[Discussion] Affirming our Code of Conduct and Guiding Principles

Thanks, everyone for the awesome feedback and conversation!

Amazing to see our entire community united around these principles.

This is a great point! I don’t think anyone wants to see our community become one of those heavily moderated internet forums where any deviation from strict rules leads to instant banning. Our community is strong enough at this point that essentially all difficult conversations self-moderate.

Thinking through this post, it is also important to remember that every single one of our community’s biggest growth periods was the result of challenging and difficult conversations. The intensity and passion of our debates often run high- but it is that same passion and intensity that continually drives our community to ever great heights.

We also cannot lose our ability to give directed feedback. I can’t count the number of times that a specific community member has given me very good feedback that directly led to me improving my work and contribution to the Coop. An important part of growing and learning together is teaching each other. Sometimes that is in the form of direct feedback that may be unpleasant. But everyone needs to be able to put their ego aside and accept criticism.

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I’m re-affirming my commitment to the Index Coop’s Code of Conduct & Guiding Principles. I agree that it’s not a great idea to make this too prescriptive per @fallow8 . At the same time, (imo) we should keep this focus on the culture we’re building front-and-center when we work together & bring new partners into the Coop. This forum post is a great start, but potentially passing something like this via an IIP to extend our existing code of conduct could be a good signal to ourselves and partners where Index Coop’s priorities are at.

I also agree very much with @DevOnDeFi’s suggestion: use video or voice calls whenever possible.

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Re-affirming my commitment to these Guiding Principles and Code of Conduct!

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Affirming my commitment to these Guiding Principles and Code of conduct :slight_smile:

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I am re-affirming my commitment to these Guiding Principles and Code of Conduct :owl: I deeply believe that if we as a community are able to maintain these principles and conduct, the sky is the limit for the Coop.

Pulling out a few additional comments folks have made that resonate…

Yes! Here is a definition (source) of “servant leadership” that points more sharply at the concept:

A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid,” servant leadership is different. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.


These questions are very important for us to figure out.


Yes! Thanks for sharing that those are the 2 biggest barriers, let’s figure out ways to ramp those up.


I’ve been thinking about these two topics a ton too…they are very important, not default, and I think made much harder when many (most?) interactions are from behind a keyboard. A lot gets lost in a forum post (as pointed at by @DevOnDeFi).

I wonder if “questions first” is a good principle to help with empathy? Thinking out-loud here… But what if whenever one of us feels antagonistic towards a post, rather than going at it, we ask loads of questions to ensure understanding* and push towards an outcome.

Food for thought.


may loop back with more thoughts as this thread develops :slight_smile:

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Affirming my commitment to IC code of conduct :mechanical_arm:

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Just affirming my commitment to the code of conduct and guiding principles .
Looking forward to seeing what happens next for the coop.

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Re-affirming my commitment to these Guiding Principles and Code of Conduct!:owl::owl:

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Caught my eye and had to share – have a great weekend everyone!

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Re-affirming my commitment to the Coop’s Guiding Principles and Code of Conduct!

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:slight_smile: Re-affirming my commitment to the Coop’s Guiding Principles and Code of Conduct

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I’m excited to affirm my commitment to the guiding principles and code of conduct set out above by @BigSky7 :owl: :full_moon_with_face:

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Re-affirming our commitment to the Coop’s Guiding Principles and Code of Conduct on behalf of White Star Capital!

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Love this. Re-affirming our commitment to the guiding principles and code of conduct on behalf of Sequoia Capital India

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Affirming my commitment to the Coop’s Guiding Principles and Code of Conduct

:slightly_smiling_face::cowboy_hat_face:

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Affirming my commitment to these principles and a quick note :slight_smile:

As I’ve been welcomed into the Coop over the past month I have been blown away by the power of this community. My initial motivation for joining the Coop was centered around the superior collaboration I had seen in the community. The team was shipping products, new DeFi integrations, there was tons of marketing, lots of explanations/substantive discussion on podcasts and Twitter and Discord. All of which was done with a speed I had never seen. As I joined the discord and read the community handbook it was incredibly clear what the goals were and how the DAO would achieve them. Many of my initial questions were answered by just doing a bit of digging in the forum or discord. Everything I needed to learn was provided by the community and there were multiple helping hands ready as I introduced myself.

While at times a whirlwind, becoming a Coop member is probably 10x better than any job onboarding I have ever had. I tried to figure out what had made this community so effective. I quickly realized that it is due to the principles above. Time after time I have been welcomed to meetings with smiling faces and been asked inquisitive questions. From day one I have felt comfortable knowing my input will be considered and thoughtfully discussed. Working group leads ask for advice and immediately try to implement feedback. There is also a constant state of self-reflection and inclination to improve. Coop members, unlike employees of other companies, actually care about one another and the growth of the collective. This type of collaboration is so incredibly unique and is not something I have seen in any other traditional organization.

All in all, I am writing this because I have seen worries within the community about communication, collaboration, and guiding principles. While it may be difficult at times to corral the emotions of community members and outside partners, I must say this community is on the right track. Thank you all so much for fostering such a positive and collaborative community. I said this in my new joiner call, but we are selling ourselves short with the comparisons to Blackrock. Traditional companies can never compete with the community being built here. This DAO has far more potential and attracts far greater talent. Again, thank you all and I look forward to continued growth. Hoot Hoot!

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I affirm my commitment to these values, like @funkmasterflex, I’m blown also extremely impressed by the speed and efficiency I’ve witnessed after only a few days working with the APAC BD team.

I’ve worked in a variety of sales teams at traditional software companies for 4 years. Although I met new people every day, it was rare to come across someone with a contagious energy about them - the type of energy that can only be emitted by someone with a genuine interest in their product & customers.

I’ve been part of Index Coop for less than a week. I will confidently say that everyone I’ve met so far meets this profile. I’m very grateful to discover such an amazing community of long-term thinkers where being curious, innovative & cooperative is the norm!

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I affirm my commitment to these principles. I’m very excited to be part of this public promise and to build a culture of quality and respect. I realize you may see some of my blind spots before I do; please let me know if you ever see me not living fulling into our principles.

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Affirming my commitment to these Guiding Principles and Code of Conduct. :owl:

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affirm affirm affirm affirm.

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