This proposal seeks to launch a three-month pilot of four PopcornDAO Working Groups. The goal of these Working Groups is to strengthen collaboration between the PopcornDAO community and the Popcorn core team in functional areas that are vital to the success of the organization.
2. PREVIOUS DISCUSSIONS:
3. MAIN OBJECTIVE:
Popcorn aims to become increasingly decentralized and community-driven to advance its mission and vision. Achieving this will require DAO structures for more efficient flows of information, ideas and work between the current core team, the POPstar group and the broader Popcorn community. Over a series of POPstar x core syncs and asynchronous work in Miro, the concept of Working Groups was developed to create collaboration networks across these multiple contributor types.
Four initial WGs have been specified that align with Popcorn’s primary goals and activities: Growth & Communications, Social Impact, User Experience & Quality Assurance, and DAO Organization. Initial sets of objectives for each WG are outlined below. These should be considered a starting point — each WG will be tasked with refining their set of objectives, as well as defining key performance indicators (KPIs) for each objective.
Growth & Communications
- Raise product awareness: 4X, Butter, Vaults
- Develop, manage and execute on content calendar
- Develop and launch POPstar program v2
- Ensure a great experience for beneficiaries working with Popcorn
- Develop relationships with people and orgs in the crypto + philanthropy space
- Develop ideas for additional Defi for Good initiatives
User Experience & Quality Assurance
- Ensure clear, consistent and high-quality interactions across Popcorn touchpoints, including Sweet Caramel, Discord and other channels
- Manage and grow feedback x iterations Discord channel
- Beta test software: review development releases
- Develop tools and practices for WGs and PopcornDAO overall
- Manage WG pilot and collect insights for improvement
- Develop DAO roadmap
Roles and responsibilities
Each WG will consist of the following roles:
Core Team Liaison — Responsible for communicating activities and priorities of the core team that are relevant to the objectives of the WG and sharing feedback from the WG back to the core team.
WG Lead — Responsible for leading the efforts of their WG overall, coordinating with the Core Team Liaison, and facilitating WG meetings. All WG Leads will also be members of the DAO Organization WG to strengthen learning and coordination across WGs.
WG members — Responsible for participating in WG meetings and making contributions that help the WG achieve its objectives. Individuals may be members of multiple WGs.
Time commitment and compensation
Core Team Liaisons
- At least 4 hour per month for weekly WG meetings, with the possibility of scaling up if additional collaboration is found to be valuable
- Approximately 60 hours per month
- 1800 POP per month
- Approximately 30 hours per month
- 600 POP x the number of WG members per month, allocated through Coordinape. Each WG will have a separate Coordinape circle.
In addition to the compensation structure outlined above, bounties may be proposed by WGs for work beyond the capacity of the group.
All four WGs will be piloted for a three month period to test, evaluate and further develop Working Groups as part of PopcornDAO’s infrastructure. WGs will explore the following key questions in a process facilitated by the DAO Organization WG:
- Are we meeting our expectations of what we could accomplish?
- Does compensation feel fair for the amount of work performed and skills required?
- Do the objectives, KPIs and overall design of the WGs feel like the right amount of structure to be effective? (Too much structure = too rigid and narrow to experiment and remain nimble; Too little structure = too loose and ambiguous to align on the work to do and ways to do it)
- Does the work feel cohesive enough under the umbrella of each WG, or does it feel too fragmented? Would it make sense to spin out additional WGs to better manage this fragmentation?
- Are any tensions, blockers or misalignments coming up through the course of our WG activities? How might we solve for these issues?
- What tools and practices can we use to improve the effectiveness of the WGs and the experience of WG contributors?
4. NEXT STEPS:
- Interested POPstars will choose one or more WGs they would like to be a member of and indicate if they would like to serve as a WG Lead.
- A pilot kickoff meeting will be held with all WG Leads (and potential Leads), Core Team Liaisons and any POPstars interested in participating.
- Additional recruiting and selection of WG Leads and members will take place as needed.
- Each WG Lead will organize their own WG kickoff meeting and recurring weekly meetings with their Core Team Liaison and WG members to align on their objectives, KPIs and plans for executing their work.
The following revisions have been suggested through conversations with POPstars and the core team. The goals of these revisions are to clarify onboarding, provide more consistency in compensation to participants, and safeguard the long-term sustainability of Working Groups by reducing the cost of the pilot phase.
WG participants will be paid in POP monthly, but in order to provide predictable income, compensation will be denominated in a fixed USD amount and paid in the POP equivalent at the time of distribution each month.
For WG Leads, compensation will be the POP equivalent of $2000 per month.
The total monthly compensation for all WG members will be the POP equivalent of $450 x the number of members per month. Similar to our current system for POPstars, 50% of each member’s distribution will be determined through Coordinape, and 50% will be determined by the Core Team Liaisons. Each WG will have a separate Coordinape circle.
This compensation structure will be funded through the POPstar Rewards program. POPstars who join a WG as a Lead or member will receive the compensation outlined above instead of (not in addition to) the monthly distributions they were receiving as POPstars.
Individuals may join up to two WGs as long as they are able to fulfill their commitments at both.
For the pilot phase, each WG will be capped at 6 members + 1 WG Lead.
To become a WG Lead, candidates will be screened by Core Team Liaisons and other core team members as deemed appropriate to ensure they are the right fit for the role. Leads will need to have the knowledge and skillset required for the WG subject area, as well as the capacity to successfully navigate and shape what it means to lead within this new WG structure.
To become a WG member, candidates will be screened by WG Leads and core team liaisons to ensure they possess the skills, experience and time to fulfill their WG responsibilities.