Aragon’s Community Governance Model



  • How we plan to achieve transparency and inclusion for the community









    Our community is everything for us. With Aragon, we want a thousand communities to flourish. Tokens align the incentives of communities and projects towards the same goals and values. But those communities are the center of where the magic happens.

    Two weeks ago we posted our Community Governance Model for feedback from the community. We received some comments on it, and we now have the final version of the model ready. Before this, we had already worked on the model internally. I drafted the original version and Luis Cuende and Jorge Izquierdo provided their thoughts on it.

    Further changes might be made as things develop. But we wanted to show the community what we’ll be doing in terms of governance, transparency and inclusion.

    The model was designed so that every community member will be treated equally. Everyone will have the same changes of participation, and our Meetings and decisions to be transparent.

    We have already held our first Dev Meeting that was livestreamed and open to community questions. This Friday, July 14th, we’ll have our first public Community Meeting. The Community Meeting will also have our first regular AMA with it. Feel free to send your questions at our subreddit, on this thread.

    Goals

    We want a productive, happy and agile community that can welcome and bring forth new ideas.

    We will rely on 5 key principles:

    Independence

    • Decision-making structure
    • Independence from employment relations

    Pluralism

    • Diversity of contributors
    • Management of conflict
    • Determination of leadership — processes and turnover

    Representation

    • Membership structure and rights
    • Ways in which those in authority are accountable to contributing members
    • Degree to which members can exercise voice on community members

    Decentralized decision-making

    • How contributors gain code commit and #frontline rights
    • How contributors gain access to the project’s decision-making structure
    • The degree to which project communications and activities are publicly available

    Autonomous participation

    • Newcomer joining rate
    • Newcomer socialization opportunities
    • Rate of idea generation

    Description

    Our Code of Conduct and Community Guidelines act as a basis for all our community activity, how to participate, how to grow our community, how to represent Aragon to others outside the community.

    Meetings

    Dev meeting:

    Bi-weekly, Fridays on uneven weeks. Time 14.00 CEST

    Discussion on current technical development, what has got done, what needs to get done for the next release etc.
    • Facilitator: Tech Lead
    • Participants: Aragon Dev team + Any Aragon team members who want to participate + possible relevant contributors
    • Viewers: Public on Youtube

    Aragon HQ

    • Monthly, Last Friday of the month. Time 15.00 CEST.
    Discussion about the state of Aragon, near future plans and decisions that need to be made. 10 min presentations with slides from team members, in which each one will run through the most important things we have done during the month, the problems they have found, and what they plan to do next month (that can be a bit blurry, and that’s fine)
    • Facilitator: Project Lead
    • Participants: All Aragon team members + possible relevant contributors
    • Viewers: Public on Youtube

    Team hangout

    • Weekly, Friday. Time 15.00 CEST
    Relaxed weekly meeting with the team where anyone can talk about things they feel are current
    • Facilitator: If needed, any of the participants
    • Participants: Project Lead + anyone from the Aragon team who wants to participate
    • Viewers: Non-public

    Community meeting

    • Monthly, second Friday of the month. Time 16.00 CEST.
    Discussion about Aragon, questions from the community members answered by the team. AMA will be conducted in /r/aragonproject

    Structures

    • Project Lead or Tech Lead will have final call on all things pertaining to their area of expertise.
    • Decisions made after thorough conversation on Meetings, informal vote to be taken if necessary, possible conflicts discussed if necessary, final vote if needed and decision confirmed by Project/Tech Lead.
    • Facilitators are responsible for gathering the agenda for the Meetings where applicable, as well as either taking notes of the Meeting and decisions made or delegating this responsibility to another participant
    • Use (The Etherian’s or our own) Colony to have community members participate and get rewarded for their non-code contributions
    • Implement a system similar to Maker’s Actions and post a monthly transparency report about the use of funds to the blog
    • Institute Aragon Improvement Proposal, AIP, system for community members to create proposals about Aragon. Take a similar approach for governance with Aragon Governance Proposals. GitHub Issues will be used as a forum to discuss proposals by community and team members
    • Proposals and ideas from the team and community members will be go through the AIP/AGP process and will then be discussed in the relevant Meetings
    • Community Meetings will be AMA styled video meetings where team members will answer questions by the community members. Questions will be submitted through Reddit and answered live
    • We’ll have templates that can/will be used for the basis of agendas in Meetings so the Facilitator can easily fill out each Meetings info, like who will be presenting what, who has slides etc.
    • Facilitator of the Meeting will make sure that the discussion stays on rails, everyone gets a chance to speak their mind, everything on the agenda is discussed, necessary decisions are made and that the Meeting length stays on a reasonable length

    Contributions

    Thanks to Kenny Rowe for his feedback on this!

    To keep up with all things Aragon:

    Come chat with us at the Aragon Slack

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    Follow Aragon at LinkedIn

    Contribute to Aragon at GitHub

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