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Department of Informatics Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies

No1s1 - A house owned by no one but itself

Duration: 01. December 2021 – 31. November 2023
Objectives: with this project, we (project participants presented in section B) aim to enhance the concept of Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) and to support practitioners in the design and implementation of DAOs. Decentralised Autonomous Organisations are a promising organisational form for companies, infrastructure and public goods with the potential for more efficient and fair resource allocation. For the first time, we will study a DAO that owns physical (and not only digital) assets. This will open up an array of new possibilities for DAOs and with our research, we will bring Zurich to the forefront of these developments. To study such a DAO, we will build the No1s1 prototype - a physical space that owns itself and manages itself over an open and distributed platform. This allows us to elaborate on the concept of a DAO with a practical approach by conducting on-site experiments together with the community. To guarantee the practical impact of our research, we will issue guidelines instructing practitioners with respect to legal, technical, governance and incentive mechanisms for the implementation of DAOs within Switzerland.