Exploring governance for better futures
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May 21st, 2022

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.

Three conversations

Over three conversations, we engaged with people who bring different and complementary perspectives to governance. This included experience and views from DAOs, other decentralised networks, the co-operative movement, Indigenous cultures, purpose-led business, and civic and systems innovation.

We explored perspectives on the essential functions and attributes of governance, and the design implications for governance arrangements that seek to foster decentralisation, pluralism, and regeneration.

Each of the conversations were framed around a question (click the links to listen to a recording of the conversation):

  1. June 2, 2022: Metagovernance - what is it and what’s its potential?
  2. June 16, 2022: DAO to DAO - what are we seeing and learning from inter-DAO cooperation?
  3. June 30, 2022: New and old - what can Web3 learn from and contribute to existing governance perspectives and practices?

All Twitter Spaces took place from 6:30 to 7:30 pm EST and were hosted on the SuperBenefit Twitter account.

Conversation 1: Metagovernance - what is it and what’s its potential?

Taking place from 6:30 to 7:30 pm EST on Thursday, June 2, the first Twitter Space in this series featured:

Read key insights and takeaways from the June 2 Twitter Space or click here to listen to a recording of the June 2 Twitter Space.

Conversation 2: DAO to DAO - what are we seeing and learning from inter-DAO cooperation?

Taking place from 6:30 to 7:30 pm EST on Thursday, June 16, the second Twitter Space in this series featured:

Read key insights and takeaways from the June 16 Twitter Space or click here to listen to a recording of the June 16 Twitter Space.

Conversation 3: New and old - what can Web3 learn from and contribute to existing governance perspectives and practices?

Taking place from 6:30 to 7:30 pm EST on Thursday, June 30, the third Twitter Space in this series featured:

Read key insights and takeaways from the June 16 Twitter Space or click here to listen to a recording of the June 30 Twitter Space.

Hosting and learning

The conversations were be hosted by SuperBenefit, who are currently undertaking research in Web3 governance principles, practices, and patterns.

Our intention is to harvest the learnings from across the three spaces and integrate them with independent research into governance models and practice in order to publish an article with our findings and to inform further conversations and explorations.

We welcome collaborators! If you’re interested in joining us in this project, reach out to Heenal or Michelle on Twitter, or join SuperBenefit’s Discord.

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