The time has come for elections! Make your voice heard! Democracy! Yes!
Elections are a critical element of Ampled’s cooperative structure. Our board of directors stewards our mission and strategy, and consists of members. Now it’s time for you to help democratically choose them.
It’s remarkable that Ampled exists today. Tech platforms are notoriously difficult and costly to build. Still, a small dedicated group worked nights and weekends for years to bring the Ampled platform to life – all without any traditional venture capital investment.
The team has never been financially motivated to create Ampled. We’ve wanted to prove to people that user-owned cooperative platforms can be self-sustaining and be responsive to the needs of people, not capital.
By simply existing, we have made a small dent in the universe. The Ampled journey (as well as the broader platform cooperative movement) has helped expand tech’s collective consciousness to reimagine what platforms can be.
We’re announcing that Ampled will be moving to become open source. This means making the code base public, allowing contributors from all over the world to build with us, and allowing anyone else to fork our code base to build their own Ampled-like platform. The goal: help creators everywhere and contribute to the open web by making Ampled a public good.
Hello! Welcome to our first post on Mirror.
Mirror is a new publishing platform with some compelling built-in fundraising tools like crowdfunding, micropayments, and automated payment splits. Think of it like Medium, but built to be community-owned and using crypto-native decentralized architecture.
And if you are reading this and are unfamiliar with Ampled, we are a platform for direct, recurring community support for musicians — formed as a co-op (collectively run by artists and workers and community members).