A Brief History
This handbook is meant to help you understand, navigate and contribute to the Token Engineering Commons..
The Token Engineering Commons began as a collaboration between two existing communities: the Commons Stack Association and the Token Engineering Academy.
The mission at CommonsStack is to build commons-based microeconomies that sustain public goods through incentive alignment, continuous funding, and community governance. Their library of open-source, interoperable web3 components allow communities to raise and allocate shared funds, make transparent decisions, and monitor the development and production of public goods.
With these tools and methodologies, members of the token engineering community decided to launch the Token Engineering Commons project in collaboration with the Commons Stack Association -- with the goal of advancing the field of Token Engineering as a science. The TEC began preliminary meetings in late 2019, and the development of a roadmap began to take shape.
The underlying goal of the TEC was to develop a well modeled crypto-economic system that could produce continuous funding for the production of new technical primitives, education initiatives, and token engineering research that would enable this nascent field of science to develop alongside the rapid growth of Web3.
There are two key components of the Commons Stack open-source library that is being used by the Token Engineering Commons:
1.) an open-source ecosystem of token engineering tools & methodologies, which include the Augmented Bonding Curve (commons economic-engine), the Conviction Voting Module, and the Tao Voting module.
2.) a cultural initialization system that provides a framework for the design of these tools and a system of governance that manages its production. This is also known as the Cultural Build.
Overview of the TEC Commons Engine
The technical components of the Token Engineering Commons were designed to fund projects that discover, develop, and proliferate the best practices for engineering safe tokenized economies. However, the effective use of these components rely heavily upon the community managing it, and so the development of the Cultural Build was a necessary component that needed implementation.
The early members of the TEC acknowledged that the cultural development of a community around these tools would be a necessary antecedent to the projects overall success. As the community began to grow, different work streams began to emerge through working groups.
Each working group provided a necessary function for the TEC to find talent, seek funding, and develop the necessary infrastructure for DAO development. As the cultural and technical development of the TEC progressed, the community grew rapidly accounting for over 200 contributors.
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In 2021, the TEC decided to initiate the implementation of the technical components of the TEC through what is known as the Hatch Process.
The Hatch Process is a two-phase system that allows for individuals to submit their own parameters for each set of smart-contracts that make up the technical components of the TEC economic and governance system. This is what we call collaborative economics.

Phase 1: Launching the HatchDAO

The Hatch DAO was the initialization environment developed for funding the Token Engineering Commons. We can look at the Hatch DAO as being a starting template for the commons that existed for the purpose of receiving the initial funding for the TEC and upgrading the DAO with new features.
The Hatch DAO consisted of a Dandelion voting module, a vault, and a governance token. Before the Hatch DAO was initialized, the TEC community went through the process of educating the community on the parameters associated with the development of the DAOs core infrastructure.
Individuals were then able to submit their own parameters through the HatchDAO Configuration Dashboard. Each parameter set was a proposal that existed within a github repository that contained each parameter and justifications for their design choice. Members could review and even fork their favorite proposals!
After submissions were made, the community hosted param debates where each parameter was evaluated for their benefits, trade-offs, and risks. The use of TokenLog allowed each proposal to be voted on by community members. The top 5 proposals were then chosen to enter into a run-off, where proposal #83 was declared the winner. This parameter set then became the encoded rules within the HatchDAO.
In order for the HatchDAO to open, the TEC needed to satisfy the Minimum Funding Goal parameter established in the proposal which was set at 800,000 wxDAI. The Hatch Funding Period was set for 30 days, and after that period the HatchDAO managed to receive 1,571,223.57 wxDAI. The Hatch was a success, and we celebrated!

Phase 2: The Commons Upgrade

In late 2021 the TEC decided to initiate what is known as the Commons Upgrade. During this phase we upgraded the HatchDAO into a Commons by initializing the core technical components described above.
The collaborative economics process was again utilized for determining the parameters of the Augmented Bonding Curve, the Conviction Voting Module, and the Tao Voting Module.
These core components were much more complex than the HatchDAO, and it required the community to really focus on education. Through the much improved Commons Configuration Dashboard, individuals were able to submit proposals, review, debate, and shill their favorite parameters.
In early 2022, proposal #149 was the winning parameter set for the core technical components of the TEC, and soon after the Hatch Process concluded.
TEC 2-phase process of Hatch and Commons upgrade
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Now that we have launched, we are focused on growing our community even further, and executing on our mission. We hope that you will join us in making even more history.
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