Description of the project
It has recently been discussed that genDAO should start accepting other DAOs as members. In this way, it might become a fractalized organization, a DAO of DAOs (perhaps even a DAO of DAOs of DAOs, ad infinitum). We, members of both genDAO and DAOincubator, want to help turn this idea into a reality by proposing an onboarding procedure that organizations, rather than individuals, can use to apply for membership.
To more fully explore the potential of DAOs, it’s important to play with as many different configurations as we can dream up. Nested DAOs (e.g. DAOx is a member of DAOy) and Escher-esque DAOs (e.g. DAOx is a member of DAOy AND DAOy is a member of DAOx) are two yet-unexplored structures that deserve our attention.
• Experimentation with DAO configurations is necessary for achieving need-solution parity between users and what DAOs can offer as a product: novel forms of “organizing, resource sharing, liability protection, financial instrument design etc.”- As-A -Service.
The benefits of this research are incentive-compatible across stakeholders:
(1) DAO platforms, and DAOstack/genDAO in particular, can identify and test which features users need and implement in given situations. Tracking and referring to this information when making UX/UI design choices can maximize effectiveness, adoption and sustained use of DAOs. We’re at such an early stage as a field/industry that every new application of DAOs to real-life scenarios is a critical opportunity for us to learn what works, what doesn’t, when and why.
(2) DAO users (individuals within DAOs and the DAO as a collective functioning as an individual) will have access to a complete understanding of how DAOstack functions and the possibilities for contribution in the ecosystem as well as for constructing a customized organization within it. Onboarding DAO initiators in an explicitly instructional environment ameliorates one of the frequently-cited barriers to entry for involvement: wading through all the chats and documentation required for information symmetry about the tools and how to use them, but also how to operate meaningfully as a member within the DAO. We anticipate that introducing DAO initiators to DAOstack and genDAO in a space with “no stupid questions” and the opportunity to learn together with direct guidance available as needed, will reduce attrition and increase sustained participation overtime in the community and also in use of the DAO for its intended purpose.
(3) DAOincubator will be fulfilling its intended role of working directly with DAO platforms and their native DAOs (e.g. DAOstac/genDAO) to grow the ecosystem by supporting subDAOs with direct guidance that also serves to generate protocols and procedures that can act as extensible, modular “templates”.
• Exploring nested DAO structures enables a tight feedback loop of hypothesis creation, testing and iteration as we co-design these novel forms of collective organization. For example, we hypothesize that the “templates” mentioned above will emerge from patterns of functions and forms shared
(a) between platforms’ native DAO (e.g. genDAO) and its subDAOs
(b) across subDAOs within a platform
© among DAO stakeholders (individual and collective member entities, e.g. DAOinc)
(d) interoperable across platforms
If genDAO adopts the procedure, any DAO with an architecture that allows it to abide by the terms laid out will have the ability to apply for genDAO membership.
Recently we started a breakoutroom and a DAOtalk thread to dive deeper into the topic. From these discussions emerged many important questions relating to this proposal (click through links above to view the full discussion).