We took some feedback into consideration, particularly around the requested amount of OP for this Mission, we have lowered the requested amount to 125k OP, down from 190k OP originally.
S4 Intent: Governance Accessibility (Intent 4)
Proposed Mission Economic Co-design of Gas Fees for the OP Stack
Proposal Tier: Eagle Tier
Baseline grant amount: 125k OP
% of total available Intent Budget: 5.33%
Please check here if access to upfront capital is a barrier to completing your Mission and you would like to be considered for a small upfront cash grant: Yes
Alliance Name: Commons Stack
Alliance Lead: Mitch
Telegram handle Telegram: Contact @divine_comedian
Discord user: divine_comedian
L2 recipient address:
Mitch - Github DAO Ops Lead and Product Manager at Giveth.io. He has actively filled roles and contracts for Commons Stack and many other projects such as TEC, Blossom Labs, Proposal Inverter, General Magic and Curve Labs. Project manager for the original Commons Configuration Dashboard.
Griff - LinkedIn Co-founder of Commons Stack, Giveth, General Magic & DAppNode; Top Steward in ENS, Gitcoin, Optimism, Arbitrum, TEC as well as many other Ethereum community projects. Was the original product owner of the Commons Configuration Dashboard.
Marko - Twitter Head of Design and Business Developer at General Magic. “Magic Marko” is a top notch designer and has been practicing his art on web2 and web3 projects for over a decade. The original designer of the Commons Configuration Dashboard
Nuggan - Github A skilled data science and solidity developer who currently contributes to Inverter Network and General Magic. One of the original python devs behind the Commons Configuration Dashboard in the TEC.
Collective Decision making can be very challenging for any large scale DAO such as Optimism. Governing the configurations of decentralized applications, smart contracts or even entire networks usually happens within small circles, with few choices left to the DAO besides a simple yes/no vote. By making decisions this way we fail to capture the collective intelligence of our community. We close off our minds to new ideas and don’t create a space for the best ideas to rise to the top.
What if it didn’t have to be like that? What if we could design an interactive experience for communities to come together and experiment with new ideas, collectively build off of each other’s knowledge and arrive organically at the best configuration with high consensus. This is the Economic Co-design Dashboard.
For S4 we propose to build the MVP of a Dashboard that will allow members of the Optimism community and any other community using the OP stack to experiment with configuration settings of the OP network, the first of which will be the gas price calculations for networks using the OP stack.
The gas price on Optimism will have a few variables that users will be able to design their own gas price configurations and run simulations on how much it would affect typical transactions and how gas costs would stack up against other L2s so community members can easily make a truly informed design.
Users can then submit their configuration via Arweave to a Module Configuration Archive which will be a censorship resistant database of all submitted configurations.
We will also enable the launch of a vote, proposing to change the network gas prices by selecting one or many user submissions from the archive and engaging voters with a custom instance of Snapshot.
The winning proposal can then be implemented into the corresponding network.
This proposal will also include providing educational content and guidance to kickstart the process. To deliver the content in an engaging social context we will use our same method that was successful in the Token Engineer Commons, hosting “Param Parties’’ to bring in participants, help them understand the module, its effects and guide them in creating their configurations.
Param Parties are also an excellent space for idea sharing and where the magic of economic co-design fully shines.
Due to the short duration of S4 this is only the beginning of a larger product to improve collaborative decision making and governance accessibility of anyone using the OP stack.
This is a first step towards a higher vision of putting the tokenomics of the OP Stack and specifically Optimism into the hands of the collective intelligence of the communities it affects. With the Economic Co-Design Dashboard we will empower governance to become more engaging, effective and accessible. Future additions to this project will allow us to direct how we choose to use the revenues accrued from network fees, sending them to RetroPGF or even potentially using them to buy OP tokens ensuring that the Token House and Citizens House have an easy but informed way of making these decisions on their own.
Subsequent Mission Proposals will further build on this Dashboard and provide more critical components such as:
- A modular dashboard framework, allowing communities to launch their own custom dashboards with their own unique modules.
- More modules for configuring pieces of the OP stack mechanisms.
- An SDK and framework for builders to create their own modules to be used in dashboards.
- Smart Contracts to define voting timelines and setting winning proposals
- Hosted libraries for communities to discover modules.
- A robust voting process including a nomination phase and more types of voting applications.
- No code strategy builder for communities to define their eligible voters.
- Educational/social experiences that create space for economic co-design to flourish
Believe it or not, we’ve done this before.
In 2021 we built the Commons Configuration Dashboard to allow the Token Engineering Commons (TEC) to collaboratively parameterize their token economy, complete with voting app settings, vesting schedule and even their own Augmented Bonding Curve.
The Commons Configuration Dashboard is still live and can be accessed here.
We have a wealth of experience hosting educational opportunities including “Param Parties” and “Param Debates”, as live economic co-design events that brought together groups to design their “Commons Configuration” and subsequently debate them against other configurations.
Myself (Mitch), Livia, Griff, Marko and Nuggan all worked together for many months to design, develop, launch and use the Commons Configuration Dashboard for the TEC’s economic co-design process (then referred to as collaborative economics). We are bringing the team back together again for this very important project.
We had a series of nominations and run-off votes until finally coming to a winning proposal and launching our Commons with those parameters.
The economic co-design process that we piloted in the TEC was incredibly engaging, educational, insightful and FUN for the entire community.
Please list the critical milestone(s) that should be tracked to determine if you should receive your grant in one year.
- Milestone 1: UX & Design
- Milestone 2: Gas Controls Python Module
- Milestone 3: Test Deployment
- Milestone 1 | End of July, 2023
- Showcase the final draft of UI Design and User Experience, Project is ready for front-end development
- Milestone 2 | Mid August, 2023
- Published Python Module for configuring Gas Controls, complete with front-end design
- Milestone 3 | Mid September, 2023
- Test deployment that enables users to do the whole flow, configuring, browsing configurations, launching and completing votes.
After the application is complete, we will begin to educate the community via param parties and param debates (funded by RetroPGF) and will achieve the following KPIs.
- KPI 1 - Accrue 30 user submitted configurations for the Gas Controls Module in the Archive
- KPI 2 - 20 “Param Parties” Facilitated with over 10 attendees each
- KPI 3 - Have one successful vote that leads to implementation into a network’s configuration
OP Stack Gas Control Simulation Module - 90,000 OP
Module Configuration Archive - 50,000 OP
Economic Co-Design Voting App - 50,000 OP
Educational Onboarding, Param Parties - RetroPGF
I confirm that my grant will be subject to clawback for failure to execute on critical milestones: Yes
I confirm that I have read and understand the grant policies: Yes
I understand that I will be required to provide additional KYC information to the Optimism Foundation to receive this grant: Yes
I understand that I will be expected to following the public grant reporting requirements outlined here: Yes