OrgTech Weekly #11

Introducing Humanity and MetaCartel DAO, dOrg to build bonding curves for DAOstack, and Moloch DAO receives 4,000 ETH from Ethereum leaders!

Previously on OrgTech Weekly

Most clicked: Colony Q2 2019 Update, a thread on conflict facilitation in light of the MakerDAO turmoil, oscoin applications for user testing.

Project News

Aragon

DAOstack

dOrg

  • Gnosis Ecosystem Fund Update II. Gnosis have awarded the dOrg team with a $30,000 grant to work on giving DAOstack DAOs (including Gnosis' dxDAO) the ability to launch and interact with token bonding curves.

Humanity DAO

  • Introducing Humanity DAO. An experiment in unique identity, governance, and Universal Basic Income. The DAO will maintain a registry of unique identities, which will unlock new identity-reliant governance capabilities such as democratic voting.

MetaCartel DAO

  • Forking MolochDAO. The MetaCartel's new DAO aims to "bootstrap an environment that could enable data network effects". The DAO will fund dapps based on their end-user success metrics such as revenue, user retention, and product growth. To incentivise data sharing, participating projects won't receive their grants until they have shared their data.

Moloch DAO

Brain Food

  • Blockchains are Bureaucracies par Excellence: Blockchains automate bureaucracy by replacing human administrators with “middlemachines". By formalising coordination rules and procedures, they help to power global systems that are seemingly less fettered by individual preference, subjective human judgement, or personal authority. However, we should be wary of their potential to become dehumanised “silicon cages” that could end up seriously hindering our freedom and creativity.

  • Governance FTW! Episode 1: State of Ethereum governance: A roundtable discussion of insights generated during a governance workshop by the Coalition of Automated Legal Applications (COALA).

  • Dumb on Purpose - A Behavioral Criticism of Meritocracy: Meritocracy incentivises people to pursue ideas they know are bad, but which will also earn them rewards. The solution is to 1) measure merit more accurately, and/or 2) decouple rewards from measured accomplishment.

Beyond OrgTech

  • Platforms for a Post-Industrial Civilization - Complexity as a case for boundaryless organizing: The boundaryless organisation is not separated from the system it is helping organize (e.g. Airbnb organizing the hospitality market), it IS the system. Rather than focusing on identifying problems and solutions, boundaryless organisations will be ecosystems that take advantage of complexity and scale to allow solutions to emerge organically.

  • Radical Autonomy at Scale: The case of Buurtzorg, a Dutch healthcare company that has managed to scale 15,000 employees despite being fully autonomous, by operating a "network of teams" org structure: "Every time a team gets to 12 nurses, they split. The two newly formed teams grow until they reach that magic number before splitting again. This allows the organization to grow exponentially without damaging quality, satisfaction and cost levels."

  • When Workers Control the Code: Wired profiles "platform cooperative" Up & Go, a house-cleaning sharing economy platform governed by its cleaners.

Events

OrgTech Weekly #10

Colony goes modular, dxDAO has a new launch date, MyBit launches an Aragon DAO, and more!

Previously on OrgTech Weekly

Most clicked: The State of the DAOs, Aligning Incentives, Fairmint & Continuous Organizations at CoinFund.

Project News

Aragon

  • Final results from Aragon Network Vote #2. Notably, both the proposal to invest in Polkadot and the rival proposal to restrict investment in Polkadot were rejected, suggesting that ANT holders reject Ethereum maximalism but disagreed with the nature of Polkadot's proposal. This notion is reinforced by the approval of the Edgeware Lockdrop proposal. Also of note, Aragon Black officially became the third Aragon Flock team.

  • Brett Sun, lead developer at Aragon One, tweeted a thread explaining the work that went into the Aragon client.

  • MyBit created an identity app for their Aragon DAO: MyID. To join the DAO, an applicant takes a picture of themselves holding a piece of paper with their Ethereum address on it, then the DAO votes on whether to add that address to the whitelist. Read more about MyBit's DAO here, here, and here.

  • Autark April 2019 Update. A progress report on the work they've been doing with the funding they received in Aragon Network Vote #1. This work includes Aragon user profiles, organisation homepages, and That Planning Suite which launched on the Rinkeby testnet last week.

