Work, Organization and Governance at TempleDAO (Part I)
For every Templar, it’s no mystery that TempleDAO’s organizational structure and governance is uniquely different from most other DeFi protocols. However, for many it is not entirely understood.
Enclaves, chambers, JAMs, releases, roles, decision making within the Temple, etc. — it’s all very different from the norm and a lot to absorb, we get it. To explain it all, we are bringing to you a three-part Medium series to cover the bases.
- Part I: Getting Involved With TempleDAO will focus on how any Templar can go from brand new to actively contributing in the Discord.
- Part II: Governance at TempleDAO will focus on providing a general overview of Temple’s governance approach, why we feel it’s important for DeFi, and how we are implementing it.
- Part III: TempleDAO’s Governance System will dive further into the unique infrastructure that has been built to accomplish our goals with all of this.
Part I: Getting Involved With TempleDAO
So you’ve joined the TempleDAO Discord. You’ve typed !verify in #verify-yourself-or-ngmi several times, or perhaps even sung “Barbie Girl” in #!verify-voice-verifyooors after DMing feet pics to every high ranking Templar you noticed online. You’ve toiled over pussles. You’ve asked around to find out if lost boy is really in high school. You’ve demanded that decenmaxi get a new mic during a Call To Prayer. You’ve played with the !quote command in #general.
But despite attaining all of these milestones, you feel a tingling in your wealth chakra that there’s an even higher calling for you. Destinal questions echo down from the gods: how do you get even more involved in the Temple? How do you contribute your other skills and talents, submit proposals — or even join the Temple team?
This article will explain the path beyond the mandapa, Templar.
Governance at TempleDAO
To preface this guide, it is important to understand how Temple’s vision of governance differs from the norm in DeFi. Since inception, TempleDAO has endeavored to push beyond the traditional snapshot vote governance model.
Parts II and III of this Medium series will dive deeper into Temple’s governance vision and plans. But in short, this model is intended to empower active contribution and avoid the negative trappings that traditional snapshot voting can be conducive to. The more involved a Templar becomes, and the more valuable he or she is seen as by the team and community, the higher that Templar can rise in the ranks and subsequently the more he or she can contribute to direction and policy.
Now that we have a general understanding of the above, let’s explore how you can get more involved with TempleDAO.
TempleDAO Organizational Structure
Like any organization, Temple needs a broad range of skill sets in order to function. From devs to creatives, administrative specialists to marketers, and everything in between–no matter what your skills and talents may be, there’s most likely a place for you in the Temple. But to get a better idea of how to go about contributing, the next important piece to understand is the organizational structure of TempleDAO.
At a high level, there are two distinctive attributes that are important to understand:
- TempleDAO is split into five “Enclaves”, with each specializing in particular functions within the organization.
- Within each Enclave is a personnel hierarchy. The higher a Templar rises in the ranks, the more trust, responsibility, and access they are given.
Let’s explore these further.
The first step in becoming more involved in the Temple is choosing an Enclave. Making your selection is as simple as understanding each Enclave’s domain and choosing the one that resonates most with you. The five Temple Enclaves are as follows:
Those that are inspired by the ever evolving discussions of product talk, monetary policy, data driven tools that inform the mechanics of our contracts, governance model and ritual system will find their peers in the Enclave of Logic.
Responsibilities: Policy Discussion; Analytics and Modeling; Treasury Investment; Roadmap R&D; Protocol Market Research; Legal.
Chambers: Treasury; Partnerships; Analytics; Temple Mechanics.
Those that love to build, automate, and implement systems, who push the boundaries of smart contract, 3D experiences, and Discord to Chain integration will know their own kind in the Enclave of Structure.
Responsibilities: Smart Contracts; Front End Application; Discord to Chain Integration; Dev Ops.
Chambers: Contracts; Discord Bot; Dev Ops; Dapps; UX.
Those that thrive on memes, trolling, social media, Discord engagement (and naturally create an uncontrollable fire that spreads into all areas of the Temple) will find their home in the Enclave of Chaos.
