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Crafting a Sustainable Future One Community at a Time

S8 Ep7 with Jonathan Hillis, Founder of Cabin

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Now let's dive straight into the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency. One name has been steadily gaining recognition for its unique approach to creating meaningful change. Cabin DAO, featured on the podcast Crypto Sapiens Season 8, Episode 7, is not your typical crypto project. It's a movement that blends the power of technology with a profound commitment to sustainability, community, and regenerative living. In this article, we'll delve into the story behind Cabin DAO, its guiding principles, and its vision for a better future.

The Crypto Journey of Jonathan Hillis

In the latest episode of "Crypto Sapiens," listeners had the opportunity to hear directly from Jonathan Hillis, the driving force behind Cabin DAO. Hillis embarked on his crypto journey during his college years when he was introduced to Bitcoin by his college roommate. However, it was his academic background in political science and environmental studies that laid the groundwork for his deep interest in community-building and sustainability.

Hillis conducted research on collective action problems and complex adaptive systems, unknowingly foreshadowing his future involvement in DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations). After graduating, he co-founded a startup focused on token-gated communities, a concept that was ahead of its time. This experience provided valuable insights into the potential for blockchain technology to reshape the way we build and interact with communities.

His journey continued with a six-year stint at Instacart, where he served as the Director of Product for Shoppers and Marketplace. This experience within the tech industry gave him valuable insights into the world of startups and technology. However, it was the burnout from the web industry that led him to take a hiatus and dream of building a cabin in the woods.

The Birth of Cabin DAO

As revealed in the conversation, Hillis originally planned to retreat to the woods and write science fiction about "decentralized cities." However, he ended up founding the Creator Co-op, a group that played a crucial role in shaping Cabin DAO into what it is today.

Cabin DAO's guiding principles, discussed in depth in the podcast episode, are built on three core pillars:

1. Live in Community: Cabin DAO believes in the power of fostering solid and intentional communities where individuals can thrive together.

2. Integrate with Nature: Nature is not just a backdrop but an integral part of the Cabin DAO experience. Spending time in nature is essential for mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

3. Create Together: Cabin DAO encourages collaboration and the development of regenerative systems that benefit both people and the environment.

Sustainability and Regeneration at the Core

As discussed in the podcast episode, Cabin DAO's commitment to sustainability is deeply ingrained in its principles. One of the "obvious truths" behind the principle of integrating with nature is that "regenerative local communities are the best store of value." Cabin DAO aims to build a global network of properties in natural settings where remote workers can live, co-create, and regenerate.

By living in these communities, members can unplug from the internet, reconnect with nature, and promote well-being. Moreover, they actively participate in creating regenerative systems that enhance the natural environment, from sustainable housing and food production to energy generation and resource regeneration.

Collaboration for a Sustainable Future

Rachel found a deep alignment with Cabin DAO's ethos. Her own journey in creating businesses that give back to the planet and foster individual well-being mirrors Cabin DAO's commitment to sustainability.

Milestones and Accomplishments: Building the Future of Cabin DAO

Over the course of its two-year journey, Cabin DAO has achieved remarkable milestones and accomplishments, all contributing to its vision of a more sustainable and interconnected world.

1. The Crowdfund Residency Program:

The project's inception marked a significant milestone. Cabin DAO initiated its journey with a crowdfund residency program that allowed people to sponsor creator residencies at their cabins. This creative approach not only kickstarted the project but also introduced the concept of decentralized governance into the community.

2. Retreats and Residency Programs:

The team at Cabin DAO soon realized the potential of their unique community-building model. They began hosting retreats and residency programs for various DAO operators and groups, fostering connections and collaboration. Notably, the first DAO Camp, a summer camp experience for DAO leaders, led to the birth of ecosystem projects, including the promising Hats Protocol.

3. Navigating Market Challenges:

In the dynamic world of cryptocurrencies, market fluctuations are a constant challenge. During a period of market turmoil in May 2021, Cabin DAO faced the dual challenge of launching its ambitious projects while addressing market instability. The team quickly adapted, pivoting their approach to stay resilient.

4. Launch of the Network City:

One of the most recent and significant milestones was the official launch of the Network City. After two years of meticulous planning and development, Cabin DAO unveiled its first global properties as part of the Network City. This launch marked a crucial step toward realizing the project's long-term vision.

The Network City: Cabin DAO's Long-Term Vision

Cabin DAO's vision extends far beyond its initial crowdfund and residency programs. At its core, the project aspires to create a decentralized Network City. This Network City comprises properties located across the globe, each sharing a common culture, economy, and governance structure. By becoming citizens of the Network City, individuals gain access to this network of properties and the enriching experiences they offer.

