AIP-480: ApeCoin DAO & the Future of DAO Legitimacy


ApeCoin DAO & the Future of DAO Legitimacy


David Warner, JD, MA

David has been a licensed lawyer in New York State since 2005 and a senior lecturer in law, organizational behavior, and management for 15 years. He holds a Juris Doctor, two Master’s degrees (Chinese philosophy and Sociology) and is entering the third year of a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on DAOs and the Metaverse. David was a lead facilitator at CityDAO for three years, serving on both City Councils, running the legal and education guilds, and overseeing the creation of the City Charter. His primary focus is web3 education and governance. DavidW can be reached by email at or at, on discord at da3vid, on X at @iamdavivi, and on telegram at @da3vidw.

Kara Vander Linden, EdD

Dr. Kara Vander Linden has been a research professor for over 20 years. She earned a doctorate in education from Fielding Graduate University with specializations in grounded theory and grounded action and higher education. She has a master’s in special education from the University of North Carolina and a BA in mathematics from Queens University. In 2021, Dr. Vander Linden founded the Institute for Research and Theory Methodologies (RTM) and the Glaser Center for Grounded Theory (, which trains, mentors, supports, and connects students, faculty, and researchers worldwide. She teaches at Saybrook University, is a peer reviewer for the Grounded Theory Review and several other journals and collaborates with researchers around the world. Kara can be reached by email at

Lisa Goldberg, EdD

As a career educator, Dr. Lisa Goldberg has taught for over 30 years in both the public school and as an adjunct professor at Saybrook University, where she has taught research and writing courses and overseen research projects by dissertation students. She earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Fielding Graduate University, a master’s in education from Millersville University, and a BA in geography from Wittenberg University. Dr. Goldberg is the President of the Board of Directors at the Institute for Research and Theory Methodologies (RTM). She works with researchers from around the world. Lisa can be reached by email at


This is a two-year proposal to develop a peer-reviewed academic journal for DAO and Metaverse Studies, and to brand ApeCoin as the reference point for legitimized Web3 scholarship. There are currently no peer-reviewed journals specifically about DAOs. There’s only one shot at being a first entrant, and ApeCoin can go down in history by creating the first DAO and Metaverse Studies peer-reviewed journal for integration with the formal university education system across the planet.

There is a HUGE difference between a Google search and a peer-reviewed, published academic article. Google provides unverified “facts” from third parties. Peer-reviewed academic papers are accepted as legitimized knowledge by universities, governments, and international organizations, bringing potentially millions of dollars in grants and onboarding a tremendous global community of students, professors and scholars.

This project addresses three key issues that ApeCoin is currently facing:

  1. Awareness Outside of Web3: By exposing academic institutions and their students to ApeCoin DAO, it is very likely that some of them will become active DAO members and contributors.
  2. Attracting Builders: Almost every academic institution has ties to existing VC funds and accelerators. Exposing this community to ApeCoin DAO could serve as an onboarding ramp for builders who otherwise wouldn’t look at ApeCoin or ApeChain as part of their development plans.
  3. Continuous Improvement: By having academic researchers dive deeply into the workings of DAOs using scientific methods, it will help to uncover potential improvements to how the DAO could operate, allowing ApeCoin to continually improve.

This proposal combines my experience in higher education, Web3, and DAOs with Kara and Lisa’s experience in academic research and publishing, utilizing Kara’s nonprofit research center to forward skill and competency based education. Because RTM is a nonprofit charity, much of the funding for this proposal is tax-deductible, leading to a lower total cost.

This project will help drive culture forward into the metaverse, supporting the future of the Web3 space and bringing the ApeCoin brand to the forefront of research. Through our “Applied Practical Experience” (APE) program, members of ApeCoin DAO can be involved, supported, mentored and funded in studies as content experts, researchers, and writers, and ApeCoin can also be a topic for publishable studies.

Ultimately, this proposal seeks to give ApeCoin global legitimacy. In 2021, Forbes Magazine ran an article about the importance of DAOs. In 2022, the World Economic Forum discussed DAOs as the future of corporations in their Davos Agenda. In 2023, the World Economic Forum released both a report and White Paper on DAOs. While DAOs are recognized internationally, there is no formal academic journal where they are being researched. ApeCoin can be the center for this world of knowledge.

