Since the AGP-1 Voting on November 15th, some concerns has been raised by the community about the current stake-based AN Governance system since it has been noticed that less than the 0.5% of token holders have participated in both AGP polls made so far (see this and this).
It is clear then that some improvements needs to be addressed in the Aragon Network voting mechanism in order to assure effective decision making. The questions that remains open are
what are the actions that need to be taken? and
how would we like to implement them?.
As it seems like a bunch of speculators are holding ANTs without real interest on the Aragon Network, while at the same time there is an engaged Aragon Community that really cares about which things are decided and how they are implemented, an Aragon Cooperative initiative was born in order to create an organization aimed to support AN despite their stake on the network.
The following is what I call an Aragon Coop MVM that I’ve redacted based on my (as un-biased as possible) interpretation and syntheses of the different threads* that has tackled this topic in the last few months. The idea is that this text should serve as seed for a later discussion, modification, and of course voting by the Aragon Coop Members.
The Aragon Coop Manifesto
We are a community that is fundamentally engaged with the Aragon Project, and are composed of individuals that decided to come together to cooperatively and collectively voice our visions of the future of the Aragon ecosystem.
We stand for collaboration as a prominent tool to reach true decentralization while generating genuine value within the Aragon Network and other communities at large.
We aim for fairness among ANT holders, the AA, developers, community members and users, within every interaction and/or fund allocation that could take place among them, we want to be defenders of the Aragon Manifesto and its Code of Conduct.
We strive to experiment with governance models and new tools to pave the pathway toward true freedom in this world. We will start with democratic one person, one vote mechanism, but will also try other suitable mechanisms such as ones based on merit, reputation, delegation, prediction markets, quadratic voting, etc. – adapting and evolving our own governance through time.
In a nutshell, the Aragon Cooperative aims to contribute not only to the Aragon Network with a grassroots approach but also to other ecosystems that want to embrace decentralization and autonomy within their organizational structures.
I would propose then to focus the following couple of weeks to discuss this Manifesto and then agree on a final version and commit to it with an on-chain poll. After that, we can discuss, agree and commit, step by step (block by block) all the aspects that would shape our organization. Some that are coming to my mind are:
- Membership on-boarding and off-board process.
- Token(s) (definition and) allocation.
- Governance process.
- Process for Kicking-off Coop Projects and ask for Grants.
- Coop AGPs generation.
* Here some of the more relevants threads that has discussed the Cooperative foundations:
- Community Initiative: Aragon Cooperative
- What is the Problem the Aragon Cooperative is trying to solve?
- How do we measure if the Coop is a success?
- Cooperative DAO Governance - Models,Techniques & Proposals
- What is the Cooperative’s Boundaries? What is out of bounds? What is the scope?
- Github AragonCoop.