Treviz is built around the concept of Open, Collaborative Organization; a form of organization with the following requirements:
- Every member of the organization is a stakeholder; whose shares are represented by a distributed asset: the organization’s token.
- Every member of the organization knows how many shares the other members have.
- Every decision of the organization can potentially be submitted to a vote, in which every member can take part. Once the vote is over, every member can compute and check its result.
- The rules of the organization, the way the votes are conducted, are known to all.
- The organization’s token is used to reward the members according to their contribution.
- The members of the organization can launch and take part in the projects they want.
The goal of such an organization is to remove the need for centralized management, by aligning the interests of all its members: to maximize the value of the tokens they hold.
Two strategies could be adopted to achieve this: members could try to hold more and more tokens while preserving their value, or try to increase the inner value of each tokens they hold. However, those two strategies converge in that only valuable work can help them in doing so. Members who would launch useless projects might increase the number of tokens they have, but their value would drop because it would be based on nothing. Likewise, if a lot of tokens was to be concentrated in the hands of a few people of poor decisions, their value would decrease.
Open, Collaborative organizations can be used in a various number of situations. For instance, it could be used inside a company, and change the way it is governed, for everyone to blossom. Instead of being told what to do, members could indeed decide what projects to work on, what career path they could take, etc.
Of course, such a change is radical, and cannot be easily made in an existing structure. That is why another way of using Open, Collaborative organizations is by bringing together a variety of economical actors: companies, schools, laboratories, start-ups, administrations, incubators, and making them work together. Since the ownership of the organization is distributed and known to all, and its contract open, any suspicion of fraud would be dismissed, and everyone could work to achieve a similar goal, like innovating in a particular field, bringing democracy at a local level...
Treviz relies on the Ethereum blockchain, a distributed registry, to create the assets of the organization. Because of its nature, every “miner” of this blockchain owns a copy of the registry, making it unforgeable.
By installing a small extension in his or her web browser, any user can interact with this blockchain. Once logged on the platform, any member of an organization can take part in its decisions, launch a new vote, browse its projects, and exchange like they would in any social network.