👋 Update: Imagine... a new form of work. A new form of collaboration. A new form of community. At Forefront, we are building this future, together. Season 2 Contributor Applications are now open. Join us, and experience the Vibez Infinity Flow.
Forefront Season Two has finally arrived.
If we’ve learned one thing over the last year, it’s that DAOs are hard. But working through those challenges are exactly what creates a community worth fighting for.
There has been a recent shift in the ecosystem's dominant narrative, with many DAO operators and contributors realizing the need for more nuance in current conceptions of decentralization, autonomy and hierarchy.
Community is at the center of all that we do at Forefront, so our overarching aim will always be to nurture and enhance human flourishing and well-being.
Season Two will be all about supporting people in tokenized communities to do their best work.
As Season One came to a close, we realized we needed to reflect, recover, and recalibrate to truly make Forefront a valuable and mission-aligned space for everyone involved.
Thus came the Off-Season.
The purpose of the Off-Season was to give the community ample space, time, and structure to answer three key questions:
Candidly, these are questions that every DAO should be answering from Day 1. But during Season One, it quickly became clear that the answers to these questions were increasingly diverging at every level of the community.
For Forefront to continue to grow, there needs to be sustainable frameworks and systems that create appropriate structure for contributors, so that we’re all headed in the same direction. This requires time, better processes, and deep focus.
Our core team structured Off-Season sessions to address these questions in-depth, leveraging a variety of existing frameworks and innovating on new ones.
To this end, we have crafted an approach to DAO Design & Governance that we call “The Vibez Infinity Flow.” This approach seeks to place the human being at the center of DAO Design. More specifically, the Vibez Infinity Flow recognizes a primal reality that exists within each human being: the inner impulse toward Autonomy on the one hand, and Community on the other.
In the context of a DAO, this primal Polarity expresses itself on two levels:
At the heart of Forefront’s DAO Design is the intentional creation of avenues by which these complementary opposites are brought into relationship, so that they may be reconciled and harmonized, again and again, by each Contributor.
During Season One, Forefront experienced fundamental issues arising from an imbalance of these two forces. This manifested as:
After this necessary Off Season work, the community landed on Forefront’s North Star:
“Forefront is the launchpad empowering web3 explorers to create at the frontier of tokenized communities.”
In Season Two, this implies a focus on three primary objectives:
A lot falls within the scope of those objectives, so we need to get really concrete about the principles and practices that we discovered during the Off Season to maintain the balance of the Vibez Infinity Flow:
So what will we be working on in Season Two? The DAO has aligned on some inaugural working groups that will kick off with the start of the new season. Some of these may be familiar, and others are brand new:
We’ve also revamped our approach to Onboarding and our Contributor Framework. The Vibez Infinity Flow is powered by Contributors who have wherewithal and resources of time and attention. Without these basic resources, Contributors are stymied in unfolding their autonomy in service to the North Star of the DAO.
Our Season One experience showed us that the “base layer” of our Contributor Community needs high-commitment Contributors. We’ll be onboarding contributors using a new Role designation to indicate their level of work commitment.
The Core Team will seed initial working groups, acting as informal stewards and progressively decentralizing as “2nd generation” stewards naturally emerge. We will be prioritizing Pioneers and Oracles in the onboarding process, although not every working group will require them.
Forefront is The Pulse of Web3 Social.
In Season Two, we’re doubling down on what we do best: rapid experimentation, creation, and curation for social tokenized communities and their members. Some contributors have considered this vision a mix between a “web3 Rolling Stone” and a “web3 MSCHF.” Our core focus will be to empower web3 explorers to create at the frontier of tokenized communities.
We’re actively looking for new contributors to join us on this journey. If you’re as excited as we are about the future of Forefront, join the Discord and reach out to any Forefront core team members.
There will be a formal contributor application going out soon. Additionally, members of the Forefront team will be hosting Twitter Spaces and other events over the upcoming weeks to talk more about Forefront, Season Two, and contributor needs.
We’re building a new world for creators and organizations. Join us.
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