Lighthof is a use case for GAIA-X in the Public Sector domain.

It is an experimental coordination platform for research, development, and open innovation.

Lighthof aims to find solutions to global problems by combining collective insights with algorithmic governance and behavioral design. The platform operates in transparent, trusted, responsible, democratic, and globally inclusive ways. It serves collective and natural purposes.

Lighthof shall be founded as a 'natural property', which is a corporation that belongs to itself and thus cannot be sold. By this deliberate choice of legal entity, we assure that the organisation thrives as long as there is need for Lighthof, and it transforms once need transforms. This independence will maximise the adaptive capacity and resilience of Lighthof, meeting the needs of the global society.

The idea for Lighthof got acknowledged in 2017 by the IEA's Stiglitz Essay Prize, and is evolving ever since.

Lighthof is primarily designed to coordinate innovation activity across science, industry, and the global society. Innovations challenge societies and break through only if widespread social change takes place. Most often, innovation activity requires global crowd organising on multiple markets. Behavioural design and algorithmic governance might be implemented to accelarate acceptance of innovations. Lighthof enables global societies to be on par with businesses and science when participating in technology assessment and transformation processes. Collective purpose projects and 'natural corporations' can prefinance the search for new collective and open source solutions. Lighthof solves this task by combining three basic modules, which we call the Box, the Poll, and the Fund.

Box

Crowd Sourcing

•CONNECTS•

As Steward:

Share and secure your ideas, find teammates, co-create and develop together.

Poll

Crowd Monitoring

•ILLUMINATES•

As Voter:

Bring your observations into opinion polls, thus making together new innovations smarter, safer, and more sustainable.

Fund

Crowd Funding

•ENABLES•

As Investor:

Invest equity or ressources directly into projects that are important to you.

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Lighthof enables the global society to:

  • Communicate and reflect on complex research and innovation matters

  • Participate in socially relevant research, innovation, and technology assessment

  • Coordinate with other players in the ecosystem during transformation processes shaping the global environment

  • Co-determine common moral values and global norms, future dependencies, and decision-making spaces

  • Practice constructive critique in global markets

  • Reduce failure rates, secrecy, and repetition of failures

  • Evolve through open competition with diverse innovating niches

  • Democratise and diversify homogenising monopolies

  • Poll crowd opinion using latest, fair, and efficient computational social science methods

  • Increase responsible data governance, IT-security, and collective intelligence

  • Reduce contraproductive defense action such as production of garbage and fake data

  • Fund risky innovation by crowd donation, crowd lending, and crowd sourcing

  • Increase acceptance of socially desirable innovative solutions

  • Create new and sustainable business models

  • Create 'natural corporations' that belong to the global community and cannot be sold

  • Implement trustworthy and responsible global solutions

Why is Lighthof needed? - What are the problems?

  • Problems with communication of pluralistic science and reflection on complex research and innovation matters

  • Participation in socially relevant research, innovation, and technology assessment is weightless

  • Lack of coordination with other players in the ecosystem during transformation processes shaping the global environment

  • Erosion of common moral values, global norms, and basic rights

  • No possibilities for constructive critique, open competition, and diverse innovating niches in global markets

  • Questionable data governance, IT-security, and collective intelligence and defense actions

  • Increasing global insecurity

  • New and sustainable business models are not sufficiently supported yet

  • New business forms and natural legal entities are lacking, such as 'natural corporations' that belong to the global community and cannot be sold

  • Lack of possibilities to organize and implement trustworthy and responsible global solutions

  • Lack of harnessing new technologies, algorithmic governance, responsible behavioral design, and digitalization for the global society too

Interested to participate?

Lighthof is in the process to start up and apply to research funding calls.

If you are interested to participate in this project, reach out to the initiator, Dr. Christina Timko at the Ruhr-University Bochum.

Lighthof can evolve in future through its own platform. It aims to become a next generational Open Source platform project openly serving the Community. For this, we need you to challenge us in a constructive way.

Hack us technically

Join to build Lighthof. If you manage to reveal security flaws, help us to resolve them.

Hack us ethically

Name your concerns and let’s search together for improved solutions.

Hack us conceptually

Create new concepts and models, and challenge Lighthof that way.