There are three basic steps in our plan:

  1. Build the Team: Build a team of methodology experts who study DAOs and the metaverse and join them with content experts (particularly from ApeCoin DAO).
  2. Write the Articles: Work with members of ApeCoin DAO to write articles that focus on ApeCoin (in addition to other DAO and metaverse-related subjects).
  3. Publish the Journal: Create a special edition in a high impact factor peer-reviewed journal.

What is a Peer-Reviewed Journal and Why Does it Matter?

A peer-reviewed journal is essentially an academic magazine, which is published 2-4 times per year. Each issue contains approximately 10-15 articles, written by scholars with a doctoral degree (PhD, EdD, MD, JD). Most major universities have journals. When an article is submitted, it gets sent out to other professors or PhD’s (i.e. “peers”) to give feedback. This feedback process may happen multiple times before an article is approved for publication, and the process can take over a year. If an article gets published, it becomes part of society’s knowledge, validated and legitimized. This verified “knowledge” is presented as the truth when published in peer-reviewed journals.

In this way, universities maintain a monopoly on knowledge. Professors are required to publish articles in these journals to keep their positions and get promotions or tenure. Open-source publishing costs can be thousands of dollars per article, which means that most articles are only available via expensive subscriptions. If a researcher is not sponsored by a university, publishing is difficult and expensive. Publishing determines, in large part, the rank and legitimacy of a university.

The number of scholars who read and cite these articles in their own research determines the significance of the article, and helps to legitimize the knowledge. If ApeCoin has articles that are highly cited, this creates a strong value proposition for ApeCoin DAO and for the knowledge that it creates. Universities are immensely important, highly centralized Web1 institutions. There are no online discussion boards for peer-reviewed journals, no feasible way to interact with the authors or comment on articles. To respond to an article, typically a new article needs to be published. Obviously, this is an antiquated system, primed for technological disruption.

What are Content Experts and Methodology Experts?

Content experts are people with real-world practical experience who need not have academic knowledge or training. Content experts at ApeCoin DAO might include people who have experience, skill or competencies with DAOs, metaverses, online communities, crypto, and other Web3 projects.

Methodology experts are people, typically PhDs, who know how to formally conduct research that aligns with institutional review board (IRB) and academic standards, whether it’s quantitative or qualitative studies, and how to properly format and present these studies to academic journals for publication.

What is the “Applied Practical Experience in Research” (APE in Research) Program?

APE is a program for members of ApeCoin DAO who are interested in research. This program brings together content experts with practical experience in Web3 and combines their real-world experience with academic research and methodology experts in order to work together on publishable research projects. This helps to promote equality by bridging the gap between academic scholars and non-academic innovators and builders, and fosters the sense that we all have a collective responsibility for knowledge production.

The APE program will involve live (online) workshops, one-on-one team and individual mentoring, asynchronous videos, and moderation of a channel devoted to research discussions. Workshops will be led once a month by David and/or Kara and other members of RTM, to explain different forms of quantitative and qualitative methodologies in a practical way, and to discuss potential research ideas.

Asynchronous videos will cover similar topics related to research, writing, methodology and publishing. Channel moderation will provide a full-time location to recruit new members of the DAO and Metaverse Journal Research Group and to discuss research questions and ideas. One-on-one mentoring will be provided by Kara, David and other members of RTM both for research teams and for individuals who are learning how to research and publish in a methodologically rigorous, peer-reviewed journal.

How Does this Differ from APE_U? (APE_U Programme Specifications .pdf).

APE_U, proposed in AIP-408 by the 2024 Governance Working Group (GWG), is a strategy to provide training and development, particularly for the AIP process, with education-based initiatives over the next year. The purpose of APE_U is to “embed educational services as a pivotal element in supporting future ecosystem development.” APE_U seeks to provide mentorships and training to AIP proposal authors, stewards, secretaries and various teams within ApeCoin DAO, and to establish ApeCoin DAO as a new standard of quality for DAO governance and ecosystem building.

This aligns perfectly with the present proposal, as our proposal targets a different and equally critical area of education - that of academia for the purpose of legitimizing the DAO and metaverse space and for the creation of new knowledge. Our proposal seeks to establish ApeCoin DAO as a standard of quality for research and publishing of peer-reviewed articles, which is also a pivotal element of educational legitimacy.

In alignment with APE_U, our proposal also champions the idea of mentorships and training. We provide this through our “Applied Practical Experience” (APE) Program for research, methodology, writing and publishing of academic articles, which will help to bridge the gap between traditional scholars and modern intellectuals and builders, demonstrating a commitment to a collective responsibility for knowledge production.

APE_U targets primarily AIP authors, internal leadership teams and the wider community. Our proposal continues the focus on the wider community and adds an important focus on researchers, scholars, and educators who can help bring Web3 and ApeCoin DAO to a large, external, international audience. We also continue the focus on training and upskilling members of ApeCoin DAO, involving and mentoring them in academic research and writing. In this way, we focus both on internal education as well as external amplification of knowledge to a significant, global audience.

Why Not Just Build an Accredited University Instead?

I have worked for years on this idea with CityDAO, cooperating with numerous other DAOs and international universities. Ultimately, I have learned two main lessons: (1) it takes many years and millions of dollars to become a truly accredited university in America and (2) the first step is legitimacy, not accreditation.

It is common knowledge that American universities have become bloated, bureaucratic, prohibitively expensive, unaffordable for many and out of touch with reality. At the same time, university degrees are considered a necessity for many career paths. Accredited institutions have a near monopoly on legitimized education, determining who is “qualified” based on knowledge rather than skill and competency. Therefore, many people in Web3 have considered the creation of an accredited university. The primary purpose of accreditation, in addition to legitimacy, is to use and receive federal funds, and to transfer credits.

However, it is extremely expensive and time consuming to get a university accredited. A recent survey showed that Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Sciences spends over 500 hours and $2.92 million per year on accreditation, and that Duke University spends about $1.5 million per year. Other studies have suggested that these numbers may be inflated, but that accreditation is still very expensive.

There is no question that a Web3 university will come in time. A Web3 university would likely be owned and governed by the students and teachers through a DAO, rather than by short-term profit-driven investors or inefficient, bureaucratic structures. It would involve personal ownership of data, staked tuition and treasury management through trustless smart contracts, non-fungible soulbound token diplomas, and immutable academic metadata tied to a proof of humanity for verification. The creation of a true Web3 university will be a gradual process. It will be built brick by digital brick.

Web3 is built on the premise that decentralized networks will likely replace or expand traditional centralized organizations. Legitimacy is what will allow these networks to flourish. Legitimacy is the reason that we’re focusing on publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals. Based on our decades of academic experience, publishing is the key to legitimacy. Our goal in this proposal is to bring DAOs and the metaverse into universities and academic research, with ApeCoin as the reference point for the future of the space.

Has This Been Proposed Before?

This proposal builds on a proposal by Russell called “Ape University”, which was first discussed in August 2023, and then proposed and withdrawn in October 2023. This proposal also builds on a CityDAO project called the “DAO Journal”, which was initially sponsored by CityDAO and passed a Snapshot vote on September 18, 2023.


ApeCoin is a token made to support what’s next. What’s next is the future of knowledge creation, the cultures of the metaverse, and applications of the novel DAO organizational structure. What’s next is the realization of the value of skill and practice-based content experts working alongside conventional scholars in the field of academic publishing, disrupting the traditional paradigm where only academics have access to the creation of new knowledge. Publishing in peer-reviewed journals will provide additional legitimacy not only to ApeCoin DAO, but to the entire DAO and metaverse space.

As a fundamentally postmodern movement, this proposal will show that ApeCoin DAO stands ready to reexamine and redefine what constitutes a “university’’ – to show the world that centralized, petrified institutions from the seventeenth century no longer serve the needs of the modern age. Therefore, our focus is on having ApeCoin become the leader and reference point for the future of the scholarly study of DAOs and the metaverse, with a bold, disruptive focus on practical skills and competency rather than traditional knowledge-based studies.


First, ApeCoin will become the center of a large, international, professional community of researchers, scholars, professors and students who seek to understand, legitimize and improve the DAO ecosystem. This, in itself, is highly disruptive, because often researchers avoid publicly discussing their research for fear that people will steal their ideas. It then becomes quantity and speed rather than quality research that gets published. However, only high quality research is going to produce disruptive change in the world, with ApeCoin as a focal point.

Second, ApeCoin will be featured in numerous academic articles that help to build the foundation of the scholarly study of DAOs and the metaverse. There are currently almost 47,000 peer-reviewed journals globally and none of them are exclusively focused on DAOs. This is the perfect time for ApeCoin to enter the field and to be branded as the leader in next-level, community-led initiatives that develop new knowledge, driving culture forward into the metaverse.

Third, members of ApeCoin will have access to the “Applied Practical Experience” (APE) program, which will involve both online synchronous and asynchronous training in how to conduct research, and will provide training and mentorship for writing and publishing. Stipends will be available for mentors. Funding will help cover publishing costs for writers/authors. In addition to mentorships, training and videos, a full-time dedicated discord channel will be available for two years in order to onboard more people towards the goal of centering ApeCoin DAO as the home of DAO and metaverse related research.

Our mission is to pair content experts - particularly members of ApeCoin DAO - who have real practical experience in Web3 with methodology experts - academic scholars and students who understand how to conduct high quality research and write and publish journal articles. These articles could be about almost anything related to DAOs and the metaverse, but we will encourage articles that focus on ApeCoin itself, making sure that the DAO and the endless possibilities for blockchain’s impact on culture are highlighted.


Accredited / Accreditation: A review process that determines if an institution or program meets certain standards of quality. In the US, students must attend an accredited college or university to be eligible for federal grants and loans.

Applied Practical Experience (APE) Program: A program consisting of live (online) workshops, one-on-one team and individual mentoring, asynchronous videos, and stipends for those who are interested in research on DAOs and the metaverse.

Citations: When a PhD researcher references a previous journal article in their work. The more citations an article has, the higher its impact.

Content Experts: People with practical, real-life experience who do not necessarily have academic or formal training in publishing articles.

IRB (Institutional Review Board): Enacted under federal regulations, IRBs are administrative committees that review research involving human subjects to protect their rights, safety and welfare.

Methodology Experts: PhDs who are trained to formally conduct academic research that aligns with IRB standards and to effectively publish scholarly studies.

Peer-Reviewed Journal: An academic collection of essays, reviewed by PhDs in the relevant fields, published 2-4 times per year.


This is a 2-year long project, which is broken down as follows:

  • Months 1-6: Developing a community of content experts and methodology experts; finding suitable journals. Key deliverables include:

    • Finding suitable high impact peer-reviewed journal for special issue
    • Selecting guest editors for special issue of journal
    • Building community of DAO and metaverse researchers and scholars
    • Building community of DAO and metaverse content experts (Applied Practical Experience in Research)
    • Full-time channel moderation to onboard new members and discuss ideas
    • Creating application process for micro-grants
    • Meetings with OpenCampus and NewCampus to make sure that this project is aligned with APE_U, providing educational synergy and complementary services to strengthen and forward ApeCoin DAO
  • Months 6-12: Soliciting research articles and projects. Key deliverables include:

    • Facilitating connections between research methodologists and content experts (Applied Practical Experience in Research)
    • Creating teams for research articles and projects (Applied Practical Experience in Research)
    • Recruiting peer reviewers for feedback and manuscript preparation
    • Mentoring research teams and individuals, focus on research design, ethics and methodology (Applied Practical Experience in Research)
    • Soliciting and approving micro-grants to support research and publishing
    • Minimum 3 synchronous webinars / workshops
    • Minimum 3 asynchronous micro-courses on research methods
    • Full-time channel moderation to onboard new members and discuss ideas
  • Months 12-18: Mentoring teams in research and writing articles. Key deliverables include:

