There are lots of questions ups might have about the game, which you might find answers to here:

  • How can I get more help or information?  

You can email Sam for help!  Email commonsgame [at] gmail.com to ask questions or for basic technical assistance.

  • Terminology

There are a number of terms we will use for the Commons Game.  See below for what they all mean!

Co-Budget A participatory budgeting web platform, which we are using to propose and fund commoning acts
Neeboz A web-based trading platform which uses an alternative currency to facilitate gifting, swapping, bartering and in-kind services
Commoning act See below
Credits/Commons credits Credits is the generic name for the Commons game ‘currency’.  It’s value is not linked to or reflective of AUD, holds no value outside the Commons Game, and its usefulness will expire upon termination of the Game
Player Everyone participating in your round of the Commons Game
Bucket Buckets are the projects (commoning acts) proposed in Co-Budget
  • What is a commoning act?

For the purpose of the Commons Game, we are separating the definition of commoning act/s each player will propose, get funded for and enact; and the types of skills, services and items players can trade using Neeboz.  It may seem there is some overlap, so below is a simple definition along with some examples of each.

A commoning act is undertaking a real world action in your community or locality which is of benefit to the greater community, and usually serves more than one person.

An offer on Neeboz is a kindness, a task, a service, an offer of help, a resource, or an item which others may need or want, and is performed or provided as a direct trade between two parties.

  • What are some examples of commoning acts and offers?
Examples of a commoning act Examples of a Neeboz offer
Rubbish collection on your block Walk someone’s dog for them
Planting some trees in your local park Loan of your whipper snipper and blower
A visit to an old folks’ home to read, chat or help with meal times etc Give someone 3 compliments
Steering a neighbourhood watch group Call someone and recite poetry to them
A babysitting group – take turns with local parents to host a play date Use of a holiday house for a weekend
Pick and put out your excess fruit/veggies for your neighbours Cook and deliver a meal once a week to a working mother
Start a ‘Little Library’ outside your house Do someone’s grocery shopping
Launch a local carpool Offer 15mins mentoring/advice
Do a street garage sale (and donate the funds to a good cause or host a street party) Desktop research for a private project
Host a gift circle or clothes swap with your friends Collect mail while on holidays
Work at a repair café as a fixer Shared use of your washing machine and dryer
Build a basic website for a local community group Make jam using someone’s homegrown plums
Hold an information session for your neighbours (eg: Tax benefits for single income families) Be someone’s designated driver pick up from a party
Run a class (eg: growing tomatoes, how to preserve olives or knit your own scarf) Review and re-write a resume and cover letter for a job seeker
Mow the nature strip in your street Water your neighbour’s lawn
Coach the neighbourhood kids in soccer or start a friendly Gift your old (working) iPhone
Do a weekly ring-around to the older people in your area to say hello Donation of old kids toys to a new home
Spend a night at a soup kitchen Offer your professional plumbing services
  • How do I earn commons credits? 

You earn commons credits by doing commoning acts which have the support, approval and funding of the Commons Game players on the Co-budget platform.

  • How do I propose a commoning act?

To propose a commoning act, go to Co-Budget and hit the pink + button to propose a bucket.

Co_Budget bucket proposal

Add a title, and in the description be sure to include:

  1. details of the commoning act
  2. a due date for completion (make sure this is before the end of the Game!)
  3. any cost of goods you will incur
  4. an estimation of the time it will take

Specify the funding amount – how many credits you wish to earn for undertaking the commoning act?  Remember that we are re-defining value in the Commons Game so the ‘right amount’ is whatever you feel it’s worth, in conjunction with whether your fellow players agree to fund that amount.

Finally, hit the green ‘Start Funding’ button and you’re ready to receive funding.

Start funding

  • How do I get approval for a commoning act? 

You first need to propose an idea for a commoning act on the Co-Budget platform. Once enough other players have fully funded it, you are free go ahead and do it, completing it within the timeframe indicated in the proposal.

  • How does a commoning act get verified?

Once you have completed your fully funded commoning act, it’s time to get ‘paid’ for it.  To do so,  simply email evidence of the commoning act (photo and short description) to the address we will provide to you.

Be aware that this email will appear verbatim on the Blog as well as the Commons Game Facebook page.  For this reason, a text template will be provided but remember to add a great image!

Once received and verified, a member of the Commons Game team will add the commons credits into your Neeboz account.

  • What is the Neeboz marketplace (and how does it work)?

Neeboz is a marketplace, but instead of using money as the currency to ‘buy’ what what we want, and ‘sell’ what we don’t need, Commons Game players use credits earned through commoning acts in Co-Budget.

In short, in the Commons Game, Co-Budget is where players do ‘work’ to earn credits, which can then be ‘spent’ in the broader marketplace (Neeboz).  

In addition, players can also add to their credits balance inside Neeboz in two ways:

  1. Simply by signing up and listing two (2) offers, players will be rewarded with 50 commons credits in Neeboz
  2. By performing a service (or for sharing a resource etc) for another player, you will earn additional credits as agreed with that player
  • How can I use my Commons Credits?

Commons Credits earned from Co-Budget and/or Neeboz can be used in three ways.

  1. Players can ‘buy’ what they need from the community by trading on Neeboz.
  2. If you are unable to find something to spend your credits on, players are also able to request their credits to be transferred back into Co-Budget.
  3. In Co-Budget, you can fund another player’s bucket, and in doing so you are reinvesting your credits into funding additional commoning acts.

Note that you can fund any amount of your commons credits to any number of buckets.

Example:

  • You have 85 credits available in Co-Budget to spend.
  • Player A has proposed a bucket valued at 50 credits, and has received partial funding of 30 credits.
  •  Player B has proposed a bucket valued at 20 credits, and has not received any funding yet.
  • You may allocate 20 credits to Player A’s bucket (thereby fully funding the commoning act), and 10 credits to Player B’s bucket (leaving other players to support the proposal).
  • You will have 55 credits remaining in your account to fund a future proposal.
  • How do you transfer credits from Neeboz into Co-Budget?  

In Neeboz you will see a service listing to ‘Donate back to Co-Budget‘.

  • How do I login to Co-Budget and Neeboz? 

You need one single email address to use throughout the Commons Game across all platforms.  On the homepage,  you will see links to each platform.  Simply click the link and login using this email as your username.