To quick off the second season of DAOcast with max (holo)fuel, we receive Ray Powell, a long time decentralization enthusiast and one of the early developers of Holochain. In this conversation he introduces the fruit of his current work: Cogov, a distributed governance protocol built on top of Holochain. Such a protocol enables very exciting possibilities for self-organization at different scales, specially because of the agent-centric design properties of Holochain.
Of course, we go deeper on our inquiry, imagining what would be possible to achieve when we are powered by technology that allows us to see the flows of exchange (current-see) that permeate the networks we co-create on a daily basis. Thus, better equipping us navigate the exponentially increasing complexity characteristic of our new epoch.
And much much more. And this time we have a video recording as well!
- Holochain and Collective Intelligence: Avoiding a Technological Singularity
No jokes! 🎙️🎇
Come check the “Intro Catch-up” between Stratis and I (Danilo) on the “State of the DAO(cast)”. There are a couple of experimental (and to me exciting) changes to the show this “season”, and we talk about that here 😃
This time I will at least try to reach out to other perspectives, and I'd be very happy if DAOcast could function as a platform for other people in "their quest" to understanding whatever a DAO is (or is not/can/ can not/ may/may not). Makes sense? Come chat.
*This interview was recorded on March 20th, 2019. So please take that into consideration when listening to the show.*
> “I think DAOs are attempts at more distributed than centralized organizations. And we need to create a language that can conceive of a spectrum. And we need to create sort of distribution KPIs or distribution perception indexes.”
The last episode of Season 1 is here, and in the Christmas spirit, it brings a gift with it. DAOcast is opening itself up to co-creation. If you're interested, listen to this episode to understand the full context and get in touch ;)
As a painting teacher, facilitator, and "Emotional translator of social realities", Felipe Duarte brought a lot to the mosaic of perspectives we are building here. His past experiences in collaborative processes - which included energizing one of first open houses of Brazil - have a lot to teach anyone interested in participating in a DAO experiment.
In highlighting the importance of Ontology in *co-creative* processes, we had a very fruitful conversation around nomenclature for processes and things in emerging spaces, like the DAO space. More specifically, we talked about Flow Control and Homeostasis in the context of open systems. We also talked about other qualitative characteristics of co-creation, such as "Emotional skin in the game" and "Purpose KPI". And, of course, much much more.
So give this episode a listen and consider interacting with us to co-create DAOcast.
This interview was recorded on October 4th, so please take that into consideration when listening to the show.
> “I don’t know what the DAO is because I don’t see it yet, but my hope is that it will be something that helps us to find the answers here and now, instead of thinking that we will find it elsewhere.”
In what is perhaps the craziest and most creative episode of DAOcast, we received the artist and aspiring "DAOpsychic for Imagination Support" Jossbot, which has also become a partner of DAOcast, creator of the imagery used by the show through [KATTFANTASTISKT](http://kattfantastiskt.world/).
As a DAOstack pollinator and avid creator, Jossbot shared her takes on the Genesis experiment, exploring with us how the DAO dynamics could evolve as this concept matures and accommodates for different kinds of users. Incorporating the power of Abstraction in our conversation, we managed to explore varied imaginary territories that could aid in the understanding and development of the field, giving life to neologisms and unusual ways to think about DAOs. That, on itself, is enough to give this episode a listen, but if such an exercise doesn't suffice, you might be intrigued to learn what a "DAO as a shinny, 80’s looking like sphere" is.
Tune in for that and much more.
*This interview was recorded on October 2th, so please take that into consideration when listening to the show.*
> “What I do expect to see is how DAOs will enable a small group of people to enlarge and to scale progressively without losing their spirit.”
In this double-DAO episode, we interview [Horatii Partners](http://www.horatiipartners.com/) co-founder Daniel Shavit (also known in the space as @criptodani) and Olivier Sarrouy, Ph.D. in Communication Sciences, Co-founder & tech lead at [ryhopenetwor](https://www.ryhope.network/) & Co-dev of the [Pando protocol](https://github.com/pandonetwork/pando).
As one can imagine, this was a very rich conversation. For started, Daniel and Olivier shared their thoughts on the 2018 Berlin Blokchain Week, marked by ETH Berlin and the first decentralized meetup funded through DAOstack's Genesis Alpha. We also explored the Pando Protocol, one of the Grantee projects at Aragon Nest program, learning about how it aims to build infrastructures for decentralized autonomous content. And quite interestingly, we discussed how the ideas of autopoiesis and living systems can serve as powerful frameworks for the development of DAOs.
