Carrot DAO Maintenance and Processes

In order for the $CARROT ecosystem and Carrot DAO to operate effectively, the Carrot Fndn will need to establish a solid foundation for a functioning ecosystem (Technology, Governance and Off-chain Activities) and slowly transition them to the community when it is ready, in particular, as the benefits of network effects from the community and its service providers can help the ecosystem evolve beyond what it could do through centralized organization. Leadership and implementation processes such as the use of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) methodologies by the Carrot Fndn Board will be transitioned, along with the Board itself, from the Carrot Fndn to the Carrot DAO.

In addition, maintenance processes and grant fulfillment by External Service Providers (ESPs) will need to be implanted. Carrot Fndn intends for ESPs to be appointed by the Carrot Fndn, Carrot DAO Board, and the greater community through the use of CIPs. CIPs will dictate the level of service to be provided and the compensation that will be given, to be paid from the Community Treasury. All RFPs (Requests for Proposals), communications and transactions will be handled publicly and made available to the community.

For the Carrot DAO itself to function as the conductor of the $CARROT ecosystem the CIP process must be managed internally, but using decentralized infrastructure. CIPs can be created by the community but moderation will require experienced and reputable members, meaning a democratic body of elevated power will be elected within the Carrot DAO (Carrot DAO Board) for these roles. Security also falls under the control of the community so no central body dictates what the Carrot DAO can and cannot do, while protection is guided by experts and experienced members elected to hold that elevated power.

Finally, executing Carrot DAO mandates must be done by an associated body to circumvent issues of time inefficiency, lack of skills, and decision making associated with large democratic bodies. This will be a centralized group initially at the Carrot Fndn, through its Board, but in the future they can be managed by many smaller centralized groups until full, open decentralization is achieved.

Required Ecosystem Processes

The $CARROT ecosystem is outlined in detail in the product section of this White Paper. The Carrot Fndn and the Carrot DAO will build the $CARROT infrastructure both internally and with the help of External Service Providers (ESPs) and the technology will ultimately be completely open sourced. ESPs, as externally contributing third-parties, will also serve a critical role in bringing credibility to the $CARROT ecosystem by performing consistent ecosystem analysis as well as assisting with suggested improvements. Upon launch, the Carrot Fndn will use ESPs for the following functions:

Blockchain Audit

An impartial external body must ensure that the smart contracts making up the $CARROT ecosystem are secure in both its trustless automation and its risk of breach. These reports should contain judgements, improvements, and other requested information by the Carrot DAO contributors representing all $CARROT holders.

Proof-of-Physical Work Audit

An impartial external body (Zero Waste Auditors) will ensure that the minting of blockchain proof-of-physical-work (MassIDs) is grounded in real-world recycling. The Waste Validation & Audits will assess the accuracy of MassIDs that compose the Tokenized Recycling Credits and Tokenized Carbon Credits that are sold to firms offsetting their waste and carbon production, as well as propose improvements.

Certified-Recycling Audit

An impartial external body (Zero Waste Auditors) must ensure that waste that arrives at recycling and composting facilities is accurately identified, measured and recycled. This work is conducted through an on-site visit as well as periodic, follow-on visits, if necessary. The Carrot Fndn and Carrot DAO team can implement technologies locally on site as well as use data analysis to ensure consistency in the environmental contribution being made. As an example, for minting of Tokenized Carbon Credits, an analysis will be made of the composting mix (food waste to green waste) that is used by each composting facility as well as corroborating that the correct baseline (Landfill, Landfill with flaring or dump) for greenhouse gas emissions is being used to calculate GHGs avoidance.

Technology Development

External developers (ESPs) and partners will assist in building a robust and secure infrastructure for the $CARROT network. Requests for Proposals and Grants will be managed through CIPs to determine scope of work and the technologies that will be delivered. $CARROT tokens can be paid out to an ESP from the Community Treasury for a specific deliverable. For longer term support and significant contributions, ESPs can be rewarded from a portion of the sale of TRCs and TCCs established in the service provider role through the $CARROT Distribution model.

Off-chain Activities

External Service Providers and partners will assist in delivering significant value to the ecosystem by providing Business Development, Product Development, Growth and Marketing, Intellectual Property, Legal, and other services. Given the nature of the $CARROT ecosystem which lends itself to decentralization and independent action by multiple parties in a recycling economy, ESPs will be able to advance and grow the system quickly and powerfully. In fact, decentralization of $CARROT will likely be led by off-chain activities. Grants and RFPs will also be launched and managed through CIPs.

