Decentralization allows for the existence of different voices in a world of increasingly asymmetric power relations. Among other things, it enables alternative technologies to challenge traditional models: where governments and corporate control are causing harm, decentralized technologies have the potential to bring about autonomy, resilience, and equity.
Unfortunately, a significant gap exists between the protocols that currently define the decentralization space and the applications that most users want to adopt. That’s why the mission of Decentralization Off The Shelf (or “DOTS”) is to develop UX components and tools that developers and designers can use to build better user-facing applications backed by decentralized architectures, off the shelf. To achieve this goal, the DOTS team – with the invaluable input and assistance of the larger community – is working to create a library of decentralization resources, assets, and design patterns.
Through a series of interviews and focus groups with technology designers and builders, we have identified seven key areas where decentralized projects can improve their own practice, where further targeted research is needed, and where funders can help foster shared innovation. These areas, and the rest of our initial research findings, are discussed in the 2020 report, Decentralization Off The Shelf: 7 Maxims.