[Discussion] Trial run a Governance Working Group

Abstract

This proposal advocates for the establishment of a 3 month trial of a Governance Working Group (GWG) within RARI DAO with the main goal of increasing the execution power of the DAO. The GWG will play a crucial role in moderating discourse, resolving disputes, maintain tooling and documentation and ultimately a training and testing ground for delegate led governance

Motivation

Governance today is primarily funded by the RARI foundations operational budget and facilitated through service providers & a community lead. While this approach offers a decent starting ground, the ideal state for the governance of the DAO is when it’s run by it’s delegates and funded directly by the DAO. In order to reach this state, the DAO should experiment by giving an increasing amount of responsibilities to delegates over time, test results and iterate. The WG framework offers a great playground to test such initiatives and ultimately plan and deploy a progressive decentralisation strategy.

Rationale

The formation of the GWG is rooted in the acknowledgment of the dynamic nature of decentralized governance & the imperative to adapt and evolve accordingly. By consolidating expertise and dedicating resources to governance-related tasks, RARI DAO can mitigate risks, optimise resource allocation & enhance overall community participation. The GWG will serve as a catalyst for positive change, driving innovation, efficiency & inclusivity in the governance processes of RARI DAO.

Specification

Goals

  1. Governance Participation
  • Propose and implement updates, incentives & metrics-based strategies to maintain and grow active governance participants
  • Identify methods to increase high-quality participation in RARI DAO governance, and provide recommendations for fine-tuning governance processes toward efficacy & inclusivity
  1. Governance Operations
  • Develop, maintain, and regularly update governance onboarding process to facilitate the seamless integration of new members into the DAO.
  • Maintain, research & upgrade governance tooling to facilitate smooth governance operations
  1. Governance Documentation
  • Establish, monitor, and enforce governance documentation, and explore developing a constitution, bylaws, and a code of conduct.
  • Continuously update governance documentation to reflect evolving community needs and best practices.
  1. Moderation & Dispute Resolution
  • Proactively moderate discourse to filter out offensive, poorly defined, or spammy proposals.
  • Serve as mediators to assist in resolving disputes and conflicts within the community.

Timeline

During the course of the trial period, tasks will be progressively allocated to delegates incharge of operations from the foundation to the DAO. A final report on the feasibility of this approach will be written and published at the end of the trial period

KPIs

  • of active delegates participating in high quality & in depth discussions
  • improvement in quality and depth of discussions
  • number of new delegates successfully onboarded
  • adherence to established governance documentation and protocols.

MoS

Positive feedback from foundation & delegates about DAO led Governance operations

Multi-sig policies

  • Assuming a 4 member squad, the multi-sig will be structured as 3 out of 4
  • 50% compensation will be paid after 2 months
  • 50% compensation will be paid upon submission of a report to the DAO at the end of the trial period
  • Any leftover funds will be distributed between members

Roles & responsibilities of each member

Steward/Operations Lead: @jengajojo

Oversees the group, coordinates tasks, leads allocation and execution of operations and ensures milestones are met

Advisor: StableLab/@Matt_Stablelab

Appointed by the foundation as advises on all things governance

Foundation Operator: @addie

Appointed by the foundation to lead & deliver parts of governance operations

Scribe & Ops Co-lead: @winverse

Prepares detailed documentation and assists in governance operations whenever needed

Budget

Role Quantity Compensation (RARI)
Steward & Ops Lead 1 3000
Advisor 1 1000
Foundation representative 1 0
Scribe & Ops Co-lead 1 3000
Buffer 1000
Total 8000
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Thanks for the proposal. These are defintely some important goals.

Could you elaborate a little bit, what the outcome / the deliverables of the working group should be?
Most of the tasks seem to be ongoing / operations related, so not sure whether a working group is the right instrument for that (and just for three months…).

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Thanks for the feedback @bitblondy

In line with the progressive decentralisation of the RARI ecosystem, the primary goal is to demonstrate that governance can be stewarded by a decentralized body as opposed to a foundation led team. The foundation budget renews next year and by then if we are able to run one or two iterations of this WG, then we’d have sufficient feedback to decide if this work can be delegated full-time to the DAO

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Thanks for that additional context and future intent regarding the purpose of this WG to validate if full governance can be operated by the DAO. I like the structure and KPIs of this proposal.

