We will be reusing this thread to share the updates around the DAO’s Mind initiative from now on.
“Proof of feasibility” done and is looking good.
The overall strategy was reconsidered to give much more time and relevance to the UX research and design.
We worked out an ambitious 6 months UX Research and Development Plan as the path to Mainnet and are looking forward to starting working on it.
The plan has an overall cost of 53k USD distributed along 6 months and a sequence of 6 proposals of 8.85k USD each.
We will partner with dOrg to absorb most of the effort in terms of development.
We plan to make the next proposal on Alchemy, associated with the first phase of the plan, soon (this week).
Delivery of the current proposal
As some of you already know, we have reached the milestone associated with our first Genesis Proposal and the results are exciting: we have built a “proof of feasibility” of the integration from a technical perspective and an ambitious development plan with a strong emphasis around the UX research and development.
While we were originally considering to move faster in terms of UX design, and have some deliverables already at the end of this early phase, feedback from the community-led us to confirm that the UX challenges are key for this proposal and significantly reframe our strategy.
We decided to partner with Holon.cat who are experts in the field and with whom we created a 6 months UX Research and Development Plan that is both ambitious and realistic in terms of the complexity of what we want to achieve.
From the technical side, the work done these past weeks was extensive and deep, and we managed to identify and solve two of the key technical challenges of the integration: Making sure a DAO can update a perspective of the wiki, no matter how big it is, with a single proposal, and making sure our web-components can be integrated and connected with the rest of components inside Alchemy.
This video shows the results of this stage, it is longer than the one we tweeted and includes more details regarding the work done and the next steps
This document constitutes the formal delivery of the proposal and details the UX Research and Development Plan, including an overview of all phases and of the technical aspects.
(click on the image to open it)
UX Research and Development Plan
As mentioned above, the challenge of creating an _Prtcl-powered GIT-like co-creation flow on top of Alchemy to govern a wiki is significant and we think that it’s better to frame it that way. While the proof of concept we have built proves that our solution is feasible. Making a tool that people can use, that feels natural and intuitive and that solves a real problem is very challenging.
The UX Research and Development Plan is our proposed approach to tackle this challenge. It is divided in 5 phases with a significant dedication in terms of UX, UI experts, and software developers.
The plan is to request the funds needed for each phase at the beginning of that phase. We have created a baseline path, but the process is subject to change as the research advances and the tool is better specified.
Here is a summary of the time dedication we currently foresee for each phase and each role. The hourly rate applied for all three roles is 45 USD/hour.
Phase / Dedication in (hrs)
We believe that the _Prtcl integration into DAOstack could be strategic and impact the overall evolution of the project in the mid and long-term. It’s not a coincidence that _Prtcl was in fact inspired by the very same vision of DAOstack: open and scalable collaboration.
In this sense, we think that the integration of _Prtcl into DAOstack could, in the future, go beyond governing a Wiki. It could impact other aspects such as coordination tools, discussion, and debates, complex proposals submissions and domain decomposition of DAOs into sub-DAOs, among others.
We are aware that the funding requested represents a relevant effort from the community, but we think it is a reasonable effort for the kind of work that needs to be done and that it should result in higher returns for the Genesis Community and the DAOstack ecosystem in general.
We have been discussing with Jordan and Ori from dOrg about this initiative as it is linked with some of their own work and plans, and have decided that the best fit is that dOrg absorbs most of the load on the development part of this initiative as it will be DAOStack specific.
This way Pepo and Guillem from _Prtcl can focus on developing a general-purpose architecture for _Prtcl. Note that the funds from Genesis will only be used by the DAOStack specific work executed by dOrg, with a small part going to _Prtcl for the time devoted to supporting the work of dOrg.
Please let us know what you think!