Projects, Initiatives, Enterprises & Tokens

Urban Array uses a tokenized digital economy to help facilitate community investment and asset sharing.

A Narrative

Addison has been working construction in their neighborhood for the past decade when they hear about Urban Array. UA is seeking an experienced volunteer roofer for a building rehab. Addison learns that within UA they will receive a stake in the projects they volunteer for, as well as rewards and room for growth and leadership. 

They decide to join. When they join UA they are issued an ID token. Everything Addison earns and accomplishes within UA will make reference to their ID token, and every UA project bears the mark of every individual ID token that has touched it.

By completing the roofing job, Addison earns RRAY that is spendable within the UA network and Reputation that reflects the degree of expertise they brought to the job. All of this is recorded in their ID token. 

Through the UA network, Addison learns about a community garden that needs construction help. Although they have never built garden beds or greenhouses before, they are quickly able to learn due to their construction history, earning more RRAY and Reputation that now reflect their diversity of experience and skills. Their eagerness to learn, their support of team members and their reliability both personally and professionally are also reflected in their Reputation Quality Score. Everything they have earned: their spendable RRAY, their personal Reputation and their equity SEED are all recorded in their ID token, or wallet that is unique to each user. 

Four Tokens

The ID token holds your skillset, your personal information and tracks what you do in UA

Reputation (REP):
Reputation is a public record of the time, energy and teamwork an individual has given to the network. Reputation is based on both qualitative and quantitative scores. 
REP is a weighted average of { WORK, WORK / Time, Quality Score (Q) }

WORK Token (W): 
Work tokens represent the specific work done: the amount of time spent, what you did, where you did it and how well you did it. Work tokens are not spendable, but give benefits like voting and influence within UA. Work tokens track the amount of effort you have put in, whether you’re an astrophysicist or digging garden beds. 

RRAY is the UA native digital asset. UA members can use RRAY to exchange for goods, services, access and discounts at networked businesses. RRAY is the only spendable (fungible) token. RRAY is earned via Work. The separation of RRAY and Work prevents the aggregation of power through hoarding of liquid assets; influence is based on merit and participation within UA rather than accumulation of fungible assets. Uncoupling voting power and wealth. 

SEED Token (S):
SEED Tokens are created when a UA Project, Initiative or Enterprise (PIE) is created.  Each SEED is unique to the PIE it represents.  SEED represents the total collaborative effort of all the members contributing to the PIE.  Each member receives their own fractional piece of the SEED. The percentage of SEED changes relative to the members contribution to the total contributions into the PIE. When a PIE becomes profitable, its team members will receive RRAY according to their percentage equity.  

After Addison’s participation in the community garden project, they realize that their background in construction and engineering would equip them to create an indoor vertical farm that would have higher yields, utilize space efficiently and would be more useful to their community. They decide to create an indoor vertical farm within a food desert in their neighborhood. They form a team with people met through UA and local community members and they collaborate to write a project proposal. 

Step 1: A member or a group of members decide to form a team to explore concepts for a project, initiative or enterprise (PIE). The team creates a plan and a budget, and they stake their Reputation to put forward their proposal.

PIE:  Project, Initiative or Enterprise

Project:  Short term, fixed length collective action (i.e., neighborhood snow removal)
Initiative:  Long(er) term, fixed length collective action (i.e., building a public park)
Enterprise: Ongoing collective action (i.e., businesses or social enterprises)

Addison and their team submit their PIE proposal for their vertical farm through UA governance.

Step 2: Through governance, UA members approve or reject the proposal. If approved, members authorize the creation of a PIE and issue a SEED token through the Genesis Contract.

Genesis Contract:
...the SEED contains the framework/plan developed by the team, the work tokens and the RRAY budgeted for the project.

With the issuance of a SEED token, Addison’s project comes alive. Their team now has the resources to begin work. 

Step 3: As team members contribute to the PIE they receive Work Tokens (W) containing RRAY and a portion of SEED for their actions. 

WORK Token (W):
A WORK Token (W) is earned when a member of the UA network completes an ACTION.  
A group of individual and measurable TASKS.  Typically ACTION and TASK will be grouped in similar categories.  The target length of an Action is 2-3 hours.
WORK (W) Tokens are comprised of two parts: A quantity of RRAY(RR) and a fraction of a SEED token (S).

Addison’s project involves many different types of UA members– from construction workers to build the structure, to gardeners to plan for and plant the vegetables, to community planners to set up a farmer’s market stand and CSA, to graphic designers to create a logo, to marketing and social media experts to spread the word. These team members receive rewards for their volunteered hours: both spendable RRAY and equity SEED.

Step 4: In its initial stage, the PIE incurred debt for RRAY issued from the Genesis Contract in order to complete the project. The PIE subsequently accepts RRAY from members to pay the debt.

Addison’s vertical farm is up and running! In addition to selling their produce at farmer’s markets and to local grocery stores, they also have a CSA available to UA members. UA members are able to use their RRAY to buy vegetables from Addison’s vertical farm.

Step 5: Members can redeem RRAY for goods and services through all eligible PIES. 

When a UA member buys 5 RRAY worth of tomatoes from Addison, 5 RRAY worth of the vertical farm’s debt has been paid.

Step 6: PIE pays debt with RRAY received from members. As UA members spend RRAY on a PIE, the PIE’s debt to the Genesis Contract is gradually repaid. This RRAY is burned. When the debt is paid in full, the PIE becomes a zeroed asset.

Addison’s vertical farm has been a great success. Within a year, all of their debt to the Genesis Contract has been repaid. Now, all incoming RRAY is profit. It is divided among the team members according to the amount of SEED equity they have earned.

Step 7: When a PIE becomes a zeroed asset, all subsequent RRAY received is apportioned to the PIE’s team members according to the portion of SEED * some % burned or put into Community Chest. 

Now Addison may create or invest in other PIEs, building their PIE portfolio … more here.

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