The Agenda podcast explores how DAOs can strengthen staff’ rights


Collective motion, labor battle and protest go hand in hand, and it’s no secret that unionizing and organizing to battle for staff’ rights is a tedious job. However is there a solution to simplify and enhance the effectivity of the method?

On this week’s episode of the newly launched podcast The Agenda, Cointelegraph senior copy editor Jonathan DeYoung and head of markets Ray Salmond sit down with Larry Williams Jr., co-founder of TheLaborDAO, and Daniel Carias and Dustin Tong, co-founders of theCaféDAO, to debate the state of staff’ rights in the US and the way blockchain can strengthen labor actions.

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The trio additionally touched on whether or not a decentralized autonomous group (DAO) may efficiently and equitably run a enterprise.

Employees needs to be stakeholders and have entry to fairness

For Carias, the preliminary concept for theCaféDAO — whose objective is to create a bodily espresso store ruled by a DAO — took place through the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic when most of his colleagues on the espresso store he was working at had been laid off and he skilled new freedoms as a part of a skeleton crew.

His boss let the employees take management of the espresso store’s operations and run it as they happy. “I used to be simply so grateful,” he shared. “The people who have been left, we have been simply so completely happy to work collectively that it was virtually seamless.”

“That’s after I first conceptualized the concept of theCaféDAO. How can we run a corporation, decentralized, the place there isn’t a central chief? There isn’t a CEO-type individual, proper? […] Our prospects have been very completely happy. We have been very completely happy. It was just like the happiest time of my life, to be trustworthy with you. And I simply saved considering, is there a method to do that out in the true world the place I’ve a say, a vote?”

When requested about what lastly catalyzed him to co-found theCaféDAO, Carias stated:

“At the least for me, it is born from the frustration of not having the ability to management your future, primarily. I imply, we work these jobs like actually 5 or extra days per week. We spend a big majority of our time at these locations of labor, however we don’t actually have a say within the route of the enterprise. A DAO may probably give staff a say of their future.”

And as for why he opted to go along with the DAO mannequin slightly than a employee cooperative, he shared: “You might have grocery cooperatives. You might have farming cooperatives. These exist already. However how can we use this blockchain expertise to scale that up?”

Utilizing blockchain to strengthen staff’ actions

Whereas theCaféDAO is exploring how a DAO may give baristas extra company within the day-to-day processes of operating a espresso store — whereas additionally permitting them to develop and harness the fairness of their distinctive coffee-making expertise — TheLaborDAO goals to boost staff’ actions in quite a lot of methods.

Williams believes that blockchain expertise, together with the DAO construction, can be utilized to fund staff who’re placing, improve communications and make sure that the goals of assorted unionized teams are aligned. He shared:

“Organizers are nice at a few of the most necessary expertise, which is listening, documenting what staff are saying and bringing them collectively to get previous points, to win, to construct energy. However it’s very tough to do this when your opposition has all of the expertise and principally all of the playing cards. So, expertise ranges the enjoying area.”

Williams defined that whereas giant, conventional unions are typically very giant and have deep treasuries, impartial unions have considerably smaller useful resource swimming pools — which is the place blockchain and the DAO construction are available.

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Tong of theCaféDAO chimed in with an alternate view, suggesting that unions might not even be essential if a DAO is managing an organization. “For my part, a union types as a result of there’s a misalignment between the enterprise and its workers. Hopefully, a DAO received’t have that sort of misalignment.” 

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Tong defined that he sees DAOs as a possible method to assist construct extra equitable buildings of energy and create extra sustainable relationships between firm initiatives and the workers who should do the work.

He stated, “We need to do that to pioneer a brand new enterprise mannequin that doesn’t suck. We imagine {that a} DAO construction could possibly align not solely the enterprise goals but additionally align on worker rights.”

When requested about the way forward for the labor motion and what position blockchain-based DAOs might play, all three visitors excitedly agreed that the long run is vivid and {that a} rising variety of persons are expressing curiosity in changing into concerned with unions and DAOs.

In accordance with Williams, “The great thing about a DAO is that it may be half time as a contributor. You could be full time, you may work in a number of DAOs, you understand? You’ll be able to work a full-time job and be in a union, identical to Dan.”

Tong summed up the group sentiment:

“I feel DAOs are a solution to how we will unite sooner or later. But when not DAOs, I feel blockchain philosophies and applied sciences will allow this merely by way of simply elevated transparency. As anyone in a stage of group can see all the choices being made at any stage, I feel that may stage the enjoying area throughout the board. So, whether or not DAO or not DAO, I feel the long run goes to be higher due to how blockchains allow transparency at a scale.”

To be taught extra about how theCaféDAO and TheLaborDAO use blockchain and the construction of decentralized autonomous organizations to intensify organized labor actions, tune into the total episode of The Agenda on Cointelegraph’s new podcasts page or on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or TuneIn.

The Agenda is a brand new podcast from Cointelegraph that explores the guarantees of crypto, blockchain and Web3, and the way common folks stage up and enhance their lives with expertise.