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Frontiers Of Coordination #8 - Govrn, Governance & Autonomy w/ Aaron Soskin & Stefen Delev
Frontiers Of Coordination #8 - Govrn, Governance & Autonomy w/ Aaron Soskin & Stefen Delev
From sunny Croatia to sunny Miami, Peth talks to Aaron Soskin and Stefen Delev from Govern friends with vibes of epic proportions, working on, an open platform that helps DAO contributors to track and record their own work, while enabling communities to value & reward such contributions. The idea, as they explain, is to make sure that DAO contributors are as autonomous as possible and that the work that they do is owned by them with reputation verified & an option to fork their & other contributions into their own project, if the ideas diverge or contributions grow too much. “We found that for DAOs to stay autonomous and as decentralized as possible, there needed to be a better way to coordinate work” – explains Soskin. As a response, they developed a protocol not only for tracking contributions but for assigning value. Besides tracking & rewarding contributions, the whole point is for the contributors to be as autonomous as possible. There will even be measures put in place so organizations can cyclically go from diverging to converging & diverging to converging on a cyclical basis, allowing people to experiment on their own, together evaluate experiments & merge ideas back into strategic goals of the organization - or pursue separate paths if needed. “This idea –says Delev– of having ownership of your contributions and having a contribution layer that interacts with reputation tools, identity tools or payment tools, etcetera; and combining all this within DAOs opens the doors of governance as based on contribution rather than based on the tokens you buy or the airdrop you got”. Some of the topics: Why tracking contributions On-chain contributions Govrn protocol Layers of verification: records, attestations and assignments Experiences with Sourcecred Fungible contributions for autonomy and trust Autonomy vs alignment in DAOs Bootstrapping vs fundraising Challenges at Govrn Coordination challenges for DAOs Centralized vs decentralized governance Contribution-based governance Resources: Govrn DAO linktree Govrn DAO twitter Aaron Soskin Stefen Delev
59:34
November 20, 2022
Frontiers Of Coordination #8 - Pioneers & Settlers; Going Fast & Far w/ Ven Gist
Frontiers Of Coordination #8 - Pioneers & Settlers; Going Fast & Far w/ Ven Gist
Ven is a designer and a general coordinator in several DAOs such as MetaCartel, DAOhaus and Raid Guild, among others. In this episode he shares his views and perspective on pioneering in DAOs and how to expand the frontiers of coordination. “One thing the community have to do is sustain itself but the other thing is to explore the frontiers”, he shares. “currently there are DAOs that are very tight circles and when people want to pioneer, they have to go outside the circle to do it, which is necessary but also creates difficulty in coordinating”. For him, instead of DAOs being a rigid structure, there need to be protocols and mechanisms within the communities for pioneers to be empowered. He believes that the future is oriented towards cross-DAO collaboration; however they need to figure out how to coordinate better before they can start coordinating across them. “We need to be able to go fast and go far together and if DAOs can do that, we can actually start doing really effective governance”. Some of the topics: What is a frontier of coordination in DAOs Pioneering in DAOs His key take-aways from his work within DAOs How to incentivize pioneering and coordination Growth vs sustainability His view on the future of DAOs: collaborative initiatives The use cases for protocols and platforms for DAOs and communities MetaOS Resources: Vengist Twitter MetaCartel Twitter MetaCartel website DAOHaus website  DAOHaus twitter  MetaGame Twitter  MetaGame website
54:52
August 26, 2022
Frontiers Of Coordination #7 - Stefen Delev On The Importance Of DAOs For Crypto Adoption
Frontiers Of Coordination #7 - Stefen Delev On The Importance Of DAOs For Crypto Adoption
Back home in The Bahamas after doing several conferences at Austin, New York and Barcelona, Stefen Delev took time to have a casual conversation with Peth. Stefen came up as being the president of the Caribbean Blockchain Alliance, a NGO that promotes the adoption of blockchain technology in the region mostly through education - eg. with a big event coming up. Other than that, working on projects like PrimeDAO, The DAOist & most recently Govrn, also known throughout the DAOsphere as a man of great vibes. Some of the topics: Challenges for adoption His journey into DAOs Radical participation in DAOs Short term vs long term vision Cross-DAO collaboration GovrnDAO and contribution management The future of DAOs and governance “I definitely see DAOs being the main point of access for the Caribbean because in a lot of places, pretty much the most part, exchanges are pretty difficult to get access to.” - DAOs making it possible to earn instead of buying. He currently serves as Growth Leader in Govrn and believes in building cross-DAO collaboration from contributor work. Resources: Stefen Delev Caribbean Blockchain Alliance twitter Caribbean Blockchain Alliance Web GovrnDao twitter GovrnDao linktree Her Story DAO The Daoist Prime Dao 
55:34
July 30, 2022
Share What You’re Making with Chair and Bacon #9: 0xDawg On Ocean Conservation, Ecosystem Restoration & Regenerative Action
Share What You’re Making with Chair and Bacon #9: 0xDawg On Ocean Conservation, Ecosystem Restoration & Regenerative Action
Dawg is a freelance designer & token engineer that has been deep in the Web3 ecosystem since 2017. He is a founding member of Moonjelly DAO and Natix Network, both projects with the goal, among others, to “decentralize the entire aspect of ocean conservation and ocean ecosystem restoration”. In this episode he shares with Chair and Bacon more about the project's mission, regenerative action and how and why to verify impact through NFTs. “The goal is to become a DAO where individuals can scientifically validate project proposals for conservation”, he says. “We’re trying to gather a living group of people that are trying to upgrade themselves as human beings and then become able to serve the ocean”. Some of the topics: Mission of Moonjelly DAO Verified Impact Web3 oracle data feeds Natix Network Usecases for monitoring and impact verification Regenerative action meaning DeepWork Studios NFTs to gather information Resources: 0xdawg Twitter 0xdawg web  Natix Network Website  Natix Networks twitter  Moonjelly DAO Website DeepWork Studio Graham Boyd
01:08:46
June 27, 2022
Share what you’re making with Chair and Bacon #8: Texture on success, embracing opportunities, the genesis of Ethereum and how Texture Punx was born
Share what you’re making with Chair and Bacon #8: Texture on success, embracing opportunities, the genesis of Ethereum and how Texture Punx was born
Anthony D’Onofrio, better known as Texture, started coding at a young age by learning BASIC on his grandma’s computer. From there, he became a full-stack developer and got involved in different projects that ultimately failed, but always with a mindset of embracing opportunities while developing himself, which led him to be one of the co-founders of Ethereum. “As long as you can handle what most people might consider failure for an indetermined amount of time and not lose that drive, success is just a matter of time”, he says. Sounds like a usual story to success but you’ll learn Texture is far from an ordinary person. In this episode, he chats with Chair and Bacon about his personal journey, the ups & downs, his role on the genesis and early days of Ethereum, his NFT project Texture Punx which started as a joke, and his perspectives on Web3. Some of the topics are: -    His origins as a developer -    The concept of success -    Contributing in Web3 vs extracting value -    Big corporations’ adoption of the technology -    The genesis and early days of Ethereum -    The importance of a good website -    The problem of scams and misinformation -    Future of Web3 -    Texture Punx NFT project Now he wants to start his own podcast, not exactly about Web 3 but instead as a way to make a bridge to other things that interest him in all areas of culture and keep adding to the future of the space. “I really want to see a world in which people can offer value, other people can be inspired by that system of value whether it be very small or something local (…) I would like to see people be able to take ownership of their world a bit more”. Resources: -    Texture twitter -    TexturePunx discord -    Vitalik Buterin  -    Ethereum website  -    Bitcoin website -    Adam B. Levine  -    Speaking of Bitcoin show (formerly Let’s Talk Bitcoin) 
01:28:33
June 13, 2022
Share What You're Makin' w/ Chair & Bacon #7: Penguin on NFTs, MUD gaming and Battle for Evermore
Share What You're Makin' w/ Chair & Bacon #7: Penguin on NFTs, MUD gaming and Battle for Evermore
Chair and Bacon have their second episode with a first recurring guest: Penguin, a platinum member of MetaGame and CTO of Mud Games, among other titles. Penguin started playing at the age of 12 and has a long journey in the gaming industry. In this episode he shares about Battle for Evermore, his new NFT gaming project, and his perspectives on the evolving industry of gaming. “I started playing when I was 12 and really shaped who I became and gave me an outlet in all this fantasy stuff and becoming active in these virtual worlds and creating virtual worlds and interacting with people in a metaverse level that people are getting into now”. With Battle for Evermore he wanted to make text based games fun for everyone. He recognizes that the NFT space is “suffering from the hype and oversaturation of projects” so that the projects that will remain successful are the ones with a team that's there to support and that keeps pushing no matter what. In the case of Mud Games, he says they strive to make all the characters fun to play and make it competitive. “The main thing is that the game is fun to play, the token price is secondary”. He will be at MetaGame’s MetaFest with a presentation and a couple of workshops. Some of the topics: Mud Games Status of the NFT and NFT game industry Evolution of gaming Game Modes Balancing games How to join Backstory of Battle for Evermore Future of the game MetaFest Resources: Battle For Evermore web page Penguin's twitter Battle for Evermore (Discord) MetaFest
55:14
June 04, 2022
MetaView #23  : The Blockchain Socialist on Anarcho-Syndicalism & DAOs
MetaView #23 : The Blockchain Socialist on Anarcho-Syndicalism & DAOs
It's been around two and a half years since The Blockchain Socialist started his website to explain Blockchain 101 from a socialist point of view, and although the name was just tentative, in time he got stuck with it and the project expanded to different analysis and, eventually, to a podcast. He is currently working on a documentary called Crypto Futures to “hopefully distinguish what the different futures of crypto are and make a call to action for viewers to make a choice on which one they want to support”. Going on to explain how the crypto “community” is far from homogenous - how the perspective & philosophy of an average Bitcoin Miami & Crypto Commons Gathering conference-goer are vastly different. In this episode he and Peth exchange some views and perspectives on anarcho capitalism, anarcho syndicalism, socialism, DAOs and the blockchain ecosystem. Some of the topics are: Crypto Futures Documentary Crypto Commons Gathering Libertarian & hyper-capitalist crypto mindset Leftist critiques of crypto Anarcho Syndicalism and its relation to DAOs History of unions and decentralization Differences between anarcho communism and other strands of socialism Token governance??? Universal basic income vs universal basic services He addresses the importance of showing different people’s visions about crypto in the future to break the tendency of trying to define the entirety of it in a particular way. “It's a good thing that we don't try to impose those mental models onto this new thing because that would limit us in thinking about how we use crypto and blockchain for different goals than the libertarian ones”. That is what in his opinion would allow people who are building to have an alternative mental model to what they’re developing and help them think thoroughly about their political and economic consequences and whether or not there are ways to build them that are more “progressive minded”. Therefore his goal is to expose different alternatives socialist ideas and models that have an interesting history and that, in his opinion, are relevant for DAOs, such as anarcho syndicalism. Resources: The Blockchain Socialist (twitter) The Blockchain Socialist Support The Blockchain Socialist on Patreon Crypto Futures Documentary DAOs: Anarcho-Syndicalism in a Digital World The Weight of Chain
