Worldbuilding Academy

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Edgeryders Worldbuilding Academy

Welcome. We know why you are here.

Every day, you walk the streets and try to find a logic in what you see. Need in the midst of glut. Relentless destruction of the global natural resources that keep us alive. Hot money slashing around the world’s financial markets, creating wealth without material benefits. Clinging to outdated technologies, protected by powerful economic interests. Everywhere, that unwillingness to face the facts.

You have been told that yes, there are imbalances and market failures, but There Is No Alternative. Mature capitalism is the only game in town. But you cannot quite bring yourself to believe it. We are the Science Fiction Economics Lab, and we feel like that, too. You are in the right place.

Welcome to Witness - an open-source fictional world. This world is different from other fictional worlds, in that it pays a lot of attention to its economies, and makes its economies radically different from the one we live in.

The History of Witness

Witness is a giant floating city on planet Earth. It does not exist in reality, but it could. Witness grew far beyond its original physical and legal bounds, and today is considered the cultural, financial and media capital of the post-Sundering world.

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How to contribute: building Witness

Witness is large and diverse enough to be divided into territorial units called Distrikts, each one with its own unique mix of culture, ideology, science, religion, institution and economy. Whether you are into designer cryptocurrencies, Modern Monetary Theory, commons-based peer production, there is a Distrikt that needs your expertise.

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How to contribute: using Witness

We imagine creating science fiction literature, film, illustrations, games and more, that take place in Witness. It is open-source, so anyone can do this without legal consequences. It can also be is an architect’s rendering” to picture how different economic systems would work to support human communities. Witness is yours to use. We would also love to know about what you do with it.

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Terms of Participation & Privacy Policy

The Edgeryders online platform and activities are intended for people to cooperate within and across projects trying to build a better world. The word “better” has here a fairly broad range of meaning. These Community Guidelines are here to help you understand what it means.

SciFiLab_docs_Worldbuilding_GraphicNovel.pdf (11.3 MB)