Getting Started: Brighter Tomorrow Map

Welcome! If you’re 1st here please begin by creating a thread to discuss a new one or two sentence Mission Statement for your community. No pressure, it’ll probably be updated many times by community vote as this community evolves. Tools: The Brighter Tomorrow Map - Join the Team - Getting Started Guide - Community Offer Suggestions

Getting Started

There’s a lot going on here so I recommend reading this post then diving right in by grabbing a task on the tasks board and making something happen, rather than getting overwhelmed trying to understand everything right away. The community members that stick around are always the one’s who dive in right away.

Note: Check and edit your user settings by clicking your icon in the top right. Some new members weren’t receiving notifications, there may be a hidden setting. Its also good to choose how often, and how you are notified.


Here’s the Public Happiness Movement Android App for Meta. It does make communications easier and more fluid. The iOS and Brighter Tomorrow Maps versions are available soon. Tag @bob if you’d like access to one now.

The Platform:

  • Brighter Tomorrow Map: Bringing communities together to provide support to people who are in need of support nearby. Focused on homelessness and disaster relief.


Come and say hi and tell people a bit about yourself and why you want to join us on this mission for a happier, kinder world. Don’t forget to follow the thread and say hi and make new members feel welcome. Their skills and enthusiasm brings all of our dreams closer.

Join the Team

Joining the team means other members can reach out to you when they want feedback on their work and suggestions, or to ask if anyone can help with a related task. Its your choice if you want to be part of the team, or contribute in a less involved way. You will receive more notifications and have more say in how the site grows.

Current Team Tasks

To find, discuss and post specific tasks click the ‘Tasks’ tab of the Brighter Tomorrow Tag.

These should be broken into self-contained actionable slices of 30mins to 1hr so people from around the world can contribute in bite-sized time contributions, rather than excluding those who aren’t able to commit large amount of time. They can be strung together, just move them all over and assign to yourself if you plan to tackle them in one sitting.

Please try to keep to this rule when posting tasks. If the tasks are large and can’t be self contained, then use add [Discussion] at the beginning of the title, and add tags for all the groups needed to break it up into self-contained tasks.

note: some users are seeing this tab called ‘Board’. Its a bizarre bug we’re working to solve

How to Implement a Change to the Platform

Simply create a post and tag it ‘Brighter-Tomorrow’, ‘Homelessness’ and ‘Backlog’. It’ll now appear as a task for both the Teams to be discussed by others, and implemented by those with the required skills.

Generally you’ll be adding the ‘backlog’ tag for new ideas. If you deem it an urgent change you can use the ‘sprint’ tag. If work has already begun you’d use the ‘doing’ tag.

Collaborating with other Teams

You may also want to involve other teams to help solve the task by adding their tag. For example: ‘UI’, ‘Reactjs’, ‘Copy-Writing’, ‘UX’, ‘Social Media’, etc

If you need support from another team then your suggestion is probably not ready to be posted as a self contained ‘task’, so consider tagging it as a discussion and adding [Discussion] to the beginning of the title.

Its also often a good idea to tag their team in the post to get more eyes on it using the @ key


**If you cannot access any of the below resources, please contact @AndyatFocallocal.

Most up-to-date links to project resources:


  • Threads created in this forum to discuss ideas and plan with each other
  • Tasks in the Team’s Tag for project management. Add the tag ‘Backlog’ to create a card for a non-urgent tasks. Sprint is for priority tasks aimed to be completed this month (impact / time to implement). Please assign cards to yourself and move them into the ‘Doing’, then ‘Done’ lists. Click ‘tasks’ or visit this link to access
  • Sitewide Documentation can be accessed and searched here, or by navigating to the relevant team and searching for the documentation tag
  • Team Calendar Its common to put volunteer commitments off, and many community members found the most helpful thing they could do is to have a monthly or weekly reminder to schedule your intended time to work by adding it to your team calendar. More details here

Call on Other Teams

  1. Add a tag for them when creating a new discussion or task
  2. @ their team if you want to call their attention, or get their voices into an existing thread

Who’s the Boss?