    • Mentoring research teams and individuals, focus on conducting research (Applied Practical Experience in Research)
    • Managing the peer-review process
    • Soliciting and approving micro-grants to support research and publishing
    • Minimum 3 synchronous webinars / workshops
    • Minimum 3 asynchronous micro-courses on research methods
    • Full-time channel moderation to onboard new members and discuss ideas
  • Months 18-24: Writing, editing and peer-reviewing. Key deliverables include:

    • Mentoring research teams and individuals, focus on writing and editing (Applied Practical Experience in Research)
    • Managing the peer-review process
    • Assisting authors in addressing peer-reviewed feedback
    • Minimum 3 synchronous webinars / workshops
    • Minimum 3 asynchronous micro-courses on research methods
    • Full-time channel moderation to onboard new members and discuss ideas
    • Publishing articles in special issue on DAO and Metaverse related topics
  • Future Steps: If all goes well, once the special issue is published, our goal will be to continue this project and to create the first issue of our own peer-reviewed DAO and Metaverse journal, possibly branded as an ApeCoin DAO publication. Possible additional funds will be requested by an AIP in year 3.


In alignment with APE_U, we will measure success through a combination of both qualitative and quantitative metrics, aligned to the 4 steps of the Kirkpatrick Model of Training Evaluation, which are:

  • Reaction: Use of participant feedback through surveys and interviews to gauge satisfaction and improve the learning experience.

  • Learning: Skill assessments through pre- and post- research project evaluations to measure knowledge gains and skill improvement.

  • Behavior: Determine project outcomes through evaluation of research projects and their impact on ApeCoin DAO’s operations and objectives.

  • Results: Evaluate the overall contribution of the research projects to the growth and development of the ApeCoin ecosystem.

A monthly report will summarize the key developments, research projects and relevant information about progress. Pre- and post-project evaluations will be implemented to measure knowledge and skill gains, and surveys and interviews will be implemented to gauge satisfaction and improve the program. A check-in will be conducted at the 6-month, 12-month, and 18-month mark to assess the success of the program, evaluate its outcomes, and monitor its continued direction.


Total amount requested from the ApeCoin Ecosystem Fund = $250K APE for 2 years, of which $130K APE are charitable contributions and are tax-deductible for Apecoin DAO.

The breakdown of the funds is as follows:

  • $120K APE total for three leaders to oversee the project (David, Kara and Lisa)
  • $55K APE total for research and publishing micro-grants
  • $50K APE total for operational expenses, including asynchronous video production, synchronous workshops, online tools, zoom, Atlas.ti accounts, Citi training, digital badges, POAPs, etc.
  • $25K APE to hire a Research Coordinator

In alignment with APE_U, our payment will be structured in two tranches to ensure accountability. The first half of the funding will be provided upon the passing of this AIP to facilitate the first year of this project. The second half will be provided one year from that date, contingent on a satisfactory review by the RTM Board of Directors after 6 months. The second tranche will be locked in a separate wallet until the one year mark. This will ensure that the funding is consistent with acceptable performance.

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I’ve mentioned this before, but I think this is an excellent step forward for the DAO.

I believe it solves several issues we are currently facing:

  1. Awareness outside of Web3: By exposing academic institutions and their students to the ApeCoinDAO, it is likely that some of them will matriculate over to the DAO and become active DAO members.

  2. Attracting Builders: Almost every academic institution has some tie to existing VC funds and accelerators. Exposing this community to the DAO could serve as an onboarding ramp for builders who otherwise wouldn’t look at ApeCoin or ApeChain as part of their development plans.

  3. Continuous Improvement: By having academic researchers dive deeply into the workings of the DAO in this fashion, I am positive it will help us all uncover potential improvements to how the DAO could operate, allowing us all to continually improve the ApeCoin DAO.

Appreciate the thoughtful and thorough approach here.

Well done and good luck.


Daolists groups already exists, what this group is different from? Just being researchers instead of actual daolists? How many DAOs did you already build and in how many DAOS any of you are in the founders circle?

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Thanks very much @VonFrontin! Having been involved with a number of DAOs and as a lead facilitator for CityDAO for a number of years, I’ve seen that DAOs can be echo chambers, where we all know a lot of key terminology, concepts, and ideas, but it’s challenging to discuss them with people outside Web3, let alone with people from other generations who have entrenched ideas.

