About Snowdrift.coop

Snowdrift.coop funds public goods through our innovative crowdmatching system. Get the basic gist from our 60-second intro video (and our old illustrated intro offers a quick overview that covers a bit more detail).

Although you can read various pages here independently and in any order, the pseudo-book form below provides a logical reading experience to understand the background, values, essential funding mechanism, and overall structure that define Snowdrift.coop.

Note: We strive to keep these pages up to date but things may slip by. You can help us fix inconsistencies by suggesting edits or otherwise contacting us. Thank you!

I. Funding of public goods

  1. Foreword: Systemic problems require systemic solutions
  2. The Snowdrift Dilemma
  3. The Economics of Public Goods
  4. Community Projects and Economic Psychology
  5. Markets and Prices
  6. Cooperation and Competition
  7. Existing Funding Options for Non-Scarce Projects

II. Snowdrift.coop the organization

  1. Mission
  2. A Platform Cooperative
  3. Effective Democracy
  4. Why Only Free/Libre/Open Projects?
  5. What Does Free/Libre/Open Mean?
  6. FLO Licensing Discussion
  7. Fundraising for Charities and Other Purposes

III. Our crowdmatching mechanism

  1. The Snowdrift.coop Funding Mechanism
  2. Limits to Pledge Amounts
  3. The Meaning of a Crowdmatching Pledge
  4. Snowdrift.coop Advantages

IV. Building the community

  1. Types of Projects
    1. Music and arts
    2. Education
    3. Software programs
    4. Journalism
    5. Research
  2. Project Requirements
  3. Honor System
  4. Snowdrift.coop Code of Conduct
  5. Honor Code for General Users
  6. Honor Code for Projects
  7. How to Help Snowdrift.coop Succeed

Appendices and further readings

  1. FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
  2. Glossary of Terms Used at Snowdrift.coop
  3. Fair Use
  4. Past Presentations about Snowdrift.coop
  5. Team
  6. Advisors
  7. Partners
  8. Snowdrift.coop History
  9. See more references in our wiki pages on market research