Gitcoin DAO - Week in Governance, Edition #1

This will be the first edition of a weekly post with the goal of summarizing what’s been going on in Gitcoin DAO Governance at the end of every week. Topics, ideas, proposals and votes will be listed with links for further reading and discussion. If there’s anything missing please reach out! :memo:

:robot: Meta-Governance

  • Community members are continuing to express interest in becoming Stewards in the DAO and govern for the public good with introductions rolling into the Steward Governance thread. No formal criteria have been set on becoming a Steward aside from interest in participating at this time.

  • Several Stewards have begun drafting a version of formalized rules for governance based on existing rules found here. It is expected that these will be ratified in the coming weeks, after a hectic start given some unexpectedly complex votes around Gitcoin Grants treasury management.

  • The deadline for claiming GTC tokens ended this week. 97% of all tokens were claimed and the remaining tokens have been transferred to the Gitcoin DAO treasury for future use by the community.

  • Some members have suggested a second claim window using the funds in the treasury given the tight 30 day window for the first distribution. Join the discussion here!

  • A formal proposal around season-based compensation for Stewards has been put forward by Fire Eyes, :fire:_​:fire:, for community review. Callum describes seasons as “a time period for Gitcoin Stewards to earn GTC for active participation in governance. It consists of the top 40 delegated addresses, with an open application process for community members to join.”

🧙‍♂️🧙‍♀️ Workstream Discussion + :scroll:Proposal Updates

Public Goods Funding / Treasury Management

  • Andrew’s path forward for AKITA was ratified by the community after healthy debate, and several stewards (Austin, Trent, Andrew, and Avsa) are working towards executing next steps.

  • GR10 matching pool allocations were ratified on Snapshot with overwhelming agreement around the proposed categories.

  • A proposal to “Use Gitcoin to build GitcoinDAO’’ was passed and an open call for grants was started by Owocki. If you haven’t created a grant you still have time!

  • Peter Pan asked an important question around whether VC funded projects should be included in grants rounds moving forward. Discussion is still ongoing.

  • Lior proposed a native medium of exchange for the Gitcoin community.

  • The $SACKS LP position was successfully transferred to GTC treasury for safekeeping

  • To start, for simplicity, the DeFi Treasury Management workstream has been formed as a subset of the Public Goods Funding Workstream. Shreyas has begun working on a general values statement and strategy for treasury management expanding on his post here.

Public Goods Prototyping (Moonshot Collective)

Austin announced that the Prototyping Workstream is now transforming into the Moonshot Collective, the first call is scheduled for July 19th at 12pm MST (invites can be found at

Active Projects:

  1. Some interesting work being done around quadratic trust - a QF tool where you fund with your clout instead of your money
  2. - an NFT dance off for funding public goods, is targeted for GR11
  3. SACKS launched last month, has raised $250k for public goods, and is still kicking (pun intended). Song a day man did a song about the project.
  4. Bondable, an incentivized jobs board is being worked on (see Andrew’s grant / forum)
  5. BurnVendor), an initial interface for burning Akita to get the ETH necessary for the LBP is in progress

Projects that are more highly visible on Gitcoin Grants are more likely to be funded. A discussion around the decentralization of Gitcoin Grants Discovery was started by Owocki.

Decentralization Workstream

  • Phutchins provided an update on Decentralizing Gitcoin and describes the progress as “Over the last week we’ve made some great progress on the Architecture Proposal and are nearing completion of the initial draft. Most of the big pieces are getting clearer and are falling into place.”

  • Furthermore, a new thread and a form was created to help guide community members who wish to contribute to the decentralization of Gitcoin.

Anti-Sybil Workstream

Ops, Comms, Edu

  • Clarified the workstreams participants and status
  • Hosted a full workstream Zoom on Tuesday, June 22nd

Grant Verification

  • Oversight of the grant verification process is now publicly available here
  • Recruited 4 community members approved by Workstream to participate in reviewing new grant applications & oversight of Gitcoin denials.
  • Began defining policy for both the Platform & Eth rounds. Working to draft clear in/out of bounds territory.
  • Documenting “gray”zone cases for review

Detection of Sybil/Fraudulent Behavior

  • Continued experimentation of specificity vs sensitivity of algorithm
  • Human evaluation of algorithm for training data continues

Appeals, Sanctions, and Evolving Policy

  • Work has begun with the coordinator role being assigned
  • A first draft of an appeals process has been made for grants and users
  • Rough consensus formed on using an English common law standard of precedents and appeals to update the policy

Merch, Memes, Marketing Workstream

  • Chris Martz announced the MMM workstream, described as “a small creative team operating in service of Gitcoin / GitcoinDAO, it’s wider community and it’s values and goals. […] Using merch, memes and marketing MMM will create unique public goods, new projects, fun stuff that generates curiosity and hype around public goods, Gitcoin, open source software”.

That’s it for this week in Gitcoin DAO governance, feel free join the discussions via the links and on Discord!


Support, actively participate in community self-governance, put forward more reasonable recommendations and guidelines, let GTC community become FHA

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Great update! This is very helpful.


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Thank you for this update, its quite helpful.

Kudos. The update is on point.
Sybil is a major issue and it’s very technical to deal with. With time, GTC community will win over it.