Responsibilities: Twitter; Telegram; Discord; Marketing; Meme wars.
Chambers: Marketing; Codex.
Those that awaken in the middle of the night and create music, art, memes, video, sacred poetry or metaverse landscapes that land a sacred space deep within the Temple halls will find their circle inside the Enclave of Mystery.
Responsibilities: Lore; Rituals; Creating memes; UI/UX Design; Video production; Audio production; Graphic design; 3D
Chambers: Mystery; Lore.
Those that see the steps and processes to keep the Temple moving towards its sacred destination, who find great joy in organizing the Temple works and orchestrating rituals will be warmly welcomed in the Enclave of Order.
Responsibilities: Human Resources (HR); Operations; DAO Finances; Administration; Support.
Chambers: Operations; HR; Guardians.
Choosing the Enclave you feel you fit best in will ensure that you’re up close and personal with the work you’re most inclined to contribute to. However, bear in mind that your contributions don’t have to be limited to your chosen enclave. Cross-enclave work and collaboration is common and encouraged in the Temple.
Now that you understand the five Temple Enclaves, let’s get familiarized with the central roles within the Temple.
Masters are responsible for the overall vision and operations of TempleDAO. They set the roadmap and priorities. They oversee and direct the work of Disciples and Initiates. The Masters are tasked with putting Initiates and Disciples in a position to excel and do the most good. The primary responsibility of a Master is to serve all Templars, weigh the risks and opportunities of DAO actions, allocate Temple resources appropriately, and deliver maximum value to stakeholders through prudent partnerships, treasury growth, and ecosystem expansion.
Initiates are primarily project managers who are responsible for delivering a work product or achieving a goal. They are responsible for moving a project through the three stages of ideation, specification, and execution.
These are Team Members who can help Masters execute enclave-wide or organization-wide initiatives and lead a team of Disciples. They may be highly skilled in their craft, but that’s not the primary consideration. For example, an amazing artist in Enclave of Mystery may be paid for her work, but wouldn’t automatically become Initiate just because she is highly skilled.
Disciples are proven, highly valuable contributors to Temple projects and chambers. These are Team Members who can help an Initiate or Master complete a project, or they may be assigned to lead and complete a project of smaller scope on their own. Typically, a Disciple will be asked to work as part of a team of Members and Acolytes.
Acolytes are members who have proven themselves to not only be highly skilled in their area(s) of expertise, but also to be reliable, consistent, and trustworthy. Acolytes frequently contribute to Enclave specific projects, but are also able to contribute to broader Temple initiatives.
Guardians are community members who serve as moderators in the text/voice channels. Armed with the power to kick and mute, the Temple Guardians answer questions, keep discussions on track, and are regularly present. The Guardians also surface support issues to Disciples and above.
Members are Templars who have elected to join an Enclave that aligns with their skill set or affinity. Members may be a specialist or an expert in an area or study particular to an Enclave. They may be simply a fan or would like to learn more. Energetic or talented Members may be tasked with helping Disciples or Initiates on an Enclave or TempleDAO initiative. Good performers may be entitled to payment bounties or receive special consideration for promotions.
Joining an Enclave
You’ve chosen the enclave that’s perfect for you, now how do you join it? Enter Temple Nexus, your key into the door.
You may have heard tales of the Opening Ceremony (OC), a gamified ritual experience that gave Templars the ability to join an Enclave and contribute. Since then, many new Templars have walked through the gates but are without an Enclave to call home. The first component of Temple Nexus re-imagines the OC ritual and provides Templars with a new opportunity to join an enclave and help grow the Temple (or change enclaves if they choose). Start the journey to your chosen enclave here.
Once you have joined an Enclave, you begin your journey within the Temple as a Member. Where you progress from there is entirely up to you. The next section will cover the ways in which you can begin contributing and moving up the ranks if you wish to do so.
How to Begin Contributing
Now that you’re a Member of an Enclave, new sections of the TempleDAO Discord for each Enclave are visible to you. Within each section are the channels and threads specific to the ongoing work functions of the Enclaves. A good first step at this point is taking some time to familiarize yourself with the layout and current happenings in yours.
