To address these challenges, we recommended that Radworks define a purpose around which the community can organize itself and improve the legitimacy of their governance.
In general, a defined purpose helps:
To define and iterate on Radworks’ purpose, we led a 6-week design process with the founders, core team, and community. Defining purpose is commonly challenging for teams, who struggle to step back from day-to-day operations to explore and find consensus around a grander, more visionary purpose. These processes often surface core unspoken tensions within a community, necessitating outside facilitation.
The initial purpose statement was defined by a 6-person taskforce before we brought it to the community for feedback and iteration. The outcome of this process is the following purpose statement as well as accompanying values and focus areas.
The DAO funds new, resilient, permissionless technologies to cultivate internet freedom. We focus on funding and supporting the creation of censorship-resistant and decentralized technologies that empower builders and creators to collaborate. We are committed to enabling individuals and communities to collaborate in the digital realm securely and freely.
Once published, the community will ratify the purpose in on-going ceremony on the Radicle platform.
With this purpose defined, we are now working with the Radworks team to develop metrics, reputation, and a system of accountability to ensure the organization stays committed to its mission over time. Stay tuned!