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Core problems being solved:
- We, as a DAO, are not currently holding state. Gaining broad organizational context is difficult or impossible as there are now over 10 regularly scheduled meetings per week and dozens of forum posts daily;
- Cross WG coordination on a timeframe of under 1-week is difficult given that the Weekly and Org meetings are the primary forum for that type of engagement;
- APAC Owls have no easy way of gaining context;
- Even Full Time and heavy contributors cannot make every meeting, nor should they have to, to stay informed;
- Alignment is not enough, without coordination it results in a lot of double-work and wasted time.
- Resources, while abundant here at IC, are not always easy to find;
- An Owl would have to attend an average of 3 hours of meetings day, and spend 1-2 hours reviewing forum posts etc. to gain one-day’s worth of context equivalent to what the The sCoop provides in minutes; and,
- While most Owls work within a WG, having a contributor community with broad organizational context is essential to Coop sustainability.
Why is this worth addressing today?:
- " . . . we are at a scaling point where at least internally, there should be a frequent enough information base for cross WG understanding and engagement."
- Currently, every Owl must balance productive work with maintaining context in the DAO - the more we can decrease the amount of time it takes to do the latter, the more we unlock the former.
- Anything we can do to create a more inclusive framework for contribution is only going to increase the efficiency of the DAO.
- The time-commitment required to stay well-informed has increased significantly in the last 3-months (3 new WGs, a 4th on the horizon), and I only see that increasing over time - perhaps exponentially as we scale.
How will you address it?:
The sCoop will endeavor to:
- Provide a summary of WG meetings within a broad organizational context for those that may not already have it, or need to step away for a few days without worry.
- Surface calls-to-action and opportunities for cross-WG engagement.
- Foster engagement in IC initiatives, outreach, activities, and governance.
- Link to resources, reducing the friction required to view posts and engage in governance.
- Incorporate contributor feedback to improve the product and make it as useful as possible for the intended audience: Index Coop Contributors.
- Memorialize Coop happenings for future reference.
What impact will this have?:
The impact thus far has been overwhelmingly positive and widespread. Owls love it and when asked “what’s something we are doing that you really like?”, an investor stated, “The daily newsletter is tremendously helpful - there should be a twitter bot pushing it out every day.” One Owl stated that it’s serving as a contributor dashboard. Ideally, this newsletter will remain useful in the ways it already is while becoming more widely used as a way for every Owl to stay well-informed.
While difficult to ‘measure’ impact, suffice it to say that in its first week the feedback has been great. I will chart engagement via the forum monthly and provide a report - should this newsletter be adopted and any Owl feel that it is not serving its intended purpose, a poll will be added to the monthly report with the option to renew or deprecate.
BONUS: Supporting this initiative allows this Owl to maintain and provide broad organizational context within the various WG meetings throughout The Coop, which has been reportedly valuable thus far. I can confidently say that with the exception of perhaps @overanalyser, no one attends ALL meetings. Having this context allows broad participation in the forum on inter-WG topics; I have been, and will remain, active in the forums, attempting to bring this type of insight when possible. Some WG leads have been kind enough to incentivize this general participation, however given that that participation would be funded through this endeavor there would be no additional reward for providing this type of discussion meetings. I will always endeavor to be the best possible resource for The Coop.
I hold degrees in the arts and engineering. I have over 15-years of experience in distilling complex engineering (building) projects in the $20-$500MM range into easily digestible reports for non-technical stakeholders. I also have 2-years of experience as a private investigator mitigating fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement in the New York City construction industry. In a nutshell, I figured out how to break things to best prevent them from getting broken; a framework that’s served me well DeFi.
Re crypto: I bought some kitties in '17 and got back into things during DeFi Summer 2020. I’ve built a couple mining rigs, I run an Ethereum node, and if I add up the L1 nonce of the dozen or so wallets I have it’s around 1k. I’ve farmed, staked, gotten rugged, airdropped, and spent more in gas than I care to admit to anyone outside of crypto. All this to say, I’ve been “in crypto” in earnest for about a year, and my brain has not cooled off for a minute of it. The concept of leveraging programmable money to organize labor without an intermediary has become my passion . . .
I have been active full-time within Index Coop for 3-months (I am not a FT contributor in the sense that it is commonly used relating to compensation, it was a speculative undertaking; I receive no ongoing or agreed upon reward at this time). I consider myself a technical generalist and tend to think that even the most ardent supporters of cryptographic tech haven’t scratched the surface of what will be unlocked over the coming decades. Although I do not typically link to personal information within this forum; I am willing to provide a complete resume to any contributor upon request.
Fine print: Published daily, four days a week M-Th (to coincide with days having WG meetings). The 9.95 INDEX/issue reward fee may be otherwise allocated at my discretion to reward contribution to the newsletter (i.e. utilizing the reward to incentivize coverage when meetings overlap etc.). Cancel anytime, feedback very much appreciated; I’ll strive to make this newsletter as useful as possible. My guiding principle in continuing to produce this content will be: level-up an Owl, level-up The Coop. I see my role as a curator rather than a creator in this regard; y’all are doing AMAZING things here and I sincerely enjoy shining a light on that - so if you’ll allow me I’d love to continue to do it. Regardless of result, special thanks to @MrMadila, @Pepperoni_Joe, @BigSky7, and @fallow8 for their thoughtful feedback on the newsletter outside of the forums.
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