This post is adapted from a recent rant in my e-newsletter Web 3.0 Weekly. Subscribe here to get it in your inbox every Sunday.
We urgently need to fix our commons, starting with our understanding of what one is in the first place.
As in many things, Wikipedia is by no means the final word on this question but does provide a pretty good starting point. Here is their definition of a commons, with some added emphasis of my own:
“The commons is the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society, including natural materials such as air, water, and a habitable earth. …
Fans of the Telos blockchain, like those of any other crypto platform, tend to be passionate about its technical features, the importance of decentralization in general, and similar high-level principles. We’re out to change the world, after all.
That said, if the goal is to drive adoption among newcomers, it’s vital to show, not just tell, why Telos is so awesome. One of the best ways to do that is highlighting cool decentralized apps (or “dapps”) that people can use on their phones or laptops right now, all running on the Telos chain.
Here are six such examples, with links so you can check them out yourself. Each of these dapps leverages the Telos network’s fast transactions, governance structure, and other features in its own truly unique…
I feel like a palate cleanser is in order after my rant yesterday about digital paywalls for local news. On a more hopeful note, here are some alternatives I see as more promising: