Advox Clan System

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🐢Commons Loop Closing

  • We can think of the Turtle clan as master architects that hold the blueprints …but in this case the house is on a global web3 scale. Key characteristics or functions of Turtles in a system are observation & validation.
  • Whether in formal decision making or informal organization, Turtles are the ones who observe deliberation between Wolf and Bear and validate whether protocols were followed. In an informal interaction, for example, the Turtle will be the quiet one during a dialogue, waiting until the end to weigh the dialogue against the core values of the system.
  • One step removed from direct facilitation or engineering of the other clans, and with a keen engineering eye, Turtles make for the ideal trackers of closed loops of values. So Turtles are tracking the dialogue and sense-making between clans to ensure integrity of the system, to ensure value is circulated to where generators of that value work and live, and to ensure that there is no pure extraction in the system design.
  • So this speaks to the sometimes abstract closed loops of governance protocols or community value circulation. It also includes the tangible closed loops needed in ecological sustainability the world over. Ensuring long term Commons sustainability of many variations is built right into our Stacks Advocates system. Turtles validate that these variations are aligned with core values.

🐺Commons Accessibility

  • Wolf clan can be thought of as initiators, the constantly moving facilitators of Commons accessibility. The sparks for deliberation of important issues or actions; the guides for empowered paths of information dissemination. Key function being to gather the minds and voices of generators of value in consensus.
  • In formal decision making protocols it is a Wolf clan representative who initiates processes; bringing issues to the floor. Deliberation, if at all needed, happens between Wolf & Bear clans while the Turtle clan observes before validation or further deliberation. Wolf clan’s informal social organization function revolves around providing direct access to Commons to anybody interested. Whether the Commons of empowered bottom up consensus decision making or the Commons of innovation and value(s) circulation in the Stacks Advocates ecosystem. This empowered accessibility functions as a regenerating catalyst to push ecosystems forward.

🐻Commons Evolution

  • Bear clan is simple, just think of it as effective medicine. Then think of medicine in all its possible forms; even the function of good friendship or guidance. Bears are the masters of transformative potential and effective transition. Key for our Stacks ecosystem, focused on OSS in Can’t Be Evil design & engineering, for a user-empowered internet. Transformation away from conventional models is fundamental for folks coming into our ecosystem, but just as important for our system too.
  • The Bear clan’s key functions are engineering the growth or evolution of complex systems are healthy_. Bears are responsible for the bridgework away from harmful structures… but they are also responsible for ensuring we don’t move too hastily into paradigm-shifting innovation. Bears are the medicine necessary for slowing down the process of change while doing due diligence to harvest and repurpose institutional leftovers on the careful terms of the community.

The Dynamics

  • Turtle is first in the ordered sequence, with all the elements of Wolf & Bear therein.
  • Wolf & Bear are twins. Wolf coming before Bear in the sequence. This hints at a dynamic use of the three tiered system design rather than static.
  • All three clans have a kind of “memory” of one another, to be executed when needed in formal or informal social organization.
  • Although one may be Turtle clan officially, in a given interaction, they may be best suited to assume their Wolf or Bear functions too.

Advox Clan Governance

  • Active Issues is where you’ll find the clans coming into play, see different community governance proposals to learn why the advocates program is the way it is now.
  • But also participate through your clan role, and have your voice heard at the heart of AdvoxDAO decision making processes
  • Clan traits alos play a critical role is our consesnus tools shown below. Leveraging Harvard/Oxford Metagov research groups PolicyKit.


  • We managed to build PolicyKit interactions right into the discord for users, with the post author’s thread updates being uploaded to PK seamlessly.
  • As a user I should be able to start an issue by posting in #active-proposals
  • As a user I should be able to see a help text telling me what the process is gonna be like
  • As a user I should be able to discuss and make edits to the original issue that being the message
  • As a user I should be able to see the last revision of the issue in the #formal-proposals channel after the period of discussion expires
  • As a user I should be able to dissent to the formal proposal during the voting period
  • As a user I should be able to know who dissented on a resolution
  • As a non contributor I should be able to dissent even tho my vote does not count
  • As a user I should be able to join the governance process of a specific issue by reacting with 👀
  • As a user I should be able to see if the proposal has passed or failed pkadvox.png See 5 min Walk through Here WITH OUR GOV TOOLS CURRENTLY DOWN PLEASE FOLLOW THE ABOVE DIAGRAM; MANUALLY MOVING THE PROPOSAL THROUGH THE FLOW.

    CommunityDAO Features


  • On-chain transactions right inside discord for AdvoxDAO members.
  • Short readable and open source Clarity contracts enabling users to send stx & other crytpo to one another with their .btc names.
  • Also users can create on-chain funding proposals, create microDAOs, execute funding to DAOs etc.
  • A unique approach to AdvoxDAO commununity engagement, and quality support Stacks Grants programs! advoxjrnys.png Twitter Thread & Demo

Didathing Team Guide

Please use the following guide to properly nudge your fellow members of advocates in impactful directions in the ecosystem. Use the #props channel along with the guide below to reach out to them.


  • This work could have a bigger general impact if __ was done.
  • This work would have more impact if a specific entity or demographic knew it was useful.
  • This consideration may be most useful when a given contribution in #did-a-thing is falling short of general impact desired for the Stacks community.


  • This work is similar to other contributions happening in the ecosystem and could be even more impactful as a team effort.
  • This consideration may be most useful to encourage quality teams and avoid repeat efforts in #did-a-thing.


  • This work could have more impact when timed and modified for important ecosystem happenings i.e events, exciting network updates of releases etc.
  • This consideration may be best used to encourage topical & timely contributions in #did-a-thing.


  • This work is much needed or desired by the community and should be replicated by more individuals or collectives.
  • This consideration may be most useful to encourage quality contributors & contribution paths in #did-a-thing.

System Design Ethos



Turtle, Wolf, & Bear Relationship, Governance, & Sustainability

  • Important to our governance & bottom up organization efforts is our direct dialogue with a historical indigenous council, The Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) of The Five Nations Longhouse Confederacy. Early settler colonists were exposed to their matrilineal protocols of organization, which catalyzed modern concepts and language of Democratic values, Federalism, three branches of government & much more.
  • We have rare access to these protocols in pre-colonial form. We realize there was an entire culture of checks & balances omitted from our modern systems of social organization & representation, precisely due to lack of peaceful dialogue with Native nations.
  • Turtle, Wolf & Bear are our first steps on a path to a decolonized dialogue that can enable authentic alternatives to conventional governance, which is often easier said than actually achieved. TWB is the three tiered clan system of the Kanienkehaka, which for millennia carved empowered paths of bottom up representation for entire Native nations. Speaking to deep cosmological functions of organization, the protocols are designed to maximize modularity for any collective of autonomous organizations.
  • Even though not all of us are interested in governance, accessible structures designed for empowered voices & representation are fundamental to fair power distribution. With TWB tapping into deep functions of the STX ecosystem, we can leverage autonomous organization well beyond just governance benefits & into blockchain innovation sustainability. Bottom up power here includes built-in structures for innovation decoupled from top down, value alienating control.
  • As STX advocates, we recognize this as a historical chance to achieve distributed power in blockchain based systems. An important means for long term sustainability in blockchain systems. Hope you are as excited as we are to learn and build together in this indigenous dialogue for sustainable protocols of organization.