That's very kind and generous of you Brian. Thank you so much! I'll be very curious to hear your take on the whole experience, and if you have any feedback for us at any point, please have a low-threshold for reaching out to me. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks Kate. We just underwent a soft-launch with friends and family about ten days ago, and so far, without too much recruitment effort we have 80+ registered to participate in the inaugural round. For this first cycle, we really want to iterate and improve upon the user experience before undertaking any major outreach campaign.
We do not expect, in the first few cycles, to fully fund any proposed projects. The winning organizations will simply receive the pooled resources as an unrestricted gift. For now, we are not as concerned with evaluating the success of the projects although that is prominently featured in our long-term plan. Offhand, we believe that once we have 5-10k users, we will be able to do something substantial as a collective group.
Immediate next steps for Shared Nation include running the inaugural round in April, iterating on the user experience, seeking additional funding/capital, and building out our team.
Thanks for your question, Akeukereke. Shared Nation is indeed meant to be a global initiative, and we hope to eventually make the platform easily accessible in all countries.
For winning projects that are location based, we are working on designing innovative ways to allow individuals to remotely contribute to the winning projects. Similar, perhaps, to how Mechanical Turk works, though it's still very much a component of the technology that we need to think through.