frogmonkee
frogmonkee
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April 26th, 2022

Last week, we released a brief case study highlighting how ENS DAO uses Orca Protocol to create and manage working groups. In it, we described how ENS DAO deployed Pods for their four working groups, each governed by $ENS voters and empowered to manage their own operations.

Each pod is governed by $ENS voters, while the pods themselves are empowered to manage their own operations, including payments, such as:

  • Paying contributors
  • Reimbursing off-chain expenses
  • Distributing Coordinape rounds
  • Delivering grants and bounties
frogmonkee
frogmonkee
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April 21st, 2022

Last year, we saw an explosion in DAO activity with treasuries and member participation increasing by multiple orders of magnitude. To industry insiders, the boom was no surprise. 2021 was a big year for crypto across the board - NFTs, DeFi 2.0, GameFi, DAOs, and more. The culture, monetary, and technological levers all lined up perfectly. The race was on.

Constrained Delegation

In time, mature DAOs began to identify a recurring problem.

DAOs were founded on the principles of democratic participation, but requiring all decisions to go through a voting procedure was laborious. Many DAO members became fatigued or lacked the appropriate context to make informed decisions.

Dan Wu
Dan Wu
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Julia Rosenberg
Julia Rosenberg
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Chun
Chun
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March 17th, 2022

Introduction

Metagovernance has become an increasingly popular topic within the DAO ecosystem over the last several months. It is commonly defined as holding one DAO’s token in order to influence decisions in another DAO(s). The benefits of metagovernance are clear - DAO2DAO relationships are positive-sum incentive-alignment mechanisms that amplify the voices of individuals.

Some recent proof points of the swift maturation of metagovernance knowledge and practices include:

Chun
Chun
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January 6th, 2022

Written by Dan Wu (@itsdanwu)

Improving member participation in governance remains one of the hottest and most nuanced problems facing DAOs today. However, these are not new problems we are facing. Roy Lerner wrote ‘Blockchain Voter Apathy’ describing the barriers for effective governance and potential solutions for increasing voter participation over two years ago. Despite his plea for change, governance participation has made little to no meaningful progress.

The purpose of this piece is to provide a high level primer on the current state of governance and participation. Some topics explored include areas where governance is needed, analysis of on-chain voter participation, common issues with governance today, and recommendations on how to resolve some of these issues identified.

Chun
Chun
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Julia Rosenberg
Julia Rosenberg
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Gresshaa Mehta
Gresshaa Mehta
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December 22nd, 2021

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2021 has been one of the most interesting years so far for DAOs. As DAOooooors, it is important that we take proper time to look back, reflect and introspect. Maybe we missed out on an airdrop here and there, maybe we burned a bridge or two. But DAOs have shown us their unstoppable power to bring people together, who otherwise would never meet, to build innovative products and grow wholesome communities. We would like to shine light back on some of these memorable moments.

Chun
Chun
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Julia Rosenberg
Julia Rosenberg
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Maria Gomez
Maria Gomez
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October 6th, 2021

Written by: Maria Gomez (@MyPaoG), Julia Rosenberg (@JulzRoze), and @zkchun

When not fantasizing about the next 1000x moonshot, many crypto-natives dream about how DAOs will transform the way people collaborate. DAOs are imagined as flat and fluid organizations, the opposite of the rigid, pyramid-like structures dominating the corporate world today—an organization where every stakeholder gets to speak their mind and be heard, whether you are a big whale or just a smol ting. It is a noble end-state to pursue, but the reality is that as DAOs grow, they tend to encounter certain pain points (many of which are brought on by their flatness) that hinder their progress.

This article will briefly look at the scaling problems that DAOs run into today, go over the problem with token voting and offer a high-level introduction to how Orca Protocol will solve this problem.

Chun
Chun
0xF35d
Julia Rosenberg
Julia Rosenberg
0x653E
Maria Gomez
Maria Gomez
0xb295
September 16th, 2021

Written by: Maria Gomez (@MyPaoG), Julia Rosenberg (@JulzRoze), and @zkchun

DAOs, decentralized autonomous organizations, have recently regained the attention of the crypto community. A new DAO seems to popup everyday—from collective NFT buyers to syndicate DAO frameworks. Not only has consumer excitement for DAOs exploded, organizations of different shapes and sizes are increasingly eager to begin their journey to decentralization.

Yet, throughout this DAO boom, there has been little clarity on what these new organizations really are. Formal definitions are a good place to start when things are new, but there does not seem to be one for DAO—even though many attempts have been made. What makes a DAO, a DAO? Why is it that we, as end-users, can so freely join and cooperate with new frens in the DAOs we love? And what could be useful tools for DAOs to optimize for cooperation and coordination?