The intent of Catalyst is to learn how to run a decentralized innovation program. Among the many variables in the experiment are the Campaigns – funding categories that define the scope of proposals that should be funded. To try to “decentralize” campaign-setting, the campaigns themselves were something that could be proposed and voted on. Campaign proposers didn’t receive direct funding if they won, but they could suggest what they thought the scope and budget of the campaign should be. Campaign ideas that won the vote in one round of Catalyst became the funding categories in the next.
The problem with this mechanism was that it created unpredictable and uneven results. Companies and communities would start to…