Colony

  • Q2 2019 Update. Ahead of their mainnet launch, Colony has made major protocol improvements that realise a more modular vision of the Colony Network, one that will enable Colony to support a broader variety of use cases than just DAOs. A new payment function simplifies fund transfers, in cases where the task function might be too complex, and can be enhanced with smart contract extensions like escrow and performance review. Permissions are now divided into classes (Funding, Administration, Arbitration, Architecture, Root) which can be assigned to accounts/contracts within different domains and reconfigured for a range of use cases; some technical examples outlined inside. Private beta testing is now open to applications; details and other updates inside.

DAOstack

ditCraft

Gitcoin

Giveth

Open source coin

Brain Food

Beyond OrgTech

Events

OrgTech Weekly #9

That Planning Suite live on Rinkeby, Aragon Network Vote #2, Ellcrys Quarterly Update, and more!

Previously on OrgTech Weekly

Most clicked: Tweet summary of Thibauld Favre's Coinfund talk, 2019 is the year of DAOs - Now we urgently need robust Consensus protocols for the People, What Types Of Organizations Should Be Autonomous?.

Project News

Aragon

  • Aragon Network Vote #2 starts today (April 25) at 4pm UTC. Check out the final details and this recap of the proposals being considered.

Aragon Black

Autark

  • That Planning Suite is now live on the Rinkeby testnet. This suite of apps extends Aragon's functionality, with project management integrated into GitHub, budgeting and allocation for more complex proposals, reward/dividend payments, and an on-chain address book for identifying Ethereum addresses.

Continuous Organizations (by Fairmint)

  • Last week's Coinfund talk was recorded and published. Check it out here.

DAOstack

  • The biggest threat to Genesis. Matan Field (Founder) recounts a hurdle he faced in the "soft" off-chain governance of DAOstack's first DAO (Genesis). He argues that norms are the biggest threat to the scalability, and therefore success, of DAOs.

Ellcrys

Moloch

Brain Food

  • The State Of The DAOs: Another issue in the memetic "2019 is the Year of the DAO" series, this time with an in-depth overview of past, present, and upcoming DAOs. Touches on Bitcoin, Dash, "The DAO", Maker, Aragon, Digix, Moloch, DAOstack, Gnosis' dxDAO, and PolkaDAO.

  • Aligning Incentives: Ezra Weller (DAOstack) explores how stakeholder theory can be applied to the question of decentralised governance, particularly Ethereum's developer funding debate.

Beyond OrgTech

Events

OrgTech Weekly #8

Aragon 0.7 Bella released, DAOstack Alchemy on mainnet, Democracy Earth used by Colorado legislators, and more!

Previously on OrgTech Weekly

Most clicked: Introducing Distense - A Decentralized Code Cooperative, A Self-Managing Firing Round, Governance FTW! Episode 0.

Project News

Aragon

  • Aragon 0.7 Bella released, with a simple identity system that lets you custom label Ethereum addresses, a responsive mobile layout, Aragon app upgradeability, an activity panel for monitoring active transactions, and the Aragon Payroll app.

  • Aragon Network Vote #2 stirred up some heated debate. The Web3 Foundation submitted AGP-41, proposing that the Aragon Association holdings be diversified into some DOTs (Polkadot tokens) of up to $1.5M. In response, Ameen Soleimani (MolochDAO) submitted AGP-42, proposing that Aragon should not be permitted to spend any money on Polkadot development moving forward. Stefano Bernardi (Executive Director of Aragon Association) offered some clarifications on the background and implications of AGP-41.

  • Luke Duncan (Aragon Researcher) will be hosting a townhall meeting this evening (Thursday 18th) to discuss all of the AGPs.

Continuous Organizations (by Fairmint)

  • Thibauld Favre (Fairmint founder) spoke at Coinfund. Check out the tweet summary from Devin Walsh (Coinfund analyst).

DAOstack

Democracy Earth

  • Democracy Earth was used in a quadratic voting trial by the Colorado State House of Representatives. 41 legislators were each allocated 100 tokens with which to buy votes across 108 bills. The cost of a given number of votes-per-bill was its square (10 votes for 1 bill = 100 tokens), meaning legislators could get more total votes the less they spent on any one bill. The result of these incentives was a clear long-tail of bills, with the most valued bill (Equal Pay for Equal Work Act) receiving 60 votes.

