This morning I woke up with a strange energy and a lot of neural excitement. I had to put my mind into words which I didn’t know what to do with. So I’m posting them here. Hope my rambling reach some sort of resonance. This is not meant to tie to any solid steps apart from a potential ideological influence in the community.
The rise of Moloch DAO is not an isolated event. Thinking that we are in an anti-rival modality would be naive since the ecosystem is constantly making choices. Choices on where to allocate, how to vote, attribute etc. These choices are ideological but also pragmatic. Choices also generate feedback loops reducing complex information into preferential validations. A priori conclusions which are based on misguided analogies.
It is still necessary however to observe the grounds from which these choices and impressions emerge in order to cultivate an alternative.
Aragon has been subject to a backlash and the two major arguments relate to plutocracy and inactivity of the numerous organizations which have spawned on its platform. These criticisms do have some validity and we must have a clear vision in dissecting them.
Plutocracy is game of capture, simple and explicit. In an ecosystem where the unicorn values dominate, systems which go against the “commonist” and equitable vision for the future will be excluded. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. This is especially true where the stakes are highest: governance. In reality the “game of capture” is over-emphasized since AragonOS is modular and non-monolithic. But Aragon’s own AGP votes is an easy target with which all of Aragon’s potential is compressed into a single judgement.
The criticism which should be taken more seriously is the latter. In order to emphasize impact, shining examples of decentralized coordination and their design ingenuity must be brought forward instead of mere quantity. Aragon has pulled together an insane amount of functionality and has one of the — if not “the” — most powerful builder community. Now is the time to prepare for launch by calibrating the last missing pieces. The uniqueness of Aragon is, must and will come from its modularity, its functional diversity. Each interoperable application adds to the network effect. In that light (not you John), Aragon must be a playground for a mechanism designer. With all its features, Aragon provides unprecedented capacity to the “new entrepreneur”. It is essential however that the support mechanisms for these impact creators are established. This goes beyond funding, towards an ideology and a modus operandi. The weapons are almost ready, now is time for target practice. Shifting the mind from shots fired to targets struck.
Soon, Aragon will have its “clear use-cases” together with its bootstrapping mechanisms which will undoubtedly turn a page in decentralized co-operation movement. Bringing into the family, the brightest mechanism designers and researchers will add fuel to this emergent fire by turning Aragon’s potentialities into realities. The Aragon Coop and DAOincubator have the potential of being the catalyst for such phase shift by (a) emphasizing the community & (b) facilitating experiments.
As the project which initiated the space & cast the word “the year of the DAO”, Aragon must lead the way.