A Decentralized Autonomous Community (DAC) is a very old concept made new. Since ancient times, people have banded together to better achieve common goals. Combine the power of the Internet and the more recently developed blockchain technology together with that old idea that we function better when we work as a group and fantastic new things are made possible.
EDNA DAC members agree to bind together in support of The EDNA Constitution
If you think of the blockchain as a way to keep fairness and enforce agreements between strangers in front of millions of witnesses (and not just a way to track movements of money) you’ll see what has been missing from the Internet since the beginning. That is a way to remain a private person, that does not allow privacy to shield nefarious people who are trying to get away with doing bad things.
What if a company or corporation operated in a way where everything and everyone it touched had a written and public agreement on what could and could not be done, an agreement that said exactly what was being offered for what? That company, using this technology could even form an agreement with "the environment". Consumers could support organizations that served them, their beliefs and interests the best and who said out loud in front of everyone just was the deal was?
The EDNA DAC functions exactly like that.
EDNA is a DAC. There is no corporate headquarters, and the boardroom is virtual. Everything the organization does is on-line and fully transparent to all members. The blockchain keeps a record of all its activities and decisions. It’s leaders are elected and have contractual obligations to perform. These are not weakly stated like “do a good job or you’ll be impeached", but instead are well defined such as “you have 48 hours to settle this question, or it will go the general membership to be settled, and your inability to deal with it placed on record”.
Any member of the DAC can propose an idea (think "draft a law") which, if well enough supported by the membership, goes to the custodians for a vote. The custodians are expected to contribute more time to the organization, and to keep themselves aware of all aspects of what is happening with EDNA. They are there to expedite the operation, not to profit from their service to it. The contract EDNA runs on makes it easy for anyone to spot “bad players” and take steps to remove them.
All custodial business is conducted in public and recorded for all to view.
It's All in the Contract
The EDNA contract is open source computer code. This means anyone can download and look at how the code functions and what it does. It also has inside it what’s called a Ricardian Contract. This is nothing more than a plain language description of what every action in the contract is intended to do. This means non-programmers can “read the code” and understand what the contract is doing.
A description of the main components of the DAC contract are listed below with hyper-links to more details on each aspect.
Rules, costs and obligations for joining and staying a part of the DAC. Personal profiles, Health Surveys and DNA data controls are also manged by this part of the EDNA DAC contract.
How members and custodians can propose DAC changes. When and how proposals become custodial matters and referendums. Time constraints on passage or rejection of proposals are manged in this section of the contract.
EDNA pays for equal candidate "floor time" to present their views to the general membership on serving as a custodian. No other funding for campaigns is allowed. This section of the contract details how elections are run and what obligations custodians have once elected, as well as how they can be removed from office.
Service Proposal Management
Service proposals are made by people wanting to serve the DAC in some capacity. The are very similar to regular proposals except the involve payment by the DAC for the goods or services offered by the proposer.
Rules for voting. How long votes run and what number of votes are needed to pass or defeat different types of proposals is contained in this code.
Research Proposal Mangement
EDNA members can earn crypto (money) by selling access to their DNA to researchers. This part of the code allows outside researchers to propose agreements to be vetted by EDNA committees. It also manages negotiation of contracts, and covers payment for the data purchased from EDNA members. The contract also manages compliance.