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Coordination, Public Goods and Crypto (Part 2)

Nov 27, 2020 · 11 min read

By Jose Maria Macedo

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed how all important challenges facing humanity can be broken down to coordination problems. We focused specifically on a particular type of coordination problem which we call “The Underfunded Public Good” problem, but which is also variously known as the “free rider” or “collective action” problem. We explored what this issue entails, why it emerges and how it affects both society on a macro scale as well as how it manifests in the crypto industry specifically.

In this piece, we will discuss solutions to this problem. We will begin by providing brief context on the problem as well as on existing solutions and why they fail. We will then describe some of crypto’s potential answers to this problem and how they could be expanded to address societal problems. 


Existing Solutions To The Public Good Issue


To state the public goods problem simply: there are things that we all agree we want

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