Frequently Asked Questions

Why Alkemio?

The key is alignment: “where” do we want to go? Alignment is critical for collaboration of any sort. Especially as collaboration crosses organizational boundaries. And the issues facing our society, large and small, cannot be solved by people or organizations working alone.

Teams/Slack/Google Workspace/Whatsapp etc. are all great for interacting and producing - but they do not put the change central. And having a clear shared understanding of the change is critical. Read more about this in our blogpost.

We believe that we can succeed in working on challenges, together. That is why Alkemio is an open source platform, to benefit everyone. Generally, Open Source software is software that can be freely accessed, used, changed, and shared (in modified or unmodified form) by anyone. Open source software is made by many people, and distributed under licenses that comply with the Open Source Definition. The license used by Alkemio is the EU-PL license.

Alkemio is proud to be contributing as a practical example of how to do open source in a societal innovation context. Perhaps more importantly we are also keen to share our learnings on the challenges and barriers faced in our journey.

Explore our code base at the Alkemio Github repository.

Alkemio foundation

Public values should be central. We love tech. But not how it is often used. We do not want data and digital tools to exploit people. Interactions should benefit public values, rather than commercial or other interests.

The relationship between both websites is the following: Alkemio is the platform. It helps you make progress on challenges, together. It is backed by the Alkemio Foundation to guarantee it’s purpose.

You will therefore find all the Challenges and contributors at https://alkem.io. On then on https://alkemio.foundation you can find more about the foundation behind Alkemio, such as our Manifesto, the team and our partners, as well as relevant content such as blogposts and recent newsletters.

Platform Usage

There are multiple levels on the Alkemio platform:

  • Hub: Frame of reference
  • Challenge: Understanding the issues to be addressed within the frame of reference
  • Opportunity: Identifying solutions for how to make progress together on the Challenges
  • It is hierarchical in that Hubs contain Challenges, which in turn contain Opportunities - with the Alkemio Platform hosting many Hubs.

    Each level has a Community around it. Individuals and Organizations can choose to join a Hub to contribute to multiple Challenges around a certain theme. It is also possible to join seperate Challenges in different Hubs.

    Within all three levels, Users can discuss the topic, share relevant information in a structured manner, and brainstorm by using canvases.

    Under Challenges, you can search for the Challenges that you care about based on tags.

    You can find your profile settings by first navigating to your profile. Then clicking on the ⚙️ icon. You wil find the possibility to update for example your bio, keywords, skills, as well as updating your profile picture.

    Currently, only organizations that have a subscription to the Alkemio platform will have a verified label.

    On the Hub level, there is one Organization responsible for the content of the Hub, the Facilitating Organization. However, on a Challenge as well as Opportunity level multiple Organizations can be leading, the Leading Organizations.

    Currently, only Hub administrators can make Challenges and afterwards they can authorize the Leading Users to further administrate the Challenge. We are working towards enabling Users to create Challenges as well.

    There is no "owner" of Challenges :) But there are "Leads", either Users or Organizations that care about the Challenge being addressed. You can find them under the Leading Users and/or Organizations.

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