With the DAO on track to take control of the ENS treasury, it feels like a good time to start thinking about how the DAO will coordinate work and manage contributors on an ongoing basis.
The purpose of this temp check is to start a conversation that can be used to build out a proposal for the formation of Working Groups for the ENS DAO.
Proposed Working Groups
My thinking at this time is that there will initially be four Working Groups:
- Meta-Governance: related to DAO governance and management
- ENS Ecosystem: related to the continuing development and improvement of the ENS protocol and ecosystem, with a focus on all technical matters related to ENS
- Community: related to the people and organisations that are users of ENS, with a focus on non-technical matters
- Public Goods: related to the amplification of ENS as a Public Good and funding Public Goods within the ENS ecosystem and more broadly in web3
Article III of the Constitution gives some guidance here about what should be prioritized, with an emphasis on ensuring “the long-term viability of ENS, and to fund continuing development and improvement of the ENS system”. A Working Group focused on building out the ENS ecosystem, is a logical starting point. There is also specific mention in Article III of using funds that are not needed to fund the ENS ecosystem, to fund Public Goods within web3. It follows that a Working Group focused on the funding of Public Goods in web3 is also important.
Outside of these two foundational Working Groups, we will need another Working Group related to meta-governance, which includes things like treasury management and legal/ accounting considerations. Given the large number of $ENS token holders and the widespread interest in the project, it is also important to consider a Working Group that focuses on non-technical matters related to community management and engagement.
High Level Overview
Each Working Group will have its own budget and effectively operate as a sub-DAO of the ENS DAO. Almost all work undertaken by members of the DAO should fall within one of these Working Groups.
Here are some examples of the guilds that might sit under each Working Group:
- DAO governance
- Treasury management
- DAO law and accounting
- Bug Bounty
- Discord support
- Media and Growth
- Swag store
Public Goods (PG):
- PG comms team
- Funding ENS related PGs
- Funding web3/Ethereum PGs
I would like to put forward a proposal for the creation of Working Groups in the next few days. Any feedback is appreciated.