Boson’s mission is to create the foundational infrastructure for the emerging decentralized commerce ecosystem, empowering builders and partners to reinvent commercial exchange as we know it.
A protocol to democratize commerce
Building Web3 permissionless technology is important, but will not be sufficient enough to create a new ecosystem. Community participation and governance will be crucial in achieving Boson’s mission. When it comes to the governance of the protocol, the long-term vision is very clear: we aim to be a protocol that will be capture-resistant, resistant from centralized, extractive entities in commerce and its supply chain.
Boson Protocol’s vision is to enable a decentralized commerce ecosystem by funding and enabling the development of a stack of specialized applications to disrupt, demonopolize and democratize commerce - and we want the community to have a say in it.
We are going to achieve this mission by building Boson protocol as a decentralized system enabling design practices that prevent the value capture we want to overcome.
The Boson governance is going to be implemented and modelled across the three phases of start-up, scale-up and DAO. Progressively, it will enable the fair and equitable distribution of ownership, value and control. With decentralization, increased community ownership and operation will be introduced.
We believe progressive decentralization is the most pragmatic and long-term sustainable strategy, as it allows us to find protocol-market fit, design for equitable value distribution and sustainable value capture. Furthermore, it allows us to avoid the current uncertainty of the technical, business, legal, and social reality that surrounds us.
The dCommerce DAO
The long-term goal for Boson Protocol is to be governed by its community. Through the dCommerce DAO, the community will decide which projects to fund and what applications to build. The dCommerce DAO will fund projects which build core Boson Protocol software, applications, tools and integrations, as well the growth of the ecosystem via supply, demand and developer initiatives. To kick-start this dCommerce stack, Boson is developing a library of developer tools and a number of reference applications. The first step is to ensure that the code and technical specifications for the protocol are available, here on GitHub. We are trying to make it as easy for you as possible to join us in building this ecosystem and help you understand and use Boson Protocol.
Alignment of the on-chain and off-chain governance
When it comes to governance, our goal is to have both on-chain and off-chain governance aligned, especially in the most significant matters like voting. We are making sure, through progressive decentralization to be transparent and include the community in the decision-making process. Since we have started building on Ethereum, the governance process linked to layer 1 will be based on Ethereum. The 2+ year plan is to potentially explore other blockchain networks and the long-term goal is for Boson Protocol to be generally interoperable.
The alignment of on-chain and off-chain governance is important when it comes to the core of Boson Protocol’s functionality: enabling smart contracts to perform on-chain financial transfers coordinated with the off-chain, often physical, delivery of goods and services.
How are we going to achieve it?
The process we are in right now is the vision transfer process, where the founders are transferring their vision of the Protocol to the core community. We have begun the realization process with several iterations in tandem with the progressive involvement of the community. We aim for the technical and the governance basis of the Protocol allowing as much community involvement as possible for them to join the co-creation and decentralized transformation of the Boson Protocol’s reality.
All of our repositories default to open for issues and pull requests. In the near future, we’re going to have regular community calls to talk about our roadmaps and future work. You can join our developer community on Gitter and find out more about how to contribute, including our process for pull request approvals and our Code of Conduct.