[Proposal] Form a Meta-Governance Committee

Vision Statement

PieDAO remains one of the most underrated communities and asset management protocols in the space - albeit it being one of the largest. As mentioned in @gabriele’s Inside the Bakery: How We Build Pies publication, PieDAO “employs an open and responsive process for the modeling of its different Pies through discourse.” and rightly so. It is imperative that PieDAO (the protocol) and PieDAO (the community) generate an effective synergy to not only maximize feedback but to welcome & challenge innovative ideas that will propel PieDAO to reach critical mass. This PIP aims to establish a framework towards the construction of a durable and scalable meta-governance foundation per community participation & ownership (progressive decentralization).

How will this be done?

What is Meta-Governance?

Meta-governance equips $DOUGH token holders with the capability to vote on governance proposals for other protocols. Any & all governance tokens held with the DeFi++ index will be used to vote on the underlying protocol’s proposals. To begin, voting will be enabled for the following protocols: Uniswap, Compound, and AAVE. Depending on the success/participation rate in the aforementioned protocol voting via DeFi++, a proposal will be submitted to expand governance participation to other supported protocols (i.e. YFI, Balancer, SUSHI, MKR).

How will this work?

As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This said, PieDAO’s meta-governance methodology could mirror that of Index Coop’s where meta-governance voting is executed via the GovernanceModule in the following format:

  1. A governance vote is called for AAVE, Compound, or Uniswap.
  2. Proposal is replicated on PieDAO’s snapshot page.
  3. $DOUGH holders vote on the meta-governance proposal via snapshot.
  4. Meta-governance voting period will end 1 day (24 hours) prior to the underlying governance vote ends.
  5. At the end of the voting period, if a x% quorum is reached, the PieDAO multisig will proceed to vote in accordance with the snapshot proposal majority. Since votes cannot be split proportionally, reaching quorum ‘for’ a proposal will use the full weight of tokens held by DeFi++ in favour or if majority is ‘against’.

What can we expect moving forward?

There are a few efforts that could be formulated:

  1. Creation of a Meta-Governance Committee that would act as the arbiter in the event that quorum is not met.
  2. DeFi++ Metagovernance Vote Delegation to Multisig. Please review Index Coop’s IIP-49 to acquire a better understanding.
  3. Construct a meta-governance organization structure within PieDAO. This could be in the form of a working group, team of elected community members (approximately 10 max) and 2 PieDAO team members.
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The idea sounds interesting, and I see Index op has implemented something pretty similar. Do we know what how they benefit from this change and the DAO growth impact of supporting this model?
Also would be intereting to fetch some numbers on the AAVE, Compound,Uniswap on-chain transaction costs monthly average’s to be aware of the expected budget allocation.

imho if duplicated snapshot proposals can be automated, as well as the DAO voting and costs are reasonable I would support it W/o automation just sounds as too much coordination effort for something that the DAO enables through dough holding

After having an extensive conversation with @alexintosh, here are some slight modifications to the proposal along with an extensive elaboration on the overarching vision/rationale/implementation of this proposal:

Barriers:

Unfortunately, there is a technical barrier in utilizing DEFI++ in meta-governance:

  • DEFI++ is a smart pool and not a pievault.
  • DEFI++ underlying tokens are DEFI+L and DEFI+S which are not governance tokens.

The original intent of my proposal was to appoint DEFI++ as the primary metagovernance asset since the underlying tokens are DEFI+L and DEFI+S. With this, DEFI++ offers a near-total opportunity to participate in myriad governance practices.

Modifications:
Taking these barriers into consideration, DEFI+L and DEFI+S can both operate as independent meta-governance tokens. Thus, this proposal will aim to appoint both DEFI+L and DEFI+S as the primary meta-governance tokens for PieDAO.

Technical Specification

  1. Creation of a Meta-Governance Committee that would act as the arbiter in the event that quorum is not met.

  2. DeFi++ Metagovernance Vote Delegation to Multisig. Please review Index Coop’s IIP-49 to acquire a better understanding.

  3. Construct a meta-governance organization structure within PieDAO. This could be in the form of a working group, team of elected community members (approximately 10 max) and 2 PieDAO team members.

  4. Any & All meta-governance votes that reach quorum continue to be decided by DOUGH holders.

  5. In the event that a meta-governance vote does not reach quorum, the PGC (PieDAO Governance Committee) will act as a backstop to ensure that PieDAO participates in the active proposal.
    a. The PGC will have a multisig delegate that can participate in proposals and vote on behalf of all delegated DOUGH holders.

  6. The PGC will serve a quarterly term (3-months), with community nominations along with an election to determine the next incoming committee prior to the end of the term.

  7. The responsibility of the PGC is to assess, examine, and decide votes to fulfill PieDAO’s meta-governance duty and privilege.

  8. The PGC will initially consits of the following individuals (6 community members and 2 team members) for a 3-month term:

Community

Team

  1. A 5 of 8 majority is required for the PGC to vote
    a. The vote will be executed by the meta-governance multisig.

  2. DOUGH holders can call for any or all PGC members to be replaced at any time through a PIP and Snapshot vote.

  3. The PGC will delineate all decisions/votes back to the PieDAO community via the #Meta-Gov server and Twitter.

  4. Each member of the PGC will receive a monthly stipend of $1,500 in DOUGH to compensate for time and attention to meta-gov votes.

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What is the added value to DOUGH holders for voting on governance proposals which do not directly or indirectly affect PieDAO?

I fail to see the net positive on spending time and $9000,- a month to participate in governance of other DAOs.

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Thanks for putting this together!

I would support this, maybe optimizing through a more agile structure of MetaGovernance committee (e.g. 3 community members?), to also streamline its coordination.

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First let me state that I think having meta-governance is a good idea in general. I feel that providing additional utility to DOUGH and taking advantage of the tokens held by the protocol behind the indexes is a step in the right direction.

I am a bit more divided about the process of setting up a committee right now to implement this. This seems like a fairly large amount of time and money to spend on something that might have a limited impact on platform adoption (which is what is needed right now) and for which the interest from current DOUGH holders remains to be shown. In case interest is low, the quorum would almost never be met and we’d be spending all that time and money just to have the committee vote on proposals that probably don’t affect PieDAO.

But maybe I’m mistaken and I’d be glad to be shown wrong. How about setting up a couple of trial meta-governance votes before implementing a permanent system ? That could be used to measure the interest and involvement of the DOUGH holders and estimate what kind of participation would be expected for subsequent meta-governance votes.

An additional line of thought concerning meta-governance: This is probably a bit ambitious for now but I think a good long-term direction for it would be to take inspiration from what Convex is currently implementing. They control a lot of voting power for Curve via the veCRV they have locked and they are on the verge of having that voting power controlled by holders of their own CVX token. I am not sure how that will be implemented exactly, but it seems like it will be more automatized than the way Index Coop implements meta-governance via a committee. Additionally, a protocol is being built on top of this (see Votium: https://votiumprotocol.medium.com/introducing-the-votium-protocol-e2e21c71f036) to auction the CVX voting power to the highest bidders, giving additional value to the token (especially for holders that don’t really care about voting). While having a committee may be the right direction in the short-term, going in that direction may bring a lot more value to DOUGH and the voting power given to it by the various tokens held by the protocol.

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I assume that this last minute change will invalidate the current proposal on Snapshot, correct?

Also, how were these community members picked? Would be good to briefly state motivation of how these members made it into the initial committee, just to avoid conflict of interest, especially since there is a direct financial gain attached to these positions.

In conclusion, I’d side with @mickdegraaf at the moment, as I also don’t see the reason to spend $9k for something with very little actual benefit to DOUGH holders or the ecosystem right now. Maybe if there was a vesting period attached to the compensation, or the scope of support extended to also be including a different committee to further flesh out participation in other aspects of the ecosystem, and not just voting, it could be argued imho.

For now, will wait how this develops :))

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Thanks @Guzman_MassAdoption for a well prepared proposal and follow through.

I would like to hear a more fleshed out idea of how the committee would operate. Some initial questions that I can come up with are, but would like to hear your overall thoughts.

  1. What objective would the committee vote towards? For example, I can imagine a scenario where there is a conflict on voting between maximum asset value gain vs. decentralization. What guides which way the vote should go?
  2. Is the committee expected to vote on all proposals for the held tokens, or only a subset? How will that subset be determined?
  3. Will the community get a description of the rationale on all votes that go through?
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I highly appreciate everyone’s time in providing feedback!

I will address everything in the replied order.

@mickdegraaf:

The value add/proposition is to unlock & enable governance participation amongst the underlying protocols (e.g. DEFI+L - UNI,AAVE,COMP, etc. | DEFI+S - BAL,UMA, etc.). The intention of this proposal is to expand beyond monetary attributes; instating token holder ownership via the engagement DOUGH holders (similar to how Index Coop operates the INDEX token).

Regarding committee compensation, I agree to an extent in which the committee membership could be reduced to approximately 3 individuals (as suggested by @gabo) . This would significantly reducing overhead scope.

