Discord too chaotic? Forums too slow? Teams and Slack too corporate? Unhappy with existing community infrastructure, a man named Florian Glatt is trying to revolutionize communities with his project Common Ground. In the second episode of the Web3 on Fire podcast, Florian joins host Rob from Ambire to discuss the future of Web3 and the role of Common Ground in this evolving landscape.
Watch the video recording below:
The Journey to Web3
Florian, a lawyer by trade, shared his journey into Web3, initially drawn by the allure of Bitcoin and later captivated by the emergence of Ethereum. The idea of user-owned platforms and protocols, a new kind of internet and coordination data for the world, fascinated him. This fascination led him to contribute to the space both as a lawyer and a software developer.
Common Ground: A Social Network for the 21st Century
As Florian explained, Common Ground is a social network for the 21st century. It's a platform that combines the best of Web1, Web2, and Web3, offering a space for real-time communication, blogging, and newsfeeds. The platform is designed to reverse the flow of how work in Web3 is currently happening, allowing contributors to work across organizations, carrying their reputation and contributions with them.
The Importance of Identity
One of the key features of Common Ground is its approach to identity. Florian emphasized that identity is layered and charismatic, meaning that individuals can have different identities in different contexts. Common Ground offers users a minimal viable identity, which can be enhanced by choosing a username, adding a proof of humanity certificate, accruing reputation, or connecting a wallet with valuable tokens.
The Role of Communities
Florian also discussed the role of communities in Common Ground. Communities are their own entities on the platform, and they can choose their own identity system. They can also decide what level of trust is required for users to post and engage in the community.
The Future of Common Ground
Looking ahead, Florian shared that Common Ground is constantly evolving and improving. He hinted at upcoming changes to Common Ground's profile feature, which will focus more on telling a personal story through the work contributors have done.
In conclusion, the conversation between Rob and Florian offered a fascinating glimpse into the future of work in the Web3 space. As platforms like Common Ground continue to evolve and integrate with other tools, the way we work and contribute to projects is set to change dramatically. The future of work is decentralized, and it's closer than we think.
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