57:36
June 01, 2022
Share What You're Makin' w/ Chair & Bacon #6: CupOJoseph of HeroDAO on Decentralizing Comics & Web3 Onboarding
Share What You're Makin' w/ Chair & Bacon #6: CupOJoseph of HeroDAO on Decentralizing Comics & Web3 Onboarding
Back from a long hiatus since their last podcast, Chair and Bacon come back to catch up. In this episode, they welcome CupOJoseph from HeroDAO who shared about how they’re creating the first community owned superhero franchise, a very competitive field, which he views as a long term media franchise. He also shared how he’s building for an easier onboarding experience to Web3 through TreasureChess. He compares this onboarding experience with a bicycle with training wheels that teaches users all the concepts to later allow them to download their wallets and make a progressive onboarding knowing a little bit more about how it works. “This is a learning experience for people. We’ve designed every aspect of this to be fun and teachable, not for speculation. We’re optimizing for user experience”. Some of the topics: What is Hero DAO How Moon Girl series started The importance of having specific goals in DAOs NFTs as a funding mechanism Web3 onboarding obstacles TreassureChess as an onboarding experience different from play-to-earn Building Crypto Lite onboarding stack Web2 logins to Web3 and gasless L2 transactions Resources: cupOjoseph Reflexer DAO  InfinityKeys  HeroDAO  Treassure Chess Torus
52:45
May 22, 2022
MetaView #22: Metaverse & NFTs Meet Regen Villages with Mike of Future Thinkers & Portal DAO
MetaView #22: Metaverse & NFTs Meet Regen Villages with Mike of Future Thinkers & Portal DAO
Mike Gilliland is the co-founder of Future Thinkers and The Portal DAO. At present-day, he is building a smart village in Canada along with his partner & family. In this episode, Peth and Mike talk about his vision of regenerative living and how to make bridges between the virtual and the physical realm. Mike explained how they plan to use the village space as experimental ground, not only for regenerative experiments but for living. Therefore, the smart village will also be an experiment in governance and living in a healthy and holistic way. “We want to create a culture of willingness to fail and try things out. The Portal DAO will be responsible for suggesting a lot of these different experiments and participants will benefit”. Some of the topics: The beginnings of the Future Thinkers podcast Shadow work as foundational work How the smart village project started Virtual reality as a replica of the physical world The Portal DAO? Funding experiments & cultural projects AI to enhance abilities for creativity and personal development According to Mike, it all starts with facing your own demons and the dark parts of the world, looking at environmental and economic collapse. Then aligning yourself & taking action - not out of desperation, but duty. Resources: Mike Gilliland Future Thinkers Smart Village Portal DAO DALL-E 2
56:18
May 15, 2022
Frontiers Of Coordination #6 Path of a DAOist, Life Meta & MetaHub(s?) with Felipe Duarte of The DAOist
Frontiers Of Coordination #6 Path of a DAOist, Life Meta & MetaHub(s?) with Felipe Duarte of The DAOist
Although their next event, Global Governance Gathering during Devconnect in Amsterdam will be their biggest yet highly experimental event to accelerate DAO creativity - The DAOist plans on going way beyond organizing conferences. In this episode, Felipe shares his story, The DAOist’s story and some philosophical thoughts about life and DAOs. Some of the topics are: The DAOist Global Governance Gathering The DAOist’s MetaHub in Lisbon Entrepreneurship metaphors Punching walls The ADHD of DAOs Metaphysics, poetry & pottery Felipe is one of the DA-OGs that was involved in projects like DAOstack, DAOFest, Metafactory, and PrimeDAO. Then he gathered around himself a team of artists to form The DAOist. The DAOist is a story about people who want to think differently about events and organize more intentional gatherings. Recently they created the MetaHub in Lisbon as a “plug-and-play creative retreat for the DAO space.” This hub for decentralized creativity attracts projects and groups to come together and focus on creative problems, as well as complex technological or political discussions. The MetaHub plans on providing every tool needed to catalyze thoughts and actions and, at the same time, feels like home. Felipe promotes focusing on things that are immediately doable to us and set actionable steps, keeping us grounded, feeling achieved & on an upward spiral while always keeping in mind that thoughts are actions and can affect the outside world as well as ourselves. "I don't think governance is like code, that you can just fork the system, and it works. I think governance depends on contextual navigation and hyper-aware practitioners." Resources: The DAOist GGG Amsterdam 2022 DAOstack The Genesis DAO MetaFactory PrimeDAO Celo Book: Walk away
44:14
April 14, 2022
MetaView #21 - Decentralized Space Mission & Minimizing Dystopia w/ Stellar Magnet
MetaView #21 - Decentralized Space Mission & Minimizing Dystopia w/ Stellar Magnet
Star Trek and Star Wars both picture a future where space has become a geopolitical battleground for nations. Stellar Magnet wants to build the counterpart to that dystopian image. Her goal with “Black Sky” is to create a decentralized and non-governmental organization that is a serious contributor to the future of humanity and space. Some of the topics of this episode are: Large-scale cooperative DAOs DAO2DAO collaboration SubDAO design Decentralized space agency What else Black Sky wants to do Huge aspirations require specific designs: Stellar wants to build a very large-scale cooperative DAO, where millions of people own a small part, and that stands opposed to DAOs where whales own most because they put the money. A decentralized space agency is a project that needs billions of dollars to be successful. But if it is, then Stellar believes this project can make the world more connected and inspire future generations to think beyond nationality and race. “If we have a more peaceful, united world that is no longer in constant war, then what the world would be doing is exploring space, understanding the cosmos, trying to find out where we come from. Finding answers about evolution and if there's extraterrestrial intelligent life out there.” To get started on this great journey, Stellar is seeking for funding for two smaller projects. One is “Black Sky Nexus,” a zine and a wiki that wants to teach people with articles and guides about privacy and anonymity. The other project is an artist's residency in New Mexico that wants to support women that create digital art to experiment with NFTs. Resources: Stellar Magnet’s website Black Sky  Black Sky Nexus (Wiki & Zine) Whole Earth Catalogue Giveth Bright ID
36:30
March 28, 2022
MetaView #20 - DAOfying Gitcoin & Greenpillin' The World
MetaView #20 - DAOfying Gitcoin & Greenpillin' The World
As you may already know, Owocki & the gang have been shifting Gitcoin into being a DAO. However, trying not to be the benevolent dictator anymore doesn’t mean he has less work to do. He wrote a book, he’s trying to figure out how impact DAOs can scale, and he and the Gitcoin team just announced Grants 2.0. While doing all this, the mission remains the same: funding public goods & greenpillin’ the world. Some of this episode’s topics are: What Gitcoin DAO is up to these days bdfl to bdf5y (benevolent dictator for 5 years) What scares Kevin the most How to play the Green Pilled game Schelling points Regenerative crypto Owocki and the Gitcoin community want to build “the Schelling point for building and funding public goods.” Grants 2.0 is an architecture to do exactly this with a pluralistic vision. It will be not only a decentralized protocol but also a list of projects and a grants registry to find the best ways to fund those projects. Kevin’s vision is to build “more than decentralized casinos.” His book Green Pilled explains how to scale coordination to have a positive and regenerative impact on the world. "Regenerative crypto is all about creating a world in which we can coordinate positive impact." While Green Pilled describes the theoretical concepts, Kevin is working on a second book that will be an empirical resource of impact DAOs and their missions. The book’s title will be "The impact DAO cartography club." Resources: Gitcoin The Great Bear, The Great Reset, The Great Revival Explore Gitcoin grants Grants 2.0 Quadratic funding Retroactive public goods funding Book: Greenpilled: How Crypto Can Regenerate The World GreenPill Podcast Schelling Point Denver & Amsterdam Devconnect Amsterdam (18.-25.04.2022)
28:14
March 19, 2022
MetaView #19 - Jordan Hall on Gameb & Incentive Landscapes
MetaView #19 - Jordan Hall on Gameb & Incentive Landscapes
Jordan saw himself pulled into the technology milieu early on and lived a life as an archetypical west coast tech entrepreneur until seeing through the facade & carving another path, of digging into misaligned incentives & existential risks in the world at large. Years later, we see him as one of the originators of the GameB meme. In this episode, Jordan explains to Peth that we are in the middle of a changing system, from an old parasitical system that needs to die. But this is good because it’s the chance for us to redesign every institution, all human infrastructure, and navigate the transition to something new. Some of the topics: GameA & Game Crypto space One sentence on the Moloch problem Incentive landscapes The ecology and evolution of crypto Signals that tell you when a system is dying The meme of GameB has two notions. Firstly, the notion of the game. The human world is constructed by humans, and we are making choices in the game of life. We need to realize that we can make different choices and change the game's rules. The second notion is the movement from A to B. How do we go from Game A to Game B? What’s the right direction to take? Sure is that every living thing & human-made system has a finite life span. Every system will eventually get parasites, so we have to gracefully put it to rest and make space for the birth of a new system. How do we know the time has come? "If it's shitheads everywhere then you know it's the end of the cycle." Resources: Jordan Hall Jordan Hall’s YouTube Game B Meditations on Moloch The Tainter problem - Joseph Tainter Rococo architecture
49:41
March 12, 2022
MetaView #18 - Xavier and Leen on Active Citizenship & DAOs
MetaView #18 - Xavier and Leen on Active Citizenship & DAOs
DAOs should aim for local actions and reconnect citizens with nature, the city, and with their neighbors, say Xavier and Leen from DAO Brussels and All for Climate. In this episode, they talk with Peth about the ability of DAOs to have their own economies and to reward people for community work. Some of the topics are: Localism: starting the system’s change in front of your doorstep Community-owned economies Permissionless experimentation The concepts of liberating structures and artful participation Reasons to look more towards the east and less towards the west Active citizenship Xavier is originally from Belgium and lived in San Fransisco for ten years, working on a start-up. He and Leen met in Brussels, and together, they want to contribute to solving the climate emergency. With DAO Brussels, they create an inclusive space to experiment with new coordination and build bridges between the crypto community and local citizens. They say “doing is the new thinking,” and only experimenting can navigate us through the chaos we live in. However, speed is useless if you go in the wrong direction. "The fastest way to accelerate a systems change is to actually slow down and take a minute: Why are we working together? What is our goal? What is around us? What is right now right here needed to make a tiny change today?" Resources: DAO Brussels Citizen Corner Brussels All for Climate DAO extinction rebellion Fridays for Future Sociocracy Deep Democracy Nonviolent Communication Vipassana Meditation
01:00:26
March 04, 2022
Frontiers Of Coordination #5 Keeping Web3 Real w/ Daniel Ospina
Frontiers Of Coordination #5 Keeping Web3 Real w/ Daniel Ospina
Daniel is a design facilitator and leadership nerd that started as a chef. From a restaurant where he learned about molecular cuisine and the intersection of science & cooking but got annoyed by hierarchy, to helping people build decentralized organizations & starting rnDAO. His journey was anything but straight. From the food industry through consumer electronics, he played various roles before transitioning to creativity consultancy and organization design with a specialization in self management, a path that led him through systems thinking and cybernetics and finally into web3 and DAOs. Some of the topics: Molecular cuisine??? Governance and coordination in Web2 vs Web3 Making innovation communities sustainable The tension between communities and investability Discipline & creativity The issues with VC funding The importance of communities Metrics and OKRs "Hopefully with these new mechanisms we can create a more sustainable and collaborative way to do these sorts of deep innovation that is happening to some degree in crypto and Web3, but really now take it to the next step and help bring DAOs mainstream. We need a lot of perspectives because governance, community-architecture and this whole new types of organizations and this better way of organizing are very complex.” Resources: Daniel Ospina  AragonDAO RnDAO How Flat Organizations Align Without Bosses DAO Rewards Systems Learnings
01:00:54
February 27, 2022
Frontiers Of Coordination #4  Aaron Of Govrn On Governance Corruption & Transparency
Frontiers Of Coordination #4 Aaron Of Govrn On Governance Corruption & Transparency
It's never too late to talk about decentralized governance, says Aaron the founder of Govrn. So in this episode, Peth and Aaron discuss the question of "How do we turn politics from a negative-sum game (what it is right now) into a positive-sum game? How can we realign our incentives to be on the same team?" Govrn builds bottom-up coordination tools for DAOs with the motto "For everything that governs you, you should be able to govern back." At Govrn, they see all types of contributions as governance; you are voting with every action you take. Some of the topics are: Bottom-up incentive structures Bounties for politicians Outcome coalitions Staking your work Arguments for transparent bribery Putting check and balances on the leaders The importance of rewriting Manifestos How to keep organizations fluid Growing up, Aaron was always interested and engaged in politics. He did a lot of work on incentive alignment to understand organizational behavior while doing management consulting for a large firm. This firm made him learn about blockchain and DAOs. When he realized the possible implications of DAOs on society, he became obsessed with it. So he quit his job and went full time into DAOs. “I think a lot of people define themselves by the organization they're part of. But that's not it. The organization doesn't define you, you define the organization." Resources: Aaron Soskin Govrn An Intro to Outcome-Based Donations The Office (American TV series) RaidGuild The Evolution of Trust Letter To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 20 December 1787
56:11
February 18, 2022
Frontiers of Coordination #3 Capture Resistant Organizations with Spencer from DAOhaus
Frontiers of Coordination #3 Capture Resistant Organizations with Spencer from DAOhaus
The whole space is wrestling with the question, “What is a DAO?”. Spencer from DAOhaus has thought about this intensively and shares his definition and the reasons why he loves working for DAOs in this episode. “I realized that the thing that DAOs are really great at, or what makes them so different from traditional organizations, is that they are resistant to capture. Their coordination mechanisms and the resources that they control are not capturable by bad actors.” Some of the topics: How the broken health system pushed Spencer into the crypto rabbit hole Managing your commitment, time availability, and workload What it takes to be a DAO The problems of token governance and multi-sig solutions Integrating cultural values into technology The importance of decentralized executive power Spencer has a background in economics and psychology. After working as a product manager in the healthcare industry, he started contributing to different crypto projects like Safe DAI, and Raid Guild, until DAOhaus became his main focus. When he got into crypto, he thought this could revolutionize the healthcare system by giving patients control over their personal data that corporations, hospitals, and insurance companies have been fighting over for years. But the hierarchy and dysfunctionality made it impossible for him to do anything & for these new solutions to work properly, so he left the healthcare industry and focused on DAO tooling and infrastructure to help enable a better way of working together. Resources: DAOhaus Raid Guild Quadratic Funding Safe DAI  Zodiac by Gnosis Moloch DAO Aragon
42:42
February 06, 2022
Humans of MetaGame #6 - Misanth The Onboarding Wizard
Humans of MetaGame #6 - Misanth The Onboarding Wizard
Starting as a video editor, Misanth joined MetaGame in late October of 2020. Having never been a part of a DAO, he wasn’t sure what to expect and was sweating when needing to talk in the community calls. Since then, he grew into the role of the onboarding champion, which turned out to be a natural fit for Misanth. In this episode, Peth talks with Misanth about his life before MetaGame, his journey from quitting IT studies, being a tourist guide for many years, and struggling to find a “normal” job due to lack of formal education until he joined MetGame where he is now shining as the Champion of Onboarding - making sure others are properly welcomed & find their spot as smoothly as possible. Some of the topics are: The benefits of waking up early The Misanth before MetaGame Decentralized working opposed to classic hierarchical structures The clash and the crossovers between hype and getting things done The innovational technology behind NFTs, overshadowed by cash grabs Ideas for a web3 community tool Meta OS “Honestly, I was looking for a way out of the loop. [...] In regular jobs, everybody knows their position in the company. And with that comes a lot of either ego or roleplaying. I didn’t like the attitude in general.” Misanth came in hope of an opportunity to stop doing those jobs but stayed for the community and a sense of purpose. MG wants to build bridges between those enthusiastic about changing the current way of things and who want to improve and create things. The episode concludes with Peth and Misanth saying that we’re all still figuring things out. “All of this is really new. A formation of culture, I would say.” “So, just jump in, don’t be afraid to try things, and give us feedback. And wait for the MetaOS!” Resources: Huddle 01: Web3-powered meetings Dework Zapper MetaOS
51:20
January 31, 2022
Share What You're Makin' w/ Chair & Bacon #5 - 0xJoshua from Opolis
Share What You're Makin' w/ Chair & Bacon #5 - 0xJoshua from Opolis
In February, it’s time again for ETHDenver, which continuously has been the largest web3 event in the world with about 10.000 guests in person and 50.000 tuning in online. Projects like POAP and 1Inch came out of ETHDenver, and it’s the first event for many folks coming into the space. Josh left Consensys in February 2020 and found his new job at ETHDenver, volunteering at the registration and merch table. He ended up with Opolis. Now, Josh is building the community at Opolis, he is the merch steward of ETH Denver, the treasurer at Spork DAO, the founder of RainbowRolls, a member of MetaCartel, and Patron of MetaGame. In this episode, Chair & Bacon discuss with Josh the legal liability as a freelancer in the US working for a DAO, and Josh shares some ETHDenver alpha in February. Some of the topics are: How Opolis helps with your payroll, taxes, health benefits, and more Spork token & benefits of the Bufficorn Buidl Brigade The Colorado cooperatives law and the legalization of DAOs A DeFi dev running for congress in Oregon Reading tips for web3 newbies What to look forward to at ETH Denver “We are living in this wild, wild west. We don’t know how legislation is going to look like in the future & we don’t know what security will be there. So contributing to a DAO as an individual is incredibly risky.” Opolis is a cooperative that wants to bring peace of mind to freelancers, not only those working in web3. The requirements to join are minimum wage income and having an employment entity in the US. Opolis helps with setting up a company, paying invoices in crypto, it takes care of your taxes, insurance, and even provides unemployment benefits. The episode concludes with Josh sharing some highlights for ETH Denver. Check out ColoradoJam Incubator and Bufficorn Ventures from Spork DAO. And claim your Spork token, if you haven’t yet, for attending ETH Denver in 2018 or 19! Resources: 0xJoshua on Twitter Opolis website Opolis’ $WORK token ETH Denver 2022 Sergio Ordonez Twitter Sergio Ordonez Instagram Spork DAO MetaCartel ecosystem RainbowRolls The Defiant about Colorado’s cooperatives law Yearn developer Matt West Meditations & Moloch by Scott Alexander  POAP 1Inch Rabbit Hole Pizza DAO
01:14:38
January 17, 2022
MetaView #17 - The Economy of GIVing
MetaView #17 - The Economy of GIVing
Lauren, aka karmaticacid, is a Giveth comms steward, GIVeconomy product manager, TEC steward & self-proclaimed hippie living in the jungles of Costa Rica. She usually lurks behind the scenes as a MetaGame Player writing shownotes for our podcast… like this one. She escaped her soulless 9-5 as a mechanical engineer some years ago to study permaculture & organic farming. She discovered Giveth & the DAO space through a friend from an intentional community and fell in love with the concept of saving the world with engineering. Lauren explains Giveth as a group of value-aligned people revolutionizing giving, so it’s no longer a system of giving and losing, and exploiting the altruists so society wins and individuals lose. Giveth is a place where you can give and receive and in the future the platform will transform into a place where givers become investors in for-good projects, and projects are empowered to become their own DAOs. In this episode, Lauren & Peth discuss everything from the GIVeconomy to Ecovillages to DAOs - it’s one you don’t want to miss. Some of the Topics What is “Revolutionizing Giving”? The GIVeconomy - 5 parts The history of the GIV token Eco Villages in Costa Rica Making building materials out of waste plastic Collaborative Economics Inspiring intrinsic motivation Teaching kids to be autonomous The meaning of decentralization Conflict management & community building Lauren & Peth dive deep into the concept of bridging the metaspace with the meatspace. The long-term vision of Giveth is to bring the tools of web3 to on-the-ground projects, and to use tokenonics and DAO coordination on-the-ground. In this future “no longer do we rely on altruists & nonprofits to give of themselves to have clear water & clear air to breath, we can make everyone in the system be rewarded and benefit. We are creating collective universal abundance.” The conversation flows from philosophical chats on conflict resolution, decentralization, intrinsic motivation & more. GIV’r a listen if you like fun, inspiration & abundance. References karmaticacid Twitter GIVgarden GIVdrop claim GIVfarm GIVbacks GIVstream Giveth Discord Giveth Twitter Giveth.io Diamante Bridge Collective Plastic Bottle Bricks 1hive Gardens framework Welcome to the GIVeconomy Commons Configuration Dashboard Augmented Bonding Curves Commons Stack Token Engineering Commons Gravity DAO
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January 08, 2022
Frontiers of Coordination #2 with David Ehrlichman The Impact Networks Coordinator
Frontiers of Coordination #2 with David Ehrlichman The Impact Networks Coordinator
Peth and David Ehrlichman, author of the new book Impact Networks discuss his background, experiences with social impact networks as well as the importance of leadership & collaboration between multiple sectors to tackle core systematic issues. In a classical story of disillusionment with his corporate job, helping share holders grow more wealthy whilst living amongst such obvious systematic problems like homelessness, David went on to work for a nonprofit organization - where he noticed a broken system. People working towards their individual organizations and projects and looking to solve only a small piece of a much larger puzzle. After his work with the nonprofit and realization of these real world problems, David continued his social impact journey by founding Converge and helping build over a dozen social impact networks, aiding more in their Journey. This ultimately is what led him to write Impact networks and down the rabbit hole that is Web3 and DAOs. Topics David’s background and inspiration behind Impact Networks How to solve core systematic issues through proper communication & collaboration Importance of leadership in a decentralized networks & communities Maintaining balance between self direction and convergence with the community The need to create opportunities for people to contribute and be rewarded for their effort Leadership and collaboration are the fundamentals to success in this space. “Human communities organizing with technology is where a lot of potential and magic lies. Technology without humans is just tech, it can support coordination but ultimately comes down to people working with people and that presents a lot of challenges.” It is amazing that people wish to come together to collaborate on common goals of any kind, however, organization and communication are crucial to ensure everyone is moving forward in alignment. Decision making becomes more difficult as groups grow larger, meaning, it's better to start small and expand thoughtfully and intentionally. In conclusion, Peth and David fully explored the complexities around collaborating and the importance of creating leadership roles in decentralized networks while solving real world problems in the process! Quotes of the day “Leadership always matters its just a different type of leadership that we see in hierarchical environments.” “Community without a boundary sometimes is not a community at all” Resources David Ehrlichman’s LinkedIn David Ehrlichman’s Twitter Book: Impact Networks Converge ReAmp Coordinape MetaGame Feel you have something to contribute to MetaGame or don’t want miss out on the next podcast? Subscribe to the newsletter
54:05
December 27, 2021
Frontiers of Coordination #1 with Richard D. Bartlett The Pre-DAO DAO OG
Frontiers of Coordination #1 with Richard D. Bartlett The Pre-DAO DAO OG
Richard D. Bartlett, aka “Rich dB”, has been working in pre-blockchain “DAOs” since the 2011 Occupy Wallstreet Movement. An engineer by training, Rich has merged his problem solving skills with his passion for compassionate, intelligent and inclusive ways of being together. He is the co-founder of Loomio and The Hum, and a director and longstanding member of Enspiral. Rich is rich with thoughts about “small-scale, high-trust cooperative organizing” and is now on a mission to fill in his knowledge gaps about what is happening at the cutting edge of DAO tech in web3. In this episode, Peth picks Rich’s brain about pros and cons of decentralized orgs, pros and cons of hierarchical orgs, DAO benefits and drawbacks, common DAO misconceptions and... Wtf even are DAOs?! There is a huge focus on the core values and needs of members within decentralized groups, and how we can use these to create and scale projects. Some of the Topics: Occupy Wallstreet movement Pros/Cons of Hierarchy Scaling of leadership within armies Leadership within decentralized orgs Conflict Transformation & Reflection Trusteless Orgs Voting & Decision Making Processes What makes a DAO? How to create meaningful change Peth & Rich explore a wide range of DAO concepts and perspectives. Rich explains some critical lessons learned from his experiences with decentralized orgs, in particular, the necessity of building and maintaining trust. When conflicts arise, there needs to be a process to resolve them and, better yet, reflect upon them to make organized change for the future. The episode concludes Rich’s advice to metagamers to consider “the microscale”. Before completely redesigning society, consider the relationship between just two people: How can you increase mutual trust and support within that relationship?. “Organizations are just a big stack of human relationships,” so what you learn about trust and coordination between individuals can teach you a lot about organizing as a decentralized team. References Rich’s Site Loomio The Hum Enspiral Microsolidarity Multi-stakeholder Cooperatives Team of Teams Book Agile Project Management Emergent Strategy Book The Tyranny of Structurelessness
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December 09, 2021
Humans of MetaGame #5 - Alec The Game B Builder
Humans of MetaGame #5 - Alec The Game B Builder
Alec is an experienced software developer, a parent and passionate about building a world on more resilient foundations. He currently lives in Salt Lake City and is a proud builder of MetaGame. Alec had had a very successful career as a software developer for 15 years and worked on various challenging projects, but yearned for something more fulfilling. His experience as a developer however enabled him to set up a well-balanced life and have time for adventure and self-exploration. Growing older and wiser, he realized the value of "setting the ground for a more resilient future" which eventually led him to MetaGame. Alec is one of the few people that wasn't led to MetaGame by the usual crypto route. He came because he resonated with Game B values that MetaGame espoused. He explains that Game B is a thought framework which takes a radical departure from the current socio-economic system and its predicaments, prioritizing meaning-making and impactful work. However, Alec expresses his frustration with Game B resources which are often too vague and offer no practical roadmap. Alec then reminds us that these revolutionary potentials of crypto are ultimately dependent to an infrastructure that the current failing system has made possible. In his words, "crypto is not the solution to everything." Some of the topics that were discussed: Collective Trauma, healing and the importance of mental health. Non-specialized work, freelancing and UBI as stress relief. Game B The Metaverse as escapism from real world problems. The challenges of intentional communities. The problems of relying on investors in financing a cause Finishing it off, the discussion turns to MetaGame, its evolution and its relationship to other DAOs. Peth and Alec agree on its goal of addressing crypto-newbies and functioning as a curator of web3 knowledge. Alec is in it for the long run; his hopes and ambitions for the world are about long-term sustainability. He thinks that the degradation that the current system is bringing to the world to the world will only continue but a transition to an alternative need not be violent. This is where block-chain can shine! MetaGame is on the right path. Resources: Alec's Github GameB Future Thinkers JRE #1736 - Tristan Harris & Daniel Schmachtenberger Jordan Greenhall on Game B MetaGame - A Game B of Sorts Doomer Optimism Liminal Village The Commons Stack Grassroots Economics Africa The Free-rider Problem The Tragedy of the Commons Climate Change Conference
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December 03, 2021
Share What You're Makin' w/ Chair & Bacon #4 - Dekan Brown
Share What You're Makin' w/ Chair & Bacon #4 - Dekan Brown
Dekan is a Solidity developer & web3 shadowy super coder extraordinaire. He’s a lead at DAOhaus, a project dedicated to giving people the functionality to make DAOs run. In this episode Chair, unfortunately with no side of pork, catches Dekan in the wake of MCON and the two discuss reflections on web3’s past, and expectations for the next 2 years. Dekan is a beacon of knowledge and experience in web3 development. He’s been building since days when every app had its own wallet, and DAO memberships & ephemeral keys were kept in local storage. He watched as web3 development moved from a nerdy space of devs passionate about privacy, encryption & decentralization to the land of UI/UX design, NFTs, defi opportunities and expansive communities. Short & sweet, this conversation w Chair & Dekan dives into assessments of this evolution and the importance of preserving early web3 values. Some of the topics: Web3 app hiccups in 2018 DAO cultural shifts as UX designers & artists entering the space Defi & apeing in Spam NFT phishing Non-technical roles Encryption and privacy Cross-DAO integration As a well sought-after Solidity dev, Dekan emphasizes that the foundation of web3 is decentralization, encryption & privacy. We’re trying to build more than just “web2.5”, and he recognizes that “non-technical people still have to make a cognitive leap into this world of thinking about things using the blockchain and smart contracts”. The conversation concludes with a discussion of DAO collaboration projects and awesome tech. They touch on instances of using sidechain vote logic and DAO membership to control mainnet funds and take advantage of massive liquidity. It’s an episode you don’t want to miss! Keep listening at the end for a DAO-for-beginners back-and-forth with Chair & Bacon. References Dekan Brown Twitter Dauhaus Ameen Soleimani MCON RaidGuild Rainbow Rolls Metagame MetaFam Twitter
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November 07, 2021
MetaView #16 - Liminal Village with Roberto and Laura
MetaView #16 - Liminal Village with Roberto and Laura
Roberto and Laura are co-founders of Liminal Village - a living and co-creating space in the center of Italy. In part inspired by Jacques Fresco’s idea of a Resource Based Economy, Liminal, meaning “a place of transition” or “a place that occupies both sides”, aims to bring value-aligned people together to build networks and co-create the future. They aim to support people to create value for the world, heal themselves and heal the collective, emphasizing the balance of personal, local and global needs. In September, Roberto & Laura have hosted the first MetaGame worktreat & Liminal Village has recently been onboarded as the first physical guild in MetaGame. In this episode, we get into the details of Roberto & Laura’s origin stories, the beginnings of Liminal Village and details and philosophies of the village hubs. Some of the Topics: Providing free access to networks Personal, local and global needs Emotions manifesting as physical disease Syncing work with lunar and solar cycles Cons of Hackathons Upgrading society’s OS Resource mapping & sharing Peth, Roberto & Laura discuss using natural cycles to guide progress, and focus on the need to “upgrade the operating system of society”; transitioning from money-driven industry to community-driven resource sharing. They dive deep into the importance of cultivating personal growth and community support, and the profound impacts these philosophies can have on the build in web3. Resources: Liminal Village Resource Based Economy Zeitgeist The Venus Project
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November 05, 2021
Share What You're Makin' w/ Chair & Bacon #3 - Ross From LexDAO
Share What You're Makin' w/ Chair & Bacon #3 - Ross From LexDAO
Ross Campbell is the self-described “summoner” of LexDAO - a group of “shadowy super lawyers” on a mission to “research, develop and evangelize first-class legal methods and blockchain protocols that secure rules and promises with code rather than trust”. He’s a corporate lawyer turned crypto enthusiast who found web3 through his job (of all places) when clients started asking questions about the legal status of bitcoin. In this episode, Chair & Bacon interview Ross about all things legal & crypto, from smart contracts to e-residency to questionable characters in web3. Some of the Topics: Working online and legal system compatibility Improving the efficiency of financial agreements w Blockchain Onboarding lawyers into web3 LexDAO offerings & support Connecting politics & DAOs The legal future of crypto Revamping citizenship In a conversation that is both technical and fun, they dive into questions about how to integrate law into web3, how much longer to expect the “crypto wild west”, and the pros & cons of geographically-tethered nations. They also touch on Indian tag-wrestling pro sports, questionable politicians and Satoshi impersonators. Ross is a beacon of legal knowledge in a space of grey areas, and this is an episode you don’t want to miss! References: LexDAO Site Ross Campbell on Twitter LexDAO Discord Craig Wright & Satoshi’s Vision Lex Friedman interviewing Vitalik Gary Gensler Deliberately Misrepresenting Crypto Estonian E-Residency Tornado Cash Professional Kabaddi League LoveSocietyDAO Tim Time on Twitter Raidguild Sushiswap Sourcecred
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October 04, 2021
Share What You're Makin' w/ Chair & Bacon #2 - Rambling w Yalor
Share What You're Makin' w/ Chair & Bacon #2 - Rambling w Yalor
Chair and Bacon are back! But not for long as they’re going on the roooad!! The road to MCON!  With them on this journey is one of the mangers of MCON, Yalor! Except…they don’t talk about MCON at all… Instead they have an interesting talk where they ramble through various topics surrounding governance and DAOs. Listen in for new insights and their opinions on the future of DAOs!
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September 12, 2021
MetaView #15 - Collaboration and Regenerativity with LuukDAO
MetaView #15 - Collaboration and Regenerativity with LuukDAO
Luuk is a Curaçao-born, Netherlands-dwelling, self-proclaimed “DAOist”. Starting his career learning administrative philosophy, he quickly fell down the DAO rabbit hole looking for ways to put abstract concepts into action. He is passionate about building organizations that leverage the efficiency, transparency and decentralization of web3 infrastructure and apply them to real-world problems. In collaboration with DAOstack, Luuk started CuraDAO, a community-driven, blockchain-powered social impact project that provides financial resources, support and knowledge to the community of Curaçao. He’s heavily involved with Kolectivo, PrimeDAO and the DAOist and is constantly looking for better ways to use blockchain to create regenerative systems that empower people and change the world. In this episode, Peth & Luuk discuss all things DAO, sustainable, regenerative and economic. Some of the topics: CuraDAI and token engineering Regenerative economics Tokenizing physical spaces Stimulating and incentivizing environmental regeneration Challenges associated with using crypto in Curaçao Contributor compensation Scaling technology DAO-to-DAO collaboration Peth & Luuk get in-depth on the origin story of PrimeDAO and its evolution as a collaborative project of DAOs sharing resources and working together to advance Open Finance. Luuk remarks that, “it’s the embodiment of this positive sum game mindset. We don’t try to build much from scratch but try to connect the pieces that otherwise wouldn’t be connected.” The episode concludes emphasizing the value of working together to build the infrastructure that ultimately provides the opportunity to regenerate the Earth and create more space for us all to live freely and apply ourselves to our passions. References LuukDAO on Twitter DAOstack CuraDAO CuraDAI PrimeDAO The DAOist Kolectivo Grassroots Economics Commons Stack Blockscience Defi Safety
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September 02, 2021
Share What You're Makin' w/ Chair & Bacon #1 - Penguin on Never Touch Fiat Again
Share What You're Makin' w/ Chair & Bacon #1 - Penguin on Never Touch Fiat Again
Welcome to the inaugural episode of a new MetaGame Series called “Share What You’re Making” where our hosts, Chair and Bacon interview web3 people with innovative ideas and projects. In this episode, the benevolent flightless bird Penguin makes an appearance introducing his latest endeavour: NTFA.io. NFTA, “Never Touch Fiat Again” is an exciting project that bridges crypto markets and traditional financial markets by creating and selling NFTs that actually own gold. When you buy an NFT from NTFA, you can connect to a local vault management application and request that your physical gold be delivered to you securely. When the gold is claimed and shipped, the NFT actually evolves - encouraging NFT owners to get their hands on that shiny metal. Some of the Topics Getting NTFA NFTs and claiming your gold Dystopian Future NFTs Wearables and bonuses The efficacy of other precious metals Supporting more artists Why the name “Never Touch Fiat Again” The power of gold Penguin excitedly introduces three epic NFTs created with support from artists LKH, Mlibty and Misanth - all transformable, complete with music and 3D graphics, and featuring dystopian future themes. He talks about the future of NTFA, dreaming of streamlining the process of onboarding new artists and getting their work backed by real world assets. When asked where the name NTFA came from, Penguin confesses that he loves the name. “The idea is that banks have a phobia of crypto, but they’re never going to close your account for selling gold.” Penguin is a revolutionary and has been consistently burning fiat and moving towards all-crypto over the last several years. With NTFA, there’s a way to exit crypto to gold without any off ramps or contact with the USD. Check it out today: https://ntfa.io/ References: NTFA Opensea Collection MetaGame Wiki Penguin Mlibty LKH Misanth Chair Bacon
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August 17, 2021
Humans of MetaGame #4 - Dan The Ram
Humans of MetaGame #4 - Dan The Ram
Dan is a software developer, born and raised in Bangalore, India, who jumped into MetaGame in the summer of 2020. In his former life, he studied mathematics and computing, and went on to join Flipkart as a full stack developer. Two years of working on the security team brought some interesting and valuable learning experiences, and a bit of an ominous forecast of what his future might look like - sitting in traffic for hours to suffer through corporate arguments while working on someone else’s ideas. After a backpacking trek throughout India and a psychedelic adventure, Dan decided to live radically and commit to blockchain! He learned Solidity, joined a Gitcoin hack-a-thon and started making a living with his work in the cryptospace before discovering MetaGame & Raid Guild and fully immersing. In this episode, get up close and personal with Dan to learn all about his journey down the MetaGame rabbit hole and his perspectives on governments, DAOs, and the future. Some of the Topics Life in corporate India (spoiler: same as corporate anywhere) Perspectives of Indian parents on work in the blockchain Gamification and building operating systems for societies Stabilizing Seed price London hard fork DAppNode and decentralized hardware Avoiding burnout Dan talks about how yes, the current global system isn’t working anymore but “there’s no point in saying that unless you are coming up with a new system. MetaGame may be an experiment, but it is building something new and that’s very exciting”. They discuss exciting projects within MetaGame and look to the future - working with Raidguild to combine Skill Trees and the content of Playbooks. Finally, Peth and Dan talk about the passion and enthusiasm of contributors in the space - talking about great Players like Luxumbra and Penguin, and the inspiring and welcoming way of people in MetaGame. The episode closes with a reminder to take good care of yourself to avoid burnout, and not hesitate to reach out for support. References Flipkart Gitcoin Trojan DAO MetaGame Raid Guild London Hard Fork Arbitrum DAppNode Ethereum 2.0 Luxumbra from MetaGame Penguin from MetaGame DAOhaus Aragon
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August 09, 2021
MetaView #14 - Building Decentralized Systems & Impact Pirates with Sebnem of TokenEngineeringCommons
MetaView #14 - Building Decentralized Systems & Impact Pirates with Sebnem of TokenEngineeringCommons
Sebnem is a researcher, entrepreneur, computer scientist, systems thinker and all-around superstar who has been deep in the token engineering space since 2016. Before jumping into the space, she specialized in peer-to-peer energy sharing systems, and was interested in decentralized business models that would make these systems viable. Token Engineering offered the potential to build the infrastructure and tooling to manage decentralized organizations and provide resiliency to inherently complex and dynamic systems. In this episode, Peth and Sebnem talk about some of the nitty-gritty elements of token engineering - cadCAD, systems modelling, incentivization, governance structures, etc. - with an emphasis on using this technology to create a better world for us all. They talk about using the cryptospace for value creation that can be shared globally to support a wide range of initiatives and communities. Some of the Topics A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Token Engineering Impact Pirates bridging ecovillages & tech tools MetaGame and the focus on community well-being Benefits of being an early adopter Game-based learning and systems thinking The conversation covers a wide range of interesting resources (below!), ultimately focusing on the paradigm shift that we are bringing about through the technological build on the blockchain. “We should use all these technologies and capabilities to have more human space, to connect more with nature, to live more.” There, she goes into her latest project called Impact Pirates which is all about connecting, cross-pollinating & supporting physical self-sustainable eco-villages & communities in a digital world. Sebnem’s advice to MetaGamers is to acknowledge the speed of movement in the crypto space, know that there are many “low hanging fruits to be had” in the form of opportunity for profit, search for balance and resonance. As we collaborate to build out this infrastructure, keep doing what you are doing to excite participants into an awareness of what is possible for the world. Resources Rocky Mountain Institute German Blockchain Association A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Token Engineering Invisible Economies from DADA.art The Blockchain Man by Taylor Pearson Donella Meadows Systems Thinking Grace Rachmany - The Human Side of DAOs The Venus Project The Zeitgeist Trilogy Impact Pirates
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July 07, 2021
Autonomous B2 - Nelson Melina & Diana Morret on Rebuilding Rural Areas
Autonomous B2 - Nelson Melina & Diana Morret on Rebuilding Rural Areas
The Autonomous Podcast B series explores the ideas of “fixing the world” through Grassroots movements and non-profits. In this episode, our host Nelson interviews Diana Morret, creator of Pandora Hub, Civic Hub, and other changemaking projects. Diana comes from rural Spanish roots. Her Father’s family was forced to abandon their village because of the miscalculation of a dam that was built next to the riverside. Diana’s history and the history of villages in Spain inspired her to start Pandora hub as a passion project. She wanted to rebuild rural villages by creating bridges between sophisticated technology and rural changemaking movements. In this episode Diana walks us through ins and outs of the programs offered by Pandora hub and Civic Hub. We explore the challenges and opportunities that arise from creating collaboration opportunities between experienced developers and rural villagers. Some of the topics Programs offered by Civic Hub and Pandora Hub Bridging the gap between local need and technology Connection and collaboration in times of COVID “Rural Shakers” leveraging local positive transformation Rural Co-living and Intentional Communities Diana and Nelson discuss some of the hurdles that must be overcome by radical-thinking social activists who really want to make a difference. Diana recognizes the laws that govern rural communities and the potential obstacles this creates for free-thinkers interested in regeneration. The solution? Diana believes in large-scale group collaboration: “A massive structural change needs to be done, and I believe collectivization is the way to do it.” Resources Pandora Hub Civic Hub Rural Shakers Holochain
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July 01, 2021
Humans of Metagame #3 - Luxumbra the Swiss Knife
Humans of Metagame #3 - Luxumbra the Swiss Knife
Luxumbra is a manual-laborer-turned-developer-turned-cat-herder that found MetaGame initially as DAO newbie researching Bitcoin use cases. In his crypto research, he stumbled upon Aragon and communities powered by Aragon. From there it was a classic story of falling into the rabbit hole and falling in love with communities that are genuinely more interested in creating value than extracting value. In his past lives, Luxumbra has been a developer, a construction worker, an educator, a traveller, and an artist. Today, he is a Human of MetaGame. In this episode, Luxumbra and Peth discuss MetaGame and the world of DAOs: exploring Luxumbra’s personal history in tandem with an exploration of pros and cons of work life in the web3 space, opportunities for devs and non-devs alike and different perspectives of the cryptoverse. Some of the topics Meaningful web3 value creation The silent revolution in crypto happening beneath the profit-chasing surface Burnout and the importance of taking care of yourself Taking ownership of your work & self-direction The growth of MetaGame from its humble beginnings Luxumbra and Peth discuss the force that is MetaGame, recognizing the strength of a dedicated community to “pull off” amazing offerings like MetaFest. They forecast the steady forward movement of MetaGame that will persist up to and throughout the next bull market as well as the bear market. They chat excitedly about the upcoming gathering in Italy and the novelty of meeting pseudonymous, faceless coworkers who became close friends. The episode concludes with a very relatable discussion about the anxiety that often comes up for new folks in the DAO space trying to find their voice, and a heartfelt thank you from Luxumbra to the key Players that made MetaGame feel like home as well as a big thank you from peth to Luxumbra for all the support he has provided him & MetaGame. As for a final word of advice, to anyone interested in getting more involved: “Find something you align with and get DAO-ing it!” References Grandworks Aragon Powered by Aragon MetaCartel Creating Virtuous Cycles Opolis
