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Neighbourhoods is a project building web3 native tools and services that enable online communities to do more together. Neighbourhoods makes it easy to bundle together different social coordination (or "groupware") modules and to pair these with tags, reactions, ratings, and reputation systems chosen to fit your group’s culture and purpose.
Imagine taking your average Discord server to the next level: You can add apps into your social space and customize everything from algorithms, to reactions, to visual skins.
Neighbourhoods takes a 'group first' approach. Our tools are meant to provide a complete, ultra-configurable community hub. Still, there's no need to compromise individual data autonomy! Your activity conforms to group rules, but personal records are also stored locally, allowing you to take your social data with you wherever you go.
The distributed web offers users greater autonomy and control over their data. Supporting multiple reputation systems helps prevent centralized control and mitigates the potential harm that reputation systems can inflict on individuals.
With our Community Activation Wizard, groups have the power to shape their own algorithms and data sharing protocols. This means they can determine how information is processed and prioritize specific aspects.
These versatile tools cater to different cultures, enabling seamless transitions from group chats to decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs). By fostering collective experimentation and evolution, they serve as incubators for group growth and innovation.
The concept of Neighbourhoods emerged from a weekly discussion series involving Holochain and other members of the peer-to-peer ecosystem as a response to the extractive practices of social apps in Web2. Neighbourhoods required an ultra-scalable distributed ledger capable of preserving the dynamism of Web2. Holochain's uniform data formatting simplifies the translation of reputation metrics across social spaces and facilitates data portability. Additionally, Holochain's trust-but-verify model for data integrity, along with its agent/group duality, align perfectly with Neighbourhoods' social ontology and commitment to safeguarding and persisting data.
From a technical standpoint, each neighbourhood is comprised of a set of miniature Holochain apps (or 'applets') that streamline compatibility with Neighbourhoods' Social Sensemaker API.
If you want to start developing your own Neighbourhoods Applets or experiment with our framework, the best place to start is our GitHub repositories: