Measuring The Right Degree Of Decentralization

Measuring The Right Degree Of Decentralization

By Edward Casanova | Coding Journal | 31 May 2020


There are basically two types of people. Those who deliver and those who claim they had. The primer is a smaller group - Mark Twain

Let's just face it. There's a new project popping in the cryptosphere everyday.

Sometimes we are not even sure that these ideas have been carefully thought, but perhaps the team behind was less interested in strategy and more interested in experimenting with our budgets.

Yes, decentralization sounds cool but in theory execution requires coordination to a certain degree.

We have clear examples in nature, like ants, showing us that action on massive decentralized scale can lead to sustainable outcomes for the colony...but we are talking about ants!

Human systems, although decentralized, have a different factor. We have individuals with higher levels of consciousness whose egos sometimes may not be aligned with the long-term vision (sorry, Steemit).

Not More, But Quality

So, should we design new systems to measure DAO's or should we just tweak the old ones and adjust some variables.

But if the latter is the case:

  • How do we go about measuring the whole in an efficient way?
  • What are the tools that we require in order to keep track of such an organization?
  • Where do we draw the line between decentralization and centralization?

Don't get me wrong. Decentralization is necessary and although everything can be decentralized...it would be inefficient to do so.

Stronger Bonds

*I once read in a book that organizations or teams that are larger than 150 people are often not cohesive enough. This is because an organization is not only measured in numbers but also in the strength of each of their connections.

Maybe, this is why the Bitcoin model of governance has been so robust. Not too decentralized because at the end only the core developers have the last word about implementations.

However, i'm truly intrigued to see how will Tezos roll out with his on-chain governance model in the long run. It would be awesome to see the wisdom of their crowd.

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The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind by Le Bon & Gustave

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