Hey @DrMath.eth, thanks for your post. As Arbitrum DAO is quite new, I think it’s important to be asking questions like these and find solutions that contribute to the long term success of the DAO.
I think in order to gain an active community, the onboarding process for potential community members (or potential contributors) should be smooth and effective in retaining talent and ensuring they can find where they fit in Arbitrum governance.
I really like Samantha Marin’s article on onboarding potential DAO contributors, she has a lot of interesting ideas on how to onboard contributors that I think would benefit Arbitrum DAO to utilise. I’ll be talking about some points inspired by this article.
The goal of onboarding contributors should be to ensure they have confidence [on where to contribute within the DAO] and knowledge [on governance purpose, process and communities/teams/workgroups in the DAO].
To achieve this, potential contributors should be exposed to all aspects of the organization.
They should initially be exposed to the purpose and principles of the DAO. Then, they need to understand the governance process, how to get from the ideation phase to the implementation phase. They should also have an understanding of the social structure of the DAO (who does work within the DAO, how work is being done in teams/workgroups, potential contributor possibly choosing a team to work with).
Most of these points are already explained within the constitution, however, where the constitution is located is probably one of the last places persons being introduced to Arbitrum DAO are exposed to. I think that potential contributors should be exposed to the purpose, principles and governance process of the DAO through a sticky’d thread on the forum and at least one read-only channel on discord (this is simple to implement, and makes sense to do so).
On the topic of the social structure of the DAO, this has a less clear solution. It may be worth speaking about this further, as it will allow contributors to understand the organizational structure and where they can fit in without becoming too overwhelmed by the amount of posts in the forum and discord.