@Pat Are you looking for a formal definition of the term “dOrg”? If so, myself and others working within the dOrg collective haven’t given “dOrg” a strict definition or set of standards. Rather just using the term as a shorthand for any type of (Digital / Decentralized / Distributed) Organization. I do however love the definition you’ve started to articulate, as this is very aligned with how we plan to operate (more on this below). I do think it could be a great term that encompasses things at a higher order of abstraction (ex: DAO & DAC are both dOrgs). dOrg as a set contains any [Decentralized Organization, Digital Organization, Distributed Organization].
Additional disclaimer: the dOrg collective is not claiming to have coined, or is seeking own the term dOrg. If the collective’s developments & practices end up aligning with a formal definition, then so be it.
Here is an excerpt from an early README where we try to explain our early thinking behind the term:
We wanted something that was easy for anyone, inside or outside the blockchain community, to remember and become familiar with. We think that the term dApp was extremely successful in doing this for Decentralized Apps, which brought us to thinking dOrg for Decentralized Organizations was a good fit.
The term DAO has become a standard in the blockchain community, and we do not aim to replace. We plan to use the term DAO in all technical documentation, and will only use dOrg as an up front “new user friendly” term.
We have however started to formalize how we plan to operate going forward:
A freelancer cooperative committed to enhancing the means of coordination.
dOrg is owned and controlled by its contributors, not external investors. Our representational forms— both on and off-chain— are designed to harness our collective power while protecting each agent’s autonomy. We aim to leverage economies of scale without sacrificing fair and reliable compensation.
More information found here: https://github.com/dOrgTech/vision