PIG: Enabling Sustainable Development of Public Goods

  1. Title

PIG: Enabling Sustainable Development of Public Goods

  1. Team member names


  1. Short summary of your improvement idea

“To live together in the world means essentially that a world of things is between those who have it in common, as a table is located between those who sit around it: the world like every in-between, relates and separates men at the same time.”

:point_right:-Hannah Arendt

This quote reveals the genesis of public goods: the reification of a non-competitive, non-exclusive agreement established by self-conscious entities based on a common value system.

Open-source software is the reification of the “code creating more positive externalities” agreement among programmers. Subsequent users of this reified object are required to abide the same agreement, but this process lacks visible rituals and effective oversight. Moreover, people often focus more on the immediate usability of the object while neglecting the essence of the “agreement” as a cultural practice, causing the “agreement” to lose its subjectivity, as seen in the monopoly of “cloud capital” through open-source software.

The emergence of cryptographic infrastructure is changing this. By providing a stable, open, and trustworthy base, it enables a series of moral self-discipline and technical heteronomy, allowing people to focus on the essence of the agreement when interacting with public goods, and to continue it. From the “Yizhuang” of ancient China to the Library of Alexandria, we can see the similarities in the historical traces, all of which provide new ways for the sustainable development of public goods.

This change is still in its infancy. Our proposal aims to present this change comprehensively and provide a foresighted description of the creation of a positive-sum future. In fact, we are from an organization dedicated to realizing the sustainable development of public goods - LXDAO, and our core product LX Protocol is developed for this purpose, which is still in its early stages. SOP can help accelerate this process.

  1. What is the existing target protocol you are hoping to improve or enhance? Eg: hand-washing, traffic system, connector standards, carbon trading.

Our target is to improve the existing public goods usage protocols to restore the ontological status of “protocols” in the development of public goods, and realize sustainable development.

  1. What is the core idea or insight about potential improvement you want to pursue?

The role of “protocol” in the process of using public goods has not been fully utilized, public goods are more more viewed as as objects rather than a protocol. Web3 provides the basis for changing the status quo, and we want to present the changes comprehensively and in context.

  1. What is your discovery methodology for investigating the current state of the target protocol? Eg: field observation, expert interviews, historical data analysis, failure event analysis

The organization we are in (LXDAO) is dedicated to the sustainable development of public goods. we have accumulated a large amount of historical data and practical experience on this issue and established cooperative relationships with institutions such as Optimism, GCC, and Uncommons, who are also committed to this issue. We will conduct research under various methods, which would combine quantitative and qualitive methods .

  1. In what form will you prototype your improvement idea? Eg: Code, reference design implementation, draft proposal shared with experts for feedback, A/B test of ideas with a test audience, prototype hardware, etc.

We will present an improved protocol prototype document, including design ideas, implementation methods and expected outcomes. Then it would be sent to experts for feedback.

  1. How will you field-test your improvement idea? Eg: run a restricted pilot at an event, simulation, workshop, etc.

We will invite experts and relevant practitioners to participate in scenario simulations in workshops to verify the prototype.

  1. Who will be able to judge the quality of your output? Ideally name a few suitable judges.

Communities and experts focused on the development of public goods, such as Bruce from the Ethereum community, Marcus from Optimism, and others, can participate in the evaluation…

  1. How will you publish and evangelize your improvement idea? Eg: Submit proposal to a standards body, publish open-source code, produce and release a software development kit etc.

We will publish it on the LXDAO community and open source our prototype document to communities concerned with the development of public goods. If successful, we will try to share our design at this year’s Ethereum conference.

  1. What is the success vision for your idea?

If the final prototype document can achieve the following goals, it can be considered successful:

  • Triggering a heated discussion on the sustainable development of public goods;
  • Proving that the prototype can basically meet the design purpose;
  • Gaining multi-party support to complete the eventual protocol.