The Gardens Swarm at 1Hive is requesting 450,000 GIV ($4,000) from the Giveth Common Pool to help fund ongoing development of Gardens v2 - a major update to our platform aimed at making the overall experience of using Gardens much better for community members and community admins alike.
What changes are coming in Gardens v2?
Gardens v2 will decouple the concepts of a community-owned enforceable covenant with some of its hard-coded implementations like Conviction Voting, Celeste for dispute arbitration, and Decision / Tao Voting.
Instead Gardens v2 will serve as a more modular coordination mechanism that gives organizations access to custom spending strategies like Conviction Voting, Fluid Proposals, Quests/Bounties, Quadratic Funding and more, which they can invest their treasuries through in any number of combinations, instances, and funding tokens. By integrating with Allo Protocol, Gardens v2 will provide cutting edge innovation in public goods funding through allo v2’s secure & audited smart contracts.
At the core of Gardens v2’s infrastructure is a Community Covenant smart contract we’ve designed to be as simple as possible, optimized for the purpose of:
- encoding a community’s values / mission in an on-chain social contract
- linking that covenant to the various smart contracts connected to the community, and
- allowing people to signal support for the community through staking.
v2 will also introduce many upgrades like:
- Improved UI/UX for Conviction Voting, including the integration of Streaming Proposals (Fluid Proposals)
- Deployed to more networks (Gnosis Chain, Optimism, Arbitrum, Polygon, and others by demand)
- Dispute resolution with Safes (multisig juries) in addition to Celeste.
- More versatile systems for governance weight, customizable for each spending strategy.
- Additional treasury spending strategies through Allo v2 added by demand, including Donation Voting, Direct Grants, and Quadratic Voting.
- A new look, designed to make it easier and more fun to use Gardens!
We expect to make this upgrade to be available for select beta users (especially Giveth) in March 2024.
In the 2.5 years since Gardens launched (and ~2 years Giveth’s GIVgarden launched), we’ve learned an enormous amount about Conviction Voting, web3 governance, community-owned economies and the nature of cryptocurrency’s underlying technology and infrastructure of cryptocurrency as a whole.
In assessing how the Gardens platform has performed, we’ve looked at the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Security. The platform has proven remarkably secure given the level of decentralization and amount of new technology it introduced. Common Pools of Gardens have held as much as $38M in combined token value, and in an era rife with hacks and abuse in web3 there have been 0 malicious proposals executed, and 0 successful hacks of any garden.
Community Ownership. The vast majority of tokens held by DAOs outside of Gardens today are in multi-sigs. Gardens has proven that it’s possible to hold and allocate funding from token treasuries with no central ownership, no roles, no permissions, and no gatekeeping, and for active community participants of all levels to have real decision making power in how funding is allocated.
Organizational Health and Longevity. The vast majority of DAOs that existed in 2021 are defunct today with no active contributors and little to no funds. The Gardens platform launched with 4 communities - 1Hive, BrightID, Giveth, and the Token Engineering Commons - all of which are still active today. While this is related to many factors, it shows the Gardens platform can sustain healthy communities.
No New Communities, No Growth. The Gardens platform has effectively had 0 growth beyond the communities it initially launched with, and for those communities Gardens has been ineffective at helping grow value in their Common Pools. Today there’s less than $1 million of token value in Gardens Common Pools - a 97% decrease from its peak in January 2022. This decline is far beyond what would be expected from the market conditions and lack of community adoption of the Gnosis Chain network over that time.
Overly Complex. Nearly everyone that attempts to use Gardens - both as a DAO participant and DAO creator - complains about how hard it is to understand and use. Gardens is not intuitive enough to be useful for most public goods funding organizations.
No Web3 Adoption of Conviction Voting. When the concept of Conviction Voting was introduced in 2019 it stirred a lot of excitement as a useful new way of allocating funding to the Commons. Since then, Gardens has been unable to spark the adoption of Conviction Voting beyond a small and very niche group of users.
- Gardens team has been slow / nonresponsive with support
- Bug patches and feature requests are not addressed adequately
- Service is unreliable
- UI is confusing, sometimes actively encouraging unintended behavior (i.e. the too-attractive Challenge button)
- Gardens still runs on original Aragon contracts that are now 5 years old
These findings have driven our approach to rebuilding the Gardens platform as well as restructuring our organizational processes within the Gardens swarm.
To date the Gardens Swarm has raised ~$20k for the development of Gardens v2 through a combination of funding from 1Hive, Gitcoin, and leftover funding from prior grants and donations. Gardens is still 100% community-owned, having never accepted venture capital funding. We hope to keep it this way.
Expected duration or delivery date (if applicable):
Beta launch expected in March 2024.
Lead Full Stack Developer: @kamikazebr
Full Stack Developer: @Kev
Lead Frontend Developer: @Mati0x
Frontend Developer: Luciano
Frontend Developer: Veronica
Project Manager: @paul
Amount of GIV requested:
Ethereum address where funds shall be transferred:
0x1B8C7f06F537711A7CAf6770051A43B4F3E69A7e (Gardens Swarm Safe)
More detailed description of how funds will be handled and used:
The funds will be swapped for GNO on CowSwap (GIV’s most liquid Gnosis Chain token pair) at an expected price slippage for the GIV token of 2.13%
The Gardens swarm uses our own system of Basic Income to fund contributors.