This article provides an overview of how the Octant community could enhance governance by playing the Respect Game. Much of this article is inspired by a recent forum post in the Octant community entitled, “What Would Ideal Community-Led Governance for Octant Look Like?”
The article also provides a basic introduction and educational resources about Octant, an exciting platform for experiments in decentralized governance that reward participation. Please note that article is a work in progress and we plan to update it with more helpful information about Octant in the future. Enjoy!
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Enhancing Octant with the Respect Game
The Respect Game is a profoundly helpful consensus game that can enable the Octant community to play a significant role in the operations, design, and strategic decisions of Octant. In addition to facilitating decentralized governance, the Respect Game provides a fun way to foster collaborations, promote public goods creators, and fairly award positive impact.
Below is a step-by-step overview of how the Respect Game could be implemented for Octant. If you haven’t already, we encourage your to read our forum post for more detailed explanation about how the Respect Game can provide an ideal community-led governance for Octant.
- Community members join Octant meetings on video calls where they rank each other’s contributions to Octant. After a brief welcoming presentation, participants gather in randomized groups of three to six players for 45 minutes.
- Participants are each asked, “How did you help Octant over the past week (or month)?” The question could also be how much they helped the Golem Network or public goods funding ecosystem, depending on the community’s intent.
- Each participant gets a chance to share what they've recently done to help Octant for up to 4 minutes. This could be anything from creating content, building software, inviting friends, or other helpful activities for Octant.
- After everyone has shared their contributions, the group discusses and ranks each other’s work in order of helpfulness. The players try to rank who did the most to help Octant, then who helped the second most, and so forth. In order to win, the players must reach consensus with at least 2/3rds of the group agreeing to the ranks.
- If the group signals consensus onchain within an hour, Respect is distributed to each participant based on the rankings. Respect is a soulbound token that represents a community opinion and could be used to coordinate the governance of Octant. The better your contributions are ranked, the more Respect you earn.
- The game repeats with regular meetings where members share their latest contributions and receive more respect over time for continually helping Octant. Videos could be recorded in each meeting and shared on social media to further promote public good creators in the Octant community.
- The community members who have earned the most Respect can join a governance council to lead the Octant community. Alternatively, participants could elect a delegate in each group to represent them in the council. The roles, responsibilities, and powers for this council could be automatically updated onchain with Hats Protocol.
- In addition to electing council members, Respect could also be used as a coordination primitive in meetings and social media protocols to choose discussion topics in a fair, democratic, and credibly neutral manner.
The Respect Game is flexible and this is one potential implementation. We’d be happy to help the Octant community get started and tweak the implementation to fit Octant's unique situation. You can learn more about the Respect Game and watch introductory videos here. You can read our forum post for more details about how the Respect Game can provide an ideal community-led governance for Octant.
We hope the Octant community enjoys the Respect Game and look forward to hearing your thoughts :)
What is Octant?
Octant is a platform for experiments in decentralized governance that reward participation.. Octant provides an opportunity for public goods creators to be rewarded for doing helpful work. The Golem Foundation is building Octant to advance the understanding and practice of decentralized governance, promote community engagement, and support public goods projects in the Ethereum and Web3 ecosystems.
You can learn about Octant at Octant.Build and by watching the following videos:
Octant is developed by the Golem Foundation to explore motivations and behaviors that drive engagement in funding public goods, Octant uses recurring funding rounds and rewards active user participation with ETH.