Thanks everyone for your thoughtful feedback, questions, and statements here. I’m very grateful you’ve all taken the time to provide such thoughtful feedback.
I think that generally, to your most recent concerns Kyle around Grassroots being a bit off, I believe that S15 is in a critical period of transition for Grassroots.
Historically, Grassroots has been focused on creating extremely high-quality and rich community experiences through our Library and Twitter Spaces. These spaces are consistently well attended, and those who attend meaningfully and authentically participate. Our Library calls are run like intimate reading groups made up by a group of best-friends (thanks to @linht.tran and Madison), and our Twitter Spaces are run like exceptionally well-crafted podcast episodes (thanks to @lanitrock and Vermeer).
I’d consider our grassroots efforts in PGF to be a huge success, I think our key two faults up until this point have been:
- Not collaborating super closely with other workstreams
- And not doing the best job telling our stories or re-purposing content
I agree with Saf that in the past we haven’t collaborated closely with other workstream’s in our efforts. But to defend Grassroots a bit, up until S14 DAO Ops and MMM weren’t principally focused on Community Efforts.
Given the other workstreams new interest in supporting community, I’m confident that Grassroots will collaborate closer with MMM and DAO Ops in S15 and beyond. The Grassroots team is highly motivated to align our efforts across the DAO. Over the past few weeks, we’ve begun aligning efforts with DAO Ops (by opening up our Library sessions to all Gitcoin Citizens) and with MMM (by continuing to explore how Twitter spaces can be leveraged to ‘spread the good word’ about grant rounds and help onboard grantees).
As Joe said,
I couldn’t agree more here. I find it a bit odd that folks generally feel very dismissive of the success Grassroots has had building community over the past year. Many folks seem to be over-indexing on the novel DAO Citizen initiatives, and MMM’s increased desire to focus on community as well.
While we begin shifting our focus as a DAO to the protocol, I’d argue that Grassroots community efforts will becoming increasingly critical to our success. As we begin to help other communities fund their shared needs, we might begin considering the shared needs of our own community. I believe that Grassroots is in the best position to lead this charge, and I believe that Grassroots is in the best position to figure out how we might, as @kyle wrote here, “focus on helping the world understand why the Grants protocol is such a game changer.”
That being said, I think Grassroots will look substantially different during S16, and I think in order to get there, Grassroots will spend S15 transitioning our efforts and aligning ourselves with the DAO.
To address your concern around compensation, @safder, Grassroots has a degree excellence I’m quite proud of. $100k/season is a healthy amount of funding, but as @Fishbiscuit wrote,
In response to @CoachJonathan’s budget concerns, QZ also succinctly said, “Your intuition is right. It does take a lot of hours to run a good community.” Despite the expense of funding Grassroots during S15, I’m confident that we can ‘stretch our tokens’ to the fullest extent possible and produce immensely positive externalities through Grassroots community endeavors during S15. We’ll produce these positive externalities in the service of both the program and the protocol, and we’ll, as I’ve mentioned, align ourselves with other workstreams.
All in all, it has been a bit frustrating to see everyone pushing back on Grassroots. Community is not a means to push forward protocol adoption or increase impressions on social media, community is the bedrock of trust and care within the Gitcoin ecosystem. As we shift our focus to other communities funding their shared needs, and I do think its critical that our community efforts remain well funded in this DAO.