On April 5, 2018 the first conference of the first GradidoTransform circle took place. Based on the model of sociocracy, in the GradidoTransform circles we work on questions such as

  • What are contributions to the common good?
  • How do I verify contributions to the common good?
  • Who decides on the criteria?
  • How is payment made in GradidoTransform?

We very quickly got into a deep discussion of values. Should/can we judge people at all? Does valuation still make sense in the new age?

With GradidoTransform we do an interesting balancing act: on the one hand, we do not want to evaluate anymore, but on the other hand, every form of currency is a valuation system.

Many examples have been discussed. Is it a contribution to the common good if I:

  • watch further training videos on the internet,
  • meditate for the good of the community,
  • talk to people about Gradido,
  • do gardening,
  • write blog or newspaper articles,
  • simply live according to the principles of the threefold good?

Or should it rather be tangible, measurable contributions that everyone can understand?

After all, GradidoTransform should not only become an ideal currency of appreciation, but should also be tradable as a valuable commodity on the crypto market in due course.



If everything is considered a contribution to the common good, isn’t it easier and more sensible to introduce an unconditional basic income right away? But would an unconditional basic income simply mean evading these important issues?

We found the notion of benefit – or better, added value – to be an important criterium

What representable added value can I contribute to the common good? More precisely, what added value does my contribution make to the threefold good, i.e. the good of the individual, the community and the big scheme of things? If I can conclusively argue that this added value withstands a critical examination within the GradidoTransform circle, then it is probably a contribution to the common good, which is rewarded with GradidoTransform.

The criteria can be different in different circles

However, according to the sociocratic model, the circles are interconnected. This means that different criteria have to be accepted by the other circles.

Such a model also takes cultural differences into account. In Western culture we have different priorities than in Asia or Africa, for example. The conditions in the highly technical world are different from those in the bush. What seems completely insignificant in one culture may be vital elsewhere.

The circle culture helps us to learn from each other with high esteem. No culture is better or worse in itself than another. By respecting and appreciating the diversity of cultures, we make an active contribution to peace.


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