We are designing a protocol to connect different hospitality exchange platforms to unify the community while enabling greater diversity and long term sustainability of all together.
Hospitality exchange platforms help to connect travellers with those who want to host them. They help to meet like-minded people and build lifelong friendships, crossing many boundaries. We want them to help to build resilient communities everlasting boards of directors and finally, those exchange platforms.
We’d like to take community-first approach, followed by technology. Though it’s also very infrastructure heavy piece, so technically, we’re trying to federate different already existing hospitality exchange platforms to make it easy for new ones to emerge and evolve to keep serving their communities’ needs - not the other way around. We’d like new communities to freely form, grow and re-form and for that we need new generation of software, flexible enough to be able to follow them.
We envision a variety of platforms exist, built around specific communities’ characteristics: for the bicycle touring community and for slow-travellers, in English and non-English languages, for women and lgbtq people only, gathering together families or even vegan families only, if they chose to enclose themselves in a community of their own. Some organized around democratic values and others with a strong leadership model. While all the platforms are independent and individual, they share common goal to connect travelers and hosts, and communicate with each other to better serve their communities.
Come, help us!
Hospitality is a universal human phenomenon, practiced long before any software infrastructure existed. We can’t imagine an endeavor like this to fulfill its goals if it was not built on trust and transparency, to reflect values which drive people to open doors to their homes and welcome strangers traveling the world. Open and transparent for everyone and forever. For us, this means i.a. open governance, open source software and open finances.
In the project are involved contributors to the platforms:
We are a group of developers, frontend and backend software engineers, so if you’d like to help with social media for example, you are more than welcome! Please join our chat room to say hi! and ask how you could help.
We will likely spin up, rebrand and adapt an instance of Trustroots for bicycle touring community. If you’d like to help re-build this community in the new place, it’s best if you could join Trustroots team as for now and self-organize from there.
Give us feedback, vote for features or ask questions on the board, it’s very helpful too!