In an effort to reimagine the modern city and integrate elements of crypto governance, Cabin, a digital-native coliving project nestled in the woods, is pioneering the concept of a “network city.” This visionary initiative aims to establish a global alliance of self-governing neighborhoods accessible exclusively to “citizens” who hold NFTs. By joining these communities, individuals can enjoy a more affordable and accessible living experience compared to the conventional urban lifestyle.
Taking inspiration from Balaji Srinivasan’s notion of a “network state,” Cabin’s distributed city combines blockchain-based membership with the charm of tiny homes and close-knit communities. Jon Hillis, the project’s creator, believes that this fusion can unlock the untapped potential of human creativity, which he perceives as stifled by traditional urban environments.
Cabin addresses the prevalent issue of loneliness prevalent among car-dependent suburbanites and occupants of single-family homes. Hillis’s solution involves bringing together like-minded digital nomads and their friends in a confederation of cabins located amidst nature. While these individuals have already connected online, Cabin offers them a physical space to collaborate, work, and reside together.
Cabin operates as a social DAO, a concept well-known in the crypto sphere. Its members possess crypto assets, specifically a “citizenship” NFT that signifies their participation. They contribute to decisions regarding neighborhood composition and treasury management through votes denominated in the Cabin governance token.
Each residence represents a distinct and independently owned “neighborhood.” Although Cabin’s ethos underpins all neighborhoods, rules and regulations may vary based on the caretaker’s preferences. To achieve official “neighborhood” status, a property must accumulate 1000 CABIN token votes in favor.
Hillis describes this approach as “polycentric governance,” which distinguishes Cabin’s “governance games” from the traditional “up-down” voting systems found in other DAOs. By employing bottom-up polycentric governance structures, Cabin transforms governance into an engaging experience. For instance, activities like constructing the token curated registry of the city directory become enjoyable endeavors.
The implementation of blockchains and tokens empowers Cabin to manage membership and bestow a sense of legitimacy upon neighborhoods within the network. These digital tools also attract digital nomads who are eager to become citizens.
Hillis revealed that Cabin has already granted 300 citizenships to long-term members of the Cabin community, who are now eligible to refer others into the group.
“The goal of citizenship is to provide a financially sustainable means for our community to thrive while simultaneously serving as a measure of value and alignment for those seeking to coexist in Cabin neighborhoods,” explained Hillis.
Cabin stands at the forefront of a new era, revolutionizing urban living and nurturing communities through the integration of crypto governance and woodland surroundings. By creating an inclusive and vibrant environment, Cabin aims to redefine the way we live, work, and connect in the modern world.