DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) building and onboarding involve creating a governance structure that operates through a decentralized and automated process led by a group of individuals who come together to achieve a common goal. DAOs are based on blockchain technology (smart contracts and consensus mechanisms) that allow individuals to come together to make decisions and manage resources without the need for intermediaries with greater transparency, security, and community involvement than traditional organizations.
What’s a DAO?
- Decentralized: The DAO's users share ownership and decision-making authority.
- Autonomous: DAO members’ decisions and procedures can be automated thanks to smart contracts (coded software).
- Organization: A community of individuals who work together to handle resources for a common goal.
When to use
A DAO should be built when there is a need for a decentralized decision-making process and the desire for an autonomous and transparent structure. DAOs are particularly useful when there are numerous stakeholders, as they provide a fair and efficient way for all stakeholders to participate in decision-making and share in the benefits of the organization. Additionally, DAOs can reduce the need for intermediaries, lower transaction costs, and increase the speed of decision-making. However, it's important to note that building a DAO requires significant technical expertise and an understanding of blockchain technology.
DAO building and onboarding can be useful in a variety of contexts, but are particularly relevant in the context of decentralized organizations and blockchain-based communities.
Bringing new members into a DAO or other blockchain-based community means to ensure they have access to the tools, resources, and information they need to participate fully. This may involve providing education and training, setting up governance structures, and establishing communication channels.
The goal of the onboarding process is to help individuals understand and integrate into the culture and processes of the organization they are joining.
How to use
To build a DAO, you will need to decide on the rules, objectives, and governance framework. This involves choosing the blockchain platform, designing the smart contract, and setting up the voting system. You will also need to consider the legal and regulatory constraints in your jurisdiction. Define tasks, responsibilities, and compensation for contributors and team members.
- Define the structure of the DAO Project and document it.
- Clearly define the DAO's purpose and vision.
- Decide the type of DAO (protocol DAOs, investment DAOs, grant DAOs, social DAOs, collector DAOs, media DAOs, entertainment DAOs, philanthropy DAOs)
- Decide about DAO Token: Supply, allocation, and incentives
- Ascertaining the legal infrastructure of the DAO
- DAO coin minting
- Building teams
- Finding members, and
- Deciding the name of your DAO.
- Create Your DAO Treasury, select the best tool for it.
How to create a community
- Plan the onboarding of new members with the producers in mind
- Encourage 1:1 interactions, particularly in the beginning
- Gamify it with Quests and Bounties
- Create a Culture of Ownership and Empowerment
- Invest in tools and education, accommodate a range of expertise and information
- Preempt scalability challenges, particularly those involving the work quality and "offboarding"
DAO Onboarding could be mainly focused on:
- New member onboarding experience
- Contributor onboarding experience
In general, members of the DAO involve attracting individuals who share the vision and objectives of the organization. This requires marketing the DAO and reaching out to potential members through social media, forums, and other channels.
Once members have joined the DAO, they can participate in decision-making and resource allocation through the voting system. It is important to have clear guidelines and protocols in place to ensure that members are accountable and transparent in their actions.
Do you need more info about Onboarding? Check out this Inventory of Onboarding Practices.
What you get
Overall, DAO building and onboarding can help to create more democratic, participatory, and resilient communities that are able to achieve their goals more effectively.
Onboarding can also help to build a sense of belonging and engagement among newcomers, which can improve retention and membership/contributors satisfaction.
More info and resources
DAO Essentials: 6 Key Onboarding Practices
This post was written by Kassen Qian. Thanks to DAO Masters contributors Tyler Whittle, Behzod Sirjani, Nelson Jordan, and Angela Santurbano for their edits and revisions, as well as Jocelyn Hsu from Editorial Team!
How to DAO 201: Onboarding as Wayfinding
Welcome to the second deep dive on how we are building CabinDAO. In this article we'll cover how onboarding differs from traditional corporate environments. Then we'll break down current onboarding practices and offer digital-native ideas. Finally, we’ll share how a few leading DAOs, including Cabin, are building their new member journeys.
How to Create & Run a DAO? A Comprehensive Guide! - Blockchain Council
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