I keep getting pulled onto calls with DAOs who want to partner with Gitcoin. I want to lay out how I think about these things + solicit feedback from the DAO.
IMO there are 3 layers to a DAO to DAO partnership. They go in order from more casual to more serious (from less commitment to more commitment).
- Social interoperability
- Product/Technology interoperability
- Governance Rights interoperability
More about these layers:
In this stage, there are strong relationships being built between members of each DAO across-DAO. DAO members might be invited to speak at Gitcoin events like Schelling Point or our Public Goods are Good twitter spaces, or DAO Vibes. This is the relationship/rapport/trust building stage of of a DAO to DAO partnership.
The product/technology interop stage is when the DAOs start to invest resources into seriously building Practical Pluralism between the products of each system.
Examples of this I’ve seen at GitcoinDAO.
- Gitcoin leverages Proof of Humanity or BrightID or Idena for Gitcoin Grants
- Gitcoin launches a podcast on the bankless network.
- I’m sure there are many others.
The Governance Rights interoperability stage is when the governance rights of each DAO is extended to the other DAO, likely via a Mutual Grant.
Past examples of this
- Gitcoins incubation of KERNEL.
- Gitcoins mutual grant with DeveloperDAO.
- Gitcoins incubation of dComipass.
One thing I think is really important about web3 is Practical Pluralism. Instead of web2 companies elbowing out each other for market share, web3 networks of DAOs are fundamentally modular + interoperable. I fantasize about a world in which the Ethereum ecosystem becomes a DAO of DAOs that all rises and falls together, building a beautiful world of immense utility from a diverse fauna of protocols that serve our shared mission.