Flux #39 - Junto Alpha II

A Movement For Authenticty

Hey everyone, Eric here. Hoping you’re all keeping safe and healthy out there…

First off, thanks for sticking with us through this bout of silence. We’ve been heads down preparing for this release and wanted to hold off on any announcements until we had something ready to roll out.

This week, we’re moving into the “friends and family” release of our alpha and will onboard up to 500 members over the next month. We’ll then bring on the several thousands of our crowd-funders and people on our waitlist throughout May and June.

We’ve been laser-focused on designing new patterns that are truly human-centered and on ensuring our technology is scalable for the sort of intentional growth we’re anticipating this year. We’re optimistic that the extra time we’ve put into building a stronger foundation will pay off in the long run.

To give you an idea, here are some of the things that I’m personally excited about:

Less noise. More signal.

  • A clean, more intentional means of navigation. Singular focus on each screen.

  • Feeds free from advertisements, data-mining, and paid propaganda.

  • Expression without the rating metrics. Comments hidden by default.

  • Community center for transparent, real-time updates and feedback from you all.

  • Custom perspectives (feeds) over harmful AI and echo chambers.

  • Ability to filter any perspective by channel (topic).

  • Multiple layers of relations that reflect our physical world experiences.

Packs: Agent-centric Communities

  • Packs are communities centered around each individual. Each person will have their own pack where they can add up to 49 other members.

  • Your pack will automatically display all of your public posts, all the public posts of your pack members, as well as the private posts you share to just your pack. The design inspiration here is that each person is more than what they choose to share - they are a reflection of the people closest to them. It also provides individuals with a space to be more honest, free, and authentic.

  • In this light, each person is their own community. Your pack may include people from different parts of your life that don’t know each other. I’m stoked to see how packs will enable the facilitation of new organic relationships and content discovery between one another through the common ground of each pack owner.

Up Next

Current developments we plan to finish throughout Alpha II.

  • Public/private comments

  • A Medium-like rich text editor

  • Audio and video expressions

  • Discovering information and people through degrees of separation

  • Private groups

Hopefully this gives you an idea of what to expect. We’re excited to see you on Junto and refine these patterns with you all moving forward.

In the meantime, we have an ask for you. We’re currently raising more funds to take this to where we know it can go. Please consider chipping in $5 here or reaching out to me at eric@junto.foundation if you’d like to invest and read our one-pager. Though we’re a nonprofit, we’re also raising short-term loans that will be paid back at a fairly substantial factor rate. Arthur Brock, co-founder of Holochain, is the first to participate in this round.

Finally, big shoutout to this team and to you all for your goodwill and commitment to maintaining a high level of integrity. What’s happening in today’s climate has illuminated more of the much-needed change we need to make and we look forward to initiating that together with you now and in the coming years.

With anticipation,

Eric


#YesIt’sReal

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Flux #38 - Finalizing Core Community Agreements

A Movement For Authenticity

Hi friends,

It’s been inspiring to hear from so many of you through these surveys!

Yaz, Drea, and I worked together to synthesize all the suggestions we got for Junto Community Agreements into four statements that represent the vast majority of the themes and ideas that surfaced. Now we need you to help us determine where our collective alignment is the strongest as we finalize these agreements.

Help us craft Junto’s Core Community Agreement(s) by taking this one-question survey.

With love, gratitude, and growing anticipation,
Tomis


#AlphaProgress

Our app is fully networked! We’re currently wrapping up the last 5% before we move into Alpha II and begin on-boarding close friends and family. Thanks for patiently waiting as we smooth out these last few edge cases.

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Flux #37 - Participate (again) in This Co-Creative Process

A Movement For Authenticity

Hey!

Tomis right back at you.

