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Introducing nep.work

risavkarna profile image Risav ・3 min read

nep.work in a nutshell

We are a community that develops omni-channel platforms for sales and delivery of services through work contract exchanges and pre-purchases.

Think of us as an ecommerce platform for trading service agreements and insurances (eg for event organization and logistics) instead of products and as a hospitality platform operational at every accessible venue instead of a particular location (eg hotel, stadium, hospital, website, app etc).

Omni-channel

A single channel, physical or digital, is not always enough for modern ecommerce and high frequency transactions. Neither is a basic multichannel strategy. For every nep.work trading agreement related interactions between providers and consumers, we strive to bring together all available digital and physical real estate, payment gateways and logistical solutions. As we will have a singular (but distributed) functional core, these various interaction points for the market will always be in synchrony and harmony with each other. That said we will still have service providers with brick and mortar shops and traditional online catalog-sales style webshops and apps.

Platform

Our sole product and exclusive service is the work exchange platform and its customer support program respectively. We have a foundational infrastructure for a contractualist service exchange, with or without money, backed by immutable, reliable and publicly verifiable structures such as blockchain and in-memory merkle trees. The platform also has formal and socio-technical mechanisms to verify proof of work (PoW) for a given fulfilled contract. A verified PoW can be used for adding a new block of data to our blockchain and related persistence systems.

Sales and Delivery

Our services can be sold as contracts, insurances and barter agreements. When money is involved, the transactions can be made using local payment channels or our on-delivery cash service. Payments in kind or barter may be included before, during and after the delivery as per the specific Trading Agreement (TAg). We also have logistics partners and will soon announce a unified access API and SDK for our TAg management, payments and delivery.

Work Exchange

Our work exchange platform goes beyond a freelancer network for posting and grabbing project offers. After a service request or offer is posted, there is either an open or closed negotiation between the provider and consumer parties. Optionally, an auction of the type chosen by the author of the post may be created to bypass negotiations and find optimum pricing options without involving senile Walrasians.
Work exchange also enables us to remain self-organizing and self-preserving. We have learnt from similar communities on web and throughout history and created a public reputation based trust system. Providing such services in itself is a part of our work exchange program. For every project, the project's team may have various developers, artists, sponsors, volunteers, reviewers and even the audience itself due to our democratized innovation and feedback mechanisms. Membership in certain negative interest rate service provider communities can help offset your monthly income in case it dips below your baseline. Similar 'buffer financing' or insurance services also exist for the projects the nepwork community works on. Finally most communities and work groups have a meta group which is responsible for critical reviews and future roadmaps of the group.

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