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In Building At The Edges, Jess Sloss, instigator at Seed Club, holds intimate conversations with top innovators building irresistible web3 communities. We surface insights from DAO experiments and dig into decentralization's dual challenges and opportunities. Web3 unlocks novel mechanisms for people, not platforms, to capture the value created online. Building At The Edges is where we sense-make the high-velocity design space at the intersection of crypto and community.

Building At The Edges Seed Club

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In Building At The Edges, Jess Sloss, instigator at Seed Club, holds intimate conversations with top innovators building irresistible web3 communities. We surface insights from DAO experiments and dig into decentralization's dual challenges and opportunities. Web3 unlocks novel mechanisms for people, not platforms, to capture the value created online. Building At The Edges is where we sense-make the high-velocity design space at the intersection of crypto and community.

    NFTs As Story Moments — Justin Alanis

    NFTs As Story Moments — Justin Alanis

    Justin Alanis is the founder of StoryDAO, an IP incubation hub and multi-media storytelling platform with community at the core. Justin argues for a rethinking of our NFT interactions as experiences in the stories themselves. With StoryDAO, he’s hoping to create and incubate fresh stories told by emerging voices, and meaningfully empower creatives within the novel value-generation models of blockchain.

    • 1 hr
    DAOs After Lifestyle — Toby Shorin

    DAOs After Lifestyle — Toby Shorin

    Are DAOs the logical evolution of a post-lifestyle culture? Toby Shorin is the co-founder of Other Internet, and author of the recent essay Life After Lifestyle. In this conversation, Steph (Media Steward) sits in for Jess while he’s AFK. Toby and Steph explore DAOs as subcultures within a post-lifestyle zeitgeist, the evergreen moral impulse of world building, and the hubris of brands attempting to supplant meaningful community connection. In spaces without clearly defined doctrines, it’s critical that we attune to the things we’re dually instructing and absorbing.

    • 40 min
    DAOs Need Co-Created Structures — David Ehrlichman

    DAOs Need Co-Created Structures — David Ehrlichman

    Web3 networks, from DAOs to tokenized communities to metalabels, have so much to learn from the work of David Ehrlichman. He’s the author of Impact Networks, and co-founder of Converge and Hats Protocol. Pulling from his experience in decentralized organizing, David walks us through the organizing tenants of an impact network and shares his theory of self-organization. Jess and David discuss the need for the DAO ecosystem to move on from faulty coordination principles that emphasize leaderless and structureless organizations. Instead, they argue for a vision of leader-full orgs and co-created structures. Also explored are what it means to exclude with purpose, the usefulness of constrained delegation, and a theory of DAO leadership.

    • 52 min
    Ownership As Citizenship — Nathan Schneider

    Ownership As Citizenship — Nathan Schneider

    Nathan Schneider is a teacher in Media Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he runs the Media Enterprise Design Lab. He’s the originator of the “exit-to-community” meme, and as the co-founder of Start.Coop, Nathan thinks deeply about what crypto can learn from the long history of economic justice. In this episode, Jess and Nathan unpack the provocative concept of innovation amnesia that accompanies moments of great technological disruption. He argues for a rethinking of ownership as citizenship, inviting people to be more than just economic actors in relationship to an entity. Ownership enabled by blockchain creates the possibility for people to define their relationship to productive activities and the fundamental human pursuit of a more just, democratically-owned future.

    • 45 min
    Reuben Bramanathan — Reimagining Organizations

    Reuben Bramanathan — Reimagining Organizations

    Internet native organizations — whether we call them DAOs, tokenized communities, metalabels, or other — are novel organizational containers allowing people to collaborate in previously impossible ways. Rueben Bramanathan is a General Partner at Ideo CoLab Ventures, and he believes in the power of tokens to enable more equitable means of organizational participation. How we incentivize, reward, and design for the specific interactions within these containers remains an exciting design space.

    • 55 min
    Investing In Passion — Gaby Goldberg

    Investing In Passion — Gaby Goldberg

    Having survived the last transition from bull to bear, today’s community-owned networks are discovering the merits of curated communities aligning around shared passion. In episode 2 of Building At The Edges, Jess explores the future of value creation through the lens of passion with guest Gaby Goldberg. Gaby is an investor at TCG Crypto, an early stage crypto fund. Their emerging thesis on “investing in passion” could be described as shorthand for the intimacy and connection that comes from building intentionally with small groups of dedicated people. While much of the crypto space incentivizes people to get out, fork, or rage quit, the most promising products and experiences will arguably come from the communities where people are incentivized to stay and create.

    • 56 min

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