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June 18, 2021
Humans of Metagame #2 - Penguin The High Flying Flightless Bird
Humans of Metagame #2 - Penguin The High Flying Flightless Bird
Penguin slid into the MetaGame and out of his 9-5 thanks to a classic pandemic story including working-from-home and a covid layoff. He found the DAOspace originally by alpha-testing a text-based game called waterdeep. He learned about NFTs and started asking questions, the answers to which hurled him down the rabbit hole of discovery, finding MetaCartel, MetaGame and other online communities. He started as a developer, and never expected that he’d be playing an instrumental piece in building bridges, connecting communities, understanding novel technologies and engaging members. In this episode we explore Penguin’s entry into the world of DAOs and how that evolved into his participation in 14+ DAOs. We talk about his secrets for organization and success (hint: love and sticky notes play an integral part), web33 technology, democracy, and how to seize opportunities in the cryptospace (by contributing & not worrying about payments). Some of the topics: Connecting web3-aligned people with their optimal growth positions Equalizing opportunities rather than equalizing wealth 24hr days and rapid progress in the crypto space Community and social interaction in DAOs Skill Tree mapping Penguin and Peth discuss the freedom that results from taking ownership over the value you add to the DAOspace, and the collective empowerment created - the work of sovereign developers no longer belongs to their employers, but rather can be used to create value in multiple different networks. They further explore this freedom by acknowledging the opportunity that arises from a super interconnected community full of DM-able rockstars! The episode concludes with a comforting reminder that while financial gain is nice, having the right reasons to show up to work is everything. “Credit sleep and understand your own limitations. Balancing yourself and having friends you can connect to is just as important as creating the next project. It let’s you sustain and be a person, rather than a machine.” Resources Waterdeep Ethernal MetaCartel MetaFactory Steemit and Justin Sun Skill Forest Working Group DAOhaus
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June 12, 2021
MetaView #13 - Proof of Humanity & Democracy on the Blockchain with Santiago Siri
MetaView #13 - Proof of Humanity & Democracy on the Blockchain with Santiago Siri
Santi Siri, founder of Democracy Earth Foundation, has been working with technologies attempting to advance democracy for over a decade. He began in Argentina with an internet-based political party that was proposing candidates committed to using their power according to the peoples’ interests online. With help from a grant in 2015 from Y Combinator, he started Democracy Earth Foundation, a non-profit building open source & censorship-resistant democracies that can be deployed anywhere with an internet connection. In their research, and out of the need to register voters with unique identities, the Proof of Humanity protocol was born. Proof of Humanity protocol uses facial registration (i.e. uploading a video/picture) to ensure unique user identity online, while protecting sensitive personal information. In this episode, Peth and Santi discuss the function and reasoning behind the Proof of Humanity protocol, and explore how this can be used as part of online democracy. Some of the topics Proof of Humanity using faces as public keys for unique human identification Kleros justice protocol for settling disputes Difference between Proof of Humanity and BrightID Universal Basic Income sustainability Democratic governance for DAOs Santi began deep in the world of politics and gained some valuable insights regarding the efficacy of creating change within traditional systems. “In order to become successful in [traditional systems] you have to play under their rules, and it is very likely that you will end up being changed by them. With technology, we can build a new model that makes the old system obsolete.” The episode concludes with an acknowledgement of the commitment required to make a real difference and quintessential advice for anyone working hard to bring their dreams to life: “Never give up”. Resources Democracy Earth Tedx Talk - The Future of Democracy Y Combinator Proof of Humanity Kleros BrightID Yearn Finance
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May 31, 2021
Humans of Metagame #1 - METADREAMER of many DAOs
Humans of Metagame #1 - METADREAMER of many DAOs
Hammad is a human of MetaGame; a software engineer, a designer, a futurist & a DAOist. Contributor to MetaGame, MetaFactory, Sourcecred & MetaCartel. he began contributing to MetaGame in late 2019. He was our very first serious builder, bringing us Sourcecred, building the first landing page & setting the foundations of the MetaOS. Suffice to say, we owe him a lot. In this episode we explore Hammad’s personal history; from crafting & trading in Runescape, to turning down Microsoft & his journey into the cryptoverse - along with explorative commentary on how web3 is providing a wealth of opportunity to people worldwide. Some of the topics The welcoming nature of the crypto space to newbies Discord as the current tool for web3 communities NFTs beyond art Building “Squad wealth” Standing on the shoulders of giants & composability in Web3 Peth and Hammad discuss the ways in which crypto is revolutionizing financial systems, community wealth and coordination. They discuss the importance of good coordination and project management, as well as the rapid rate of evolution and the potential that is available because of that. “Collaborating is more effective as a business strategy than trying to build your own and compete. In web3, you have huge projects and communities that are so powerful because they are collaborating with each other and creating a network of value.” The episode concludes with a critical assessment of the degenerative side of web3; from gambling in the world’s biggest casino to chasing the “highs” of sourcecred, to buying and selling tokens to maximize profits while disregarding the communities behind them. Resources The Economy of Runescape Squad Wealth The Defiant - Insane production quality DeFi news House of Ethereum House of NFTs House of DAOs Ethhub
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May 17, 2021
MetaView #12 - Deliberately Developmental Organizations with Durgadas of TEC
MetaView #12 - Deliberately Developmental Organizations with Durgadas of TEC
Durgadas is a self-proclaimed polymath. His background includes everything from professional bike racing, to website development, to a 5-year stretch learning about the internal self in monastaries. As a person on the autism spectrum, he says there is no “turning off the input”. He learned how to accept that and use it as a synesthetic ability to think about and imagine things in three dimensions. He has a diverse set of skills and life experience that come together in the crypto space, making him somewhat of a “crypto culture coach”. In this episode, we explore spiral dynamics and integral theory to consider human development, the way we express ourselves, and how this can be used by DAOs or DDOs to create “an immersive culture for continuous individual growth as a necessary means for achieving superior business results”. Some of the topics Spiral dynamics & integral theory and applications for DAOs Decolonizing the mind and developing autonomy and agency Harnessing the power of intrinsic motivation Decentralization as a response to too much centralization Virtuous cycles and aligning human cycles with organizational productivity We hear about how Durgadas got involved with the TEC and the Commons Stack, and his immediate resonance with the objective to support the development of community members. “Once we become decentralized, we need to not only include everybody, but also include the development of everybody. How can we recognize, incentivize, and give stability and mentorship to all the people so that they can develop from wherever they are to wherever they are going.” The episode concludes with the discussion of an upcoming workshop of virtuous cycles and periodization used by athletes & great for anyone hoping to avoid burnouts, and a tip-of-the hat to supportive tailwind that begets alignment between one’s own virtues and those of the collective. Resources The Deliberately Developmental Organizations Deliberately Developmental Organization video1 video2 Building An Everyone Culture with Robert Kegan Spiral Dynamics A Primer on Integral Theory Reinventing Organizations (book) Token Engineering Commons
46:56
April 26, 2021
MetaView #11 - Adoption Where It Matters with Nadia of MakerDAO & MetaGammaDelta
MetaView #11 - Adoption Where It Matters with Nadia of MakerDAO & MetaGammaDelta
In this episode Peth interviews Nadia Alvarez, who handles business development with Maker and has seen first-hand the power of crypto. In Latin America, people regularly deal with unstable national currencies. They need ways to store value because of crazy inflation, and DAI has given it to them. “There are many stories in Argentina and Venezuela, countries with the worst currencies in the region, that when they started to use DAI, their lives changed." They were able to save their money from extreme devaluation & start making plans for the future - we need to tell these stories, because  we are building all these amazing solutions, but there isn’t always visibility into the impact for normal people. Topics Importance of DAI and stablecoins in Latin America DAI as a crypto gateway Stepping outside of the crypto space for real adoption Stablecoin based local currencies Importance of usability and diversity in language and experience DAO coordination and MGD grant round success Latin America is not the only place DAI is being used - in Africa, its being used in an even more interesting way. The Grassroots Economics project is taking it to a whole new level; instead of using DAI directly, they are using it as reserve for their local currency. Whereas previously they had products & services, but not enough money to facilitate the exchange - now they can just mint more, as long as people aren't exiting their economy en-masse. “It makes sense to make an extra effort to translate the content, the applications - our standard in the crypto space is english, but if you want to get more users, you have to speak their language. If we do this extra effort and translate the content and create more user friendly tools, I think that’s the next step now - to go outside the crypto space and create real adoption.” Want to start making an impact but don't know where to start? Apply to join MetaGame. Resources Ethereum MakerDAO xDAI MetaGammaDelta Grassroots Economics
43:38
February 05, 2021
MetaView #10 - Building Decentralized Organizations with Luke of 1Hive
MetaView #10 - Building Decentralized Organizations with Luke of 1Hive
Peth sat down with Luke from 1Hive to see what drives him, exchange knowledge & discuss the points of alignment. The thing that really pulled Luke into the space was getting to experiment with community run organizations aka DAOs & decentralization in general. This led him to work at Aragon, building DAO infrastructure for a while before starting 1Hive - a decentralized collective of builders - continuing to do just that. “It’s as much a social thing as it is a technical thing - you can have the same protocol or the same technology, but if you don’t have the social side of things: the culture, the narrative, all of that stuff that really helps coordinate people and gets them to work together, the tech’s not going to get you anywhere. And that’s why Bitcoin is amazing and has this huge community, but all the forks of it are pretty much worthless - you don’t have that cultural history, you don’t have the norms that have built over time coupled with that technology.” Some of the topics Intricacies of decentralized organizing, cat-herding, and project management. Open vs invite only communities How market cycles and Lambo-dreamers help Points of decentralization & centralization Community organization and resiliency We’re starting to see a lot of these community-first organizations where everything else including investors, comes second. If the trend continues, it would be a really hopeful shift for both crypto and the wider world of startups. Luke & Peth talk about finding the balance between worker & speculator rewards, and more importantly - the sweet spots of decentralization in DAOs. “I don’t know if you can really go 100% decentralized. But the further you go along the vectors that make a big difference, I think is really critical for these things to actually succeed. The worst thing you can do is have two optimal points and then pick the point in the middle that is suboptimal on every vector.” Because of the way 1Hive is set up, there is higher decentralization at the edges, which allows the system to be resilient even if some swarms emerge or disappear. The barrier to entry to the community is very low which is great for new people, but also challenging because there can be waves of new people that are too large to appropriately onboard and integrate. Along they exchanged a lot of knowledge in how they are each solving all of these decentralized coordination challenges, and finally, discussed some bridge-building! So, join us for the 1Hive x MetaGame Meetup! 😱 Resources Luke 1Hive Lex Node on Decentralization Navigation Board Doughnut Economics MetaGame
