Idle Leagues (subDAOs)

What is a League 🛡

Leagues are Idle DAO’s solution to the scaling problems that DAOs face. They are working groups, centered around one expertise. They allow a fluid and fast organization of active contributors, as opposed to slow, inefficient, centralized and rigid structures. Leagues are indeed flexible, ductile and modular. They can be initiated by group of active community members, embed or be embedded in other sub-DAOs, and split or merge.
Members are elected through community snapshot polls and are in charge of the mandate duration (currently 3 months).


Idle Governance system is a DAO that pursues different key activities to ensure proper maintenance and evolution of the protocol in the years to come. Governance deals with business, tech, legal, and administrative tasks, which usually in real-world companies are represented by departments. In the initial DAO model, token holders are supposed to take decisions in several areas.
By delegating part of the execution power to key decision makers, the cost of participation drops significantly. The DAO’s decision process is thus more efficient without without compromising on transparency or openness. Furthermore, Leagues provides a canvas for talent to organically emerge to the relevant parts of the DAO.
This is based on the concept of collective intelligence, which strongly contributes to the shift of knowledge and power from the individual to the collective. However, collective actions or tasks require different amounts of coordination depending on the complexity of the task. Tasks vary from being highly independent simple tasks that require very little coordination to complex interdependent tasks that are built by many individuals and require a lot of coordination.
Group collective intelligence is a property that emerges through coordination from both bottom-up and top-down processes. In a bottom-up process, the different characteristics of each member are involved in contributing and enhancing coordination. Top-down processes are more strict and fixed with norms, group structures, and routines that in their own way enhance the group’s collective work.
Collective intelligence is at the root of Leagues and Idle DAO effectiveness and efficiency.
Leagues have been conceived to put people first. Their flexibility allows for dynamic and composable structures to be created around any group of contributors, giving the DAO a mechanism to be accountable and aligned in terms of incentives.
This approach splits risks & opportunities, allowing active members to take care of new business lines or scheduled DAO activities and get a reward for that. The composition of DAOs/Leagues is designed to evolve based on Idle protocol and its community's needs and opportunities.
Full structure description and goals in the About Idle Leagues article.

How it works

$IDLE token holders (the Governance) represent the topDAO, an entity able to allocate economic resources and assign tasks to the Leagues. Through snapshot polls, the Governance can assign/revoke the budget to the subDAO at any time or stop financing it.
Idle topDAO - subDAO structure
The Leagues take care of the daily protocol maintenance, propose new ideas, interact with the crypto ecosystem and execute decisions taken by the Governance.

Leagues Coordinators

Starting from M1-2022, Idle Leagues introduced a new figure, the Coordinator.
Leagues will appoint one (senior) contributor as coordinator for each League, responsible to follow multiple initiatives and fostering effective teamwork among contributors.


When multiple and different Leagues members coordinate with each other on the same feature area, they form a Lab. Labs help build alignment across Leagues and aim to maintain it over the course of an initiative workflow (bearing in mind Dunbar’s Number 2).
Each League assigns a member to a specific Lab’s initiative who is responsible for helping coordinate across Leagues and for encouraging collaboration.


There are three active Leagues, whose parameters (team composition, salary, budget, mandate) have been decided through a community proposal.
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