DAOs will go mainstream in 2022 ft. Ben Walker
This is our fourth installment of the builder profile series, which seek to highlight the amazing individuals that are part of dOrg, how their typical days look like, what projects they are working on, and what brought them to a digital cooperative in the first place.
In this post we’re featuring Ben, he joined dOrg as a full stack developer in June 2020. He’s worked on a few projects so far including Opolis, Rarible, Tezos, Polywrap, and some dOrg internal projects.
How did you first get involved with dOrg?
I was working in the traditional corporate world and, one day, had a life changing discussion with my roommate, a fellow software engineer. We talked about how outmoded our ‘modern’ organizations seem to be — how they’re rife with bureaucracy and authoritarianism. We were brainstorming about how software tools, especially those that are blockchain-based, could be used to improve them. Then we came to the conclusion that one often does in software: that if you have a good idea, chances are someone has put it into practice already. So, I started scouring the internet randomly and learned about DAOs — I came across dOrg and learned about the first limited liability DAO. I was already familiar with worker cooperatives but wasn’t aware that organizations like dOrg are digitizing the cooperative model with blockchain technology and applying it to scale. I connected with some dOrg builders at ETHDenver, worked on some internal tools, eventually got in on client projects, making dOrg my full time job in summer 2020 — I haven’t looked back since.
What has surprised you most about working with dOrg?
I would say there is an incredibly cooperative culture at dOrg. We’re all working together to create the ideal work environment and grow in our knowledge of the web3 ecosystem. We have builders from all over the world and are a completely remote workplace. Everyone works when they want and as much or as little as they want. We don’t have any managers looking over people’s shoulders to frighten everyone into productivity. We don’t have an office or a dress code or meetings that require your camera to be on or on-call rotations or location dependent compensation or all the other negative trappings of the old corporate world that can be difficult to avoid. Everyone is really grateful to be a part of dOrg and wants to make this model a successful example, so people are very driven to grow and improve the organization.
What do you find most challenging about dOrg?
Since we don’t have managers that tell you what to do everyday, we rely on our builders taking a lot of initiative for their careers. If they want to be a part of a project, they need to speak up. If they want to work with a particular client, they have to help close the deal. If they’re curious to learn about a certain technology, they need to start exploring it and reach out to the group for help as they need it. For some people, this can be a big mental leap but when I made it, it felt very liberating.
What do you wish other people knew about dOrg?
We have had a lot of success as a development collective in the blockchain space but we’re not resting on our laurels. There are a lot of initiatives we’re working on, including DAO-to-DAO partnerships, some of which we’re not ready to reveal yet, that we feel will ultimately supplant the traditional corporate model with digital cooperatives. We have some of the most skilled people in this industry working toward this end and I’m very excited about what’s to come.
The interest in DAOs/dOrg seems to be growing. Why do you think that is?
I think that many people have been spending their lives in traditional, authoritarian organizations and are suffering. But they’re only gradually becoming aware of alternatives which are often hidden behind the hype of cryptocurrency speculation. I also think they’ve realized that we can’t wait for governments to solve the most pressing problems of our age. It’s our duty as humans to act directly by participating and creating organizations that are structured to cope with the challenges of this century.
What do you think will change about dOrg over the next five years?
I think we will see many more organizations like dOrg. I think that dOrg will be working hand-in-hand with these organizations to mutually foster and support this digital cooperative model. I think that more and more people will free themselves from authoritarian organizations to build a new and better world.
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