DAOs tend to be better at enabling collective ownership at scale, even if their cultural understanding of the rights, responsibilities, and accountability associated with ownership is comparatively underdeveloped
This is dramatically underselling it. There is not a single DAO anybody can point to as a good model of collective ownership at scale.
First, DAOs are too new- the first one ever was 2016. Anybody who claims to be able to draw trends out of the poorly-defined, turbulent, fraud-ridden, brand-new space we call “DAOs” sounds to me like they are making a sales pitch and have nothing substantive to offer.
Second, participation in DAOs is overwhelmingly driven by unreglated speculation on the value of the instrument of participation (typically a coin or token.) Any co-op that joins the DAO model is openly welcoming manipulation by those speculators, who have practically no incentive to see the co-op actually succeed as long as they can pump the value of their holding and then get out while the getting’s good.
PartyDAO came together, raised $100k, then quickly built and shipped an impressive product that allows for collective bidding and fractionalized ownership
A casino. PartyDAO gathered a bunch of people’s poker chips and created their own third-rate unregulated casino. Their model is to take a 2.5% rake of people’s auction winnings. All the auction “goods” are digital tokens (poker chips.)
Cooperatives, by contrast, often spend a lot of time hand-wringing with lawyers over bylaws and the process of incorporation, making them considerably more difficult to set up than a traditional company.
…because cooperatives are usually not attempting to establish an unregulated casino. Which the lawyers would dutifully inform them would expose them to terrific risk.
Without [$HNT, the Helium] token, and clever economic incentives, it’s hard to conceive how a decentralized network on [the scale of Helium] could take shape.
It’s called “open WiFi” and it’s far greater in scale than Helium is or ever will be. I can access three open WiFi networks from my couch in my living room. The nearest Helium link is a quarter mile away and, because the Helium Blockchain is open to all for inspection, I can see that it’s “earned” $2.22, less than the bakery with open WiFi earned when I went in for fresh rolls today.
And of course, that $2.22 is based on the going rate for Helium tokens, which is artificially inflated because the speculators who mine $HNT are hodling their WiFi tokens, not using them to pay bills. Would you believe it? Another unregulated casino.
I hope Resonate stays out of the gambling business and that co-ops learn the obvious lesson from DAOs: finance bros do not have your interests at heart, and if you’re thinking about taking their money, you should definitely have your boring lawyers and bylaws in order.