ENS DAO Newsletter #23 - 12/13/2022

ENS DAO Newsletter #23 - 12/13/2022

:wave: Hello!

Hello and welcome to the Ethereum Name Service DAO Newsletter!

New editions are published weekly.

This newsletter is available on the ENS DAO Governance Forum, Substack, and Twitter.

We encourage any feedback, questions, or comments!

:ballot_box: Recent Proposals

There are separate authors for either Treasury Management proposal. ¹ ²

Status Proposal Vote Discussion
Active Q1/Q2 2023 Public Goods Working Group Steward Election Snapshot Discussion
Active Q1/Q2 2023 ENS Ecosystem Working Group Steward Election Snapshot Discussion
Active Q1/Q2 2023 Meta-Governance Working Group Steward Election Snapshot Discussion
Draft [Social] Routine DAO treasury management ¹ N/A Discussion
Draft [Executable] DAO Treasury Management ² N/A Discussion
Passed [Social] [EP2.2.5] Selection of an ENS Endowment Fund Manager Snapshot Discussion

For details on the ENS DAO proposal process see our Governance Docs.

:spiral_calendar: Calendar

Keep up with important dates by subscribing to the ENS DAO’s calendar.

Special Note: There will not be any working group calls for the remainder of the year. Please stay tuned as we announce Working Group call times for Q1/Q2 2023 after our Steward elections have concluded.

:classical_building: Town Hall

The Q4 Town Hall has been scheduled for Thursday, December 15th at 2PM Eastern Time. If you’d like to present your ENS-related ecosystem project, send alisha.eth a message on the ENS DAO Forum.

Time to wrap up 2022 with another ENS Town Hall ✨
The Q4 Town Hall is on Thursday, Dec 15th at 2pm ET

If you're interested in presenting your ENS-related ecosystem project, please DM me!

Signup at https://t.co/Ezol3CMfCC

— alisha.eth (@futurealisha) December 8, 2022

Link to register: https://lu.ma/enstownhallq4

:memo: DAO-Wide Updates

Treasury Management Proposals

On November 29th, nick.eth submitted what would be the first of two treasury management proposals, Routine DAO Treasury Management. The proposal details basic parameters regarding DAO working capital and runway.

nick.eth on Treasury Management: ¹

Presently the DAO keeps almost all of its treasury funds in ETH, and has not heretofore had a standard process for converting income to stablecoins in order to fund ongoing operations. This EP proposes standard expectations for the DAO to follow, specifying expected balances and actions to be taken on an ongoing basis in order to ensure the DAO continues to be able to execute on its goals effectively.

Several days later, james.eth submitted a second treasury management proposal, which focuses on ensuring the DAO has enough stable runway to pay contributors for at least 18 months.

james.eth on Treasury Management: ²

Currently the DAO keeps almost 100% of it’s treasury in ETH, although ENS as a protocol is almost entirely focused on Ethereum, having this much exposure to one asset leaves the DAO, its contributors, and its sustainability in a potentially vulnerable position.

The proposals have their distinctions. Delegates and $ENS holders should read each carefully and arrive to respective conclusions about each.

Q1/Q2 2023 Working Group Steward Elections

Elections are now open for Q1/Q2 2023 Working Group Steward elections! There are three Working Groups:

The Steward election for the Q1/Q2 2023 term began on 9am UTC on December 10 and will be open for 120 hours (five days). Good luck to all the candidates!

Steward Nomination & Election dates:

  • December 6: Nomination window opens
  • December 9: Nomination window closes
  • December 10: Steward election commences
  • December 15: Steward election ends
  • January 1: Incoming Stewards take roles within Working Groups

Follow the vote on Snapshot.

Public Goods Scholarships 2023

Voting for ENS DAO Public Goods’ inaugural scholarship is now live. Show your support for the community and cast your vote. Voting ends shortly after publication!

This scholarship is for people who are focused on public goods on a broader scope that benefits the entire Ethereum or Web3 space. Our intention was to find developers, artists, writers, community builders and anyone who has been working on public goods but are not being sufficiently rewarded for it.

The top 6 voted nominees will each receive a $12,000 USDC grant, streamed $1,000 USDC per month for 12 months starting January 2023. The funding for this scholarship is sponsored by the ENS Public Goods Working Group.

ENS Public Goods Scholarships dates:

  • November 30: Nominations
  • December 6: Nomination review
  • December 8: Voting
  • December 13: Confirmation of vote with awardees
  • January 1: Stream starts

For a complete overview, please see this forum post.

ENS Hour

On December 8th, ENS hosted a one hour conversation covering recent events in the ecosystem, including ETHIndia and emerging projects built on top of the ENS protocol.

Have a listen to the recording here.

Ecosystem Grantees Updates

Planetable.xyz, a native macOS app for building, browsing and following decentralized web content with IPFS and ENS, shared an update with the community. They’ve recently added a Connect Wallet feature in their app for tipping ENS domain content creators.

We recently added Connect Wallet feature in our app for tipping @ensdomains ENS content creators. This feature is a lot of fun to implement. Planet is probably the first macOS native app to have WalletConnect. https://t.co/FvIQPuxe6w pic.twitter.com/voQIDeBgBn

— planetable.eth (@PlanetableXYZ) December 9, 2022

Nimi, a web3 project that offers similar linking features to Linktree, shared a year-end cap of what they’ve accomplished using the grant they received from ENS DAO.

For a break down, check out their post on the ENS DAO Governance Forum.

:newspaper: Working Group News

:balance_scale: Meta-Governance

The Meta-Governance Working Group hosted a meeting on December 6th at 8PM UTC.

Metropolis Podarchy

The Metropolis team presented their podarchy structure for the ENS DAO.

Visit pod.xyz/podarchy/ensdao to view an interactive visual representation of the ENS DAO multi-sig structure.

Metropolis will be requesting community feedback on their podarchy and podarchy lenses on the forum.

:arrows_counterclockwise: Ecosystem

The Ecosystem Working Group hosted a meeting on December 8th at 5PM UTC.


Belma Gutlic of Chainsafe presented their protocol engineering project. It offers privacy tooling that helps to obfuscate and preserve privacy for transactions using ENS.

Community Run Identity Server Update:

Gregory Rocco, co-founder of Spruce ID, presented updates on the Community Run Identity Server.

  • SIWE is an alternative to “Big Log-in.”
  • Working on extensions for SIWE, such as authorizations
  • Recently released SSX
  • Added a flag for ENS integration - one line of code
  • Working on the way to log in on behalf of multi-sigs (with the Gnosis safe team)
  • Would like to explore SIWE on Mastodon, possibly provide funding

The complete November update can be found on the forum here.

:white_check_mark: Public Goods

The Public Goods Working Group hosted a meeting on December 8th at 6PM UTC.

:handshake: Get Involved

Public Goods Scholarship:

Cast your vote for ENS DAO Public Goods Scholarship now at ensgrants.xyz.
Voting ends today at 11:59PM UTC so don’t wait!

Steward Elections:

Cast your vote for Q1/Q2 2023 Steward Elections now.
Voting ends on December 15th at 9AM UTC.


Thank you very much for reading! Take care. :wave: