bDIP-02: Coordinated Timing Across BanklessDAO

Title: bDIP-02 : Coordinated Timing Across BanklessDAO
Scope: Minor Change
Draft Author: Rowan (chunz)
Working Group: Operations Department

BDIP SUMMARY

The BanklessDAO Constitution doesn’t specify a single timezone around which we can all effectively coordinate. This may seem inconsequential most of the time, but twice each year confusion manifests as some regions observe “Daylight Savings”, while others do not. This bDIP will establish Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) as the single reference timezone for meetings and events across BanklessDAO.

BDIP BACKGROUND

BanklessDAO is a global community, collaborating across countries and timezones. So far, we haven’t identified a single reference timezone for scheduling calls and events, and most of the time it’s not an issue. Twice each year, however, some regions shift their clocks by an hour, while others do not. Further, this shift isn’t coordinated across regions and occurs on a different date depending on where you live.

As UTC is the time standard by which most countries regulate clocks and time, it makes sense that bDAO would use this standard as well. UTC is not subject to “Daylight Savings” and most of the DAO already rely on it as a reference to avoid potential confusion resulting from timezone math.

BDIP SPECIFICATION

This bDIP introduces new content but is compatible with previous versions and can be considered a minor change.

Proposed Form

It is proposed that a new section of the Constitution is created:

DAO Coordination

BanklessDAO coordinates around Universal Coordinated Time (UTC). Wherever possible, meeting and event times are expressed in this timezone.

EXPECTED IMPACT

bDAO will officially have a single, coordinated reference timezone (UTC).

ANALYTICS

None.

NEXT STEPS

  1. Collect feedback and make any necessary changes to the proposed bDIP.
  2. Get Forum consensus (quorum: 51 votes)
  3. Update the Constitution

WORKING GROUP BACKGROUND

Rowan was the Coordinator for the Operations Department in Season 5 and continued in Season 6.
Operations Department includes many folks who meet to discuss aspects of bDAO function, developing solutions to improve DAO functions and operations.

POLL - Do you accept this bDIP change?

  • Yes.
  • No, and I will comment below.

0 voters

4 Likes

How about calling it bDAO Time (bDT)? :nerd_face:

6 Likes

Really appreciating us being explicit about this.

4 Likes

Seems like a minor change, but it will make a major impact on the efficiency of DAO ops and contributor expectations. Also a great step away from North American hegemony! (seriously, and I’m in the US)

7 Likes

Giving this a bump on the cc!

3 Likes

Thank you so much for this initiative.
I have voted yes already, but I would like to suggest that the wording in the second sentence should be:
Wherever possible, meeting and event times are set and expressed in this time zone.

My reasoning is that it is not enough to express a meeting time in UTC. If the sesh event is produced using a different time zone, the meeting time will change when that zone changes. We need to set the meeting times in UTC, so that even when other zones change the time stays unchanged.

2 Likes