A new tool for tackling climate change, inequality and infrastructure
New Financing Tools For Big Problems
Launchnodes has always believed that staking returns can be used as a long-term financing tool to fund positive outcomes related to climate change, inequality and new infrastructure.
The central idea is that instead of making a single donation or grant, an individual Impact Staker or organisation commits capital in the form of ETH. That ETH is staked for a period of time, and some or all returns from staking are donated to address a climate, inequality or infrastructure problem for a 1-5 year period. After that, the original capital is returned to the individual or organisation, allowing them to fund something else, or take back their capital.
The organisation using the funding to drive a positive impact commits to designing its work to provide automated and open source data that assumes that not every approach will work, but that the data generated supports improvement and change.
The first practical use case for impact staking has started. We have built prototype projects working with established non-profit and multilateral organisations. If you would like to join our working group that looks at using staking as a long-term financing tool for social impact.
Staking allows the economic wealth generated by the growth of the Ethereum network, in terms of its adoption and the applications built on top of it, to be shared in a different way to the Internet and Web 2.0. Both in terms of:
- The data being a source of economic wealth that can be monetised by everyone, not simply big tech companies who run centralised databases
- Securing the network by running validator nodes