CityDAO Roundup vol 10: Unleashing the Guilds

We are back with another glimpse at the happenings within the rambunctious CityDAO community. Grab a ☕️ , 🍺 or 🧃 and dive in!

Table of Contents

  1. CityDAO so far
  2. Community Shoutouts & Showcases
  3. CityDAO elections
  4. Overheard in CityDAO
  5. Tweets we love
  6. Memes to go
  7. News from DAOs we love
  8. Past CityDAO Community Roundups

What is CityDAO?

The CityDAO community is made up of ambitious and HIGHLY curious people exploring and building at the frontier of technology, governance experiments and physical land.

The vision of CityDAO is to build the city of the future on the Ethereum blockchain by experimenting with tokenizing land, rights, and governance. 🏙

🔈CityDAO so far

First, let’s do a quick recap of the CityDAO adventure so far:

Month 1: July - laying the groundwork

  • July 1 - DAOs can legally be recognized as an LLC in Wyoming
  • July 2 - CityDAO starts (Scott’s infamous tweet)
  • July 7 - First community call
  • July 15 - CityDAO Discord membership crosses 1000 people
  • July 23 - CityDAO officially registered as an LLC in Wyoming
  • July 28 - CityDAO gets voted in on Mirror’s $WRITE RACE

Month 2: August - bolstering the treasury

  • August 8 - The First Citizen NFT sells for 6.52 ETH
  • August 11 - Release Founding Citizen NFTs
  • August 25 - Founding Citizen NFT sells for 10 ETH live in a community call
  • August 25 - CityDAO treasury passes $250k
  • August 26 - Connect w/ real estate agent in Wyoming to help with land purchase

Month 3: September - voting on land acquisition

  • September 08 - CityDAO forum is added to aid governance discussions
  • September 15 - Dev & Design team demo the parcel viewer
  • September 21 - CityDAO citizens vote on first parcel purchase
  • September 27 - Citizens vote to make offer on “Parcel 6” (40 acres)
  • September 28 - CityDAO makes an offer on real land
  • September 28 - Offer accepted, land purchase process begins

Month 4: October - Vitalik stops by & we close the land parcel deal

  • October 06 - Vitalik Buterin stops by CityDAO to ask questions
  • October 07 - CityDAO flag put up on land owned by a DAO
  • October 23 - CityDAO Citizen NFT minter released
  • October 25 - Funds wired for land purchase
  • October 29 - Land parcel deal officially completed

Month 5: November - Explosive growth & Crypto cities blog post

  • November (first week) - Vitalik and Brian Armstrong purchase Citizen NFTs
  • November 14 - Mark Cuban purchases two Citizen NFTs
  • November 14 - Citizen NFTs sell out
  • November 15 - CityDAO treasury hits 8.5 million
  • November 28 - Balaji gets a Citizen NFT

Month 6: December -

  • December 14 - Founding Citizen NFT sells for 34.8 ETH
  • December 15 - Partnership with Chainlink
  • December 20 - Community members visit parcel 0, meet the neighbors
  • December 27 - Financial Times publishes an article covering CityDAO
  • December 31 - Legal AMA with securities lawyer

Month 7: January - Build resilience as a DAO & steps towards decentralization

  • January 3 - Citizens vote to elect a council to establish CityDAO Charter
  • January 5 - CityDAO museum receives CityDAO DAOpunk NFT
  • January 15 - Audit papers signed for Parcel 0 land drop
  • January 16 - CityDAO twitter account passes 25k
  • January 17 - Candidate election pitches begin 🎉

Month 8: February - EthDenver & Council Charter work

  • February 1 - CityDAO Council Election vote finishes
  • February 10 - First CityDAO Speaker Series AMA
  • February 11 - CityDAO citizens form multiple teams at EthDenver
  • February 18 - CityDAO podcast launched
  • February 19 - Vitalik mentions citydao in his Ethdenver address

