Member Types (& Functions)

Member Types & Their Primary Benefits

There are three main classes of members who have different main objectives for using Cosmos. These classes might be thought of as the main types of needs, and their associated typical engagement patterns, that sets of users would embody on Cosmos. Or, in keeping with language used throughout this publication—these may be thought of as templates or patterns of typical use of the platform by members.

A person may be multiple classes of member simultaneously: that is, these categories “stack” from the lower to the higher degrees of access to opportunities & responsibilities in Cosmos.

Main types of membership - in stacking order:

(1) Sustainer. AKA Sponsors. This class might be thought of as the “customers” of our creative members & of Cosmos’ generative spaces. They are the original “sponsors!”

What they mainly contribute: Financial capital (and attention). This could look like P2P support (direct linkage: sustainer’s account 🠖 creative member’s account, or sustainer 🠖 autonomous group project, initiative or space) OR support for Cosmos’ overall infrastructure and operational capacities (indirect support: sustainer’s account 🠖 Cosmos fundraising buckets to be applied toward various enhancements or generative projects of the platform, the community, the cooperative, etc.).

Principal purpose: to financially support and socially/culturally enjoy the productions of creative members in the container of Cosmos.* Reflects a deeper level of desired engagement/relationship with creative producers and their cultural outputs.

Customization: Members at this level have free reign to find, support, hang out and jam with any creative member on the site. They can configure custom menus of who and what they support each month, thus maximizing the desired impacts of their involvement with such artists.

(2) Creative. The creative members make up the bulk of Cosmos’ membership and its focus; they are Cosmos’ bread and butter, our heart and soul. Whereas the sustainers are “customers” of our creatives, the creatives are the customers of Cosmos’ creation-fostering services, spaces, community, and utilities.

What they mainly contribute: Cultural, Intellectual and Social products (both tangible and intangible).

Principal purpose: To (all or some of the following:) generate, produce and promote their own tangible and intangible creative products, through availing of Cosmos’ support structures including: platform features, functionalities, utilities and spaces, and the community’s attention and capacities.

*Customization: * Cosmos provides formal and informal structures to enable goal setting, incubation, production, publishing, and promotion, encompassing all aspects of a creative work’s lifecycle. Members can choose which services, bundles or utilities they want to “add-on” to their membership: for instance, podcast production help, or writing coaching, or marketing/publishing capacity, etc. (In fact, in early stages, specific platform enhancements will be built out according to demand expressed by the creative members [the bulk of all members are creative members], so if podcast production support is more of a need than book publishing, resources will be attributed accordingly.)

(3) Worker. Going above and beyond to make the whole come together harmoniously and thrive, these users give significant time, talent and attention to build, maintain and improve upon the platform, community and organization of Cosmos. They are rewarded accordingly for what they do to to ensure that Cosmos is performing and fulfilling on its mission.

Principal contribution: Generative labor (and the associated skill, talent, knowledge making it valuable.)

Principal purpose: To earn (any of the following:) salary/income, sweat equity, or reputation (skills & badges) working on behalf of Cosmos to build out its capacities, features and functions. These members are compensated (or: rewarded?) for their work in LitCoin, and their “pay rate” depends on their depth of in-system (or demonstrable) depth of: trust/reputation, skills and knowledge, past experience, and so forth.

Customization: Members at this level can customize what skills, trained capacities, etc. they want to gain for themselves in the system. They can specialize in one area or generalize in many, aim to maximize their utility and their pay rates in the system or only work on what interests them. Perform easy work for low pay, or commit to more hours and harder work for higher pay.

See also: Spectrum of Engagement for likely distribution of member engagement.

Table 1. Main Types of Capital Contributed & Received by Member Type

(X) = dependent on how the equation “balances out” and on user custom desires. may be nominal.
X = a substantial form of benefit.
Bolding = core/main.
Note: this table is a first pass. Would love to flesh this out & get more concrete about it as a community.

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