Why Aragon will change the world

Many people in the cryptocurrency ecosystem and beyond do not fully understand what is being developed in the Aragon community. The recent AraCon gathering did a great job at starting to change that perception, but there’s a long way to go.

I was drawn into the Aragon ecosystem due to the ideals and mission of the organization, combined with the offering of a technology stack that enables application development that can be tightly coupled with customizable governance systems.

The Permissions framework is what sets Aragon apart, and is what makes it a governance-first type of system. It will not be a place where most users of an organization interact with (at least not to begin with, as it’s highly complex), but essentially this is how the bylaws of an organization will be maintained.

Aragon’s Permissions framework

I think as time progresses, the Permissions system will start to become more catered to an average member of an organization vs. the system implementer/power user, due to the nature of how it maintains the organization bylaws and the path to change them — which every organization member should understand.

Whenever other application developers choose to build upon Aragon and utilize the permission system, what is happening is an ecosystem of interoperable applications with foundational layers of user-driven governance can emerge.

Ultimately, due to the programmability of bylaws via a user interface and the fact that the system is part of a blockchain, people with no development knowledge can maintain organizations on Aragon and ensure they survive beyond the vision of any founder, so long as there is a contingent of people that want to keep pushing the mission forward.

It is this value proposition that can help accelerate positive social change in this world, where it’s not just about payment transactions decoupled from the traditional banking system, but enabling networks of mission-aligned individuals to come together and take collective action over shared initiatives.

How can this change the world?

Changing the world is deeply tied to changing how we organize as humans — and how we coordinate and collaborate.

In addition to making organizational bylaws much easier to maintain and enforce (by minimizing legal costs via smart contracts), how we coordinate and collaborate can also be innovated by allowing more discoverability for people or organizations that are tackling a similar global challenge and making it easier to either:

  1. Join that organization
  2. Merge organizations

I think it’s the merger quality that will be key, especially for more altruistic organizations. And especially for the case of organizations that started with a lot of oomph, then lost the stamina and are on the brink of collapse…

Imagine if you had three organizations with similar missions, all about to dissolve. Now imagine if they can signal that they are looking for mergers? Or that they are looking for more people willing to volunteer their time?

With the current state of the ecosystem, discoverability of likeminded organizations and the “merge” feature does not yet exist. But the ecosystem is still small, with under 10 active organizations. It’s not quite ready for this operating mode yet.

But the building blocks are in place, and more are coming. What I describe is one of the greatest value propositions of both creating decentralized autonomous organizations, or just building smart contract powered traditional organizations in general.

Mergers can probably happen after two weeks of discussion in a forum, and then a click of a button that burns one organization’s token and gives an equivalent quantity of the other, or burns both tokens and mints a newly branded set.

It is this superpower I can’t wait to observe as smart contract powered organizations take off.

It is this superpower that will enable Aragon to change the world.

Happy Fight for Freedom Day!