Tune in for that and much more.
“When you look at the Bitcoin's blockchain network, you'll see that with some very strict rules, not really complicated, we were able to bootstrap the most secure digital network nowadays. Or at least the most expensive one to attack. And with DAOs we are aiming at transcribing that into the governance level.”
A self-proclaimed digital nomad and citizen scientist conducting research and development with digital infrastructure for the public good. Not only for the cyber space, but also for public health and food sovereignty. This is Pedro Parrachia, one of the most engaged DAOstack pollinators.
In our talk, we cover a lot of ground. From how the cyber space nowadays can be understood as a feudal arena, where the value of our data is hoarded to powerful lords, to how DAOs could help us change that, to how blockchain might fail in being a tool in that mission. Pedro also gave us his thoughts on his experience with Alchemy, contextualizing it within the broader context of access barriers to digital infrastructures. In sum, a lot of good information.
If you want to reach out to Pedro to talk about the amazing things he's doing, do so at email@example.com.
> “I feel we’ll the see the creation of guilds, of circles of trust inside the DAOs, pretty much as we have political parties and NGOs on society. So people will create their circles of trust and support one another."
What does sailing have to do with decentralized governance and participative culture? It's difficult to say, but one may argue that Lucas' life is the answer to that question. While at the top of his career as a journalist in Brazil, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, which made him consider what it was that he truly wanted to do with his life. Sailing emerged as an answer, but little he knew then where the sea would take him.
Tune in to find out how this crazy story goes and to hear Lucas talking about his experiences with flat hierarchies, participative cultures and much much more. Ahoy!
"And I think this is a kind of DAO fantasy, like termites building their house. That is something that really makes me optimistic about it (Genesis)."
Cem's had only one job in his life, which was enough for him to experience the inefficiencies of hierarchical structures in investment banking. So he decided to find not another job, but rather a life passion. And that is how he came across the field of decentralized governance, later co-founding the consultancy Horatii Partners (http://www.horatiipartners.com/).
In this our conversation we cover a lot of ground, from Cem's impressions as one of the first members of the Genesis DAO (powered by Alchemy), to some of Horatti's initiatives, such as its Decentralized Consulting Stack. We also speculate about the evolution of the field of DAOs and ways to keep track of it using network mapping tools like Kumu (https://kumu.io/). Tune in. It's worth it!
> “What’s gonna happen after we leave? It’d be nice to give the guardianship of the project to the community at large somehow. That feels like one the best ways to make sure that the mission of the project continues in the spirit that represents the community.”
Coming from an unusual background in the crypto-community (music), Ezra brings fresh perspectives into the world of DAOs. His business, Groupmuse (https://www.groupmuse.com/), has taken him down the path of decentralized governance to investigate, among other things, how communities can be better integrated into the decision making processes of the services they use. From there, it’s no difficult to see how he ended up being involved with blockchain technology.
In this conversation we discuss some of the challenges faced by decentralized governance, as well as blockchain technologies in general, what are some of the best environments for DAOs to thrive, strategies for organizations to start transition towards a DAO structure, and, of course, much more.
"The thing that we envisioned, which is made possible by what I believe a DAO can do, that was not possible yet."
Ben Visser is a researcher at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at TU Delft, specializing in Construction Management. During his attempts to catalyze a hydrogen-based tech ecosystem, he's stumbled upon the cultural and bureaucratic barriers currently hindering large scale systemic collaboration.
He sees blockchain technology and DAOs as solutions to these challenges and hopes to use them to enable "meta-companies" - virtual companies built on top of a consortium of other companies and stakeholders. Tune in to understand how such a concept can be applied to the field of construction, facilitating the long-term planing of big projects and maintaining transparency to avoid corruption.
“If you then have this thought of open source and forks, where you can just fork a project if you don’t really agree with certain details, that’s something people are not really aware of, really not familiar with. So this whole line of thinking requires quite a change.”
For years, Theodor Beutel (or Theo), has been conducting academic investigations in the fields of social sciences and business. In trying to understand the next steps of the firm, he came across blockchain technology and DAOs, which have since become his focus of study as a MSc student at The University of Edinburg.
Tune in to hear about how Academia is reacting to the world of decentralized governance, how existing structures and models for human coordination compare to the ones emerging out of the blockchain space, how Agent-based modeling can aid in the design of governance protocols, and more.
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