How to enter DAO from day one

Author Jack Fancy is part of the core team of the Protein Community, a community where meaningful ideas are implemented through collaboration and dialogue, backed by the $PRTN token.

You heard about a great new community, read their content, and decided to get involved. what to do? How exactly should you join the DAO?

Getting into DAOs can feel overwhelming at first; different opinions, reputations, arguments, and documents are flying around. You also need to make decisions when you’re not online, and you might miss out on important alpha leaders at the event. You’ll be super busy, but you’ll also have a FOMO mood. You can’t spend a whole day in Discord.

Careful education around “how to get into a DAO” will be critical for those who want to successfully develop and build truly decentralized communities.

The goal is to ensure that the atmosphere and rituals of the DAO can create enough momentum to inspire unauthorized action, but not suppress new members or punish old members who aren’t there.

For example, good members of the DAO contribute at least 1-2 hours per week to creating meaningful action within the DAO, while they also create meaningful personal value outside the DAO. Another type of DAO member that is also important, may check their activities in the DAO throughout the day to increase their reputation and value, but will not be involved in creating anything.

For individuals, being part of a DAO is about being able to add content when it can be added.

From a DAO development perspective, respect and promotion are key.

While most members of the DAO are affectionately referred to as “divers” (members who only see and listen), they will play an important role in the future of the community, especially as the vision becomes increasingly complex. One of the most important actions that DAOs can take today is to figure out how they can empower the community and involve divers.

Let’s take a look at exactly what a DAO needs you to do from day one. All of the following are valuable for community building, atmosphere building, and ecosystem development, but different operational steps require different time and investment to achieve. In this feature, I’ll detail the actionable steps needed to transition from watching and listening to active engagement.

Level 1: Atmosphere Check

Level 1 is about being visible, evolving and consistent.

  • Find content from the community

Before you start, look around, get a feel for the tone and vibe of the community, and try to understand why people are there. Don’t worry if it’s not for you – not every DAO is not for you. Becoming a part of the community should be a thoughtful process; it takes time and effort, and if you find a DAO that aligns with you, it will become an important part of your life. So please choose wisely.

  • Self introduction

At the end of the day, the first way to get involved in a DAO is to show up in the community and introduce yourself. do not be shy. You may need to spend hours writing a bio and a list of accomplishments in your profile, but if you’re passionate about what you do, share it and see if others are doing the same. If you’re in the right DAO, they might give you a response.

If other people introduce themselves to you, and you like what they’re doing, let them know. As intimidating as this may sound, try to do it in a public channel instead of taking it into a private space right away. Discussions in public channels allow others to participate, thus creating a space of common interest within the community.

  • share ideas and discoveries

Sharing what you know is an easy and very valuable way to contribute to the DAO. The knowledge you bring will be unique to others, so feel free to join in if anyone has questions or needs help.

Likewise, if you’re exploring a topic and looking for help, ask questions and see if the community can help you.

  • Solve the problem

The community usually has an atmosphere and ritual that resonates with the same frequency, which is a must for the community to stay in sync and stay updated. They could be weekly council chambers, working group meetings or great presentations and events. If you can present yourself at these events, you will not only discover new things and learn new things, but also connect with others and the community itself.

  • Actively participate in social activities

Please share if you enjoy the community, activities or collaborative projects. Reputation is very important to build and grow the DAO and inspire its future potential. No matter how big or small your social “voice” is, there is always value in being part of the DAO narrative.

Level 2: Creating Value

Level 2 is about creating value within the community, gaining ownership, and increasing the structure of the DAO.

  • clerk

“Clerk” is an extremely important role in DAO construction. They transcribe and detail events, meetings, and discussions in the DAO. This content is the basis for the transfer of knowledge and documentation between DAO members, and many jobs are difficult to synchronize and involve spanning different time zones and using different resources.

Making detailed notes within a community is a valuable way for members to catch up, join, and stay motivated.

How to enter DAO from day one

The above is an example of taking notes in the weekly chamber in the early days of mCLUB, the Seed Club’s grant DAO.

  • have meaningful conversations

Easier said than done, but another way to create value in a community is to have open and honest conversations around concepts and ideas that are important to the community itself. This could be a discussion around purpose, governance, membership, tools, roles or important products built. Do this in a sincere and open way, and good conversations will happen.

  • build connection

As DAOs grow and opportunities arise, an important function of DAOs is to connect people, spaces and ideas. If you know someone who can get involved and help, make a connection. This could be as simple as tagging someone in a reply or intentionally involving someone in a collaboration — for example, a writer asking an artist to design a community NFT.

  • Volunteer ownership of something

The key to making things happen in a DAO is to simply put yourself in a DAO and claim that you have something that increases the value of the DAO.

While many organizations need rhythm and authority to get things done, momentum in DAOs is often created by members joining on an out-of-sync basis to make things happen.