Cabin DAO envisions a future where more people become part of this growing Network City, co-living in beautiful natural settings, attending Cabin Weeks, and actively participating in the project's regenerative practices. With every milestone achieved, Cabin DAO brings this vision one step closer to reality.

A Journey of Sustainability and Connection

Cabin DAO's journey is not merely a story of cryptocurrency and technology. It's a testament to the power of community, sustainability, and regenerative practices. By blending blockchain technology with a commitment to nature, well-being, and collaborative living, Cabin DAO is forging a path toward a more harmonious and interconnected future.

As the project continues to evolve and grow, it stands as a beacon of hope for those who believe in the potential of decentralized internet-native organizations. Cabin DAO is a reminder that, in the world of crypto, success is not solely measured in tokens and markets but in the positive impact it has on people and the planet.

The milestones achieved by Cabin DAO are not just markers of progress; they are the building blocks of a more sustainable and connected world—a world where the principles of community, nature, and regenerative living guide the way forward.

Getting Involved with Cabin DAO: Join the Community Today

As you've learned about Cabin DAO's inspiring journey, you might be wondering how you can become a part of this exciting and forward-thinking community. The good news is that Cabin DAO welcomes new members and offers various avenues for engagement. Here are some direct ways to get involved:

1. Apply for Cabin Weeks:

Cabin DAO is launching a program called "Cabin Weeks." This program allows individuals to experience a warm welcome to Cabin and enjoy one to two weeks in a Cabin neighbourhood. During your stay, you can connect with like-minded individuals, delve into co-living, and participate in enriching activities. At the end of the week, you'll have the opportunity to become a Cabin Citizen. To apply for Cabin Weeks, visit Cabin.City and click on the "Join a Cabin Week" button.

2. Connect with the team:

If you'd like to engage with the Cabin DAO team directly, you can book a one-on-one call with a team member. This is an excellent way to learn more about the project, its vision, and how you can contribute.

3. Join the Cabin DAO Discord:

Joining the Cabin DAO Discord server is a great way to connect with the community, meet fellow Cabin enthusiasts, and stay updated on the latest developments. You can simply hop into Discord and say hello to start building connections.

4. Create a profile in the census:

Creating a profile in Cabin DAO's Census allows you to become part of the community and participate in discussions and decision-making processes.

5. Explore on Twitter:

To stay informed about Cabin DAO's updates, initiatives, and events, you can follow their Twitter account @cabin.City.

Upcoming Events: FWB Fest and Permissionless

Cabin DAO frequently participates in events and conferences where you can meet the team and engage with the community. If you're attending FWB Fest or considering Permissionless, these are excellent opportunities to connect with Cabin DAO.

Cabin DAO's commitment to long-term thinking and sustainability is evident in its ambitious roadmap, which spans five, ten, 100, and even 500 years into the future. This approach reflects the project's dedication to creating a lasting impact on the world.

In a world where digital nomads, remote workers, and community-driven living are on the rise, Cabin DAO offers a unique and timely solution. By blending cutting-edge technology with timeless principles of community and well-being, Cabin DAO is crafting a better way to live and connect with like-minded individuals.

As you embark on your journey with Cabin DAO, you're not just joining a project; you're becoming part of a movement—a movement that envisions a future where decentralized, regenerative, and internet-native communities thrive.

So, whether you're ready to experience Cabin Weeks, connect with the team, or explore their online spaces, Cabin DAO welcomes you with open arms. Join this inspiring community today and be a part of a new old way of living—one that harmonizes with nature, promotes well-being, and fosters genuine connections in an ever-evolving world.

Stay Connected: Final Thoughts and Resources

As we wrap up this episode of Crypto Sapiens, it's clear that Cabin DAO is not just a project; it's a vision for a better way of living. Rachel's conversation with Jonathan Hillis, the mind behind Cabin DAO, revealed a remarkable journey that combines ancient wisdom with cutting-edge technology.

Cabin DAO's commitment to creating intentional, regenerative, and internet-native communities speaks to a world where remote work and digital nomadism are on the rise. It's a response to the need for flexible living arrangements that foster community, well-being, and sustainability.

With its ambitious roadmap spanning decades and a focus on long-term thinking, Cabin DAO is poised to make a lasting impact on the world. It's a movement that invites you to be part of a new-old way of living, one that harmonizes with nature and embraces genuine human connections in a rapidly changing landscape.

If you're intrigued by Cabin DAO's vision or simply want to learn more, be sure to explore the links provided in the description. Whether you're considering joining Cabin Week, connecting with the team, or engaging with their online spaces, Cabin DAO welcomes you to be a part of something truly transformative.

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As always, stay tuned for more inspiring stories and conversations in the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. Your journey into the future of finance and community is just beginning.

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