Disrupting Organizations: Decentralized Autonomous Organizations on the Blockchain

Politics & Society
re:publica 2017

Short thesis: 

Blockchain is the driving force of the next generation Internet, also referred to as the Decentralized Web. It allows us to decentralise trust. Smart contracts on the Blockchain radically reducing transaction costs creating the basis for a P2P society, allowing for new forms of organisational structures that were not feasible before. What is the state of that technology and what are the pitfalls and challenges of Blockchain based DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations)?


The promise of blockchain has been to challenge centralized, top-down decision-making through radical transparency and auto enforceable code. Smart contracts on the blockchain disintermediate transactions and radically reduce transactions costs and allowing for new forms of decentralized organizational structures that were not feasible before. The highes form of such a smart contract are DAOs (Decentraized Autonomous Organizations) or DVBNs (Decentralied Borderless Virtual Nations). The claim: Money without banks. Companies without managers. Countries without politicians. But how feasible are those claims and what are the potential challenges and pitfalls? What can we learn from early usecases like Bitcoin, TheDao and Ethereum?

Stage 5
Monday, May 8, 2017 -
12:45 to 13:15