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This article assumes general knowledge of DAOstack and the Genesis DAO. We recommend newcomers read this article first for context!

In this blog we set out our proposed vision and structure for the Genesis DAO, version 1.0, which will aim to improve the adoption, UX, and architecture of the DAOstack project. Should the Genesis DAO accept our proposal, the DAOstack team will begin building out this structure for Genesis.

The Mission and Principles of Genesis 1.0

Our proposed mission statement for Genesis is to expand the DAO ecosystem through DAOstack adoption and the increasing utility of the GEN token.

In the medium-term, we envision Genesis as the leading ecosystem fundDAO in which reputation (rep) holding members effectively control monthly revenues to fulfill this mission.

These revenues would…


This is part of a series of interviews with organizations sharing their experiences with collaborative budgeting (cobudgeting).

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A web services consultancy based in London, Outlandish is a worker owned cooperative.

They use Cobudget to democratically distribute dividends to all cooperative members as a way to invest in new projects they care about, for example new tech products, social impact projects that need software, match funding of international initiatives.

Since 2015 Outlandish have spent £192,450 in Cobudget across 34 buckets.

We talked to Outlander Brian Spurling about how they have been using Cobudget.

How does Cobudgeting work at Outlandish?

At Outlandish the Cobudget process works like this: every quarter, the surplus is distributed proportionally according to the hours that people have spent working for Outlandish. This money goes to everyone’s Cobudget accounts. From there, these funds can be allocated to different ‘buckets’ — buckets are projects that people from Outlandish have proposed. …


An extremely brief look at alternative histories of money and the emergence of a new story.

‘Money makes the world go round’, ‘time is money,’ ‘money is the root of all evil,’ ‘money is freedom,’ ‘the best things in life are free.’

People’s relationship to money spans the range of human emotions and relationships: complicated, heartbreaking, uplifting, stressful. There is no way to overstate the role that money plays in our life. To be born is to enter into a world where we are participants in the global economy. …


The Golden Pandas: Part 1

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Photo by hondayau

This is the first in a many part series on how the Golden Pandas livelihood pod operates.

One of the main benefits of being part of an open, participatory, and non-hierarchical network full of people who can’t look at rules without wanting to break them, is playing around with new forms of organisation.

At Enspiral, we’ve left a big pile of practices and behaviours at our virtual door. Ways of working that didn’t serve us, or weren’t fun, or didn’t let people be themselves, or which got in the way of real innovation.

A bonus of working in this way is that it attracts highly intelligent lunatics. Combine the lunatics with the freedom to create and the need to solve problems associated with freelancer/startup life and you have the Golden Pandas livelihood pod (also a registered company). …


The Golden Pandas: Part 1

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Photo by hondayau

This is the first in a many part series on how the Golden Pandas livelihood pod operates.

One of the main benefits of being part of a participatory and non-hierarchical network full of people who can’t look at rules without wanting to break them, is playing around with new forms of organisation.

At Enspiral, we’ve left a big pile of practices and behaviours behind when it comes to organising. Ways of working that didn’t serve us, or weren’t fun, or didn’t let people be themselves, or which got in the way of real innovation.

A bonus of working in this way is that it attracts highly intelligent lunatics. Combine the lunatics with the freedom to create and the need to solve problems associated with freelancer/startup life and you have the Golden Pandas livelihood pod (also a registered company). …


“The antidote to self-interest is to commit and to find cause. To commit to something outside of ourselves.” Peter Block

On the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July, 14 people from Enspiral put their hand up for the Stewardship Retreat, hosted by Billy Matheson from EXP — an exceptional facilitator if ever there was one. This is a blog about what we learnt and what we did on the retreat.

Riverslea and the rhythm of retreats

Retreats are one of the most important rhythms that we have at Enspiral. They’re a time to do deep work and reconnect with the choice that many of us have made: ‘to choose adventure over safety’ and focus on what we need to do to make this adventure work. …


We’re seeking someone to help us optimise and deliver Tech for Non Tech.

What is it?

Tech for Non Tech is an intensive short-course for anyone seeking to understand the digital world.

In the workshop, participants learn the the need-to-know concepts of web development and expand their tech terminology. They learn tools and language to help navigate the complexities of the web development process.

At the heart of this is learning how to build productive relationships with technical colleagues and teams. In Wellington, we’ve run five successful programmes and helped tech CEOs, innovation and commercialisation managers, policy analysts, university lecturers, marketing and comms execs, account managers, new product owners, project managers and tech recruiters up skill. …


Tech for Non Tech is a one-day “how to engage with the tech people in your life” course that’s run by coding school Enspiral Dev Academy. Regular T4NT workshops are run in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, and people from heaps of different jobs and industries attend them. We asked a recent participant, Anna Jackson from AUT, to tell us what it was like.

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Anna Jackson asks a question at Tech for Non Tech Auckland

When I signed up for Dev Academy’s Tech for Non Tech workshop I was wondering where I sat on the tech spectrum. I have a very dusty post-grad diploma in Digital Media, and as a lecturer in AUT’s Colab (a collaborative space for creative technologies) I’m not exactly a technophobe. I’m nowhere near as tech savvy as many of my colleagues and students though, and I wanted to get a feel for where the boundaries of my knowledge lie. I’m also familiar with some of the challenges that arise when people with very different skill or experience sets (a filmmaker and web developer, for example) work together on a creative project, and need to be able to ‘speak each other’s language’ for the collaboration to succeed. …


What goes down in Tech for Non Tech

By Anna Jackson.

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Anna Jackson asks a question at Tech for Non Tech Auckland

When I signed up for Dev Academy’s Tech for Non Tech workshop I was wondering where I sat on the tech spectrum. I have a very dusty post-grad diploma in Digital Media, and as a lecturer in AUT’s Colab (a collaboratory for creative technologies) I’m not exactly a technophobe. I’m nowhere near as tech savvy as many of my colleagues and students though, and I wanted to get a feel for where the boundaries of my knowledge lie. I’m also familiar with some of the challenges that arise when people with very different skill or experience sets (a filmmaker and web developer, for example) work together on a creative project, and need to be able to ‘speak each other’s language’ for the collaboration to succeed. …


How we designed Tech for Non Tech

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A Tech for Non Tech programme at the Biz Dojo in Wellington

Tech for Non Tech is an intensive day long programme for professionals seeking to understand the digital world.

Many people find that they’re having to work more with technology, or more often, work with people who work with technology.

Because of its frenetic pace and ability to change how we live, it’s web related technology that’s the focus of the day.

The programme is developed in partnership with Enspiral Dev Academy, a school that teaches non technical people to be web developers in an eighteen week immersive code bootcamp.

The coders Dev Academy train go into jobs and build software, but together what we’ve learned is that developers don’t build software; teams do. So what happens when teams can’t communicate, or understand each other? …

Kate Beecroft

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