MIlestone 3 RATH Trust Idea 2: Guild Structure
How might we allow workers to crowd-regulate reputation and expertise?
- Guilds have a long history in the pre-digital world as skilled craftsmen organized to protect and preserve a way of life, a craft/trade. Apprecticeships, best practices, wages and negotiationing power brought uniform quality to craftwork, protections to skilled tradesmen, improved or at least standardized wages. These conditions normalized relations between workers and employers by establishing and introducing standards, expectations and beaurocracy into economic transactions.
- By introducing Guilds into this system, workers through the tenants of collective action, get a powerful voice in the transaction. Leveraging a cohesive membership group to define wages, standards and expectations in the digital world are no different than their antiquian brethren. For Guilds to do so, they establish criteria for entry, embody an ethic of expertise and create and reinforce the bonds of trust by delivering on their claims. Guilds must internally self regulate or risk losing prestigue, standing, reputation. Yet, Requestors also benefit in that instead of having to trust (and go through the vetting process individually) they can place it with an organization, as inclusion in a guild requires entrance exams, apprenticeships or other processes that establish competency and expertise be it transactional and/or subject matter oriented. They can have a single point of contact which can lead to repetitive interaction which has comforting as well as transactional benefits (familiarity), be able to establish expectation as to time and quality.
- Workers need to feel they are being fairly compensated for their work.
- Workers need to feel like they are treated fairly and respectfully, and have a voice in the platform
- Workers need to be able to expose their skills so they can get work they are qualified for and advance their skills
- Requesters need to be able to trust the results they get
- Requesters need to have workers who have the appropriate skills and demographics do their tasks