The CryptoCommons movement will “go back to earth”


As members of a global movement, each CryptoCommoner is taking their slice of the world to conduct a daring experiment aimed at reversing the process of capitalist confinement. They use technology to develop new models of collective asset governance to help humanity manage and restore our shared social and ecological systems.

I met Ishan Shapiro in Costa Rica a few weeks ago but had heard about his project,, a month earlier. Tall and thin with a slightly unruly beard, he is a handsome person and a perfect embodiment of the CryptoCommons movement. Shapiro is the founder of Future Scouts, a 21st century scouting organization for learners of all ages, and he is currently organizing the purchase and development of a landmark property, a large nature-based campus on the West Coast.

Shapiro envisions a future in which has campuses across the United States and overseas, each a hub for regenerative cultivation experiences, “We would like to help catalyze a global land stewardship movement. at the base that respects the land, its indigenous peoples, and the well-being of current and future generations. He explained that “to do this, we cannot subscribe to the same extractive ownership and profit models that we have been, but develop new economic vehicles for regenerative culture. This is what our first $CAMPus will be an experiment in – a gathering place for groups to prototype practical models of decentralized governance, regenerative culture and collective potential.

The CryptoCommons

When you ask a CryptoCommoner to explain why the world is moving sideways, it always comes back to the problem of extractive profit – stealing the commons. One of my favorite expressions is that Capital is simply still life and alienated labor. The CryptoCommons movement exists to solve this meta-problem of the economic relationship between people and our planet, and for people to demonstrate new standards of basic governance and management of the next economy.

What makes a CryptoCommons is the use of distributed technologies to cryptographically secure a commons in an alternative framework to “ownership”. Land is an important part of the commons, just like energy, production, water, air, health, etc. Understanding and respecting the rights of nature is at the heart of the CryptoCommons. According to the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, “The rights of nature are the recognition that our ecosystems – including trees, oceans, animals, mountains – have rights just as human beings have rights. …Rather than treating nature as property under law, Rights of Nature recognizes that nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its life cycles. It is the holistic recognition that all life, all ecosystems on our planet are deeply connected.

What is

This first land purchase will serve as the cornerstone for a broader network of micro-campuses and nature-based campuses for self-directed learning, regenerative community and economic empowerment.

The network will be governed as a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), which will purchase, develop and manage the campuses. Stewardship Councils will be comprised of citizen stewards, staff, organizational partners, volunteers, individuals and special guest facilitators, and may also include community stakeholders who have access to campus on an ad hoc basis.

Within CAMP DAO, they are creating multi-currency and mutual credit systems, starting with a dual token system of $CAMP and $CAMP NFT. The Camp Token ($CAMP) is their initial fundraising mechanism and common unit of exchange within the campus network. $CAMP is an ERC-20 token on the Ethereum blockchain created via a smart contract on the DAO platform.

Members of the network will be able to purchase campus-specific non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that serve as an expression of local campus membership and roles within the network. NFT holders will be able to participate in decision-making and governance. For example, they will have a say in developing facilities that add value to the land and the people who use it, funding regenerative projects on campuses, and learning activities and events there. take place. was the first project I came across using the old concept of “usufruct”

The $CAMP DAO collectively holds land assets under management through a Nondominium, which is an innovative emerging legal framework for the commons. It allows participants to pool resources by transferring ownership of the assets to a custodian (in this case, the DAO), in exchange for rights of use, usufruct, revenue, and decision-making over the resources in proportion to their relative contribution to the resource pool. and its further development. was the first project I came across using the old concept of “usufruct”, referring to the right to use and enjoy the benefits of a domain or other thing owned by others, without altering its substance. Usufruct appears as early as the Code of Hammurabi, and more recently Thomas Jefferson was a proponent of usufruct, and stated in a letter to John Madison, stating, “The Earth belongs in usufruct to the living.”

Shapiro is expressing a fundamental tenet of the CryptoCommons movement when he tells me that the mainstream crypto-capitalist economy and culture is unfair, extractive, and overly speculative: “If you don’t have crypto, you can still participate in $CAMP DAO ! Although we raise capital through cryptocurrency, it is not the only way to join Crypto Commons $CAMP and become a $CAMPER”. He went on to explain that they “design ways for all individuals to participate directly, economically and recreationally, in the benefits of ecological stewardship. We want to provide opportunities for everyone, especially those in marginalized communities, to be co-founders of a global movement to steward the land and maintain access to nature for generations to come.

There is currently an open token sale on Juicebox. To reward these early early backers, they are offering a 12.5% ​​discount on the first round of funding and any future raises through Juicebox. They set the token bond curve at 60% as an incentive to HODL your $CAMP, not cash out immediately.

“We have created a dual token system of $CAMP and $CAMP NFT. In our Phase I funding round, $CAMP operates as an initial reservation of a ‘membership’ tier in the $CAMP DAO. will set aside money on our first $CAMPus By participating in our first round of funding, you reserve your membership level via the NFTs and can secure your stays, summer camps, retreats, workshops and events in our flagship $CAMPus for 2023 and beyond at a reduced price.

They prefer to call it KYC (know your community) and Shapiro takes his commitment to the community seriously: “Since ours will be a hybrid digital and physical community inclusive of all ages, ethnicities and genders, we are committed to maintaining the security of $ Campus. »

They raise funds from a diverse community ranging from other non-profit organizations to individuals choosing alternative lifestyles that represent a radical departure from conventional consumer society; educators and lovers of mother nature; to farmers and manufacturers to lifelong learners of all ages.

All contributions of at least 0.05 eth to the Phase I Token Sale will receive $CAMPer Founder NFTs at the contribution level, as well as the first registration fee for $CAMPus NFTs representing on-campus residency lighthouse for an initial period, based on their level of contribution.

Shapiro anticipates issues with the creation of a speculative financial token in the DNA of the Crypto Commons $CAMP DAO, “We will not execute DAO decision-making based on a single-token governance mechanism. We encourage all participants in our Phase I token round to view the Crypto Commons $CAMP DAO as a scalable experiment in collaborative governance – not a financial investment.

Finally, if you’re wondering if you’ll be able to earn merit badges like when you were in the Boys and Girls Scouts, the answer is YES! “The opportunity to earn $CAMP badges will be offered to all $CAMP holders to recognize their contributions to our shared mission.”

Clearly Shapiro earned his CryptoCommoner badge with this project.


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