Thematic Tracks Programming Update
Thematic Tracks Programming Update

Thematic Tracks Programming Update

Governance Learning Forum 2022 is excited to share the Thematic Tracks for our novel event design.

Participants self-select into their choice of Thematic Pod at the time of registration. Although each Thematic Pod will have a single Knowledge Steward with a distinct area of study — and will therefore sustain their own conversations — we’ve bracketed the event content into four Thematic Tracks:


1) Designing and Distributing Ownership

History reveals that many governance problems are downstream of the distribution of ownership. What type of incentive alignment is possible when different classes of stakeholders are owners? We’ll look at different types of investor-owned, worker-owned, foundation-owned, supplier-owned, and producer-owned organizations and their relevance to crypto.

Knowledge Stewards include:

  • Camille Canon, Carrae Labs. “Defining Constitutions and Duties”
  • Jillian Grennan, UC Berkley. “Governance, Boards, and Activist Investors”
  • Dana Brakman, Brooklyn Law. “Governance Rules and Regulatory Norms for Philanthropy”

2) Decentralized Knowledge & Resource Management

In an environment of permissionless innovation and open source contribution how do we collaboratively manage information and rights. Exploring collaborative mechanisms for managing multiple types of information and knowledge resources.

  • Sohyeon Hwang, Northwestern University. “Collaborative Information Strategies.”
  • Pavel Kuchar, King’s College London. “Markets and Knowledge Commons”
  • Michael Madison, University of Pittsburgh. “Governing Collective Knowledge”

3) Community, Process, and Decision Making

Explorations of governance processes including consensus, consent, sociocracy, municipal governance — and how we might apply practical components to decentralized governance. Knowledge Stewards include:

  • Michael Menser, Brooklyn College. “Community-Allocated Capital & Budgeting”
  • Keith Taylor, UC Davis. “Management & Governance With Community”
  • Bartek Starodaj, City of Kingston. “Community Engagement Processes”
  • Eric Alston, UC Boulder. “Rules & Reform”

4) Designing for Credible Neutrality

What can DAOs learn from the history of liberalism? What role does governance play in the design of credibly neutral mechanisms? And how can we preserve both opinionated culture and neutrality in a governance system?

  • Laura Field, Niskanen Center. “History of Credible Neutrality”
  • Kevin Vallier, Niskansen Center. “Credible Neutrality: Philosophical Challenges”

5) Organizational Design & People

How do we determine shared principles, processes, and rituals that sustain decentralized organizations? How do we design emergent organizational structures while maintaining guardrails for meaningful impact? Knowledge Stewards include:

  • Tanisi Pooran, The Ready
  • Sam Spurlin, The Ready. “Organizational Operating Systems.”
  • Ida Benedetto, NOBL. “Rituals and Time Design for Decentralized Communities”