I agree with all of Luke’s points here.
One aspect I feel most strongly about is signaling in relation to the product roadmap. It’s good to have a better pulse from a non-financial voting manner on if the technology is moving in the direction that makes sense for the majority of community members.
One of the power of DAOs is that you can take in signals from various stakeholders (token holders, one person one vote community members, organizations, etc) to make the best decisions possible.
The ultimate authority will be in the hands of ANT holders.
I don’t think the cooperative will slow things down, because it’s actually providing an opportunity for community members who aren’t part of one of the funded organizations be part of an organization in the network.
Additionally, DAO tools are very aligned with cooperative communities, so I think this will be a way to influence other cooperatives around the world to utilize Aragon and also perhaps enhance their governance models to be more modern as well.
I think trying to create an organization that is like an ambassador program with diverse people from around the world may take much more time than anyone has at the moment. I can see that being a role that can potentially be funded via an AGP or from the community funding DAO, though. It’s just a bit unrelated to the skills and tasks of current members (if we are talking about salaried folks). But two people from every country is a different signal than “active Aragon community members”. It’s useful, but different.
I think from a “use of network funds” for this initiative, Luke’s salary may be the only one that is (partially) drawing from the bank on this, but his research here is improving the Aragon technology as can be seen for the recent cli improvements or catching various bugs. I don’t see how this slows things down: using Aragon more regularly for different organization types will speed things up as far as making it easier for many types of organizations to use Aragon (the recent improvements are organization-agnostic). I think this is already a “success” example of the dogfooding approach that benefits the ecosystem as a whole. And I doubt his work here is slowing down the roll out of the Aragon Network court either. I think if it was doing that, you can perhaps argue that the cooperative may slow things down. But I think once the cooperative gets off the ground, Luke may also be more hands off (correct me if I’m wrong).
It would be great to have a pseudonymous person like yourself @GustavMarwin joining the cooperative and providing that skeptical balance.