Will the WG also determine the best way to measure your KPIs, such as, how to determine the % of active delegates participation in addition to also measuring these results? (i.e. identify the best tools/processes to measure, as well as measure the results)

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Thank you for the support! We are open to feedback on how the results should be evaluated

Depends on the tools being used, since we don’t have a huge budget many of the popular tools for this have a significant cost associated with their implementation, hence the WG will have to go through the governance process in order to finalize on the tooling.

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Hey @jengajojo, a group dedicated to governance is always great to have in any DAO. However, I had a few questions, namely:

  1. How will the improvement in the quality and depth of discussions be objectively measured?
  2. What specific documentation will be established initially, and how will the GWG ensure adherence to these documents?
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Thanks for the feedback @Sixty

Here are my suggestion on how to measure the quality of discussions

Objective Measures:

Participation Metrics
Number of participants, frequency of participation, & the diversity of participants (e.g., newcomers vs. experienced members).

Proposal Quality Analysis (Analyze the proposals submitted before & after the establishment of the GWG, evaluating their complexity, clarity, & completeness)

  • Average length of proposals, number of proposals passing initial review, and number of revisions required.

Engagement Metrics
Number of posts and comments, average length of discussions, and the number of unique contributors.

Resolution Time (time taken to resolve governance issues or disputes)
Average resolution time, number of unresolved issues, & the number of escalations.

Subjective Measures:

Advisor Review: We can consult our advisors as experienced governance experts to periodically review & assess the quality of discussions.

  • Metrics: Expert ratings on discussion quality, depth, and relevance.

Qualitative Feedback: Collect detailed qualitative feedback from key stakeholders, including foundation members and active delegates, about their perceptions of the improvement in discussions.

  • Metrics: Thematic analysis of feedback, frequency of positive vs. negative comments
  1. Governance Onboarding Manual: A comprehensive guide detailing the governance processes, roles, and responsibilities within RARI DAO. Contents include Introduction to governance, step-by-step onboarding process, key governance tools, and resources.

  2. DAO Constitution: A foundational document outlining the principles, values, and core governance structure of RARI DAO. The document includes Vision and mission, fundamental principles, governance framework, and decision-making processes.

  3. Governance Handbook: Detailed rules and regulations that govern the day-to-day operations of RARI DAO such as procedures for proposal submission, voting protocols, conflict resolution mechanisms, and amendment processes as well as standard operating procedures for governance-related tasks and responsibilities such as meeting schedules, documentation standards, communication channels, and task allocation processes.

  4. Code of Conduct: A set of guidelines for acceptable behavior and communication within the DAO.

While some of these documents may already exist, the WG will start updating these. For the ones which do not exist yet, we will suggest these to the DAO. Not all documents listed here will be delivered in the trial run.

How can we ensure adherence?

  • conduct regular training sessions & workshops to educate members about the governance documentation.

  • Implement mechanisms to enforce adherence to the documentation and hold members accountable for violations. Eg: Actions such as Warnings, temporary bans, and potential removal from governance roles for repeated non-compliance will help in enforcement

Generally, social contracts are enforced by peer pressure as opposed to legal or smart contracts. So it is also a responsibility of the DAO to help with enforcing these social contracts.

As stated before the WG however is free to deviate from these suggestions on documentation and compliance based on their judgement & bandwidth.

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Thanks for the in-depth response, @jengajojo; this is overall a well-thought-out proposal with clear and measurable objectives. One of my favorite parts of being in web3 is seeing progressive decentralization efforts like this empower DAO contributors to take on more and more responsibilities. :partying_face:

I noticed @bitblondy mentioned some of the tasks are ongoing, and it would be great to understand what those tasks are and how they will be handed over to the Governance Working Group over time. This way, the DAO can observe if there are any improvements in these tasks and processes to assess the efficacy of this working group.

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Thanks for the kind words @Sixty Since there is not official public documentation on these tasks I do not have a clear picture on specifically which ongoing tasks @bitblondy is talking about. My best guess is that work done by @addie is included here.

Thanks for the explanations and detailed implementations @jengajojo, the KPIs and documentation could be really helpful.

With the ongoing tasks mentioned, I was referring to some of the goals mentioned in the proposal, mainly “2. Governance Operations” and “4. Moderation & Dispute Resolution”. Was just confused in how far that’s the task of the working group.