Autonomy & culture
Autonomy in organizations is increased based on the collective interplay of consent-based, opt-in agreements that define their existence and boundaries as well as provide autonomy for decisions at the edges of an organization along these boundaries. DAOs and companies run to a large extent on culture – social norms – “the way things are done” in organizations, which is complementary to trust-minimized legal and smart contracts. The latter will never be able to capture the rich social and psychological dynamics of groups, such as how communication should occur among members, which nevertheless benefits from a structured governance process.
On-chain organizations/DAOs can use Murmur and its structured process for building consent for proposals in a smaller circle of collaborators, which are then brought up for a wider DAO vote. Alternatively, to the consent-based method, a variety of decision-making mechanisms might be integrated. DAOs or digital cooperatives can leverage the DAO mantra “automation at the center, humans at the edges” based on norms, culture, agreements and collective decision-making algorithms. There will likely be many types of hybrid structures such as high-level strategic & funding decisions being taken top-down, with operations being decentralized/localized and in self-management.
Murmur can make successful organizational culture visible for the first time with a data-driven approach that ties changes in organizational design practice to outcomes (quantitative through integrations & qualitative through human feedback).