netznetz is a platform for individuals and groups associated with net art and net culture here in Vienna, Austria.
MANA is a system for the distribution of municipal grants developed and run by netznetz in which the participants distribute their own funding according to certain democratically agreed-upon rules and aided by custom software. It is run largely independent of the city government which provides the funds.
The system strives for guaranteed and dispersed distribution of funding in the sector while the parameters of the distribution are meant to remain flexible, providing a dynamic scope. Therefore, everybody who is involved in the sector is subject to the principle of permanent reconfiguration of the system and the network.
In December 2005 the community agreed to use the so-called ‘Community Game’ — a system by Christoph Theiler — as the first distributing method for MANA.
Shortly before the launch of the “MANA Community Game” a couple of software flaws were identified, so the community agreed to allocate the first network grants in an offline paper-trail version.
Last week the paper-trail version of the “MANA Community Game” was conducted.
Counting the votes.
And here’s a picture of the ballots of the first game day.
The first time 125.000 euros have been distributed.
++ - Joe Noname: 15000,00 - Andreas Findeisen: 14925,28 - Magnus Wurzer: 12526,34 - Paul Böhm: 11461,55 - eSeL Lorenz Seidler: 11004,79 - Eva Grumeth: 10352,91 - Tina Lorenz: 10232,81 - Michael Mastrototaro: 9393,17 - lizvlx: 9187,28 - Christian Jeitler: 8723,74 - Claudia Glechner: 6915,18 - Judith Fegerl: 5276,96 ++
There is a lot of stuff that can be improved… but it was a first step.