Proof of Community


Problem to be Solved: How to help the under-staked and un-staked communities to get stakes.

The importance of stakes is bigger now, as Ethereum moves to staked universe and economy. We may end up with the similar (legacy centralized economy) imbalances if the on ramps or gateways to the crypto universe is heavily dependent on fiat to be converted.

Stakes are voices and votes, and life and power. Without it, the individuals will not be able to fully participate in the Earth 2.0

The core value proposition thesis:

Is there a need for Proof of Community? Well:

  • There are many projects targeting various aspects of the uns and unders (banked; lacking identifications). But all or most of the protocols are all designed on the individual or person basis.
  • There is a huge amount of solutions related to individuals – identity, attention monetization, exchanging data, profile, attention for value – thus, there must be a similar value and needs, and business opportunity for community basis.
  • The community could be more efficient way to target or deliver services vs. the individuals.
  • Examples of community or group are:
    • A village on the banks of the Amazon river, the various crypto communities
    • A church, a social-identity group (gun-rights, LGBT, etc.); cardiologists; pilots. (There are some 20,000 categories or identifying classifications in the US direct marketing industry, e.g. as granular as some “1,000-single engine licensed pilots in the state of Wyoming”, etc.)


  • The community subject is hugely varied – e.g. there are some 20,000 direct marketing list (US market alone), and each household is being tracked by some 200 categories (education, single or family, type of vehicles, income, etc.) – thus, the founding organization to focus on the above problem and building the protocol framework, then let the rest of the world build their own tools on the protocol.
  • Proofing itself is challenging technically and in terms of use cases or applications: The proofing ground rules – would it be on some type of mathematical proofs (technical based); or oracle; or….? (If technical, then the village would be harder to Proof.)

Ideas for the project and protocols:

  1. The core
    1.1. ID or identification. (Vs. the individual identity, etc.)
    1.2. The About: Profile. Persona. Skills. The Classifications or attributes – which is what the Payers are seeking.
    1.3. The business model, use cases and the stakeholders.
    1.3.1. The classifications. The attributes which are of value to the greater world. Now, this can be hugely complex to sort out.
  2. “Proofing” mechanisms.
    2.1. The process for engaging with the community or group. (Vs. the individual).
  3. It’s a big world. If we choose to focus on the first Problem – to help the edges to earn the stakes; then, we can build to that as the mission.
  4. Then let the rest of the world build their own use cases on top of the platform. For example, a community of Rh-negative (blood type) would be valuable to certain types of researchers and solution providers.
    My information: Michael //


Are you proposing a particular mechanism for someone to prove that they are part of a community? Or would the idea be that each community would just be a list of accounts that agree to some mechanism for determining membership and then that mechanism would attest to what the members are (which could be as simple as one-account-already-in-the-set-one-vote or something more complex)?

I think this is where a large part of the difficulty is.


Yes to both.

One is a push by the individual (or preferably by the service/protocol that they being attested by) and the other is a pull by the market, both ought be utilized. But, the pull could be faster and more practical to deploy and commercialize. There are lot of complexities and conjectures ATM.

Push by the individuals or by their services:
There must be multiple ways for the “particular mechanism for someone to prove” membership in a community. One is that a standardize method is created where: as the data (academic, medical, professional, etc.) of a particular individual is created and those are relied upon a proofs. (E.g. by the current identity solutions; and those that are working on a decentralized mechanisms for university degrees accreditations.) Then, the database can be made available – either opt-in basis or non-personal identifiable basis (e.g. to a BRAVE wallet). The project would try to create the mechanism whereby the “hooks or tags” to such data can be standardized to the ecosystem.

Pull by the Asker or Market:
For the “to some mechanism for determining membership and then that mechanism would attest” – it would be something more complex. Here, the “one-account-already-in-the-set-one-vote” would not be of interest, that would be up to the higher level services. I think what I am after is a to append the “proof of concept” to be parallel to or right below the individual identity protocols, so that: to solve the problem of more efficiently targeting, identifying, and engaging a group or community.

There are say, two top needs or use cases to target:
The first is based on a premise that for business uses a community is easier to target and engage vs. individually. A multi-sided marketplace could be created where Payers seek a particular community, and the individuals proof their belonging. I am not sure if this would be more economically efficient in the industrialized markets such as USA where there are the some 20,000 categories to be rented in direct marketing lists (e.g. American Express offers access to their cardholders, Time magazine subscribers, etc.) However, a trustless model for determining and being able to engage a community or a group is what I am trying to propose.

The second is that a significant portion of the world’s population is both unidentified and the individuals’ attributes are not categorized in a usable form for commercial uses or other types of engagement with the industrialized world.

For both, the quid pro quo exchange would be data (passively and actively), attention and time/work.

To help with the approach and the mechanisms - we could combine expertise and opinions from the three fields of tokenomics, the traditional demographics and advertising space, and the new decentralized commerce models such BAT and the identity providers such as CIVIC. And the implementation objectives could be two: for the blockchain commerce uses or the marketplaces; and a model for the under-developed people, villages, regions to somehow be categorized into communities which can be then engaged for commerce to earn stakes or be to be more serviceable by the greater worldwide community.