47:15
January 14, 2021
Autonomous B1 - Smart Villages & Crypto Networks with Nelson Melina & Magenta Ceiba
Autonomous B1 - Smart Villages & Crypto Networks with Nelson Melina & Magenta Ceiba
In this second episode of the Autonomous B, Magenta sits down to chat with Nelson Melina. Nelson comes from the world of fintech & blockchains but is now focused on regenerative villages and how to use these new tools for new governance & business models. Not for-profit, not non-profit, but with-profit! Looking at the crypto graveyard, it becomes clear that it is not just about creating new things, but understanding what do people actually need. Maybe it’s actually about connecting existing economis, sharing information & creating a network of projects, not building isolated projects. The question then becomes, how can we enhance the existing grassroots projects, the fertile ground for enabling a new world? “If we start creating this circular economy, money that comes into the economy stays in it, circulates, and creates more value - and that’s how you become a force enough to have an impact on society. [At the same time], if we are to build the world of the 21st century, we definitely need to be people who are working on ourselves, working on our traumas, working on how to relate to each other, working on feeling good in our bodies and clear in our minds, not stressed or cluttered.”   Some of the topics include Importance of diversity of perspectives in community With-Profit models and B Corps Creating value in communities Augmented Bonding Curves The importance of self-reflective work Magenta and Nelson chat about the ways in which we can enable better community collaboration, how to create resilient projects, and new regenerative business models. More and more people are starting to realize there are major gaps in institutional finance that can’t plug into the grassroots and regenerative ways of doing things, which is why crypto is a logical partner to these communities.   Feeling inspired by what you heard? Well reach out to Nelson, Magenta of Bloom Network or us! :) Resources Transition To A New World by Nelson Melina Virtual Futures Salon: Beyond Bitcoin with Vinay Gupta BlockScience TokenEngineering cadCAD simulator Commons Stack
49:21
December 18, 2020
Autonomous A1 - Taming Capitalism with Vinay Gupta of Mattereum
Autonomous A1 - Taming Capitalism with Vinay Gupta of Mattereum
Vinay got his start in software engineering, then spent about half his career in defense and energy policy think tanks working on the big “save the world” questions - food, shelter, pandemics, and all the rest of the worst-case scenario planning stuff. Then he decided to get a “real job” and ended up managing the launch of Ethereum back in 2015. Finally, he went on his way to found Mattereum. The discussion kicks off around the problem of capitalism with being extractive at one end, and polluting at the other end. How do we produce higher quality of life on a massively reduced environmental footprint?  The 4 Steps of Capitalism Investment, Production, Consumption & Waste. The first three have been massively optimized, but we're still lacking good data & incentives to optimize the final step and loop it back into step 1. Which is where Mattereum comes into play, linking physical with digital & creating a data trail feeding back the product performance to producers. Other than closing Capitalism's feedback loop, Mattereum will make second hand markets orders of magnitude more efficient by tying code with law - the real world kind - and allowing the disputes arising in the digital sphere to be solved through insurance or escalated to real world courts. Armed with data & enabled by efficient second hand markets, we become custodians of assets rather consumers. Because you now expect to eventually sell the things you buy - you stop consuming things and start investing in things; buying higher quality goods & turning from a consumer to an investor. Some of the topics Issues with extractive capitalism Connecting Ethereum to legacy legal systems Permanent Investment economies Social Operating Systems Anarcho-syndicalism “Consumption is a thing that we cannot afford in a world with a billion starving people. But investment is how we take what we have and turn it into what we need. Everything that we buy ought to be something that generates wealth not just for us, but also for the world. And if we take this mindset of a permanent investment economy rather than a consumption economy, and if we hate losing money because our goods are degrading and being thrown away - pretty soon we won't be producing or buying "cheap" goods that break. Vinay and Peth then dig into MetaGame “I think you’ve done really really good work in terms of identifying this kind of a social operating system. You’ve got materials about values, ways of relating to other people, methodology, there’s all this layer, then there’s an economics layer, and the activities layer. So values, economic incentives, and activities layers - similar problem solving capacity to a conventional corporation, but run very strongly on internal markets and a different set of protocols. [If you say] you know, we’re building software to support anarcho-syndicalist economic democracies, there aren’t many people you can say that to and have their eyes light up, but that is actually what you’re doing and it’s super impressive, it’s really really good.” Resources: Simple Critical Infrastructure Maps Mattereum Fix The World Deck Mattereum LA Launchpad and the Space Yurt Mattereum Shop The Future of Stuff by Vinay Gupta
01:32:24
December 02, 2020
Autonomous Genesis - Real World DAOs & Regenerative Economies with Magenta of Bloom Network
Autonomous Genesis - Real World DAOs & Regenerative Economies with Magenta of Bloom Network
Note: This is the genesis episode of two wannabe-autonomous podcasts called Autonomous A & Autonomous B. If you want to know what the hell we mean by that, you're going to have to listen through at least the intro. 🙃 Bloom Network is a kind of a real world DAO focused on building regenerative economies.  Unlike currently dominant extractive practices turning everything into profit & externalizing as much cost to the environment and the workers; regenerative economies are a practice of reversing all of that shit & creating systems, structures, ways of working and being that are nourishing and regenerative to our communities & ecosystems.  Bloom Network Local Chapters are dealing with things like food scarcities, creating and sharing resources to support localized production, converting hierarchical organizations into decentralized ones and even helping stabilize the climate. Autonomous Podcast?? What is Bloom Network How awesome Bloom Network is Regenerative Economies Real world DAOs & their lessons Are DAOs a technology or a philosophy? Bloom Network & MetaGame aligment??? “It’s been really cool to intersect with the Ethereum community who I think thinks similarly on a structural level, and have really been building the tools to handle the finance and organizing that will really be highly applicable to all these kinds of situations, especially when it comes to international collaboration.” The Bloom Network is going to be launching their mother-DAO & a community token Flower, finally decentralizing their treasury & upgrading their ways of incentivizing local bloom chapters doing awesome stuff.  Minor problem: 99% of these people never interacted with Ethereum or anything like it. 😬 If you want to help them wade through the uncharted intersection of real-world grassroots & DAOs, follow some of the portals below. 👇 Resources Magenta Bloom Network Bloom's Governance Whitepaper The Co-Intelligence Institute (by Bloom's advisor, Atlee - The Elder of Decent. Governance) Empowering Public Wisdom (one of his awesome book)
55:14
November 18, 2020
MetaView #9 - Owocki of Gitcoin on Public Goods Funding, Onboarding & Rewarding Systems
MetaView #9 - Owocki of Gitcoin on Public Goods Funding, Onboarding & Rewarding Systems
Besides being a family man, Kevin is devoted to getting more money into the hands of public good builders. At Gitcoin, they've been experimenting with the "Capital-constrained Liberal Radicalism" (or ‘CLR’) mechanism for funding public goods. The way it works is that the people vote with money, and then the "public fund" gets allocated to the most beloved public goods. Best part? The ones who receive the most from the matching pot are the ones with the most unique voters, not the ones who just received the most money.  Kevin & peth get into: Gitcoin Grants The importance of decentralized IDs Good onboarding Measuring community value Community economics Interoperability From division of labour & capital and the Matthew effect, to the principles of Bentoism - anything a metagamer cares about. “What’s cool about crypto is that you can design systems where the returns waterfall is a little bit more equal between the capital and labour, and that balance between capital and labor is something that I’m super-interested in exploring the design space of.” They also get into the difference between Gitcoin & MetaGame, concluding that they are essentially about the same thing - funding public goods & helping people earn a living - its just that they operate at different layers. While Gitcoin siphons existing money into good hands, MetaGame funds its public goods at the base layer. In MetaGame, the only way to create tokens is through contributing work or knowledge, so the only way for people to invest monetarily, is to buy Seeds from the people who created them with work - funding past work, not future work. As we are moving from proof of work to proof of knowledge work, how do we value that work? Is Sourcecred the answer? Resources Gitcoin & Gitcoin Grants Experiments With Liberal Radicalism (grant program introduction) Vitalik's retrospective on Grants Round #7. Bentoism Sourcecred MetaGame
50:36
November 04, 2020
MetaView #8 - The Power of Communities, Currencies & Other Things with Griff Green
MetaView #8 - The Power of Communities, Currencies & Other Things with Griff Green
“My mission is not about the infrastructure - it’s kind of weird how we focus so much on the chain, and we almost lose sight of what is the point, what are we trying to do, what problems are we trying to solve?” As always, this episode covers a fairly broad range of subjects. From creating strong, healthy & value-aligned communities to creating value and rewarding value that has often been overlooked, to the power unlocked for the collectives and communities with the ability to create their own money. We went over some Crypto Psyops, forking blockchains & communities, legal wrappers and even Justin Sun! - 🤢 Griff had originally fallen into the Bitcoin rabbit hole through hatred towards banks. Getting disenchanted through Bitcoin staying in a rut, he moved into the Ethereum space through his fascination with novel economic experiments & involvement with The DAO. He has now been deeply involved in the Ethereum space for years, with projects like Giveth and the Commons Stack. Though he's not an Ethereum maximalist, he loves Ethereum for its community.  How does an open source attitude contribute to a welcoming community in Ethereum? What’s all this about public goods? How can we create a strong culture with respectful boundaries while building together? One of the resources Griff recommends is Elinor Ostrom's 8 Principles for Commons Governance - we’ve linked a piece at the end!  We can now create economies around social goods and values that never had a business model. The fact that we can start easily, just copy paste and create an economy, that kind of power has never been held in the people’s hands before. That is what gets Griff out of bed each morning. “This is what I love about MetaGame too, dude.. all of these economies are just games! Money is points!” “And each community values its own things, and issues its own currency.”   Come, play the game with us. Resources: The DAO The Commons Stack Giveth Elinor Ostrom’s 8 Principles for Managing a Commons Automating Ostrom for Effective DAO Management by Jeff of Commons Stack BREE Rugpull Steemit’s Hive Fork Is Justin Sun a Psychopath?
