As the Meta-Governance group begins to stand up I thought I would share a few potential focus areas this group might want to focus on for the first six months. I am not proposing anything specifically at this point simply sharing some ideas to get the juices flowing. Perhaps some of these ideas might get some traction to move to the temp check and proposal phases and form the basis of some sub-committees or working groups.
Contributor Compensation – I think this is a foundational piece to getting the DAO to function properly.
Investigate how other DAOs have done this well (or not)
o Design experiments
o Gather feedback from each working group
o How to measure / value contribution
–delegates and those who delegate to them
–those doing work for the DAO
o Align compensation with culture (how do we incentivize contributors to align to the ENS values)
o What (ENS, ETH, USDC)
o How (reducing gas costs will be important for low $$ compensation…layer 2?)
o Superfluid – payment streaming
o Sourcecred – measure/reward
o Coordinape – measure/reward
o POAPs, NFTS
Transparency/communication – I think it is important to ensure DAO contributors are fully informed about what is going on in the DAO and that the information is easy to find. Transparency is key to good governance.
Internal transparency: What is each working group working on and what progress is being made? This should apply to both work in progress as well as backlog
o Evaluate tools/methods
– Kanban board
– Community calls
External transparency: How do we build transparency and communication with key outside stakeholders (such as True Names Ltd.) so that they are not working in a vacuum?
Prioritization processes – It is important for a large organization such as ENS to be disciplined around prioritizing the things we work on and spend resources on. Even if something has been voted on and approved we should still consider prioritization and timing as limiting our WIP will help us be more effective. There are good models from the Product Management profession we could leverage.
o We should start off the DAO on the right foot by encouraging/rewarding kindness and respect while also fostering a culture of openness to new and different ideas. How do we do this?
o Do we want to consider sponsoring events that foster a sense of community? Perhaps both IRL and virtual events? I could see us creating some side-events at popular crypto/NFT conferences for active contributors to connect (maybe POAPs, or ENS with voting/delegation record act as a ticket of sorts?
Metrics – We already have on-chain metrics at our fingertips but perhaps we need other metrics that measure our success as an organization and progress towards our mission. Should we develop some?
Onboarding / Recruiting- how do we support new participants and recruit new participants? Is there more we can do to make it easier to learn and contribute?