- the World Heritage Autonomous Organisation
World Heritage Catalysis set out a vision of resilient and regenerative communities living in and around natural and cultural World Heritage.
Broad based community involvement and empowerment are essentials in the aspiration to realise such a vision. The question is how can we enable participatory governance within our organisations, and support polycentric governance involving a diversity of organisations?
DAOs are engaged in nothing less than an experiment to reimagine how we all connect, collaborate and create.
World Economic Forum 2023
Through WHAO, World Heritage Catalysis is exploring the transformative potential of web-3 technology and Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) in the context of World Heritage. Efforts are guided by and building upon the Ostroms' work including design principles and “best practices” for institutions governing common-pool resources (CPR).
Ostrom's design principles for governing commons
- Clearly defined boundaries
- Equitable distribution of benefits and resources
- Inclusive decision making
- Graduated sanctions
- Conflict resolution mechanisms
- Member autonomy
- Coordination and nested institutions
Decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs)
- Member owned communities without centralized leadership.
- Enabling collaboration among strangers over the internet.
- A means to fundraise and democratically allocate funds to specific causes.
- Blockchain based voting for transparency
Exploring the potential of DAOs and web-3 technology
To develop into an organisation enabling and supporting peer governance World Heritage Catalysis is exploring the potential of Decentralised Autonomous organisations (DAOs) and web-3 technology. Considering alternative approaches, we are in 2023 taking part of HYPHAs Flow Journey and applying the DAO OS Canvas adapted from a canvas model developed by The Ready. The purpose is to create a fully operational scaffolding for World Heritage Catalysis as a DAO and Anchor DAO that potentially could support an ecosystem of DAOs for World Heritage: the WHAO - World Heritage Autonomous Organisation.
WHAO OS CANVAS
Feel free to open canvas elements, view the work in progress and provide comments.Join community to co-create
(PRINCIPLES & PROTOCOL IN PROGRESS)
Diversity & shared purpose
WHAO encourage people from all over the World to come together and bring diversity into shared purpose.
WHAO helps distributing and decentralising decision making, and thereby empowering a larger range of community members.
Through participation and contributions, individuals can earn tokens (￦) that can be used within the organisation to pay for membership, services, and voting on proposals set out within the circles they are members of. As voting power will vary across members, ￦ holders are encouraged to use their tokens to cast votes, make donation, or use them in ways they think is best for their community/ies and greater cause.
Publicity & transparency
Within WHAO, votes are cast via blockchain and made publicly viewable. This requires members to act in ways they feel is best, as their vote and their decisions will be made publicly viewable. This incentivizes actions that will benefit member reputations and discourage acts against the community.
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To realise the transformative potential that resides within communities, it is 'all hands on deck'. Through the WHAO (World Heritage Autonomous Organisation), we are therefore specifically exploring how a mutual credit based token could empower members of World Heritage Catalysis, and offer a set of principles supporting peer-governance across organisations in and around World Heritage. The tokenomics of WHAO will be developed as part of WHETS. While such a token most likely will apply blockchain technology, we are already running a very basic voucher based pilot offering the opportunity to earn and spend ￦ (time credits).
The application of a blockchain based native token alongside other (mutual credit) systems will be a specific focus of collaboration between the Governance (WHAO) WG and WHETS WG.
Governance working group
Members who have joined the community platform (in Circle) can join the Governance (WHAO) Working Group meetings. The meetings take place bi-weekly on Fridays at 11.00 CET.
(The WHAO and WHETS WG are alternately convening on Fridays 11.00 CET).
Hypha builds tools and provides structures supporting inclusive collaboration and large scale coordination in the transition towards regenerative cultures and communities. Hypha’s human centric and open source tools enables on-chain governance, transparent treasury management, and a diversity of compensation tools.
"A platform for 'Purpose Driven' organisations where everybody can start, find, contribute to, evolve and invest in Purposes that align with their personal values."