Digital skill swapping

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Swap skills with other digital workers

Ora Network is powered by its own currency-like token, the ora.

ora: from Greek ώρα, meaning hour ; time;
1 ora = 1 hour of digital work

Earn ora by contributing to the commons*

Swap ora with others, for help with your own projects

* the commons includes software, art, and other copyleft or nonprofit information or digital works
(eg. GNU AGPL or Creative Commons Share-Alike projects)

An example:
Linus is a programmer and fixes a bug in a GPL-licensed free software project that millions of people rely on every day. Linus works on it for eight hours, so he receives 8 ora (newly minted tokens created by the platform, not deducted from any other user's balance). A few weeks later, Linus realises his karate team needs a new website, so he spends 5 ora for a web designer to help him for five hours, and 3 ora for three hours of a copywriter's time. Voila! Linus has a professionally designed and edited website ready to go.

Business as usual

With Ora

You have an amazing idea, but no money nor access to funding. The idea remains just that - an idea.

Hire other freelancers on the Ora Network to make your idea a reality- no money required.

How much someone gets paid for a job well done is arbitrary, especially for people based in different parts of the world.

Everyone's time is equally precious, no matter who you are, what your speciality is, or where you are located.

1 ora equals one hour of digital work. Period.

Doing socially important work is awesome and rewarding in itself, but spending your nights and weekends contributing to free software or nonprofit projects often leads to burn out.

Every hour you contribute to a nonprofit, libre/free software or creative-commons project you receive an ora, so others can in turn help you with your own projects. Less sleepless nights!

Many potentially world-changing projects struggle because they don't have the budgets of big companies or VC funded startups. People are forced to work on projects they don't actually like just to pay their bills.

People can spend more time on projects they believe in, or that are simply more fun to work on.

Important projects and ideas that the world actually needs get the attention they deserve, regardless of whether it makes money or not.

It is early days for the Ora Network. You are welcome to get involved and participate in its design and development. Sign up and we'll be in touch.