What is the Stamp?
The Stamp is a project contribution and management system. In terms of logic, it is a social protocol for micro-contracts. It is conceived, and will evolve, to use a decentralised architecture that is designed to run without central servers or infrastructure. Eventually.
It's early days, and we're taking things gently as our user base needs to get into the process first, and we want to get the governance right so we don't end up like Twitter where we're obviously basic infrastructure but investors want us to be an advertising company. But our vision is that the stamp will document project activity in a cryptographically secure chain of work. From right away, it will frame individual and group contributions into distinctive (and often multiple) identities. It fosters a new style of contribution and attribution by encouraging these identities to flourish and develop chains of stamps.
The Stamp was launched on the 7 November 2016, the eve of the 2016 US Presidential election, and was conceived in the UK, "between the times" – the period between the Brexit vote (when the British realised things were getting weird) and the US election (when everyone else did). The Stamp addresses the problem that people are being forced to work according to quite narrow definitions, by people designing software, or financial systems. In the Stamp team and community we do mostly love computers, but we realise that how we work and interact is primarily a social function, not an anti-social one. The Stamp aims to reverse the trend towards the dominance of technocrats and financiers over artistic and creative groups. Frankly, if creative, artistic people can flourish economically and productively on their own terms, we won't find people quite so at each other's throats.
Yes, but why else now?
Technology's reached a really interesting point, in the second half of the '10s. People have been wrestling with their sense of identity, and how to project it, for centuries. But for at least the ten years since the invention of the modern smartphone, there has been unprecedented pressure on people to explain who they are. Frankly it's a bit exhausting, as for most understanding themselves is a lifelong journey. Instead the Stamp helps people get on and focus on projecting certain values through less personal brands, things that relate more to how they work with others. They can develop something jointly with a few other people and refine that. We think we're onto something, and we think our members will too.
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