Announcing the Conviction Voting cadCAD Model Release

This article is announcing the release of the Conviction Voting cadCAD model, a digital twin of the Conviction Voting ecosystem currently deployed at 1Hive.org. The content below is pulled primarily from the readme file of the model notebook. This initial model was a collaboration between Aragon, 1Hive, BlockScience and the Commons Stack, and if you’d like to support further feature development on the CV model, you can contribute via this Gitcoin grant.

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Open source innovation networks FTW!

The Problem: Why Rethink Governance?

Traditional, time-boxed voting processes have shown their limited effectiveness in distributed communities, with early experiments in the blockchain space showing ample room for improvement. Direct democracy via token voting has a high attention cost, requiring everyone to be aware of everything going on at the same time, in order to cast a vote — or not. The resulting lack of participation means that critical decisions are being made by 0.2% …


An Evolution From DAOs to Commons Ecosystems

This article is part of a series on cyber-physical commons. If you would like more background on the importance of the commons and the definition of cyber-physical systems, check out our first article here. Continue reading if you are interested in how these technologically augmented community structures challenge and augment traditional for- & non-profit modes of value creation, and present a new approach to scalable human collaboration.

As decentralized technology spreads globally, we are witnessing a collective re-examination of traditional organizational structures. The dominant approach to human coordination (i.e. …


Designing Cyber-Physical Commons to be ‘Ostrom Compliant’

This article is part of a series explaining the cyber-physical commons architecture that is being built out by the Commons Stack.

Few people have contributed as much to our knowledge of the sustainable management of the commons as Elinor Ostrom. Winning the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics for her work, Ostrom’s 8 principles for commons stewardship have set a standard for community management of shared resources. These principles, collected over a lifetime of research into effective commons worldwide, are the best research we have into human collaboration outside of the corporation and the nation state. Although applying these rules at scale can be challenging, recent research suggests that blockchain technology may have a role to play in overcoming key obstacles, further enabling communities to manage themselves.¹ …


Open Sourcing cadCAD as a Cornerstone of Permissionless Public Infrastructure

Our purpose in launching the Commons Stack is to build an open-source, token engineered component library that people around the world can use to assemble their own highly customized, simulated & tested DAO ecosystems. This engineering infrastructure will underpin the stability of our cryptoeconomic networks of the future, a key piece of complex system design that is absent in the blockchain space today. In Iteration 0 of the Commons Stack, our focus is on staging the cultural and technical initialization components required to make these systems succeed, which includes (1) the launch of the Trusted Seed community, and (2) the open sourcing of cadCAD to support more rigorous token engineering processes. …


Establishing Healthy Initialization Conditions for DAO Ecosystems

Co-authored by Griff Green, edited by Kris Decoodt

Note: this article was originally published on the Giveth blog on August 7 ’19, you can find this here.

TL;DR

To get involved, all you need to do is apply to join the Trusted Seed. 🌱 In the near term, you can earn reputation in the Trusted Seed by contributing time or funds to the build of the Commons Stack. 🌿 In the medium term, you will be able to participate in decision making in the Commons Stack, and be invited to join in the community launch of various Commons efforts! 🌳

Early experiments in DAO ecosystems have shown us that thoughtful and informed decision making by a dedicated community is required for the success of these networks. For this reason the Commons Stack is implementing the Trusted Seed: a curated list of reputable & experienced community members who are aligned with our mission of creating sustainable funding for public goods, specifically token engineering research, open source software and, eventually, all kinds of nonprofit causes. …


The Future of DAO Governance Support via the Commons Stack

A Commons Stack article, co-authored with Michael Zargham

Note: this article was originally published on the BlockScience blog on August 7 ’19, you can find this here.

As you may have already noticed, we at the Commons Stack are truly excited about the potential of computer-aided design tools when building crypto networks. Using cadCAD to simulate, test and validate our design decisions before launching code introduces a critical engineering iteration loop that is lacking in the blockchain space today. This evolution towards the adoption of a standard token engineering practice is a sign of a maturing industry, and will no doubt lead to higher interoperability of open source components and better results in the long term viability of the public infrastructure protocols being built. …


A Commons Stack Component Explainer

This article is one of a series of component explainers for the Commons Stack infrastructure. One of the least understood yet most talked about pieces of the Commons Stack is the Conviction Voting (CV) governance module. We’ll take a closer look at this decision making mechanism, discussing why we need it, how it works, and where it fits into our tech stack for scalable commons stewardship.

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The ultimate governance question: how do we make good decisions as a collective?

Conviction Voting — Why Do We Need It?

As we move into a future of automation, we want to ensure that human needs remain a key input of the socio-technical systems we are creating.

As we explored in our introduction to the Commons Stack, commons stewardship starts with managing shared resources in order to achieve mutual community goals. But how do we, as a collective, decide how those resources should be allocated? Conviction Voting offers a novel decision making process that funds proposals based on the aggregated preference of community members, expressed continuously. In other words, voters are always asserting their preference for which proposals they would like to see approved, rather than casting votes in a single time-boxed session. A member can change their preference at any time, but the longer they keep their preference for the same proposal, the “stronger” their conviction gets. This added conviction gives long standing community members with consistent preferences more influence than short term participants merely trying to influence a vote. Conviction Voting sidesteps sybil attacks, provides collusion resistance, and mitigates many of the attack vectors of time-boxed voting mechanisms.


Addressing the World’s Biggest Challenges with Cyber-Physical Commons Management

Note: This story was originally published on the Giveth blog on May 23, 2019. You can find it here.

Giveth and BlockScience are teaming up to build the Commons Stack, with the goal of forwarding the discipline of token engineering and creating a digital infrastructure for commons-based peer production. This project is born out of the research done by Dr. Michael Zargham on alternative funding and governance mechanisms, with POCs being built at ETHDenver, ETHParis, and the Odyssey hackathon through the spring of 2019. We aim to address the world’s biggest problems by building continuously funded digital economies based around community causes to bring about positive change in the world through cyber-physical commons management.


(Or, an Introduction to Token Bonding & Curation Markets)

“All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”
- Victor Hugo

Note: This story was originally published on the Good Audience blog on September 12, 2018. You can find it here.

One of the difficulties I have come across lately is trying to explain the relevance that cryptoeconomics hold for solving real world problems. …


Establishing Healthy Initialization Conditions for DAO Ecosystems

Co-authored by Griff Green, edited by Kris Decoodt

This story was re-published on the Commons Stack Medium.

TL;DR

To get involved, all you need to do is apply to join the Trusted Seed. 🌱 In the near term, you can earn reputation in the Trusted Seed by contributing time or funds to the build of the Commons Stack. 🌿 In the medium term, you will be able to participate in decision making in the Commons Stack, and be invited to join in the community launch of various Commons efforts! 🌳

Early experiments in DAO ecosystems have shown us that thoughtful and informed decision making by a dedicated community is required for the success of these networks. For this reason the Commons Stack is implementing the Trusted Seed: a curated list of reputable & experienced community members who are aligned with our mission of creating sustainable funding for public goods, specifically token engineering research, open source software and, eventually, all kinds of nonprofit causes. …

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Jeff Emmett

All Things Decent/ralised. Researching the biggest ideas that will move the needle on human progress. The @CommonsStack, UBI & mindfulness are some faves.

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