Right now, DAOs are already creating a paradigm shift in how people work, operate, and coordinate. Many are seeing the importance of developing and building out this DAO ecosystem, as well as tools to make DAOs more effective and easier to use, so that more and more people (from more and more places) will be able to create or contribute to DAOs.
However, the proliferation of DAOs must come first and foremost from the proliferation of DAO mentality.
But what exactly is “DAO mentality”? What does it even mean to be a DAO native? Honestly, there are a number of things, but some of the most important are autonomy, agency, ownership, participation, and self-empowerment.
I could write all day about these attributes and the need for them to be taught, but let’s just talk real quick about what they mean in regards to work and the workplace.
When you work under the scope of a company or corporation, your work is essentially owned by that company or corporation. In return, of course, you get a paycheck - but you have no claim to the work that was done, even if it came fully from your own efforts. You don’t own the means of production, or even the production itself.
DAOs change this relationship between worker and owner by blurring the lines between the two. In DAOs, often you can become the worker and the owner, because anyone with a stake in the DAO also has ownership of the work produced in it.
This relationship is significantly better than the previous relationship. But even then, there still is a gap between your work being owned by the DAO entity (and community) and your work being owned by *you*.
What’s the difference? Well, possibly not that much. But what if you leave the DAO? What if the DAO gets taken over by bad actors, or it simply dissolves? How much control over your work (and the record of your work) do you still have in these scenarios?
This is the true importance of Govrn for a DAO contributor. Record your own contributions, mint your own contributions, manage your own contributions.
You’ve heard of: “Not your keys, not your coins.”
Now we add: “Not your records, not your work.”