This AGP is in the earliest stages of ideation. I’m starting a thread here to discuss before formally proposing in the AGPs repo.
Background and motivation
There have been several instances where AGPs have been proposed that specify an action to be done, but where the executor of the specified action either is not designated or is designated as the Aragon Association. For example, AGP-10 designated the Aragon Association to create a Community Funding DAO, and the draft “Prioritize Delegate Voting” AGP demands the Association to prioritize the development of delegate voting infrastructure despite the AA not having an internal development team of its own.
Indeed, AGP-1 even suggests that the AA is a kind of “executor of last resort” (my term) where it says:
If a vote on an AGP produces an Approved result, then the AGP will either be executed automatically by the Aragon Network or else dutifully executed by a manager designated in the AGP (or designated by the Association board if no manager is designated in the AGP).
AA Executive Director @stefanobernardi anticipated increasing demands on the AA to carry out the wishes of ANT holders in his comment related to AGP-10 execution:
With this context, two things become clear:
It would be valuable to have someone available to execute AGPs that do not specify a manager / executor, so that ANT holders can approve funding for a project even if it is not yet clear who will fulfil the deliverables of the project. For example, the Prioritize Delegate Voting proposal. ANT holders should be able to say “We approve X amount of DAI for someone, anyone to deliver a working, secure Delegate Voting app” and for an executor to carry out those wishes.
The Aragon Association may not have the resources at this time to be the Executive Branch of the Aragon Network.
In response to these conclusions, I propose we:
Modify AGP-1 to more formally specify the Aragon Association as the “Executive Branch” of the Aragon Network, which will be responsible for dutifully executing AGPs that do not have a designated executor to the best of their abilities.
To require that for AGPs that do not have a clear executor or recipient of a Finance track proposal, that some portion of the approved funds going to the AA as an “Executive Fee” to compensate for the time it takes them to hire an appropriate team to build the app. This fee can be a flat rate, some % of the approved budget, or an amount negotiated by the AA and the proposal author - I’m open to whichever the AA and the community think is best for both sides. This may help fill the resource gap, and enable the AA to contract outside temp resources if necessary to execute a given AGP.
I’m interested in hearing feedback from the AA specifically if they are willing to take on this role more formally, and from anyone else who has questions or comments about this proposal. If the AA is unable/ unwilling to take on this role, but the community still finds such a role valuable, we can then work on figuring out an alternative (I have some ideas, but let’s discuss this option first.)