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July 22nd, 2022

SuperBenefit DAO has convened a series of conversations to explore how the nature of governance is evolving and its role in accelerating transitions to better futures. We’re specifically interested in how web3 technologies are enabling new thinking and ways of doing, and their potential to combine with existing practices, perspectives, and wisdom.

The first conversation we hosted was on ‘meta-governance’. The second was on ‘DAO2DAO cooperation’. This final conversation explored what web3 can learn from and contribute to existing governance perspectives and practices.

The contributors

June 22nd, 2022

Rowan is a contributor to SuperBenefitDAO and works on scalable models of coordination and fractal DAO governance. Deep gratitude to Heenal Rajani and Michael Lewkowitz for contributing to this article. This article is the third in our series exploring the concept of DAOs as networks and their evolutionary nature.

Scale matters

DAOs are extraordinary for their capacity to test experimental ideas. And the innovation DAOs are unlocking because of this, all across Web3, is astounding! But, in order to have a transformational impact on the world, we need DAOs to scale beyond experiments. There is a risk that if they can’t successfully scale what they do, their potentially transformational innovations will just get co-opted by more centralised organisations (pseudo-DAOs and companies), who can more effectively scale and exploit them. Leaving us in much the same position we are in now. 

Scale is not just about getting a lot of users onto a protocol with a bare bones interface that only early adopters will accept. In traditional startup speak, this would be considered validation or proof of concept only. Scale means delivering world class products to millions of people, with user experiences that are better than what Web2 is currently giving us.

SuperBenefit DAO is convening a series of conversations to explore how the nature of governance is evolving and its role in accelerating transitions to better futures. We’re specifically interested in how web3 technologies are enabling new thinking and ways of doing, and their potential to combine with existing practices, perspectives, and wisdom.

The first conversation we hosted was on ‘meta-governance’ - a summary of which you can find here. In this second conversation, the focus turned to what we’re seeing and learning from ‘DAO2DAO cooperation’.

The contributors

For many people, governance is an obscure concept. For those engaged in it, it often relates to organisational performance and oversight of compliance, culture, strategy, and risk. Prevailing models tend to concentrate control and reinforce power structures. Less often is governance designed to be generative, distributed, and enabling of self-organisation.

Given governance is, in essence, how authority and accountability is held and actioned in any given context, we think this core social infrastructure is ripe for innovation. Fortunately, the arrival of web3, coinciding with other pressures and shifts in the world, are inviting us to reframe, revitalise, and, in many respects, remember, what governance is and can be.

With this in mind, SuperBenefit DAO is convening a series of conversations to explore how the nature of governance is evolving and its role in accelerating transitions to better futures. We’re specifically interested in how web3 technologies are enabling new thinking and their potential to combine with existing practices, perspectives, and traditional wisdom.

The first conversation we hosted was on ‘meta-governance’. We gathered with a small group of founders and DAO-ers to discuss what it is and where it could take us.

May 29th, 2022

Rowan is a contributor to SuperBenefitDAO and works on scalable models of coordination and fractal DAO governance. Deep gratitude to Heenal Rajani and Michael Lewkowitz for contributing to this article. This article is the second in our series exploring the concept of DAOs as networks and the evolving nature of DAO design.

Goodbye “business model”. Hello “network economy”

As we described in our recent article ‘DAOs aren’t things… they are flows’, Web3 presents the possibility of a new paradigm to replace the company-centric paradigm that has been evolving over the past 400 years.

SuperBenefit DAO is convening a short series of Twitter Spaces to explore how the nature of governance is evolving, and to inquire into the governance we need to accelerate the arrival of better futures. We call this project Exploring governance for better futures.

We are specifically interested in how Web3 technologies are enabling new models of governance towards these ends, and their potential to combine with existing practices, perspectives, and wisdom.

Beyond the governance of organisations, communities, and networks, we’ll probe the notion of meta-governance and the practicalities of governance in a systems context.

Michelle Baldwin and Heenal Rajani wrote this post that was originally published in the National Observer. This article is inspired by the collective learning among those engaged in SuperBenefit DAO. Photo courtesy of James Wainscoat via Unsplash

As we face a layering of crises at the intersections of equity, climate and economy worldwide, organizations and individuals alike must accelerate and co-ordinate for the societal transition required to address these challenges and their complex impacts.

Popular and well-used methods like network building, public policy and advocacy, cross-sector collaboration and narrative shifting are important. But they are no longer enough to drive the scale and pace of change we need.

What if we were to look outside of our go-to tools and innovations and beyond our own institutions and sectors to explore emerging systems and technologies that could help shape a better future for all?

April 29th, 2022

Rowan is a contributor to SuperBenefitDAO and works on scalable models of coordination and fractal DAO governance. Much thanks goes to Heenal Rajani, Michael Lewkowitz and Michelle Baldwin who contributed to this article. This comes out of work that SuperBenefit is doing to explore the evolving nature of governance in web3.

Web3 is giving us the opportunity to rewrite how groups of people come together and do things in the world. But are we importing a core concept from our existing paradigm without realising it? A concept that if it does find its way into the fabric of web3 might see us recreating our traditional centralising structures - the very structures we are so fervently trying to shake off?

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February 22nd, 2022

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