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Pan-European Survey on Decentralised Semi-Autonomous Organisation (DSAO) Governance
We'd like to invite you to contribute to the European Blockchain Association by completing a 20 minute survey regarding the basis for a new hybrid organisation intended to be both compliant with law and to leverage the best of blockchain innovation embedded within its governance model.

The European Blockchain Association (EBA) is rooted in (European) Law. It was founded as an eingetragener Verein (e.V.) or club in Germany. The EBA has developed and implemented a novel governance model incorporating practical applications for blockchain technology for the governance of a decentralised organisations.

Specifically it is a DSAO or Decentralised Semi-Autonomous Organization. On one hand the EBA approach to governance is largely a reaction to unworkable aspects of DAOs (Decentralised Autonomous Organisations) which are incompatible with established common and civil law in most jurisdictions. On the other hand it seeks to address limitations of traditionally managed centralised organisations by using blockchain technology to provide for topics such as voting to increase transparence and reduce overhead.

For some of you blockchain, DAOs and DSAOs might be entirely new. If so, take a few minutes to view the explainer videos below to get some background before moving on.

Step 1: Understand what blockchain technology is and why it's important.
Step 2: Understand what a DAO is and how it's limited.
Step 3: Understand how the European Blockchain Association DSAO model differs from a traditional DAO.
The EBA's DSAO model differs from ordinary DAOs in two key ways:

- The incorporation of the DSAO as a legal entity (in the form of an association ("e.V.") registered in Germany)
- The installation of a detailed set of governance processes involving the appointment of a (human) Board of Directors as well as an independent (human) appellate body to resolve disputes (Blockchain Arbitration Forum)

Like traditional DAOs the EBA's DSAO utilises a cryptocurrency-based incentivisation scheme (CrowdstartCoin XSC) and decentralised voting system leveraging blockchain strengths.

A full documentation of EBA's governance can be accessed here:

Step 4: Understand the purpose of this survey and how long it will take to complete.
The purpose of this pan-European review of EBA's governance model is to contribute to the establishment of a pan-European legally non-binding best practice for DSAOs (for both for-profit and non-for-profit cases) and also identify any legal / regulatory showstoppers. Information gleaned from this process will be used to improve the existing governance of the EBA and as part of a report offering guidance for Decentralised Semi-Autonomous Organisations in other EU jurisdictions. Survey results will provide the initial inputs for the EBA governance working group.

The survey is segregated into four parts and allows for free text responses and multiple-choice answers.

1. Information on the survey participant
2. External legal representation
3. Tokenisation of membership in a DSAO
4. Exchange of value within a DSAO

Your responses may be used only in an anonymised form or collectively as part of survey statistics unless you give your express written consent.

It should take 20 minutes to complete the survey from this point.

In case of questions, please send your query to following email address:

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