Unlock Grantee Austin Robey recently concocted one of the most practical applications of NFTs I’ve ever seen using Unlock’s protocol: Meeting IRL over a great meal.
The first Dinner DAO!
Inspired by the logic and tooling of DAOs (decentralized autonomous organizations), Austin’s Dinner DAO aims to bring the essential human experience of breaking bread together into our online communities -- especially through this pandemic, when so much of our work and social interactions have moved online, and face-to-face meetings have become difficult to plan.
Here’s how the Dinner DAO works:
Building a lock and checkout page on Unlock!
For Austin’s first Dinner DAO, his group shared a fantastic Mediterranean meal together at Shoo Shoo Nolita in New York. I’m helping launch a Portland chapter, and Austin is expanding the DAO to other cities around the world.
The very first Dinner Dao in New York!
With more than 7 million new accounts with Ethereum balances added this year, bringing the total to over 55 million (according to the Wall Street Journal), we’re hopeful interest in the Dinner DAOs will quickly go global.
We are also planning to partner with local restaurants, and create larger events to which non-members can purchase one-time tickets. There’s even plans to turn the Dinner DAO into a year-long film festival/watch party: Buy an NFT that gives you a season pass to see one movie a month, then enjoy a group dinner after the show.
Virtually any small community, or network of communities, can use Austin’s Dinner DAO model to represent membership and democratically pool and distribute resources. For instance, a DAO for live concerts, a crowdfunder, a mutual aid organization, and beyond.
I’d love to hear about your ideas, and connect you with the right resources and people, to make your DAO idea a reality.