Original Proposed Charter Discussion Link:
The “Community DAO Governance Structure”
Discussion/Poll to determine broad community input on change/removal of KYC and age requirements.
The intent of a DAO charter is to ratify solid ground rules for any future governors to refer to as they begin their journey as stewards of a DAO. The initial council of any DAO will be consistently learning during this time as best practices and new innovations are taking place daily in the broader space of decentralized governance. That is an amazing truth about the time we are all building in and something that should be a source of pride for the community. There are many themes in the original charter that are excellent and we want to congratulate the initial council on constructing the charter under such a tight deadline; no easy feat!
However, during the initial meeting of the newly elected Community DAO (CDAO) term 2 governors, it was brought to attention via community feedback (thanks to @Maffaz) that there are a few areas of the process that could and should be improved upon before such a document as a charter can be ratified. This proposal addresses these valid concerns and turns them over to the community for direction. The two areas identified that need clarification from the community are KYC and age requirements.
The main charge of the initial council was to develop three mandates for the CDAO to operate under in perpetuity, as well as write up a charter to govern the council. Several areas the charter touched on were establishment of initial requirements for council seats, multisig wallet access, funding and future proposal methods. The original charter document was constructed during the final period of term 1 for the initial council as tooling methods for elections, governance, etc are in the process of being currently integrated into Harmony. In lieu of these proposed methods, an ad-hoc system was utilized that didn’t allow for broad community input and poll statistics. This resulted in the absence of a community consensus on several important topics: KYC and age requirements.
The KYC and age requirement (18 years old) section was written in an attempt to be forward-thinking, but without community input this simply cannot be enforced with current methods and resources. Until genuine legislation is brought forward from governing bodies around the world, rules like this can only act as a “gatekeeping” mechanism and empower governors in a way that goes against the standards set forward by Harmony itself. Currently DAOs are not legal entities and therefore not subject to legal requirements. If DAOs ever become legal entities in the future, then the charter and council seat requirements can be addressed by the sitting governors and community.
The current council seeks to solicit community feedback concerning these two areas; with the goal of a resolution consensus being reached by the community and voted on via Snapshot. The council will then bring any other potential issues concerning the original charter to the community in form of a proposal; with the ultimate goal of capturing all the community desired inputs in the updated charter. We look forward to having a ratified charter based on the desires of the community!
Request for community feedback:
Again, governors were originally intended to serve a simple role in the DAO process; to act as caretakers of the funding proposals passed and encourage the community to become active and involved. Ultimately each DAO proposal voted and approved is meant to be organically brought from the community. “Open Consensus for 10 billion” can only be achieved by providing a voice to all and we are proposing tackling this issue first.
We are looking for active engagement from the community and want to hear your thoughts. Please provide comments and use the attached poll in reference to this discussion; your inputs are highly appreciated!