented, Investigative Learning
The Callicoon Weigh Station and Silos, LLC
Thomas John Bosket and Isaac Green Diebboll, Chief Investigators

Advisors:

  • Scott David, Director, Policy, Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC), University of Washington Applied Physics Lab

  • Sarah Kessler, University of Kansas Medical Center Professor; PhD John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health