Overview

Āut is a suite of DAO-native Tools to expand decentralized communities.

We're on a mission to accelerate the transition from an authoritarian, centralized, exploitative distribution of power - to non-hierarchical, more efficient, self-organizing organizational structures.

Our protocols do so by "expanding" any Legacy DAO Contract – adding native concepts such as Roles & Commitment – directly at contract level, in a new DAO standard called Nova.

Novas can be customized through the addition of composable Modules & Plugins, such as Onboarding Strategies and Reward Mechanisms.

Currently maintained protocols include:

  • Nova (DAO Standard with Roles)

  • ĀutID (portable, non-transferable NFT ID)

  • Reputation

  • Various Modules & Plugins

Architecture

The protocol is designed with a modular architecture, allowing for flexibility and extensibility. The main entry point of the protocol is the AutID (user identity) profile, which serves as a gateway for all other functionalities. Users create their AutID NFT (non-fungible token) in relation to a DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization). These DAOs can be either Expanded Legacy DAOs or newly created Nova DAOs.

The Nova Standard is utilized to empower DAO members to enhance the functionality of their DAOs by installing and managing modules. Currently, three modules are available: Onboarding, Task, and Local Reputation. Modules represent a standardized interface of functions that must be implemented for a smart contract to be utilized as a specific module. They define the required function interfaces for different types of modules.

A module's concrete implementation is referred to as a Plugin. Plugins are tangible instances of modules that can be utilized. By distinguishing between modules and plugins, the protocol allows for the continuous expansion of module standards. Anyone can create their own version of a module by implementing the required interface and then plugging it into their DAO.

Each plugin instance is represented by an NFT owned by the DAO it is installed for. This ownership structure ensures that plugins can be easily managed and tracked within the DAO ecosystem.

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