Edgeware (by Commonwealth Labs)

  • Quantstamp completed an audit of Edgeware's lockdrop smart contract.

Wetonomy

  • Released StrongForce, a C# smart contract framework using Tendermint consensus and integrated with Cosmos SDK. More details here.

Brain Food

Beyond OrgTech

  • The New Science of How to Argue - Constructively: Spurred by the growing incivility of online discourse, a new scientific field is emerging: erisology - "the study of unsuccessful disagreement". The goal is to better understand how debates can spiral into unproductive disagreement, such as in the failure to "decouple" factual claims from the context of how their potential interpretations might conflict with ideologies, and thereby promote healthier online discourse.

  • Behind Every Robot Is a Human: "Silicon Valley would have us believe that AI is smart enough to replace humans, when in reality it only works because of the role of hidden human labor in creating and maintaining these loops." A critique of Silicon Valley's obscuration of the role of humans in automation's last mile.

  • WordPress.com's Parent Company Announces Happy Tools, a New Suite of Products for the Future of Work: The first product, Happy Schedule, helps manage the schedules of remote employees and plan for 24/7 customer support.

Events

OrgTech Weekly #7

Introducing Distense, a DAO for self-funding civic orgs, an Aragon EthDAO proposal, and more!

Previously on OrgTech Weekly

Most clicked: Fostering Worker Cooperatives with Blockchain Technology: Lessons from the Colony Project, Sobol website, A Relative Value Model for Governance Tokens.

Project News

Aragon

  • Activism on Aragon. Aragon could help activist groups organise by making finances transparent and consensus easier to reach.

  • EthDAO: Making Ethereum great again. Luis (Aragon One CEO) proposes that the time is right to move the Ethereum Foundation funds into a DAO. The technical specification of this proposed DAO is outlined in more detail in this EthDAO governance thread.

DAOstack

Distense

  • Introducing Distense - A Decentralized Code Cooperative. "It’s the first for-profit company governed and managed solely by its contributors run on the Ethereum blockchain. Anyone, anywhere can join and work anonymously for Distense. The only requirement to contribute is that you can complete the work."

Kleros

open source coin

Brain Food

  • On Collusion: Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum co-founder) dives deep into the attack vectors facing different governance systems. Majority games (i.e. governance systems in which 51% of the participants can cooperate to seize control of shared resources) do not have any stable equilibriums that are invulnerable to attack from profit-seeking coalitions. One solution is to restrict our governance systems to games which do not have this instability, e.g. futarchy, however these are limited in their use cases. Alternatively, if we can solve the challenge of robust decentralised identities that cannot be rented/sold, we can make majority games collusion-resistant.

  • Lessons in decentralised governance from Twitch Plays Pokemon: Twitch Plays Pokemon was a novel mass-participation gaming experiment, which might offer valuable insights into self-organisation if we iterate and conduct experiments that modify the incentives/scenarios at play. Flex Dapps will be working on exactly that.

  • Governance FTW! Episode 0: Following their Twitter discussions last week, Lane Rettig (Ethereum), Santiago Siri (Democracy Earth), and Luke Duncan (Aragon), sat down to discuss governance.

  • On coordination, corruption and real-world things that simply need our help right now: DAOs have a very real use case in non-profits and cooperatives who struggle to navigate bureaucracy, fund mismanagement, and corrupt middlemen.

  • Facebook DAOs?: An intriguing prediction by Daniel Shavit (Pando, DAO Incubator) that Facebook could move to DAOs after their stablecoin is complete, in order to meet the SEC's "sufficiently decentralized" guidance, offering a KYC solution to Dark DAOs and enabling friends to create temporary orgs (e.g. for events).

  • Delegation in DAOs: Jake Brukhman (Coinfund) suggests that DAOs will naturally delegate responsibility to key stakeholders to overcome paralysis, which is still better than traditional hierarchical governance since the DAO can withdraw delegation instantly.

Beyond OrgTech

Events

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