However, scholars and academics are very much the gatekeepers of legitimacy when it comes to verified knowledge. This proposal seeks to open those gates by inviting them into ApeCoin so that we can help legitimize the space through collaboration. As this is a two-year proposal and I’m expecting to spend a huge amount of time on this (along with my colleagues at RTM), I think that we could really be the first project and DAO to pioneer the legitimate academic space of DAOs and metaverse.

Also, as you mentioned, almost every academic institution has ties to various (large) funding opportunities and grants. Typically, an organization like ApeCoin might, at best, be the subject of study, but wouldn’t have a place in scholarly article writing and publishing. However, that’s key to bringing in the droves of students who want to build and be part of DAOs and Web3 communities.


Thank you for your reply @TheFatherOfAllStorms. I have been a leader in CityDAO, I am one of the founding members of t0wn (which is an offshoot of CityDAO), I am one of the first members of the DAO Coalition, which is working in Washington, DC to help pro-DAO lobbying efforts. I am also a member of Ed3 DAO, the Smart Contract Research Forum, Cabin DAO, DAO Academy, and LexDAO. However, I focused my time for the past three years primarily on CityDAO, while also completing a masters and working on my PhD, studying the cultural geography of DAOs and the metaverse.

Something I didn’t mention in my proposal, but which is relevant to my leadership experience, is that I’ve been a professional improvisation theater teacher since 2010, mostly teaching and performing in Chinese. I was the creative director of the largest English language improvisation group in China for years, and I founded and ran the largest Chinese improv group in China for a decade. Some of the actors I trained are now millionaire television stars. I have no formal training of my own, but I won a full scale reality television show and was the creative director of a big budget internet television show. I was the first foreigner ever to teach required courses at the Shanghai Theater Academy, one of the top schools in the country, in Chinese.

I say all this to indicate that I know the difference between having a group of people and leading and building a community of people that can accomplish great, beautiful, disruptive things. I’m not sure what Daolists are. I did a google search and didn’t find anything. But what I am sure of is that it takes passion, commitment, and love to really build and drive a community to the point where the returns are more than anyone could have imagined. Lists don’t do much without leaders, and transformative communities are built on earned, shared trust, not on the hope of individual profits. I know I have no credibility, as I’m new here. But over time I hope to prove that I am a valuable part of the community. However, it takes time and the willingness to give me and my team a chance.


Thank you interesting. Have you ever participated in the elections for those DAOs?

How do you win the entire TV show?

Ask google about WEB3 and see what happens, right?)

There is an easy way to gain credibility by providing links and proof of work.

Yes, I’ve run for elections and won on the first and second City Councils at CityDAO. I’ve written and passed several proposals, all available on CityDAO’s forum. I won the reality television show after many weeks when they went from thousands of applicants to twelve, then they put us in a hotel, and then narrowed it down in front of a large studio audience, with three celebrities with those big red buttons voting for or against contestants, mostly based on debate (they were looking a talk show host) until there was one person left who the audience voted for - me.

I’m not sure how to respond to your statement to google Web3. I have studied Web3 for years along with blockchain governance, virtual communities, cryptographic assets and various aspects of these technologies. Having been a professor for over 15 years, I can say with great confidence that “googling” something and actually being able to explain it and guide people to understand it (let alone passionately care about it) are very different things. Building and leading communities is a skill that takes years of work. Googling Web3 does not provide much more than unverified facts.

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Hey, so I’m a bit confused about his aspect. Are you looking to write academic journals about us or are you looking to have members write articles to which you can help us publish? Or is it something else entirely?

If its the former, what are you looking to write specifically about? If its the latter, what are you looking for members to write about or discuss?


Hi @LiveFast9986. Thanks for the question. The short answer is that we’re looking for both. There are really two outcomes of this proposal, if it passes, we plan to:

  1. Write and publish peer-reviewed academic journal articles specifically about ApeCoin DAO.

  2. Write and publish peer-reviewed academic journal articles about various topics related to DAOs and the metaverse, with the assistance of members of ApeCoin DAO.

