I wrote this article a year ago:
In it, I said:
FOR EVERY TECHNOLOGY WE USE TODAY, THERE WAS A TIME IT WAS LAUGHABLY INADEQUATE AS A REPLACEMENT FOR WHAT CAME BEFORE.
Eventually, as a society the our voting will be done on decentralized networks and the results will be usable by trustless programs. Since then, we have implemented what we spoke about. You can see the open source code on GitHub and a deeper explanation here.
I wanted to start this topic to see if we can discuss the implications of on-chain voting and decision making for communities. Lowering the cost of running a poll or election can empower people to make all kinds of decisions, about values that can be used on-chain. Take a look at the last three slides of this presentation about community currencies, and maybe we can make something similar about governance: