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Value Equations

As far as we know, the idea and name for value equations was invented by Sensorica, a pioneering Open Value Network. They are now calling them "Benefit Redistribution Algorithms".

The idea is to have a published formula for distributing income to contributors to creating some deliverable that brings in some money.

This is a (simplified) very specific example taken from Sensorica:

Contributing to creating the output:

sensorica flow 1, showing flows into making a 3-d printed part

Distributing income according to the value equation: sensorica flow 2, showing selling and receiving payment for the part, and distributing according to the input contributions

Here's a lot more detail about value equations as implemented in Sensorica's NRP software, one of the precursors to Valueflows.