ESPs will be managed by “The Board”. ESPs are tasked with executing ZWIPs using the tools provided within the mandate. Part of the reason for the ZWIP proposal process is to ensure that the Stewards and Advisors can communicate required inputs to achieve the ZWIP’s declared goal. The tools provided can range from identifying and contacting ESPs, selecting volunteers as well determining treasury allocation.

To deliver competent ZWIPs the ZWDAO will follow the ZWIP proposal process. Through this process moderation of both drafts and discussions is needed by members of the ZWDAO to make sure no external body is censoring the community. This moderation needs to take place by community members, democratically appointed to protect ZWDAO autonomy. The ZWDAO and board are thus responsible for managing its own autonomy:

Moderation of ZWIPs

During the initial draft of CIPs a moderator needs to verify compliance with community guidelines and information provision to reduce the number of CIPs and eliminate spam. Members of the Carrot DAO proven to be compliant with these terms through their reputational score volunteering for the role either for $CARROT allocation from the treasury or via another form of compensation (reputational gain) will then be given quotas to fill.

Moderation of Discussion

In the same system as the moderation of CIPs, proven community members will also be used to ensure discussions and other text channels for $CARROT holders are kept compliant with community guidelines.

Security Services

Various methods of maintenance of the ZWDAO security will be required to adapt to advancing malicious activity. This will include introducing new protocols, modifying gated task levels based on the reputational system, and even direct drastic measures such as veto privileges. These will then be managed by the ZWDAO board who will be accountable for the use of these tools by the greater community.

Approving ESPs

The Carrot Fndn and Carrot DAO will utilize CIPs to appoint, access and approve External Service Provider involvement. The use of RFPs (Request for Proposals) and Grants will outline responsibilities, compensation, and the expected deliverables. CIPs can be authored by $CARROT holders, the Carrot Fndn or Carrot DAO Board. All data will be public and a review on the ROI of investment and impact generated will be conducted by the board.

Key Contributors

Below is a list of the intended distribution of tasks as well as a short summary of the named bodies.

External Bodies

Auditors (ESPs)

Auditing bodies, including Zero Waste Auditors, are External Service Providers (ESP) that must not hold any $CARROT, TRCs or TCC or have any relation to the $CARROT ecosystem in order to ensure neutrality in its work. Allocated Task(s): Blockchain Audit, Proof-Of-Physical-Work Audit, Certified-Recycling for Minting of TRCs and TCCs

External Service Providers (Other)

Individuals, companies, organizations, NGOs, funds, etc. providing technology or off-chain services that help build the $CARROT ecosystem

Allocated Task(s): Advisory, Tech Development, Business Development, Marketing, Growth, Intellectual Property, Community Building, Advisory, Partnerships, Legal, etc…

External Bodies

The ZWDAO Board

The Carrot DAO Board will be the aforementioned elevated power structure within the Carrot DAO. They will be elected by the greater community for terms of 3 years which, in extreme cases, can be shortened by the community through CIPs passing with a 66% vote dictating their removal. The Carrot DAO Board will likely be formed by the Carrot Fndn Board as it moves over from the Carrot Fndn, but could be formed independently as well if optimal. Allocated Task(s): Leadership, Expertise, Stability, Security Services

Associated Body

ZWDAO Volunteers

Any member of the ZWDAO community can volunteer for roles supporting ZWIPs (acting as a temporary ESP) or the ZWDAO itself (moderation). They will be determined by interviews at first and then the reputational system. Allocated Task(s): Moderation of ZWIPs, Moderation of Discussions, Additional Misc

The Carrot Fndn Stewards

The Carrot Fndn Stewards are the group assigned as supporters and protectors of the Carrot DAO. They are responsible for either executing CIPs, passed by the Carrot DAO, or guiding them to fruition. Founding Carrot Fndn Stewards will serve 1 year mandates holding annual elections. Steward roles will be moved to the Carrot DAO as the DAO becomes more established until only a President and Vice President positions are maintained to ensure the legal entity is still properly administered with tasks such as bookkeeping and legal.

Allocated Task(s): Ecosystem setup, DAO Setup, Managing Progressive Decentralization, Executing CIPs, Moderating CIPs and CIP Reviews

Below is a diagram showing the Internal Bodies, External Bodies and the Associated Body.

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