Month 9: March - Parcel 0 work, Charter & Gearing up for Guilds

  • March (first week) - Council has a WILD week prepping Charter
  • March 9 - Charter draft completed
  • March 23 - Denver posts CIP-43: LFG: Parcel 0 Direct Drop for Citizens proposal
  • March 25 - Parcel 1 brainstorming begins!
  • March 31 - Bundled Guild Proposal posted

Month 10: April - Guild formation, Parcel 1 beginnings & Unleashing CityDAO talent

  • April 2 - Parcel 0 quantity snapshot goes up
  • April 3 - CityDAO Guilds Initiation snapshot goes up

🖼 Community Shout-outs & Updates

🌆 A few CityDAO citizens on a walk discussing the future of the project

Here are some notes / topics that were on Vitalik’s mind about CityDAO:

  • He’s excited about us acquiring more land and getting people using it
  • Excited about proof of humanity and post-token based governance
  • Recommended being closer to the bulldozing end of things (see his blog post) until we have a firmer direction.
  • Asked what it would take to actually get folks moving or using CityDAO owned land
  • EIP process is not that political and no voting - feels more meritocratic and about ideas and consensus building
  • Wants the city to be close to society but also maximize autonomy, liked idea of unincorporated area where we control more parameters like zoning and land use, talked about this trade off
  • Excited about DAOs and collectivism as a contrast to the extreme financialization of the ecosystem with DeFi

🌆 Citizens are voting on Parcel 0 options!

The two options for the drop are as follows:

A) There will be a limited number of Parcel 0 NFT’s (1,000)

This will mean a launch using the parcel viewer that has already been developed and a raffle process like previously planned.

B) Every citizen/citizenship will be eligible to claim a Parcel 0 NFT

This will entail a claims portal which will require development and allow citizens to claim over a certain time period or using an airdrop to send parcel 0 NFTs to all "unique" owners of CityDAO Citizen NFTs (approx: 6.5k), which will be a larger supply.

Please see the CIP in the forum for arguments and reasoning.

Otherwise, please cast your vote for Option 1 (1000 Parcels) or Option 2 (All Citizens)

What does this mean?

Citizens are currently voting on how many NFTs Parcel 0 will have. Worth noting: the launch will be dependent on how this vote goes. If A is decided the launch will be at the end of April. If B), there will be additional time needed to build or otherwise facilitate a claims portal.

You can vote below:

🎇 Unleashing the CityDAO community with guilds 🚀

This might be the single most important milestone of the DAO so far (I mean, the DAO going from tweet to buying land in 4 months was pretty crazy but…). CityDAO forming guilds = unlocking the collective skillset / ambition of the DAO!

Here are the guilds being proposed:

  1. Mission
  2. Operations
  3. Legal
  4. Finance
  5. Community
  6. Public Affairs
  7. Grants and Projects
  8. Design
  9. Development
  10. Real Estate
  11. Research and Education

The guild initiation vote is currently happening - be sure to vote below- LFG!

🌆 CityDAO experiments with analytics on Parcel 0

This has been such a cool project to see progress over the past few months. You’ll see more about this below as it was also involved in the EthDenver hackathon. Huge shout out to @firehorse, @2jamez, @getprsm, @casey and others for doing these awesome experiments with parcel 0.

Fun fact: winds in Wyoming can reach 100 miles per hour and we’ve actually had some trouble with the sensors breaking or being messed up due to these extreme conditions.

🌆 Request for ideas: Parcel 1 brainstorming is happening!

Have an idea for what the DAO should do for our next major land parcel project? Jump into the #parcel-1 channel in discord and let the ideas flow. 🧠

🌆 Citizens around the world!

Pictures below from places like: Lisbon, Wyoming (multiple places), Dubai, Edmonton, Germany, Seattle, rural Ontario, Batumi, Melbourne, Victoria, LA, Florida, Thailand. 🗺

Still continuously amazed by how global the CityDAO community is. Amazing to see so many cultures coming together and to see a glimpse of the places citizens are from!

🌆 Shout-out to fellow citizen @ProfDumpster for founding this incredibly ambitious startup with the goal of creating universal autonomous housing

One of my favorite aspects of the CityDAO is the fascinating and industrious people it attracts. @profdumpster is a perfect example of this.

