Grounding Decentralised Technologies in Cooperative Principles: What Can 'Decentralised Autonomous Organisations' (DAOs) and Platform Cooperatives Learn from Each Other?

23 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2021 Last revised: 7 Jan 2022

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Kelsie Nabben

RMIT University - Blockchain Innovation Hub; Digital Ethnography Research Centre; RMIT University - ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society

Novita Puspasari

Universitas Jenderal Soedirman

Megan Kelleher

RMIT University - Digital Ethnography Research Centre; RMIT University - ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society; RMIT University - Blockchain Innovation Hub

Sadhana Sanjay

IT for Change

Date Written: December 6, 2021

Abstract

This working paper shares ideas presented in a research sprint exploring cooperative approaches to data ownership and governance led by Harvard University’s Berkman Klein and The New School, which we presented at the Platform Cooperative Consortium Conference, 2021.

Our research project explores the wealth of literature on platform cooperatives, to investigate what “Decentralised Autonomous Organisations” (DAOs) can learn from coops, as participatory data governance and coordination frameworks. We find that DAOs share a lot of similar challenges to those already experienced by platform coops and could borrow from cooperative principles to strengthen the parameters of governance design and inter-institutional relationships. Furthermore, we see room for further investigation of how novel technical governance mechanisms in DAOs may be utilised by platform coops to help them scale efficiently, while simultaneously retaining the practices of democratic governance.

Keywords: cooperative, platform coop, decentralized autonomous organization, blockchain, DAO

JEL Classification: O10, O00, O30, O14, O17, M10, M13, Z10

Suggested Citation

Nabben, Kelsie and Puspasari, Novita and Kelleher, Megan and Sanjay, Sadhana, Grounding Decentralised Technologies in Cooperative Principles: What Can 'Decentralised Autonomous Organisations' (DAOs) and Platform Cooperatives Learn from Each Other? (December 6, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3979223 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3979223

Kelsie Nabben (Contact Author)

RMIT University - Blockchain Innovation Hub ( email )

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Digital Ethnography Research Centre ( email )

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RMIT University - ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society

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Novita Puspasari

Universitas Jenderal Soedirman ( email )

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Indonesia

Megan Kelleher

RMIT University - Digital Ethnography Research Centre ( email )

Melbourne
Australia

RMIT University - ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society ( email )

Building 97, RMIT University
106-108 Victoria Street
Carlton, 3053
Australia

RMIT University - Blockchain Innovation Hub ( email )

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Melbourne, 3000
Australia

Sadhana Sanjay

IT for Change ( email )

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