Redefining Identity and Mission in a Decentralized Landscape
Dive into a transformative exploration of identity and mission within the decentralized landscape. Drawing inspiration from the Blockchain Socialist podcast and leaders like Josh Dávila, Primavera, and Kevin Owocki, this article reflects on KEEZ’s significant decision to shed the "DAO" label. The focus shifts from labels to missions, emphasizing collective action, shared resources, and the groundbreaking role of the LUKSO blockchain. Join us as we navigate a new era where blockchain merges with the internet, amplifying global movements for meaningful change.
Introduction: Exploring Decentralized Groups and Their Identity
Recently, I've been deeply engaged with the insightful dialogues presented on the Blockchain Socialist podcast. In one of their episodes, hosts Josh Dávila and Primavera discussed decentralized groups and the acceptance of uncertainty about purpose and identity. One specific statement by Primavera stood out: "We don’t know what we are but we do know we are something that wants to have collective action. We are also something that wants to have a common pool of shared resources and we believe these will be better managed in a common-based manner than public services and so forth."
Rethinking Our Approach: The Impact on KEEZ
The core group at KEEZ spent much time reflecting on that statement. After months of contemplation, we made a significant decision to temporarily remove the "DAO" label from our name. This decision stems from a realization that our aspirations might not fit in the conventional box of a “DAO”. That is not to say we don't want to follow in the ethos of what a DAO stands for, but It is possible that we're on the cusp of defining a new path that doesn't neatly fit the "DAO" mold. This sentiment was further validated by Kevin Owocki’s thought-provoking thread on the matter.
Critiquing Rigidity: Embracing Diversity in DAO Frameworks
Owocki’s critique of movements that criticize groups based on a predefined DAO framework resonates deeply. He illustrates how such an approach undermines the diverse efforts of groups striving for change. This notion aligns with our rationale for shedding the "DAO" label; the essence lies not in conforming to a preset framework, but in embracing our unique mission. Just because we aren’t doing things exactly how some movements deem we should should not delegitimize the actions. As Owocki suggests, the dynamism and individuality of DAOs and similar entities are pivotal for pushing boundaries and driving progressive decentralization, so why critique when they are making progress.
Mission Over Labels: Focusing on Purpose and Connection
Our approach is instead of fixating on labels, priority is placed on our mission and bringing people together around a common purpose. The evolution of our structure will naturally follow as we steadfastly serve our mission. In the process, a structure will emerge to service our goals and this is what will work best for our situation. While we may or may not ultimately adopt the "DAO'' label, certain truths remain—our shared purpose, our commitment to nurturing collective action, and our drive to establish a common pool of shared resources. In this journey, the role of blockchain technology emerges as a powerful tool to expedite our goals more effectively than ever before.
Amplifying Impact: The Role of the LUKSO Blockchain
Elaborating on these concepts, our group is united by a central goal: augmenting the network effect of the LUKSO blockchain. This encompasses the convergence of users, dApps, and protocols within the LUKSO framework for the collective betterment. Through the embrace of collective action and shared knowledge, we propel ourselves toward unprecedented heights that individual, centralized endeavors cannot reach. The innovation lies not in the concepts themselves—collective groups and common-pool resources have been fundamental to societies for eons—but in the synergy with the LUKSO blockchain's standards. This, as Owocki underscores, is where blockchain technology bridges the gap that coordination has long yearned to overcome. These fresh tools empower us to effectively oversee CPRs and substantially escalate collective action, transcending previous limitations toward a mutually beneficial future.
Towards a New Epoch: Blockchain's Assistance for Change
The world functions in cycles, and progressive movements mirror this pattern. Just as the sun rises each day to rejuvenate life, new technologies and ideologies emerge to invigorate new possibilities. A novel cycle appears to be emerging—one characterized by the destruction and reconfiguration of institutions, organizations, and societal coordination with blockchain as its driving force. The fusion of blockchain and the internet has paved the way for viral communication and participation, accelerating the emergence of global discontent. As these sentiments coalesce into coherent movements, the potential for substantial change becomes tangible. I eagerly anticipate the unique and exciting paths that lie ahead with my companions at KEEZ. The future remains uncertain, yet one certainty prevails: we're embracing the journey with unwavering enthusiasm and boundless curiosity.