Well for now anyway. Andy is me and i can also be seen as the biggest limiting factor on our productive capacity. I do my best to represent the founding vision, and the work and decisions of all community members who are not currently active, preventing a situation where everyone joining in throws out the work of others and starts over.

The more decisions you take for yourself the better. I am there to guide until teams grow to be autonomous. Run ideas by me to begin with, until there are enough active and experienced members here to switch to the voting system. Your goal is to make this your space.

We have a Roadmap which will lead to a reputation-based decentralised governance system where you, and all community members are the boss, with votes weighted by how much they’ve contributed to the vision.

The Roadmap for transition is:

  1. Run ideas by Andy
  2. As team members understanding of the concept we are building, and vision grows we move to a leadership council made up of those who’ve contributed the most the vision
  3. Arriving at a reputation based decentralised governance system.

You can read more about governance in chapter 6.11 in the whitepaper

The real answer is: You are the boss, as soon as you are ready.

Here you can:

  • discuss ideas to bring this Movement to the World
  • tell others what you plan to do
  • find others to collaborate with
  • get advice and learn new skills
  • ask for feedback
  • arrange meetings (online and in person)


This community is a great place for learning a new skill. [Search for](Tag Intersections (The Platform's Navigation Structure)] or add the #learning tag combined with the # tag for your skill to find or post:

  • Great learning resources
  • Others to learn with
  • Experienced developers who want to support, mentor and offer guidance to those earlier on the same path
  • Free or discounted courses to get qualifications
  • Tasks posted suitable for beginners, and with experienced devs to check and give feedback

1st one there in this team? Post in forums and bring others over. There’ll be no shortage of people who want to learn while building positive projects which create a kinder, happier world.

Other Rewards

Its definitely best to join in because you want to see the changes it can bring to the world, and be part of a fun, positive and pro-active community.

We also invite anyone who plays a significant role into our team page, and are enthusiastic to support you if it helps your resume building:

Everyone who completes any tasks will be rewarded with Public Happiness Tokens at launch. We don’t guarantee they’ll ever be worth anything, tbh they are an experimental tool to add more fuel to drive the vision. I’m increasingly confident though.


  • You may find some references or links to and Trello. We are not using these anymore so please report them to a moderator to be updated. The site name may be changed before launch as it’s not perfect either.

  • A more detailed plan of building our eco-system and vision for a world with more attention to peace, well-being and happiness, is here in the Whitepaper. Be warned it is a very long read

Hi, guys, the Hackathon is fast approaching!Perhaps we should have a fun brainstorming session? Why is this important?

*It may help uncover areas that have been overlooked, and strengthen existing ideas before the Hackathon this coming Saturday

The more ideas we generate, the better likelihood of finding quality answers. For this to work we must observe some rules:
*Be as creative or conservative as you want.
*Do not judge each other’s ideas
*Answer one or more questions that interest you


*Non-technical people
In what ways might we help non-technical or first-time hackathon members contribute?

*Homeless map & brighter tomorrow map
In what ways might we improve the maps?
In what ways might technology being used to help the homeless?
In what ways might we define project success?
In what ways might we identify and address core issues facing the homeless?

In what ways might we improve the Focallocal website?
In what ways might we improve fundraising?
In what ways might we define project success concerning the Focallocal Website?

*Project Management
In what ways might we organise groups on the day?
In what ways might we ensure effective teamwork?

If you can think of additional questions, let me know, and I’ll update the list…

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i’m going to say number 1 task is to fix the email notifications in this forum. i thought they were resolved but no, and it will make co-ordination almost impossible tomorrow

A workaround might be to message participants on Facebook detailing how to enable desktop notifications in the discuss forum. That way people can be notified in real-time of any activity. I created a visual guide on how to do this as a last resort - please see attachment


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last resort is great. anyone who wants to look into whats up i can give admin access. @jon did you get an email about this reply

I did get an email notification - does this mean the issue is fixed?

umm. maybe. i haven’t received any on my gmail since my sign up confirm link.

although you can see that emails are going out …just i’m not getting them, and neither did Matina

Are you and Martina listed under the Mailing List tab?

i doubt it. we haven’t signed up. shouldnt need to be though, notifications should come from any activity you have replied to, unless you turn them off