Note: Oneesama (おねえさま) means older sister with honorifics in Japanese.
The DAO offers mentorship, collaboration, and support opportunities for women in Web3, helping create a more inclusive and equitable ecosystem. A secondary objective for the DAO is to build cross-cultural bridges between Japan<>Korea<>Global web3 ecosystem.
Oneesama DAO aims to create a bridge between women in the Asian web3 ecosystem and women in the web3 global community through mentorship and collaboration.
We were inspired to create this DAO after a dinner organized by Bankless Japan during DAO/ETHTokyo, where participants from the Japanese web3 community expressed three challenges:
- Isolation of women in the Japanese web3 ecosystem from the web3 global community due to language and cultural barriers; although ETHTokyo was a global event, groups formed based on language and similar backgrounds - rather than creating diverse interactions
- Lack of opportunities to connect with women from the international web3 community
- Lack of ‘big sister’ mentors, especially to onboard from web2 to web3
- Mentoring Program
- Building 1:1 connections during 8 week cohorts for professional and personal development between mentor and mentees
- Cross-cultural exchanges
- Podcasts - Interviews of Women in Web3
- Highlighting the challenges of contributors so we can onboard more of them
- IRL Meetups in Asia
- Building in-person connection at the end of the 8 week mentoring program
Sources of Mentors/Mentees
- Accenture Japan
- Digital Garage, web2 and web3 focused investor and builder
- Honey Collective, web3 bluechip NFT communities/women in web3
- BanklessJapan, BanklessKorea
- ABCD, Asia-Based Community DAO
- Nonce, Crypto Hackerhouse in Seoul
8-Week Mentoring Plan
- Week 0: Matching mentors/mentees
- Week 1: Introductions, goal setting for the program
- Week 2: Further develop individual mentorship objectives, how to get more involved
- Week 3: Explore professional (take your sis to work “day”/day in the life)/personal support → Mentor sharing with mentee
- Week 4: Speakers #1 → Share Regional Narratives on Web3 / Discussion Topic
- Week 5: Mentee sharing with mentor / teaching mentor (e.g. cross cultural or professional)
- Week 6: Speaker #2 → Web3 Cross-Cultural Collaboration / Discussion Topic
- Week 7: Speaker #3 → Web2 to Web3 Transition / Discussion Topic
- Week 8: Program Conclusion
- Week TBC : IRL meetup
Weekly meetings are sharing of output / discussion of topics; time outside of weekly meetings are meant for 1:1 interactions between mentors and mentees.
Oneesama DAO will be using Discord to foster community discussions with ongoing engagement leveraging a Discord bot to manage weekly assignments/’homework’ to support the above.
A dinner event for those who aim to foster more conversations in an intimate setting rather than a large networking event. There was an unserved need to connect the less connected to a much bigger, international Web3 community. That dinner resulted in the formation of Oneesama DAO (Big Sister DAO): a DAO aimed at empowering and connecting women in Web3. So far, all 12 women in attendance have expressed interest in continuing the cross-cultural and web3 mentorship.
More on Oneesama DAO from MGD blog: Meta Gamma Delta Members Building Bridges at ETHTokyo | by QuantumAlpha | Meta Gamma Delta DAO | Medium
- Core Team, Bankless Japan
- Head of Partnerships, Wonderverse.xyz
Ed is a Core team member at Bankless Japan and Head of Partnerships at WonderCommunities.com. Ed is motivated in supporting Oneesama DAO having 3 Japanese goddaughters (10, 6 and 2 years old) living in Tokyo - he wants to play an active part in helping support the future role models of his goddaughters. A web3 enthusiast focusing on DAOs, Ed studied civil engineering, making him a bridge builder in both the literal and metaphorical sense. Previously, Ed had run a 300-person alumni mentorship program for the University of Toronto Engineering faculty for five years.
- Genesis Member of ABCD(Asia-Based Community DAO)
- Member of MetaCartel
- Founding Member of a nationwide mentoring union in Korea (since 2010)
Gen is constantly alarmed at how small the female community is in the Korean Web3 Ecosystem. Born&raised in Korea, educated to be obedient and ‘well-behaved.’ It was hard to get used to the ‘Western’ and ‘Sovereign’ culture of crypto initially but she had good female friends&mentors. Would love to see more Korean/Asian women in the global Web3 ecosystem, want to give it a push with Oneesama.
The MGD grant will be used to run the initial cohort of the 8 week mentoring program and initial podcast episodes (mainly for translations and editing). Depending on traction we will do a second cohort. While the initial program is running, OneesamaDAO will look for future sponsorship for the mentorship program as well as the podcast.
- Operating the initial 8 week mentoring program - $1000
- Biweekly Podcast - $1000
- Planning & Recording & Editing
- Translation (English to JP/KR)
- IRL Meetups - $500
- Food and Space Rental
Sample Podcast interview: https://on.soundcloud.com/pnYTm
Ed is a member of MGD