A project idea that I have had laying around for a while is a network of gratitude:
The core idea is that when I feel in gratitude to you, I can digitally say that I owe you something like a dinner, or I owe you thanks for hosting me while travelling etc. And then, when you also say whom/what you are grateful for, – it is possible for me to repay the favour by doing something good for someone else 🙂
Another aspect is that when I am making an event, or do something for people I do not know well, then instead of them feeling in debt or maybe even bringing flowers or wine(which I am not good at appreciating). If they can see whom I am in gratitude from, or what causes I believe in, – then they know that they can just repay the favour in another direction if opportunity arises.
There is also the network effect, – so if I know that you are gratitude to somebody, whom I have helped in the past, then I will feel less shy about asking you for help.
How could this be implemented? I believe it would make sense to digital it as a digital open organic decentralised barter economy. Digital in the sense that machines are very good at working with large networks, and keeping track of relations. Open both in the sense of openness of data and infrastructure, and thereby also open about whom I am in gratitude to. The openness is also the guaranteeing factor that protects against misuse. Organic economy in the sense if you owe me a favour, and never get around to repay it, then it does not matter, – organic economy has the technical meaning that the virtual money loose value over time, which encourage spending / paying it forward. Decentralised economy in the everybody can create a digital I owe you, – ie. the trust of value of the gratitude-credits lays within you and me and the individual people and organisations, instead of trust of money from a centralised bank. Barter economy in the sense that gratitude is not connected to a specific amount of money, but more that I owe you something in the size of a dinner.
This is just a crazy thought at the moment, but could be interesting to look more into someday. Feel free to tell me if you think it could fun / interesting, and would be enthusiastic about using it, if it ever happens to become more than an idea.