It has taken me a bit of time to process what has been going on in the cooperative, but based on my observation on both the chat and the forum, I am not feeling very inspired to be part of the organization in its current state. There is a lot of bickering in multiple directions and this didn’t exactly exist before capital entered the picture.
One problem with the AGP was it was very last minute, and two people who have never truly collaborated with one another assigned themselves to receive regular weekly pay. The AGP had a list of deliverables — but it didn’t have a list of duties. I think deliverables are meaningless without a community that wants to uphold them. Based on the meeting minutes, the second cooperative meeting had 20% turnout compared to the first, and I honestly did not feel drawn to participate.
I think a body like the cooperative can be a healthy addition to the Aragon ecosystem. But I think for this to work, the funds that were allocated to the cooperative should be governed by the membership base without any expectations that they should be allocated for coordination (4 days a week to Gus/Julian). I think they should be paid for their work to date, and Gustavo set a solid example of reporting. I think the finance app + link to the markdown hash will be sufficient, and no Giveth dapp needed.
In my opinion, I think that going forward, work should be proposed beforehand and any coop member should have a right to create funding proposals. Hence I think the funds should be governed more like the community funding DAO does, yet for coop members.
I think a good use of those funds will be compensating people for their time curating CF DAO proposals, creating on-boarding and help documentation for new Aragon members, coordinating meetings, taking minutes, and building tools to analyze upcoming votes. These are activities that I feel will increase participation and give the cooperative some true purpose beyond developing governance documents. I think that the deliverables outlined in the AGP will work themselves over the time, assuming there is a lively, collaborative and welcoming community.