First of all, wow -- a huge high five of gratitude to all who engaged with the survey I sent out in the last Flux. The insights we received have been validating and invigorating. Here’s what we are hearing loud and clear:

  • Arguments, aggressive debates, and self-congratulatory echo chamber sharing is exhausting

  • Meaningful, respectful, and authentic dialogue and learning from different perspectives is crucial

  • Let’s have easy and clear ways of knowing and controlling who is seeing what we share

  • And, simple and clear user privacy agreements would be nice

  • More mindfulness, presence, and depth -- less distractions, shallow engagement, and endless scrolling

  • A valuable social media experience would facilitate new, interesting, and meaningful offline connections

There were, of course, other experiences and creative ideas shared that we are noting and discussing more with folks directly.

Let’s keep this going!

We can design features and UX in certain intentional ways to facilitate healthier patterns, but we also have to choose how we engage with each other and what healthy boundaries may be necessary for making Junto a positive experience for all. 

We need your help to create one or two initial Junto Community Agreements that will help set the tone for an intentional culture within the Junto space.

Share your perspective with us in this short survey.

With love and gratitude,

- Tomis


#MusicalDrawing

Here are some quick highlights from our most recent Junto event, Creating Space! Thanks to Drea for putting this awesome event together and to Kerry Brown for providing beautiful tunes :)

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#JuntoAlphaRelease

It’s nearly go time! Read into our alpha phases below.

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Flux #36 - Participate in This Co-Creative Process

A Movement For Authenticity

Hi friends,

Tomis here with a request to hear from you. 

If you’ve been with us for a while, hopefully it is clear by now that we are designing Junto to serve our collective needs, values, and desires. As we work towards sharing Junto Alpha, we are refining and prioritizing key patterns and features. Revisit this article by Yaz if you’re looking for a deeper dive into a bunch of the design concepts that we’re already putting in place. 

We intend to establish high levels of transparency and communication between the Junto collective and the core team to ensure the evolution of the application is in service to its community. 

We want you to be in on this co-creative process as soon as possible as we begin building our pattern language, so I’m jumping into your inbox to ask you to consider some of the higher-level questions that have guided us to this point.

Share your perspective with us in this short survey.

With love and gratitude,

-Tomis


#SupportJunto

Feel called to contribute to our fundraising efforts? Make a donation via PayPal or by sending an email to eric@junto.foundation for crypto and larger contributions!

#JuntoAlphaRelease

It’s nearly go time! Read into our alpha phases below.

#Telegram

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We want your feedback.

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Flux #35 - Junto Alpha Stages and Fundraising

A Movement For Authenticity

Hey Junto fam!

Eric here with some exciting news.

We officially moved into alpha and will be testing our mobile apps internally for the next six weeks. In mid-November, we’ll begin on-boarding the rest of the community. You can check out the phases of our alpha rollout below and share it by downloading this snazzy infographic Drea made here.

As we mentioned in a previous post, our initial release will run on a centralized Rust database. We’ll fully transition to Holochain and Holo once their technology is in beta. My personal estimation for this is early summer 2020, but don’t take my word for it :)

We’ll open source all of our code when we open up our alpha mid-November. We’re also working on spinning up a web application that will run on the early stages of Holochain/Holo, and this will be a separate test network that people can try.

This is the final stretch before Junto gains the momentum needed to take flight. These next six months are crucial and we’re raising $100,000 to make sure we’re on the right side of this inflection point. As a grassroots nonprofit, we’re fueled by the conviction of our early supporters and ask that you contribute what you can to make this happen. We won’t be relying on donations for long as we have plans for Junto to be financially self-sufficient in 2020. In the meantime, consider lending us a hand via PayPal or by sending me an email at eric@junto.foundation for crypto or larger contributions.

Thank you for your support throughout this process. I hope you’re as fired up as I am for what’s to come.

Eric


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Feel called to contribute to our fundraising efforts? Make a donation via PayPal or by sending an email to eric@junto.foundation for crypto and larger contributions!

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We want your feedback.

Like what you see? Share it! Think we can be doing things better? Let us know. We’re open to ideas so DM us at hi@junto.foundation or drop any of the team members a note at their individual emails listed on our website here.

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