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Getting Started with web3

Welcome! The world of web3 can be a confusing place for newcomers. Perhaps you’ve heard of blockchain, cryptocurrencies, NFTs, DeFi or DAOs? Maybe you’re someone wanting to explore how these new technologies can inspire a new way of creating positive social change. And maybe you’ve been interested in how you can participate? If so, you’re in the right place.

This guide will help you get started if you don’t have a lot of familiarity with web3. Let’s start from the beginning and tell you the top concepts you will need to be familiar with in order to navigate this new territory.

You can also visit our web3 library for more curated resources: 120+ guides, articles, videos, posts and more, organized thematically.

Contents

What is web3?

Web3 in a nutshell - A short introduction (5-10 minute read)

A good overview of the components of web3

Why web3 matters

A long but excellent conversation on why web3 matters, where it came from and different ways it might affect our future

An introduction to DAO’s

A decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) is a group organized around a mission that coordinates through a shared set of rules enforced on a blockchain.
One of the main benefits of a DAO is that they are more transparent than traditional companies since all actions and funding in the DAO are viewable by anyone. This significantly reduces the risk of corruption and censorship. Publicly traded companies must provide independently audited financial statements, but shareholders only get to see the financial health of the organization at a snapshot in time. Since a DAO's balance sheet exists on a public blockchain, it is completely transparent at all times, down to every single transaction.

Source: Linda Xie (link below)

Your web3 wallet

The word wallet in web3 is a bit misleading, because really it’s much more than a place to store currency. It’s more like your passport to web3, an identity card, gallery and safety deposit box combined.

Hereis a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up and fund your wallet in order to buy NFTs or other tokens:

Discord

The Discord app is the lifeblood and main communication tool of most web3 communities, including SuperBenefit. Discord can be confusing if you haven’t used it before! Luckily, the excellent resource below can help.

Ready to connect with SuperBenefit on Discord? Join SuperBenefit’s Discord server

SuperBenefit

SuperBenefit is a DAO whose purpose is to embed universal abundance and equity into our deepest infrastructure systems, and to accelerate the arrival of a better future.

We are launching our Theory of Change, which is a description of how we’re proposing to go about achieving our mission, with a public post on Mirror on Tuesday 02 22 2022.

When it launches on February 22, we warmly invite you to read our Theory of Change, and if it strikes a chord, to join us and to get involved.

There are 3 main ways you can contribute:

  1. Read and share the Mirror post
  2. Take us up on one of the 5 invitations ins the post. Join our Discord, introduce yourself and join one of the Guilds or project channels. Our Community Experience team will help you find your way.
  3. In exchange for your donation you'll receive a limited edition artwork by the Brazilian phenomenon Roberlan Paresqui, and an allocation of $SPRB, SuperBenefit's fixed supply governance token.

Further Reading & Learning

If you’re curious to learn more, we recommend the following steps:

  1. Check out the “Library” resources listed below, which are some further “getting started” resources from SuperBeneffit’s web3 Library
  2. Visit our full
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    web3 Library
    which contains 90+ curated resources
  3. the
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    web3 Learning Pathways
    for more sources of information.

Library

24 top resources to get up to speed (for free
A beginner's guide to NFTs – Linda Xie
A beginner’s guide to DAOs — Linda Xie
Blockchain 101: The Simplest Guide You Will Ever Read
Blockchain, explained: what’s a block, what’s a chain, and the tech behind crypto
DAOs: Communities of the Future. Some thoughts on community evolution
Glossary
How the blockchain will radically transform the economy - Bettina Warburg - TED
Letter 23: A Guide to Discord - Letters from a Zeneca_33
The Essential Guide to Discord
Web3 x Social Impact Examples (Curated by Future Foundation)
Web3 — Solving trust issues using math
Web3: in a nutshell — Mirror
What is Web3? The Decentralized Internet of the Future Explained
What the hell is Web3? Here’s an explanation, in plain English.
Wtf is web3?