CityDAO is at a crossroads. This next six to nine months of 2023 will have an outsized impact on the future of our DAO and the character of our community.
Unfortunately, we have encountered unavoidable organizational headwinds. But we have learned a lot in the last year and a half, and are better positioned to streamline our operating process and rotate in new leadership, while respecting our old leaders and traditions.
Just by virtue of collectively agreeing to join with other citizens in the first place, we all recognize that absolute decentralization is anarchy, and recognize that we are more powerful together. We have agreed to abide by snapshot voting as a barometer of the “will of the community.” And we have collectively formed guilds, factions, and projects - all implicit recognition of the acceptance of “ordered decentralization”
Unfortunately, politics has become centralized to CityDAO. Many times, citizens come to our meetings or subs and talk about what they will do. Few have demonstrated what they can do.
We need to get back to basics, streamline our governance (to eliminate a focus on governance), and set a clear path for the future, while respecting the traditions and visions of our past: Blanka, Parcel 0, T0wn, and NFT Marketplace.
Getting Back to Basics
Here’s my big takeaway from last year - we spent so much time setting up “processes” to make CityDAO “fair” and “trustless” for all citizens that we took the most important part out of the process: building!
Building relationships is key to working on a project team. Trustless doesn’t necessarily mean cold and faceless anon on the other side. Even when people use handles and stay anon there is a sense of camaraderie that gets built in chat and work product. Building our internal and external relationships is key for ensuring they have a handle on how much and what type of resources that DAO can allocate and capitalize on at any time.
Building derivative products (primitives) and ensuring that projects have adequate resources to succeed is another basic building block that we need to focus on.
Streamline our Governance
While I understand we spend an inordinate amount of time discussing governance, we have come to realize that the governance and process are what MAKES THE DAO algorithmic and immutable, and enforcable, like a smart contract. Unfortunately, our current process make the DAO ungovernable with too many aspirational sections that required growth in engagement and didn’t take into account the bear market reduction.
One option for streamlining our governance is to draft a quick fix while assigning the multi-signers with bringing back a new Charter & Operating Agreement that is simple and accessible for all citizens:
The authority granted to ‘mission guild’ in the charter shall be transfered to the ‘main treasury multi-sig wallet signers.’
Additionally, there shall be created a secretary that is a ministerial position.
Both the secretary and multi-signers have a salary of 5,000 per month and individual budget authority of 10,000 every 6 months. With authority to spend that budget on official CityDAO related business or deputize others to assist in the performance of the work required.
*Both the secretary and multi-signers shall bring back a new proposed operating agreement and any changes to the charter by April 1, 2023. *
The Secretary, multi signers, nor any other member is the ‘leader’ of CityDAO and the changes many not designate any such ‘leader.’
Set a Clear Path for the “Big 4” Projects
Each of the projects should designate a CityDAO liaison and a clear reporting schedule of at least monthly (I think weekly reporting is detrimental). Each of the “big 4” projects can be categorized in regards to their relationship with the greater DAO and how each will interact.
Functional analysis should be done on each project. For example, CityDAO Town is essentially an exercise in Intra-DAO relations. How will CityDAO tap into those resources in the future (for example)? What relationship goals do we have for CityDAO Town? How will we be able to reciprocate?
Parcel 0 needs active volunteers to accommodate the mission. Parcel 0 has been allocated funds and we should actively recruit to fill those roles.
Thoughts, questions, comments?