About the Optimism Collective

Welcome to the Optimism Collective governance forum!

The forum is where governance participants discuss critical topics relating to the Collective.

What is the Optimism Collective?

The Optimism Collective is a new model of digital democratic governance. It is a band of communities, companies, and citizens united by the axiom of impact=profit — the principle that positive impact to the Collective should be rewarded to the individual.

Empowering values. Robust infrastructure. An economy where everyone thrives.

The foundation for a more equitable digital economy is an interconnected network of blockchains built on a modular, open-source codebase.

How is this going to be governed?

The Optimism Collective and the Superchain take an experimental and agile approach to governance, relentlessly iterating towards a system which stands the test of time.

The Collective’s model of digital democratic governance consists of two houses: the Token House and the Citizens’ House. These two houses form a bicameral governance system, with the two-house design is intended to help the Collective make better decisions, avoid common pitfalls in token-based governance systems, and have checks and balances.

What is described here is an initial experiment. The specifics of this system will evolve as the Collective grows.


What is the Token House?

Governance of the Optimism Collective began with the launch of the OP token and the Token House.

As Token House members, OP holders are responsible for submitting, deliberating, and voting on various types of governance proposals.

In carrying out these functions, OP holders may either vote directly, or delegate their OP voting power to someone else.

Learn how to delegate your OP tokens. You can delegate to yourself, or anyone else!

The Token House votes on the proposal types outlined in the Operating Manual. You can join the discussion by visiting the Delegates category.

You can learn more in the Token House Onboarding Hub.

What is the Citizens’ House?

The Citizens’ House is a large-scale experiment in a reputation-based governance system (one member = one vote), and is primarily responsible for Retroactive Public Goods Funding (Retro Funding).

Join the discussion by following the Retro Funding category and the Citizens category.

But what do they really do?

You can find a more detailed breakdown of responsibilities in this diagram.

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