Pact’s Season Zero kicked off in late 2021. It was our time to start fresh from where we had been (a community fundraising project formed during the pandemic) to become a group looking at mutual aid and web3 as viable tools and frameworks for collective liberation.
Before announcing our Season One, we wanted to share our journey before web3, how we got here, and our learnings from a long and valuable Season Zero.
Let’s start at the beginning. Before becoming PactDAO, we were Pact Collective. Like many current grassroots efforts, Pact Collective started during the height of the pandemic. During this time, countless community groups formed or ramped up existing efforts to provide neighbor-to-neighbor relief. The only thing stopping these small groups from garnering large-scale support was their lack of visibility. These groups didn’t have marketing budgets, or well-designed/SEO indexed websites - many were just groups of friends and neighbors using Venmo handles and IG posts to get help where it was needed.
“Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.”
― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants
We are in a time of serious societal reckoning. We have felt the failure of systems viscerally. The fear of sickness and ecological turmoil, the helplessness of systemic injustice, and the alienation of social distancing and hyper-individualism, are all produced by capitalists.
A revolution is on the horizon - however, it might not be the one we’ve imagined. In their public protest, Bed Peace, Jon Lennon and Yoko Ono advocated strongly for a revolution of the mind. A process of slowing down, deprogramming the “monster” in ourselves, and using time and thoughtfulness to create something new. This is the undertaking of our community’s initial season.
We’re PactDAO - a mutual aid cooperative in NYC 👋. In the first step of our revolutionary experiment, we will start by simply bringing New Yorkers together. We see that the way out is through, and together, we can reprogram our minds and habits to build a foundation of familiarity, accountability, and companionship to actualize our collective potential. To plant seeds of change, we must grow in relationship with our community and each other.