…a set of organisational tools and practices for groups of people who want to work together in a cooperative, commons-oriented, and feminist economic form.
This basically means that all nodes/persons can engage in consented, fluid modes of governance (something that recent anthropological studies tell us was the norm before the advent of predominantly vertical systems), and that while “peers” in a network are expected to have different talents, personalities and preferences, all have the same rights to contribute to the network and participate in its decisions.
DisCOs are our proposal to use the power of distributed ledger and peer-to-peer technologies to prioritize taking care of human beings. They constitute an affirmative, entirely feasible vision for new and radical forms of ownership, governance, entrepreneurship, and financialization to fight pervasive economic inequality. At the same time, they focus on building synergies among related but often siloed sectors that urgently need to build better strategic alliances to develop creative, inclusive solutions.
DisCOs, and the networked interlinkages between them, are meant to facilitate the creation of an entire postcapitalist counter-economy within the interstices of the existing capitalist economy.
DisCOs are our proposal to use the power of distributed ledger and peer to peer technologies to prioritize taking care of human beings.
What are the needs we’ve identified as part of the DisCO vision?
- Socio-environmental mission
- Multiple constituents served
- Actively creates commons
- Networks transnationally
- Care work basis
- Complementary value metrics
- Aimed toward federation, not scaling
At the same time, we actively reject the notion of techno-solutionism or implying that tech will solve what is, and should remain, primarily negotiated by people.
To be clear, distributed cooperative practices should never be solely dependent on technology, protocols or governance models. These are only tools to facilitate and strengthen our collaborative culture.
0.1 Contrast with DAOs
- decentralized autonomous organisations
- built on smart contracts
- do not exist on a specific server, instead encoded into the blockchain
While on the positive side, DAOs could drastically lower the cost of horizontal social collaboration, cut the bureaucratic fat and automate tedious processes, they could also be deployed by the existing power structures to lock down the current hegemony into an inescapable, cybernetic one.