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Taxonomy of DAOs

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Taxonomy of DAOs

Duration: 00:38:01

Speaker: Kei Kreutler, Yalda Mousavinia

Type: Breakout

Expertise: Intermediate

Event: Devcon 5

Date: Oct 2019

The term DAO appears here to stay. From its first use, the phrase Decentralization Autonomous Organization conjured an array of potentialities, including legal representation and management for natural systems to imaginaries of independent Skynet-like entities. However, despite the resurgence of DAO projects in 2019, we still lack a common vocabulary for different types of DAOs. From “human-work DAOs” to “superscalable” organizations, this breakout session aims to develop a working taxonomy of DAO projects with differing structures and objectives. We will provide a worksheet for participants to evaluate a specific DAO project instance, based on its decision-making processes, ease of entrance and exit, and broader governance mechanisms, with helpers from each project on hand to provide insight. We will also provide basis for existing organizational forms, such as co-operatives and mutual organizations, that DAOs both mimic and exceed. This breakout session seeks to establish a working group on DAO taxonomy, and chart both existing categories as well as the as yet unknown feats of DAOs.
About the speakers


Yalda Mousavinia


In 2016, Yalda Mousavinia co-founded Space Cooperative, a new worker-owned aerospace cooperative, which lead toward the establishment of Space Decentral. Her and other members of Space Decentral were recently awarded an Aragon Nest grant to develop a Planning suite for DAOs and she is the lead product manager and UX designer. Prior to Space Cooperative, Yalda was a Senior Product Manager at Oracle where she designed solutions for the Enterprise Resource Planning cloud software suite. Her career as a product manager and designer for software companies spans 10 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and an Astronautical Engineering Certificate from UCLA.

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