Title : Permissionless Expansion of Ghosts World/Fragments : Anecdote
This agenda suggests the idea of settling the precise direction where GhostsProject DAO should head to by expanding the story of Fragments, which is the backbone of entire GhostsProject world, through the DAO structure that enables (thanks to blockchain) permissionless participation of community members who want to contribute and become part of the story.
Decentralization is inefficient from nature as it chooses three core values of censorship resistance, trustlessness, permissionlessness over efficiency ; thus it requires clear answer of why we need decentralization and how we are going to utilize these core values.
DAO is new form of organization that leverage these core values of decentralization in order to build entity/community where governance (decision making process) is not owned by centralized group of people but open to everyone who has aligned vision. But other than literal and conceptual definition of DAO, the practical term and execution/operation process of DAO has been largely undefined and tend to be somewhat ceremonial term as many projects choose DAO as their organizational structure but ended up neglecting specific justification of “why it has to be in decentralized form”. GhostsProject was no exception from it. Well, more precisely we did have “Why it has to be DAO” but has been lacking of “so how we are going to do it”.
After many trials and experiments since the birth of DAO, there was one clear agenda aroused that needs to be resolved ; “so why really DAO?.
Fostering art and encouraging community participation in executing this in DAO form is “ideally great” but the questions are “is it worth it to choose DAO structure with this somewhat vague established goal?”, “Can this be in other organizational structure?”.
Without answering this questions and settling more specific direction/goal of DAO, “Decentralization” is just great ceremonial post (Clarification, this is not the problem that only GhostsProject is facing but many other DAOs do).
Permissionless Expansion of GhostsProject Fragment : Anecdote
I would like to propose for DAO to focus on expanding the story of Fragments, the backbone and history of entire GhostsProject world.
Unlike traditional IP structure where fans/community are passive entities when it comes to the expansion of IP’s story as there is no permissionless and trustless entry point, under DAO structured IP can provide the environment where community can have a say and total soverignty on the world of their favorite IP.
As GhostsProject has the concrete world based on Fragments that is undoubtably one of the most comprehensively structured story in Web3, applying DAO structure to give community sole power to control this story by expanding and deciding the branches of it through Ghosts NFT can create vicious cycle that leads to richer and more innovative contents of expanded Fragments which can attract broader audiences into Ghosts community, which will eventually increase the value of Ghosts NFT as governance token and art itself.
One of the example is recent Mr.Oneday’s art → GIP 29 : 5-cut cartoon to bridge inbetween ghosts project and the burning soul
Community participation isn’t the new concept but blockchain enables the concept even a step further.
One of the great example that we can refer to is “SCP Foundation”.
SCP Foundation is simply a fictional secret organization where its world is fostered by collaborative-writing wiki. First launched back in 2008 and being operated for 15 years, SCP foundation and its community has been expanding its world through community driven writings/tales including many diverse genres such as horror, science fiction, fantasy, and etc.
Fans/community can write and create on SCP Wiki, which is the lending page for SCP foundation and available in 16 languages, not only limited to the written stories but in various form of media such as comics, video games, and animated short films.
Why SCP Foundation has been successful and sustainable with community engagement?
- Ceative Freedom: Contributors have a wide latitude to create content, as long as they adhere to the established lore and guidelines. This fosters a sense of ownership and engagement among community members.
- Collaborative Environment: The wiki format allows for collaborative writing and editing, with an active forum for discussion, feedback, and improvement of the content.
- Decentralized Governance: The SCP community operates with a decentralized power structure. Although there are administrators and moderators, the community as a whole has a significant say in major decisions.
- Strong Cultural Foundation: The SCP Foundation has a rich and expanding lore that provides a cohesive thematic base for contributions, enhancing continuity and the shared universe’s believability.
I believe that GhostsProject already satisfies #3 and #4 with DAO Voting System and Story/Culture that have been built through Mr.Misang’s art and community driven events.
What we have to do in order to fulfill #1 and #2 is that defining structure that artists and community can permissionlessly participate in the expansion of Fragments by amplifying their creativity and collective effort.
Fragment is currently made of total 187 cuts where each of them is unique NFT. Detailed visual or front end UI of how expanded Fragment will be exhibited is tbd but we can imagine a structure something similar to this.
Other than defined story of 187 cuts in Fragments, any artists can create additional cuts for Fragments and upload a proposal for their cuts to be official part of Fragments. More precisely, those cuts are not to be included in between existing Fragment cuts but rather becomes branch of Fragments and become official “anecdote” of ghosts world. Something like this,
For example, Mr.Oneday’s art Economist Ghost can be one of the official ghost character/persona that has his own story and anecdote within the GhostsProject World. As more artists participate in this process, we end up getting more branches and Ghosts World become more richer/vibrant.
Yes, this is very roughly drafted idea and more details need to be discussed such as the onboarding / voting process of Fragment expansion arts, website rebranding, and etc. However, if we can settle the clear direction of how GhostsProjcet DAO can utilize the enriched Fragment, I believe it can be one of the most recognizable and sustainable cases within NFT/Art scene.
Please share your thoughts what you think on this idea and any further ideas are welcomed.