@DarkMattereum:

As of now there has been a lack of intrigue/curiosity by the PieDAO community in pursuing governance exercises. To some extent, PieDAO has lagged behind Index Coop on this front. Pertaining to the significance/relevance of a committee, I think it’s pertinent now more than ever. Via this committee, it can serve as a catalyst to stimulate DOUGH holder participation (similar to how the DeFi Education Fund was the revitalizer for UNI governance) - to this end we are in complete agreement that interest from DOUGH holders remains to be shown. However, if the last PieDAO Metagovernance poll exhibits anything, is that there is indeed community support regarding this engagement. To your latter point, I believe that the recent DOUGH Staking & Governance Mining proposal acts as a potential solution.

@Shubiwubi:

That is correct, the previous Snapshot is invalid with the current modifications. However, it does serve as an interesting sentiment check; over 502.08K DOUGH voting IN FAVOR. Regarding the $9k compensation, I absolutely agree so I’ve gone ahead and consolidated the committee membership to 3 members (see my comment to @mickdegraaf’s reply).

@Saganaki

  1. The committee will vote towards proposals pertaining to the underlying assets held within DEFI+L and DEFI+S. The process will mirror that of Index Coop where an active proposal is replicated as a Snapshot proposal; enabling DOUGH holders to vote on the active proposal (For example: [Compound-56], [BALANCER] Onboard Fire Eyes DAO…)

  2. The committee will vote on all proposals for the held tokens. To start, for DEFI+L we could enable voting for Aave, UNI, COMP - varying the success in terms of engagement/participation voting accessibility could then expand to SUSHI, YFI, and SNX. The same approach could be applied for DEFI+S; allowing DOUGH holders to vote on BAL, UMA, and PNT.

  3. The community will receive a detailed explanation for all committee votes via the #meta-gov server on Discord.

I have held ongoing discussions with the PieDAO team and, to my understanding, we are all supportive and in agreement for the proposed initiative. Personally, I’m really excited to see this further deliberated upon and potentially out in the wild sometime soon.

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Thanks @Guzman_MassAdoption for the reply.

My first question was more about what goals will the committee’s votes pursue rather than what proposals will you vote on. In my prior post I put forth a tiny example with a conflict that is not clear which direction the committee should vote. I was hoping to understand what objectives would guide the committee’s votes.

I think as part of this initiative some sort of voting policy should be prepared, so that the DAO community provides overall direction on where the votes should go in the case that quorum is not reached on the snapshot.

For example

  • There should be broad direction on relevant tradeoffs like value vs. decentralization, do we want to avoid relationships with certain types of projects, etc.
  • There should be specific direction in other kind of topics like: always vote for instituting multisigs over admin keys; vote against retroactive airdrops to founders etc.

@saganaki seems the benefit of all this effort can be split into Increase DAOs Synergy and Amplify PieDAO members voice across the ecosystem. Although I’m a big fan of processes and frameworks, that would limit the Dough holders freedom to extend their voice to other DAOs, and it is up to every person to make up their minds on the subject in question — and the committee should not be judging but enabling.

Hi @Adrian.A, not sure what you mean by “[processes and frameworks] would limit the Dough holders freedom to extend their voice…”.

My suggestion is for there to be clear directions on where the Meta-Governance Committee should vote when there is no quorum on snapshots. This allows two things:

  1. The first line of voting is always DOUGH holders.
  2. We make sure that the Committee votes along the broad outlines of what DOUGH holders want, “enabling” as you say. If the Committee vote according to their own conceptions without a clear objective, I feel that is “judging”.

@saganaki got it. Missed the point you were focusing only over situations where quorum is not reached.

So we may have 3 main processes to be setup:

  • Identification Cycle: how and when do we identify and collect new voting entries
  • Marketing: how, when and where do we give Dough holders visibility
  • Voting: how do we define quorum + which criteria will PGC use to vote when there’s no quorum + how and who will execute the MultiSig voting

Considering 3 resources are expected to be allocated, a clear RACI matrix should be designed to define ownership while assuring resiliency.

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Sorry for the belated response @Guzman_MassAdoption, and thanks for the follow-up! Looking forward to seeing how this develops! :blush:

Quick proposal to build an MVP version of the meta-gov initiative.

Step 1:

  • Pick a single coin with either Snapshot voting (ie: BAL) or Delegation (ie: Comp)
  • Delegate voting power to a friendly EOA address (ie: @Guzman_MassAdoption)
  • Build a script to replicate the Proposal for the chosen coin on a every-4H-cronjob on the PieDAO Snapshot.
  • Have the elected representative vote according to the results on the PieDAO Snapshot.
  • Evaluate after 30d if we really need a committee and a multisig for it.
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Love this MVP proposal and think we should pursue it ASAP.

The beauty of this proposal is that it will put into practice the use of veDOUGH in which tokenholders will/could still be staked & earning all the while delegating their veDOUGH to the multisig for governance purposes. A win-win in my opinion!

Perhaps this could be escalated to a Snapshot vote to gauge community sentiment?

Can voting delegation get set for more than a single account?

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What do you mean?