The growing power, secrecy and opaque decision-making processes of corporations are often cited as a major threat to free, democratic societies. But what if those decisions were laid out for all to see? What if the public could influence a company’s business decisions directly, in a democratic process: what to produce, who to source from and sell to, how to market and what to do with the profits? And what if people could directly benefit from their participation in decsion making?
Often crowdsourcing is about getting people to give away their ideas, their onlyness. Yet noticing more models that compensate for participation, as is the case of this model: members will receive a twice-yearly payout through PayPal if the company makes a profit and if the community votes to pay out to members.