We are shaping Hylo to be a tool that amplifies cooperation among people working to regenerate our communities and our planet. We're optimizing for helping communities rebuild relationships and strengthen trust, which is key to coherent collective sensemaking, choice-making, and action. This scaffolding will help communities transition out of the extractive economy and into a regenerative one. We’ll measure our success by the level of real-world impact generated by collaborations on Hylo, and whether the communities using it are thriving.
Hylo has a unique holonic architecture: communities nested inside networks, with the ability to coordinate across them. Coordinating across communities and networks is critical, because no one group can regenerate the planet single-handedly. With multiple communities working together to achieve a common goal, everyone benefits from more resources, more expertise and energy to share, and more diverse perspectives - ultimately leading to more regenerative outcomes.
We are building Hylo as a tech commons, forever open source and free to use. The platform will run as a non-profit, and be resourced long-term through donations and transaction tips. Over time, we will transition it to a platform coop, with governance open to all stakeholders. We are doing this work for the next seven generations, operating according to our principles of transparency, data sovereignty, interoperability, inclusivity, relationship-centered design, and collective stewardship. Our partnership with Holo will make it easy to fully decentralize Hylo by porting it to Holochain when that ecosystem is ready.
As an open source tech commons, Hylo is a shared co-creation. We invite you - Hylo community members, friends, stakeholders in a world that work for all - to join us in helping this platform realize its full potential. Here’s how you can help.
We are growing our community of developers excited to contribute to this project. Check out the codebase here and reach out at email@example.com if you have energy to give to building this platform.
Is your group using Hylo, or you would like to, and there are specific features you’d like to see? Let’s start a conversation about partnering to co-create the features you need to do your work. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you’re envisioning.
Join the conversation in our Hylo community, Building Hylo. We want to learn what you need in a coordination platform and your ideas for how we build it.
Here’s what we want to build next to serve our community. Alongside each feature, you’ll see an energy estimate for the total time and money it would take for a team of product designers and developers to complete the feature, because we want to give you transparency into what it takes to build software. We calculate these estimates using an hourly rate of $62.50, which is a non-profit rate well below market rate for this work in the Bay Area.
We are raising funds as a whole, and also on a per-feature basis with aligned partner organizations. We’ve successfully tested this model by co-creating the geographic map through our partnership with the Bionutrients Food Association, and we are partnering with Pacific Integral to carry out a number of usability improvements and updates to the mobile apps.
If you see a feature you’d like to support, please let us know. To get involved in designing it, building it, or funding it, please reach out at email@example.com.
Hylo has a unique network architecture: communities nested inside networks, creating shared conversation and making coordination between groups possible.
Extending holonic architecture to create fractal groups that allow people to coordinate at many scales. We plan to add two additional coordination layers: pods, representing smaller groups, and movements, large-scale values-aligned groups of people and organizations who are trying to create major social change together. Coordinating between communities and networks is critical, because no one group can regenerate the planet single-handedly.
We've released the first version of a geographic map to visualize the location of resources, requests, offers, events, members, and communities. There is a lot more to do to help community members understand both the social and ecological landscapes they’re a part of.
Draw/Import custom geospatial data Allowing users to draw or import geographic information adds another dimension to the map. Beyond just pinpointing a location with an address, this would allow users to show areas of land stewardship, the range of plant and animal species, and other features of their territory. This feature will create a vibrant tapestry of bioregional information on Hylo.
Global Public Directory
We’ve released the first version of a public directory, through a public map view that shows any public posts or communities that are open to join.
Community search page In addition to the public map, we’ll create a page where people can discover or search for communities they’d like to join. This is a huge upgrade for Hylo, which up until now has been invite-only like Slack. Each community that chooses to be publicly discoverable will also have an About page to share information about the community with prospective members.
Collective Project Management
We currently have basic project functionality that groups team members to discuss the task at hand.
Enhanced projects featuring cross-network coordination, with roles, tasks with due dates, project boards, and assignments.
The transition to a world that works for all will take everything we’ve got. If we are going to evolve as a species, we need to coordinate like never before, and to do that, we’ll need a radical new coordination platform. To build it, we need you.
Are you in?