01:02:34
October 14, 2020
MetaView #7 - Onboarding, Prototyping & Sidechaining with Austin Griffith
MetaView #7 - Onboarding, Prototyping & Sidechaining with Austin Griffith
Peth talks to the GOAT Ethereum developer, tool builder, and one of the first quadratic freelancers through Gitcoin CLR grants - Austin Griffith. No matter what perspective you take, Austin has a wealth of experience to share on the Ethereum ecosystem and how to effectively onboard new developers into the space. There are certainly holes in the space that need to be filled, and people willing to experiment and build are helping to fill them.  Main Topics: Onboarding Developers to Web3 ScaffoldETH and ETH.BUILD for prototyping xDAI for fun and… profit? Austin builds tools ScaffoldETH & ETH.BUILD to empower the builders and help them get to rapidly prototyping ideas. He also spends a lot of onboarding Web2 developers to Web3 through 1on1 sessions where he gives them contextual understanding of developing in Web3 and tries to get them going - what a great man that Austin guy, isn't he? On getting ideas for new and experimental projects he says: “Sometimes it’s just something that’s fun, sometimes it’s like, what can be the most high leverage, a lot of times, it’s like setting up some kind of combo move.”  “I feel that a lot of the inspiration and the stuff that I go after, is just like either those missing holes that we were talking about, or just like: that would be cool, that would be fun to build, let’s do this for the lolz!” Curious about the possibilities and friction points on the xDAI chain? Austin talks about some of the recent developments on xdai, the risks of frontrunning with sidechains and why bridges between chains help to secure content, and why Metamask isn’t supporting xDAI by default. Ultimately we need lots of options in a decentralized ecosystem - but we also need composability. Take it from Austin - there are many opportunities to build cool stuff and have a big impact on the ecosystem, and many of the tools he builds will help you get there. If you're a Web2 developer looking to get into Web3; don't hesitate from contacting us or reaching out to Austin Griffith himself. Resources: Austin Griffith - The legendary Ethereum builder on Twitter. Scaffold.eth - is everything you need to get started building decentralized applications. ETH.BUILD - Visually understand how Ethereum works with drag-and-drop programming & Open Source building blocks. Nifty.ink - draw NFTs on xDAI with the right to mint them on mainnet. Fork to build your own NFT minting dapps. MetaGame - What this podcast is for.
45:50
September 23, 2020
MetaView #6 - Local Economies & Decentralized Societies with Hammad, Peter, James & Drew
MetaView #6 - Local Economies & Decentralized Societies with Hammad, Peter, James & Drew
Summary 2020 has seen some monumental changes, and it’s hard to know exactly what ripple effects we will see in many areas of our lives. Trust is breaking down in a fundamental way throughout the world. A balance of global communication or knowledge and local action seems to be needed to address some of the issues we are facing today. Will a breakdown of supply chains fuel a shift to more local economies? Will we be able to create systems that more efficiently allocate resources like food to create a better baseline for community health? How can we create a kind of trust liquidity without using a price-discovery mechanism that destroys its integrity?  Communities can decide on tokens or some other store of value to trade, but there has to be some way of securing the total supply for it to facilitate trade.  How do we create value, and how does value get represented in these economies?  What would it mean to create digital nation states that include a cross-section of life and allow them to decide where value is created and how to distribute it?  How do we engage and become digital missionaries? One of the key layers is a network of communities - no human can survive alone. We have new tools, and are fashioning a new society with them on top of our legacy ruins. We’re now seeing the effects of an emphasis on wealth accumulation while ignoring the effects of ecological damage. When is the engine going to blow? If you’re looking for another option, find your non-tribal tribe. Join MetaGame. Featuring: James Young, Drew Harding, Peter Pan & Hammad the MetaDreamer Mentions: MetaCartel MolochDAO Doughnut Economics
59:52
August 24, 2020
MetaView #5 - Personal Tokens: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly with Elizabeth Renieris & Simona Pop
MetaView #5 - Personal Tokens: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly with Elizabeth Renieris & Simona Pop
In this takeover episode, recorded on Juneteenth, we chat personal  tokens in Ethereum and their implications against a broader backdrop of  slavery, control and the negative aspects of imbuing humans with  attributes we reserve for property.  Our guest is Elizabeth Renieris, an  entrepreneurial attorney, policy advisor, and strategic consultant  passionate about the impact of emerging technologies on privacy,  identity, civil society, and collective consciousness.  Our conversation  tackles the more malign areas of experimentation and the imperative need  for broader diversity in perspectives and view points if we want to  continue progressing vs regressing.  We ran out of time quickly so let me  know if you'd be up for the sequel.
28:27
June 24, 2020
MetaView #4 - Defying Status Quo & Building SourceCred
MetaView #4 - Defying Status Quo & Building SourceCred
Today we welcome Decentralion from SourceCred to MetaView. The TL:DR on SourceCred  = A new way for people to organize economically. One that isn't based on upfront transactions. Somewhere in between having a sleepover with Vitalk and losing millions of dollars (one of those private key stories, yikes!), they started working at Google and learned all about the pagerank algorithm, which inspired the idea of building a reputation platform.  Offered support to build it inside Google, they saw how a global trust network owned by a corporation could quickly become some sort of black mirror dystopian nightmare. So they thought: “We could instead launch as a neutral open source crypto protocol and deploy it towards the very specific task of enabling crypto communities and DAOs to be able to reward their contributor”, and soon, it was bye bye Google and hello crypto! Finding amazing allies such as William Chagrin to hack together the new paradigm and LB who helped craft the community into a place that welcomed people by encouraging organic growth over hiring. With initial and ongoing funding from friends at Protocol Labs, the SourceCred team counts themselves lucky to have taken zero VC money to this day and continues issuing it’s Grain token directly to the contributors of the project instead of selling equity to investors like most start-ups. Overall, in this episode you'll hear: What is SourceCred, how it came to be, the ups & downs Why is it more important to stick to your principles than just making a lot of money How SourceCred can be used to decentrally power the global open-source commons About the overlaps & alignments of investors & builders How speculative manias fuel technological progress The future of getting a job A bunch more interesting things Mentioned content: Technological Revolutions & Financial Capital by Carlota Perez Finally: Want to get involved with SourceCred? Through here.  Join the SourceCred x MetaGame meetup on Monday 8pm, get the calendar invite.
54:37
June 13, 2020
MetaView #3 - Past & Future of the Self-Organizing Societies with Niran Babalola
MetaView #3 - Past & Future of the Self-Organizing Societies with Niran Babalola
Taking a walk with Niran Babalola, the founder of Panvala https://panvala.com, telling us about his passion of organizing civic life in cyberspace through initiatives like DAO Rush Week https://daorushweek.com.   He shares insights and wisdom from his journey exploring ways of  organizing and the historical evolution of communities. He shows how empowering individuals with technology could lead humanity to a golden era of productivity and greater value distribution. An age of self-organizing, solving & owning our problems & solutions rather than depending on governments and big corporations to do it for us.
51:28
June 01, 2020
MetaView #2 - Lane Rettig of Spacemesh
MetaView #2 - Lane Rettig of Spacemesh
Lane Rettig joins us to discuss what drew him into the Ethereum ecosystem and what keeps him here.  Talks about big companies becoming public utilities, goes through aligning of incentives, tokenization of assets, and exiting to the community vs to VCs.  Continues by discussing DAOs, values of the community, experimentation and a bunch of other things. Why are you still reading this? Just listen to it :)
35:00
May 12, 2020
MetaView #1 - TJ Rush Founder of QuickBlocks
MetaView #1 - TJ Rush Founder of QuickBlocks
From diskettes to Dapps, TJ has seen it all. Our discussion at ETHdenver 2020 begins scratching the surface of what's possible with Web3 and how to avoid the same catastrophes the web2 movement has fallen victim to. 
26:42
April 28, 2020