TL/DR: Change is the only Constant. We propose an experimental governance Convention to (i) review, amend and restate the governing documents of CityDAO, (ii) build collaboration and Teams, and (iii) in the name of CityDAO’s best interests - pause CIPs until completion.
Problem statement: We have a Charter and Operating Agreement (”OA”) that is cumbersome and presents governance challenges. We also have a disparity of opinion within the community on CityDAO’s mission and how treasury funds should be spent.
Examples of the Problem:
- There is no full time leader to get a CIP from Draft through Vote, so it is left to the project teams and “politicking”; CIP practices are disparate and inconsistent.
- The Charter was aspirational - the Mission Guild functions have not been fully executed, and the Court system was never implemented, leaving citizens with no meaningful dispute resolution process.
- CityDAO’s mission is still not defined and aligned with internal priorities/practices, creating a lot of disputes, internal arguing, and inconsistent CIPs.
- The results of CIP votes do not reflect a high degree of conviction on the part of the community at large.
Solution: we propose:
- An IRL and Virtual Convention at the DAOLabs space (or similar if DAOLabs is unable to timely secure a space) and virtually leading up to ETH Denver for a DAO Convention to amend and restate our governing documents. Participants get a new Convention NFT.
- Pause all new CIPs until governance from the Convention can be put up for CIP.
- Only allow CIPs to ensure existence of DAO through the Convention.
The Convention, to be held in the days leading up to ETH Denver, will be both in person and virtual, and will focus on:
- Amending and Restating CityDAO’s Mission.
- Simplifying and Restating governance.
- Creating a clear process for generating and passing proposals - from birth to execution life cycle, including CIP templates, mission alignment checks, criteria for moving to funding stage, and corporate due diligence.
- Solving for the “full time” problem, that operations and communication are hampered by lack of people who are willing / able to work on CityDAO full time (Scott & Aaron’s point about a “Secretary”), and/or who otherwise may be compromised by conflicts of interest given nature of internal and external roles around CityDAO.
The Convention, like a meeting of Congress, or any governing body, must have rules. Walter has been working on creating a Pod voting structure for 9 years. This where we are. It is an experiment of the most important nature. It could inform the future of all DAOs. It will change through the process. That is the point. Change is the only constant. There should also be constants. Roberts Rules of Orders will be utilized when necessary.
- We will work in sprints, each sprint will be ~120 minutes. We are aiming for 4 cycles per day.
- (pre work) Virtual & in-person attendees will be randomly assigned (only round 1, future rounds will be self-selected) into pods of 3 or 4 people.
- (20 minutes) Each pod will use common sense, good faith, and “blind brain writing” to get to know one another and generate ideas/facts on the topic of the current session.
- (20 minutes) Each pod will vote on 1 idea and elect 1 of their members to pass to the next round.
- (3 Minutes) The chosen members are asked take 3 minutes to group themselves into pods of 3’s, 4’s, 5’s 6’s, or 7’s and process starts over at #3 above.
- (20 minutes) Rounds continue until there are 3-7 people representing 3-7 unique ideas. At that point they are distilled by that highest level pod into resolutions for debate and voting.
- At this stage, anyone can surface an idea to be discussed or added to the ballot if all their pod leaders agree up the chain, or if they can get 1/3 of participants to up-vote.
- To end the round, a binding snapshot vote on each resolution is posted and taken. After the convention, all snapshot results will be compiled into a final snapshot to modify the DAO governance documents.
- As an example, if there are ~1000 people participating, it will take, ~110 minutes to get to ~2 concrete resolutions for change. To demonstrate:
- (20 minutes) Round 1: ~1000/~3.5 = ~285 pods select 285 people and 285 ideas.
- (23 minutes) Round 2: ~285/~5 = ~57 pods select 57 people and 57 ideas to pass on
- (23 minutes) Round 3: ~57/~5 = ~11 pods select 11 people and 11 ideas to deliberate on.
- (23 minutes) Round 4: ~11/~5 = ~2 pods select 2 people and 2 ideas to deliberate on.
- (23 minutes) Deliberation, ~2 people refine 2 ideas into resolutions for CIP voting.
- In summary, in 120 minutes, including 8 minutes of buffer for technical issues, means 4 cycles can accomplished in 1 day with an hour break for lunch:
- 8am Cycle 1
- 10am Cycle 2
- 12pm Lunch
- 1pm Cycle 3
- 3pm Cycle 4
- Day 1
- Morning: Practice 2 rounds of voting and convention process; get to know each other.
- Afternoon: CityDAO Mission Cycles 1 & 2
- Evening: Team building
- Day 2
- Morning: Operating Agreement Cycles 1 & 2
- Afternoon: Operating Agreement Cycles 3 & 4
- Evening: Team building (Option of additional cycles)
- Day 3
- Morning: Solving for Full Time Problem Cycles 1 & 2
- Afternoon: CIP Process Cycles 1 & 2
- Evening: NFT & Reimbursement Cycles
- Post convention work:
- Compilation of final proposals.
- Draft and vote on updated governance docs for CIP.
All participants will be rewarded in ETH, and with a new NFT that will mint following the First Convention.
Pod leaders elected will be compensated with additional ETH every round, except for the first.
Those who do not lead, will have the luxury of getting to not do the hard work that the leaders will have to do, or they can break off with other non-leaders to plan for the next round.
If one person is elected multiple times, they will be compensated at a multiple of the number of rounds they lead.
We will arrange for hotel group rate for in person attendees.
City DAO treasury will be bound by this CIP to Vote its treasury of Citizen Tokens with outcome of the Convention to implement the results of the Convention via CIP.
Team & Budget:
Compensation will be awarded upon completion of the summit, and ratification by Pod Leaders/Delegates.
@wdclapp - Convention Creator and Facilitator - Comp: $5,000
@kkopczyn - Convention Co-Creator and Co-Facilitator - Comp: $5,000
@DAOvolution - Historical Record post-Charter - Comp: $2,500
@scottfits - Founder and Organizer of CityDAO - Comp - Donating Time
@Da3vid - Historical Record pre-Charter - Comp: $2,500
@Fugyeah - Historical Record pre-Charter - Comp: $2,500
@ethlaw - Secretary and Outside Counsel - Comp: Up to $5,000
Professional Parliamentarian - $5,000
Participation Rewards and Reimbursements:
Discretionary $120,000 of Reimbursements and Rewards for Participation, and creation of new NFT to reward participants. Expense reimbursements, and mini grants to leaders that emerge, will be compiled and agreed to in final cycle. Eligible expenses, reimbursements, and rewards:
- Food & Drinks for onsite Convention attendees.
- Travel reimbursement for any citizen that attend in person. Max of $1,500 per person. Can be split equally, or not depending on cycle outcome.
- Remainder will be split among all virtual attendees with max comp of $750 per person.
- Pod-Leader Bounties/Mini-Grant max: $20,000
Space in Denver: $10,000
Spaces in China/Turkey/Thailand/Other Regions: $15,000
Time: February, prior to ETH Denver over 3 days.
Location: CityDAOLabs space in Denver, CO, Other Regional Destinations if Organized, & Virtual.