One (dead) 4 year old project that was a bit ahead of is time, comes across my mind. It focussed on making the realization side of crowdfunding projects done by a broad community. It used real money and later Crypto tokens to crowdfund community-driven projects with tokens, and reward those participating. It was extremely promising.
Some old school explainer video:
- Stackoverflow: Pitch in on a bounty/reward for getting someones (or your) question answered: Reward can go to the person successfully answering, and those trying to answer.
- Github: Fund issues/PRs/features that you would like to see become reality. Reward goes to contributors based on lines of code etc. (Just found out something similar has been made: git.eco
Simpler version would be literal tokens of appreciation.
I wonder if transactional behavior like this would work in communities. People are/should be intrinsically motivated to share and participate. Involving transactions might just really make participating inaccessible for people without the resources to pay.
The one exception (which is more appreciation that transactional) is, of course, Reddit Gold – which just shows that people sometimes actually want to literally pay people making wonderful comments.
The big impact we already see is of course how extremely community driven blockchain projects currently are – which in turn opens up more companies believing and investing in their community