Enough with the book reviews, already. Let’s get back to our design study.
Where were we? Oh yeah, Xpertweb: Peer-to-Peer viral microeconomy meme intended to attract loyal adherents by an unprecedented even-handed transaction protocol with superior open source e-commerce protocols, delivered using the subversive strong attractor developed by the open source movement – actually doing what it purports to do. Make the tool simple enough to use that your neighborhood butcher, baker and candlestick-maker can use real e-commerce. You know, like those burka-selling women in Afghanistan and Iraq:
Oh. Had I left that last part out? The Xpert Web is based on the formula described in the HumanTech story on September 28. At HumanTech, each employee trained other employees who trained other employees, etc., and they all were graded by their clients for every temp assignment and were paid fees based on the population. Our hero Jeff Greenberg worked there for about 5 years and earned as much as $42,000 per month before management dismembered their Golden Goose.
Xpertweb is designed around the same algorithm with a twist: there’s no central accounting system to spread the money around. Instead, it depends on the aggregate actions of peers communicating with each other – an open resource analogy to the communal activities behind the open source software movement.
Carrot Yes, Stick No
Xpertweb proposes to decentralize what has never been done without a central accounting system. It’s designed to inspire, not direct the movement of money among peers according to a set of published protocols.
Can it Work?
The design question is whether the web of promises so woven moves money as reliably as your average managed accounting system, dependent as it is on nothing more than the promises of its participants.
If you believe that most people are as effective (when their actions are public) at moving money when promised as are managers of accounting systems, then you have a bias for the Xpertweb protocols.