When launching a DAO, it is very rare for all members to have specific roles and actions, so “taking ownership” means different things to different people. It can be as small as dedicating 1-2 hours to a specific task – for example; making a community emoji, or as large as editing an external newsletter for the community.

Because core community members often emerge organically from the time and effort they create, taking ownership is one of the best ways to gain more engagement.

  • Complete the bounty

Like voluntary ownership, a bounty is a reward for getting things done. They are tasks set by the DAO for members and need to complete it. For most community bounties, members will complete tasks before claiming the reward. A good example of this is the Forefront Bounty Program, where community members can complete one-time or ongoing bounties.

Level 3: Make a Commitment

Level 3 is building longer-term relationships with other members of the community, understanding the future and co-creating value.

  • promise a season

Season is an important part of DAO evolution and power source. They represent a fixed amount of time that the DAO works towards achieving a collective goal. The whole point of Season is to align goals and make it clear that the community doesn’t have to solve everything at once.

For DAO members, with or without a public commitment to participating in Season as a whole and its goals, it can be an effective way to see the community’s progress and leave its mark on the community.

When it comes to the DAO’s Season, keeping its duration consistent can be an important signal to community managers that you believe in the DAO’s future.

  • See opportunities, bring skills, set your values, make recommendations

As a member of the DAO, the potential for symbiosis with the community while creating personal and community value is enormous. If you see an opportunity and have the skills to make it happen, offer your services. If there is initial interest, you can make a more formal proposal to the community.

This might be akin to building a tool to better manage a community, or creating artwork for an upcoming event. Be proactive and entrepreneurial. Depending on the purpose of the DAO, different communities require different combinations of skills – from developers and curators to writers and event organizers.

The reward in your proposal doesn’t have to be financial; it could be a trade or skill, it could be just for fun, or it could be “cold digital money.”

  •  Vote and participate in proposals (if your DAO has voting rights)

Proposals are the key means by which decisions are made within the DAO. While not all DAOs will give all members voting rights, for DAOs with this setup, participating in proposals can be a great way to add personal value.

This includes taking the time to really understand the proposal, contributing your ideas and builds where appropriate, and then voting on them.

  • Keep up the rhythm

An emerging pain point for DAOs is addressing the increasing rate at which members feel unsure how to participate and feel disconnected from the community.

Finding ways to find a compelling solution, documenting it, and keeping other members up to date with the community will not only help you become part of the DAO structure, but also really understand how the community is going. While clerks are an important part of it, for others, turning the community’s conversations, progress, and key moments into weekly summaries—for example, Friends with Benefits’ weekly newsletter—will create the most value.

Level 4: Full-time entry into the DAO

Becoming a “full-time DAO” doesn’t just mean quitting your job and going All in DAO, it can mean taking steps to achieve goals, or committing enough to make community members pay the “price” on a regular basis, be it tokens or stability currency.

Note: This is for more established DAOs that are funded. Note that most DAOs will start with limited resources, a trait that evolves over time.

  • organise event

Regular events hosted by the community As part of the DAO’s atmosphere and rituals, you can “full-time in the DAO” by hosting regular events for the community. This is an important event that can align and tag a week of work or activities – for example, Forefront’s weekly tea time, can add specific expertise and contribution value, such as Jess Sloss’s Social Token Alpha in Friends with Benefits leak.

Holding regular events shows your trust and commitment with the DAO, that you will continue to have an important voice and be a valued member of the community.

  • lead working group

In most DAOs, the community will need a core group of members such as governance, finance, membership, content, and products in order to create long-term value and influence inside and outside the DAO. Being a key voice leading these working groups will shape the development of the community. For most DAOs, this looks like a mix of part-time contributors and supporting members.

  •  Build infrastructure and strategy

As DAOs grow and get bigger, cooperation and coordination becomes more difficult. More people = more opinions. A full-time DAO looks like developing strategies to help members align with the future of the community, researching governance models for key proposals that could change token incentives, or building DAO tools for members to better connect everyone.

Infrastructure is built to make DAOs work better and maintain better productivity.

  •  Become a core team member and move forward

To create real action and long-term belief, DAOs need to govern those who align with a long-term vision of alignment.

Take a look at the key DAOs in this space today and you’ll see core team members who are engaged, have ideas, and still take the time to answer your questions in Discord.

If this approach works for you, and you find yourself truly aligned with the community, you’ll know. Working for a DAO is probably one of the most exciting opportunities in Web3, don’t miss it.

What should we do now?

There are no hard and fast first rules for participating in DAOs, as Jess Sloss (Seed Club agitator) put it: “Just show up.”

As the DAO concept and new working models become mainstream, new infrastructure, use cases, and thought leaders will help channel new energy into the field. Contributing to The DAO should be a fresh experience for most people, and the more time you spend in the field, the more you will understand its full potential. Projects span global time zones, collective ideas come to life, and community members go out of their way to say hello when they join.

The first step in doing all this is getting your hands ready and introducing yourself out loud.

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