We believe that a participatory protocol tied directly to the communities practicing skills and defining ideas will diminish the gap between credentials that can be credibly assessed and issued and the wide variety of skills and abilities that people are capable of.

Tying economic incentives to this social process and ontology, such that they are both visible to everybody and aligned amongst all those participating, allows for fathom-credentials to be trustworthy and transparent.

Distributing the work required to communities allows the system to scale and be accessible to anyone, no matter their previous records, achievements or socio-economic circumstances.

We believe that through these traits fathom enables a world where people are free to shape their own experiences, communicate them to others, and organize to achive shared ambitions.