Who thinks we should get a CityDAO meetup going with Jupes? Perhaps a weekend trip?

CityDAO<>Jupe - anyone else thing it is a great partnership?
CityDAO<>Jupe - anyone else thing it is a great partnership?

🌆 @Scottfits is going to do a TED TALK next week 👀

The lineup is insane!

This is awesome and will give CityDAO a whole new level of exposure - LFG! 🚀

A CityDAO citizen just casually speaking on the same stage as Bill Gates 😂
A CityDAO citizen just casually speaking on the same stage as Bill Gates 😂

🌆 Huge shout-out to the Dework team on creating this awesome tool for DAOs!

Fun fact: Dework was inspired while working on Dev projects at CityDAO. They noticed a challenge in DAOs and built a tool to solve that challenge. LOVE THE BUILD MINDSET! 🔥

🌆 Mini CityDAO hangout in Seattle! ❤️

🌆 Vitalik shouts out CityDAO in his EthDenver speech

“Government passes a law and it basically gives DAOs this new super power. They can incorporate and now legally own property. They can actually legally do things and act as a legal entities.

That is probably one of the most powerful bridges between the crypto world and the traditional world. Because of that things like CityDAO can exist and plenty of other projects can exist - so that’s amazing.

🌆 @dylanz & @syntonikka living the life at an experimental in collective living they spent a month (or more) at recently

🏛 CityDAO Council 🏛

The CityDAO council period was amazing to witness as an observer. Hundreds of hours, so many fascinating conversations / debates and people in voice channels going over each section for a month.

You can see V1 posted on the forum here.

MASSIVE Shout-out to the council for putting in the work to lay an important piece of the CityDAO foundation: @David, @Syntonikka, @Asincrypto, @Favian, @Denvercitizen, @Blackacres, @Gugz, @2Jamez, @Fugyeah, @Elmo, @lyons800, @Casey, @alexthims, @0xL0uis, @Filiblaster, @Vzmind, @Eugene, @Pat Santiago ❤️


The CityDAO community was out in full force at EthDenver. Hackathon projects, shared accommodation, featured presentations, networking events, a superbowl party - a whole lot was going on! Here are some tidbits and highlights below:

🌆 EthDenver team: Parcel 0 sensors hack

🌆 EthDenver team: Farm kudos

SHOUTOUT @webthethird | Chicago @DenverCitizen9 @kyle | healthCredits | farmDAO @PatSantiago!

🌆 EthDenver team: Do or DAOn’t

🌆 Scott’s talk at EthDenver on Decentralized Ownership and Assets on Chain!

🎙 CityDAO Podcast 🎙

@MemeBrains aka Eric has been ON FIRE with the CityDAO podcast, taking it from 0 to 1 to recording over a dozen episodes in the last few months. Not only that, but he did this with his own money at first out of passion.

Thankfully a proposal has passed to give him funding to cover previous and future expenses.

Check out some episodes below:

Here are some the podcasts recorded so far:

Also, keep your eye out as in the next few weeks we’ll be releasing an interview with a member of the Wyoming State Senate, Chris Rothfuss! 👀

🔈 CityDAO Speaker Session AMAs 🔈

There are so many talented people within the community that setting up a Speaker Series had to be done. @Syntonikka and I have been fortunate to host so many fantastic guests over the past few months. I’ll include the list below.

Note: we have recorded a few of these episodes and published them on the CityDAO podcast. We may request funding in the future to see if it makes sense for the DAO to pay edit fees to publish more on the podcast feed.


🌆 Ask Me Anything: with web3-focused lawyer Fortunata

“Fortune favors the bold, and that’s the concept that I’ve always felt very attracted to and inspired to. And with my whole journey in crypto, I also, as an immigrant out of my country, it is crazy to say, I felt very much represented by it. I was like, I’m gonna be bold, I’m gonna go after my dreams and pretty sure fortune will pay off.”

🌆 A journey through DAOs with @Bpetes

“I love thinking about how DAOs grow, scale and fulfill that vision for like more meaningful work and fairer and equitable reward distribution schemes compared to the world I come from.”

