Glen Weyl, RadicalxChange Foundation founder and political economist & social technologist at Microsoft Special Projects, and Puja Ohlhaver, strategist at Flashbots, discuss “soulbound tokens” and their implications for collaboration and social organization in a variety of spaces. Topics covered include:

  • how Glen got involved in crypto, wrote a book, and came to co-write a paper with Vitalik Buterin 
  • how Puja studied economics and got in touch with Glen in pursuit of a middle ground between left and right politics
  • what soulbound NFTs are and how they work
  • how Vitalik’s paper articulated how the concept of the soulbound token could advance decentralized collaboration in web3
  • how decentralized reputation can enable larger networks of coordination
  • how identity can be understood through the lens of community participation
  • how the name ‘soulbound token’ came about
  • how these tokens could provide a technology for those who value scarcity but disdain speculation
  • how identity-dedicated tokens could work on a technical level (including recovery)
  • what is DeSoc and why is it important?
  • how non-transferable tokens can improve DAO organization, including resolving issues with quadratic funding
  • how identity-locked tokens can be protected from bots and AI abuse
  • how these tokens could support community privacy and responsible information disclosure

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