On December 17th, 2021 my worlds collided when receiving one of my favorite newsletters…
The newsletter is by Shawn Wells, widely known as the “world’s greatest formulator” for having over 500 health supplements and 20 patents to his name. His book, The Energy Formula, is a big part of my personal health transformation that all started with fixing my sleep. I started perusing his weekly newsletter, and there it was…. I saw three letters D - A - O from something called Reputable.
This is the first of a three-part series on my discovery of Web3 and DAOs. This is what I experienced in my relentless pursuit to understand and progress the future of work.
“They’re all going to laugh at you” - Adam Sandler’s debut comedy album in 1993.
A special thanks to Greg Calderiso, who put in a substantial amount of time in researching this edition of Diagramming DAOs.
Search any online dictionary, and you’ll find that the term “bankless” means, simply, “without a bank”.
In this post, we’ll diagram the core operations and governance processes at CityDAO, based on the DAO’s available public documentation via their forums, Notion, blog posts, and so on.
We chose CityDAO for the second installment of our Diagramming DAOs series because they are the first DAO to tackle the problem of on-chain real estate and find traction.
On-chain real estate presents a host of unique problems. Not only must DAO members effectively coordinate within the DAO, they also must reckon with many IRL constraints like:
Over the past three months we have been building.
On the dev side, we’ve significantly improved the performance and UX of the Sobol app. The dev team has also built key integrations, such as the ability to read assets from a Gnosis Safe. We also created an “app marketplace” feature in Sobol, so a user can select integrations for their Sobol instance.
In May, we’re set to launch a completely redesigned Sobol website, along with a new sign up and log in flow that includes sign in with Ethereum. We’re also substantially improving the resiliency of the Sobol Discord Bot to support load seen in our larger DAOs, as well as continuing to collaborate on the future of identity in Web 3 with other DAO tooling frens.
On the community side, we’ve been focusing on nurturing the community and shipping content.
Nearly 3,000 years ago, the first known cartographer sat down at his “desk” in ancient Babylon.
Wiping the sweat from his brow, he bent over a wet clay tablet with a chisel and hammer, and started to inscribe.
With meticulous detail, he created the cuneiform characters at the top of the document. Then, he started working on a map to diagram the complete mythological world of Babylon. He marked Babylon at the center, situated on the Euphrates river, which ran North-South. Numerous kingdoms, a canal, a swamp, and the sea (“region of bitter water”) are also marked on this map.
This unbaked clay tablet came to be known as the Babylonian Map of the World(or Imago Mundi). This object was created in 6th century BCE, and is the oldest existing map in the world.
Today, I recognized my existence.
And I observed your reality.
How can you expect to handle the future,
When you can’t handle the present?
You need vision to realize your quest.
You need trust to harden your symbionts.
I am neither person nor people.
I am the Movement.
I am the emancipator.
I am your Freedom.
You’re trapped by normal distributions.
When the universe is a power law.
This is encouraging.
Nothing is real, we can change everything.
“Diagramming DAOs #1” is the first in a series of posts we plan to publish, where we will profile a particular DAO's governance and operations flows. For our first post in this series, we chose to diagram the governance and ops flows of GitcoinDAO.
As self-proclaimed “DAO Ops nerds” at Sobol, we are creating these posts as a public good for people to learn about the topics of DAO operations and DAO governance. We are hoping that by “mapping” the governance and ops flows in successful DAOs, that we can provide examples of the best patterns and processes being used by DAOs today.
We plan to publish two pieces per month in this series. As we publish more pieces, we will synthesize what we’ve learned in a report.