Everyone has something to offer in the Jack of all trades Universe (JoatU)
The Montreal-based aspiring non-profit social enterprise is launching a cross-country awareness and crowd-funding campaign.
The Jack of all trades Universe is an online community marketplace – a space where members can exchange any type of value that they can imagine. Members can use their skills to grow, build, or create anything they want to trade, rent or sell within their personally-defined community boundaries.
JoatU and it’s growing number of users are laying down a foundation for the development of the decentralized open-sourced world.
JoatU’s goal is to bring currency generation and local exchange to communities everywhere.
JoatU allows people to literally create their own jobs. “By 2020, more than 40 percent of the American workforce, or 60 million people, will be freelancers, contractors and temp workers…”¹ The benefits to individuals cannot be understated.
JoatU isn’t just for individual exchanges however. “It is also a community currency generator – literally a money printer for communities,” explains Jamie Klinger, JoatU’s founder.
When a member makes an offer that is beneficial to the community, currency is generated to pay the individual for their service by the JoatU currency generator. But it is up to the communities to decide what offers they will and will not support.
By creating currency to fund offers that benefit the community, the entire community can directly address its own needs through JoatU service offers. JoatU will enrich the quality of our very lives.
Learn more about JoatU at www.joatu.com and join the 40-day crowd-funding campaign starting April 22nd at love.joatu.com. For more information, contact JoatU’s founder, Jamie Klinger, at 514-594-5250 or email@example.com.
Why would users want the JoatU Unit, instead of cash?
By using the user-created JoatU currency, the products and services that are more valuable to the community will receive a higher voted value by the community members, making JoatU users the decision makers in terms of the assigning the level of demand for specific services that serve their needs.
Key benefits of JoatU:
- Perhaps a local organization needs volunteers and resources for an upcoming festival or event – if the event is considered valuable by the community, the JoatU reimbursement for volunteered time or items will increase, as per the ‘mean’ taken from the community’s vote.
- With a community driven, democratic system, there tends to fairer imbursement and pricing of goods and services.
- A ‘User Reviews’ system will support users in their selection, as they will see feedback from other users regarding those users offering services, so they can select with confidence.
- Users can also loan items for JoatU. Using GPS mapping for search results, users could contribute to a festival by lending tables or equipment for the event.
- This in turn empowers volunteers with more Units for their time, to then have greater say and investment in what they will see as the next worthwhile endeavor for their community in future.
JOATU’s aim is to learn from the inefficiencies in our current economic system, and offer the alternative of a truly democratic, locally driven, equitable system.
What is JoatU’s crowd funding project for $25,000 going to be used for?
JoatU is well on the way to becoming a reality, but needs help from those who will benefit from its vision. $25,000 will not only pay for talented developers, programmers, and design work for the initial beta release of JoatU, but will allow us to continue testing JoatU into the near future and dedicate the time necessary to the business aspects of the system that will make JoatU a financially sustainable vehicle for change.
If JoatU is capable of reaching further funding levels at $50,000, $75,000, and $100,000, we will work to build in additional features including collaborative community decision making with Loomio, collaborative community offers (many-to-community), collaborative individual offers (many-to-one) and a fully operable mobile application. The priorities of the project will be determined by our collaborative decision-making group.
October 5th, 2012 – JoatU’s idea creation
April 22, 2014 (Earth Day) – Crowdfunding launch
Early July 2014 - $100+ funders are invited into Loomio collaborative decision-making group to help decide how to best spend our crowdfunding money to have JoatU built and maintained most effectively
Late January, 2015 – JoatU Site Launch