Navigating Your Enclave
The channel/thread layout and general workflow can vary for each Enclave. However, the following commonalities are generally shared from one to the next:
- The #updates-[enclave] channel will have relevant information about pertinent news and work happening in the Enclave.
- The #members-of-[enclave] channel can be considered the general chat for the Enclave.
- [department]-chamber channels are central locations for Enclave specific work functions.
Chambers are where the bulk of the work happens for most Enclaves. An exception to this is the Enclave of Mystery, which is considered a Chamber in and of itself. For Mystery, nearly all work is done in threads under the #members-of-mystery channel.
Some Chambers may not be visible to you initially. Chambers generally consist of tighter, more focused work teams composed of Initiates, Disciples, Acolytes, and more established Members. Establishing a track record of valuable contribution in the more public channels can typically lead to inclusion in Chambers.
Types of Work in Temple
Work within TempleDAO generally falls into three categories:
- JAMs are community-driven initiatives. The JAM work construct encourages organic, bottom-up ideation and exploration of ideas. Anyone can propose an idea for a JAM, and likewise, anyone can participate in JAMs that are greenlit. JAM projects approved for execution are generally managed by Disciples.
- Enclave Releases are Enclave-specific initiatives that are usually components of larger Temple Releases. These projects are initiated from the top down and managed by Masters and Initiates with specific KPIs that need to be met.
- Temple Releases are larger scope, org-wide projects initiated from the top down. As mentioned above, some of the work is generally split into chunks and delegated to Enclaves based on their areas of expertise. Temple Releases are found under a dedicated section of the Discord visible only to Guardians, Acolytes, Disciples, Initiates, and Masters.
There’s no one way to contribute to the Temple, so how you specifically fit into the broader organizational efforts can take many forms. However, as a prerequisite, it’s highly valuable to have a solid foundational understanding of how Temple works as well as its values and ethos. Two great resources for this are the Temple Medium as well as the Gitbook. Having this familiarity helps ensure that any contributions you make are in line with the broader Temple, and thus have a greater positive impact.
Communication: With this knowledge under your belt, start getting to know the leadership structure within your enclave. Introduce yourself to Disciples, let them know that you’re interested in helping, and let them know what your skills and talents are. Ask questions if you need clarity on anything, or if you’d like to know where your abilities can be best utilized.
Engagement: If you see open work that you feel you can add value to, engage in the conversation. If you notice areas needing improvement and have an idea for a solution, bring it up to a Disciple or Initiate. Proactiveness is valued and appreciated!
Proposals: Whether it’s an idea for a treasury investment strategy in Logic, a marketing initiative in Chaos, an artistic idea in Mystery, or anything else, we want to empower Templars to bring their ideas to the table. Talent in the Temple runs deep and wide, and we’re always looking for fresh ideas and perspectives to help improve all aspects of what we do.
If you have a proposal to present, bring it to a Disciple or Initiate for feedback and direction on how to most effectively introduce it into discussion. The protocol for each Enclave will vary in this regard, so make sure to become familiar with yours.
Be Open to Constructive Feedback: With all of this being said, it’s important to be open to constructive feedback. Not all proposals are adopted, and not all work efforts fit into the bigger picture. Many efforts go through multiple iterations from concept to final form, and some even become obsolete mid-work due to higher-level circumstances in Temple’s direction. But all told, this is all driven by a focus on relevant solutions, improvements, and added value to initiatives.
Do not let this discourage you, it’s all part of the nature of working in TempleDAO–and DeFi in general. Stay adaptable, flexible, and ready for shifts in direction.
Welcome to the Temple
Now that you understand more about TempleDAO’s organizational structure, roles, Discord layout, and workflow, we look forward to meeting and working with you. Dive in, have fun, !pray, and we’ll see you in the inner sanctum!
In Part II of this series, we’ll cover in more depth the TempleDAO governance model and why we believe it is important for DeFi. Stay tuned.