August 29th, 2022

Ceramic is a tricky thing to get your head around, thanks in part to the many new terms it uses. I hope to show that not only do you already understand schema, data objects, streamcodes and streams, you’ve probably already used them (in an offline form). 

We’ll use a simple example - a letter mailed through the post. 

Schema is a fancy word for a set of properties. Together, they form data objects. We can think of a letter as a simple data object, consisting of two schema. The first is a schema for the content of the letter itself. This is a very basic example, consisting of a single property (a string of text). To make our data object, we combine this with another schema - the address. Addresses have several properties - who the letter is addressed to, their street and street number, the town or city, the country, and a postal code. When we put these two schema together we create an object that is recognisable as a letter just about anywhere in the world. 

August 4th, 2022

We stand on the verge of a better future for the 1.9 billion people in the world who have access to the internet but earn less (often far less) than $20 a day. 

At humanDAO, we envision a digital workplace that is:

  • Safe. No long commutes, crowded public transport or coming home after dark. Anywhere with an internet connection can be a workplace. 
  • Fair. Equal pay for equal work, merit-based compensation, and equal opportunity regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or physical ability.
  • Flexible. Workers can tap into a global economy that never sleeps, or pause and disconnect. The work will be there when they’re ready for it. 
  • Autonomous. Workers can set their own hours, be their own boss, drive their development with ambition or simply earn a steady wage to create space for other interests. 

One final feature, unique to web3, is the ability to accumulate influence and responsibility for the organisations in which they work, alongside the potential for further financial upside from the value they are driving to the project’s economy.

December 22nd, 2021

I recently discovered humanDAO and was compelled to be a part of the team of builders bringing this unique, people-focused project to life. Despite being a young DAO, so much has happened already, and we are about to unveil our ‘version 2.0’ re-launch to attract the next wave of supporters and token holders to humanDAO.

Those of us who are already here know we have an amazing concept, and what the last few weeks have shown us, as like-minded leaders and creators have flocked to our community to participate and help us build out our vision, is that yes, everything we imagined this project could be is REAL.

This is hard to find in the world of crypto, especially as the market crabs sideways in the face of macro global uncertainty, Twitter spats boil over between heavily leveraged and biased stakeholders, and news continues to emerge about hidden financial incentives for crypto content creators.

November 25th, 2021

Tokens are a powerful catalyst for projects to achieve adoption, engagement, and value creation. They can provide utility, store and exchange value, convey governance rights, and in some cases do all of this and more. Although we are early on our journey at Developer DAO, the inner workings of a token of our own are already the subject of intense discussion. This article will get you up to speed on the conversation so far.

The basics of DAOs and tokens are covered in this excellent piece by Florian Strauf, and if you really want to immerse yourself in the detail you can do so to the tune of 364 pages on the topic in Shermin Voshmgir's Token Economy. I'll assume you have a basic working knowledge of the concepts and we can get quite specific here on what this means for the economy and governance of Developer DAO.

Tokens don't come without risks. The circulation of an ERC-20 token (along with many other things a DAO might do) can quickly lead to complex and disruptive legal questions. A conservative middle ground that enables progress, and one that many other DAOs have done so far, is issuing a governance token that exists solely as a tool for community organisation.

This model still permits using the token as a means of rewarding contributors and building an intrinsic economy for the DAO i.e. the tokens you receive for your services can be exchanged for other services within the DAO ecosystem, but the tokens have no defined value outside of this. Of course, holders retain autonomy over their asset and how it is used, and that could include trading them for other assets if the demand exists to do so. The important thing for the DAO is to separate itself from any transactions and value capture outside its own economy. This means avoiding actions such as trading tokens for other assets or providing liquidity to facilitate their exchange.

November 10th, 2021

Lately I’ve been enamoured with enduring crypto success stories. Those who weathered the storms and emerged, beliefs intact, personally and financially committed to the cause. They have been richly rewarded for their resilience.

A simple model for building this resilience seems to be pulling on the threads of curiosity, finding motivation to make a contribution, and through these actions building deep-seated conviction.

Curiosity charts a meandering path. These curious minds wandered, lingered, skipped ahead, revisited and interrogated. Thoughts become threads. As they continued to explore and make connections they wove those threads into a narrative fabric, and the more closely they examined that fabric, as incredible as it was, the more they saw of its gaps and imperfections.

They found ways to help close the gaps and make the imperfections whole. Despite practically infinite options for how to spend their time and money, they chose to contribute to this. They paid the opportunity cost of not doing everything else, often with no guarantee of return, for the sake of making a difference.