Theory supporting EMANA
Community engagement theory
We frame our understanding of reality through the theory of social-ecological systems. Which basically states that society is interdependent with nature in complex processes, like the use of natural resources, food systems, human pollution, transport, and many more aspects where human actions are linked with nature.
We believe that it is important to first develop an understanding of the environmental conditions of a place, by collecting quantitative data about the environment’s health and identifying the drivers, pressures, and other impacts on the environment.
At the same time, we identify relevant stakeholders inside and outside the community of focus. The criteria to identify stakeholders is based on the framework of sustainable development. It is so important to establish ties with community members and accelerate trust-building.
With environmental data collected and analyzed, we come together with local stakeholders in a process of knowledge creation. We draw from the extensive scientific literature on adaptive co-management and stakeholder participation in the context of sustainability and climate adaptation. These methods enable even collaboration in understanding the problems, needs, and priorities of a community and design shared solutions.
As a network of stakeholders and participants is established, we work to maintain ongoing and iterative engagement in order to promote network growth and development.
Outcomes of projects and tracking progress
We create a virtual ecosystem of the community of focus; a meta-community. In this virtual environment, we can visualize the social and ecological systems and test the actions and projects based on multiple possible future scenarios (e.g., climate impacts, economic impacts, social impacts).
We provide reports on a quarterly basis about the state of the community and the progress of EMANA projects (i.e., progress on our roadmaps).
Financing EMANA projects
We leverage the power of blockchain technology and NFTs
EMANA projects that are approved will seek financing through the issuing of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on the Cardano blockchain.
Cardano is an open-source and decentralized blockchain network that facilitates smart contracts. These are digital agreements that are secured by the Cardano blockchain, through its public ledger. To learn more about blockchain technology and Cardano follow this link.
NFTs are a form of smart contracts, where a token containing the contract is created and given a value by the issuer (e.g., 5 Cardano coins = $10). The smart contract means that when a donor pays for an NFT, their ownership is securely recorded in the blockchain.
When a donor buys an EMANA NFTs, they will be donating to specific project actions, and a detailed use of those funds will be specified in the NFT smart contract.
NFT funding will be allocated in the following manner:
- 80% – specific project actions and programs
- 13% – operations and logistics
- 7% – staff fees
In addition to donating to the projects, NFT owners will have exclusive access to the EMANA global initiative network.