🌆 Van life with Favian

🌆 Stuttgart on his career on the hill Washington and why Public Affairs is crucial for CityDAO

🌆 Community-building with Kass from Crypto, Culture & Society DAO

🌆 webthethird on regenerative farming experiments, then and now

🌆 Moonsoon on metaverse design, architecture and education

🌆 Jeff Wilson on universal autonomous housing with Jupe

🌆 Denise & Juliette, founders of Surge, on creating pathways for women in web3

🌆 vzmind on cohousing and coliving communities

🌆 Angelo on build__ DAO and facilitating build spaces

🐦 Tweets we love

🎤 Overheard in CityDAO

Random lines taken out of context from the CityDAO community. CityDAO podcast edition:

  1. “Don’t build wealth for one owner but build wealth for the community. So that’s a lot where my politics lies and that’s why I love DAO’s in general.”
  2. “Joy as being not just happiness but what’s possible together. What can we do together. And I think that for me, that idea is what draws me to politics, that’s what draws me into DAOs.”
  3. “The thing about being in law in crypto is that it’s so challenging and so scary because it’s so unregulated and so new and everything goes so fast.”
  4. “If for CityDAO, we wanted to develop a city, I’ve never thought of that as just CityDAO buying a plot of land, putting up a bunch of buildings, making roads and saying this is CityDAO city number 1, because to me that’s such a blank canvass, there’s no artistry to that, there’s no culture to that, there’s no unifying principle, it’s just people in a space.”
  5. “One of the great things about CityDAO is that we are working within the confines of the law.”
  6. “CityDAO is a city that everyone in the world can join and find opportunity that suit them most.”
  7. “I think the bigger lesson that I learned is that now we are decentralized and we can actually connect with each other, and that is for me truly awesome.”
  8. “The greatest thing about a DAO is that it’s not replacing people, it’s replacing process, and it’s replacing structure.”
  9. “So how do you integrate a DAO, what role does a DAO play with traditional governments and traditional systems that you can figure out what the interplay is and where it fits? That’s the next challenge for CityDAO to figure out.”
  10. “2022 is gonna be the year of the DAO and maybe a good year for other things like Defi’s and NFTs as well but this is gonna be the year of the DAOs.”
  11. “Literally every day I’m talking to several people who are involved in or starting DAOs and every single one is different from the last in some way and every single one is very interesting. And so that is probably the most personally rewarding part of what I’m doing and I’m sure we’re also helping these DAOs but just getting to learn about everything that people are doing and build all these awesome relationships with our potential customers is really cool.”
  12. “I think the mechanism of the elected council to act as curators and authors is a really smart mechanic and I’ve seen this work in other DAOs and non-DAOs.”
  13. “And so, I instantly bought the CityDAO citizenship and I was just blown away with the idea of a group of internet strangers coming together to potentially build what could be the future of cities.”
  14. “I still find technology fascinating, I want to keep creating games and making games with AR/VR but at the same time I want to have time to completely toss technology aside and learn more about humans, learn more about what are some of the things that excite people, what are the differences between different people in different cultures, so that’s where I’m at. I want to experience that as much as I can.”
  15. “Nowadays, I only focus on stuff that has a positive impact, and so CityDAO is one of them. That’s why when they approached me, I was like okay, absolutely, this is perfect.”
  16. “Don’t think so literal. We are in a new space here, there’s a lot of innovation happening, start to think less literal and start to be a little more creative with how you perceive things in the metaverse because that’s where the real magic is.”

🎨 Memes to go

DAOs & web3 projects we love

💎 CABIN up to their usual tricks (developing awesome programs)

💎 Krause House launches an accelerator 🔥

💎 Crypto, Culture & Society, a liberal arts education DAO, is doing such great work:

💎 Nemus, an Amazon Rainforest conservation DAO:

💎 Cohere, a Member-owned global network of regenerative communities and innovation hubs powered by web3 infrastructure

📚 Past CityDAO Community Roundup articles

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