These articles could be written by me and the RTM team of professors, other academics, scholars and/or the growing number of Web3 students who could join our DAO and Metaverse Working Group. The topics of these articles could be literally anything related to DAOs, the metaverse or ApeCoin DAO. ApeCoin will benefit from having this community of scholars who are centered here, meeting other scholars here, creating and sharing ideas here, and ultimately working on getting grants, fellowships and external funding for ideas here at ApeCoin DAO.

Typically, it’s not realistic for someone to write a publishable academic journal article without extensive (usually PhD) training in quantitative / qualitative methodologies. It takes years to learn about conference papers, targeting journals, impact factor ratings, and the revise and resubmit (R&R) process. However, we want to introduce and develop these skills within the ApeCoin community. That way, ApeCoin DAO members could be paired with academics and they could work on articles together. Again, the topics of the articles could be almost anything related to DAOs, the metaverse or ApeCoin itself.

Please let me know if this answers the question!


If you haven’t connected with Scott Kominers at Harvard, I’d be happy to make an introduction. He is the co-author of The Everything Token and includes Web3 a lot in his classes at HBS.


That would be great! Thanks @VonFrontin

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This is an awesome idea.

I think it would be especially cool to focus on the most forward thinking perspectives on economics as they apply to a DAO structured like Apecoin.

The Apecoin DAO is in a unique position to lead the way wit perspectives on game theory, soft money, and how they are shaping the economy as we transition into what people call “The Network Age”


This does.

I’m just trying to wrap my head around what would make a good article and who would actually be interested in it. I guess having some topics you would like to explore could be helpful in order to help bolster the support.

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Thanks @lukasho! I totally agree that ApeCoin is in a unique position to lead the way. More and more, institutions and organizations have to take DAOs seriously from a financial standpoint, as a single DAO like ApeCoin may have hundreds of millions of USD in assets. Most people outside of Web3 have never even heard of ConstitutionDAO, but we know it was a harbinger of ideology-based over place-based crowdfunding that can’t be ignored.

@LiveFast9986 also raises a great point about having some topics in mind to help boster support. Some of the ones you mentioned, such as game theory, soft money and new asset classes are important. Also, incentivized voting, decentralized governance, the geography of a network state community and metaverse virtual communities are of particular interest to me. There are also lots of studies that could be done on specific DAOs or areas such as RWA, desoc, desci, defi, smart contracts, gaming, staking, yield farming, AI, socialfi, memecoins, sports and the gambling economy, just to name a few.


Love to see it, David. As a GWG Steward for nearly a year, as well as an AIP grant recipient and highly active community member before that, I’d love to provide insight for your research any time.


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To my understanding, this AIP would establish the first -perhaps worlds first?-, academic journals for the DAO ecosystem, enabling PHD students and Universities across the world to commence formal study and integration of DAO frameworks, philosophies, and constructs for future generations.

There’s a HUGE difference between google search and Academic papers. There’s almost zero comparison between adhoc articles we see online vrs University grade content. This AIP seems to aim towards the University grade content, is that correct?

There’s only one shot at being a first entrant, and from what I can see, this is that opportunity. With a relatively small amount of funding for this team, ApeCoin DAO can potentially go down in history forever as the first Academic level peer-review journal for integration with the formal education system across the planet.

@DavidW could you correct any misunderstandings or mis-statements I may have presented above? :pray:

Overall this feels like an easy yes for me.

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Absolutely correct. The goal is to create PhD level academic papers for peer-reviewed journal publication about ApeCoin DAO, about DAOs generally and about the metaverse. We will do this by creating a global community within ApeCoin for scholars, and by creating the world’s first academic journal for the DAO ecosystem, all branded and estsblished by ApeCoin. As you said, this would put DAOs and ApeCoin DAO into the formal education system across the planet. Thanks for your support!!!

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Would love to hear @DIM perspective on this too, getting ApeCoin DAO into University level formal education academia, about the Metaverse and it’s relation to ApeCoin, sounds like we would have one shot at being first in for this :mechanical_arm: :apecoin:

Hi @DavidW ,

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I am ready to proceed to the next phase. Thank you very much for the message!