Address or ENS: daoshua.eth
Discord username: Jshua#0001
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I have read and understood the Delegate Commitment Process: Yes
I understand that becoming a delegate is a significant commitment: Yes
My reasons for wanting to be a delegate
Scaling: Working at the EF as the community lead on ethereum․org has exposed me to a wide range of users. From complete beginners to Web3 natives, the most significant pain point that users bring up is the Ethereum gas fees. Instead of explaining why they should pick to pay more on Ethereum vs a less-secure alt L1 chain, rollups let us abstract away those conversations— giving users the best of both worlds without the jargon. Being one of the first movers in the Ethereum scaling space, I think Optimism, among others, has tremendous potential to serve the next cohort of Ethereum users.
Public goods: I want to help the facilitation and growth of public goods, both within Ethereum and beyond. I am an active contributor to GitcoinDAO and would like to expand my public goods contributions to being more involved in the governance processes that prop them up.
Disappointment: Sadly, the current token governance systems are somewhat broken. The same people become stewards in every hot DAO, often with good intentions but with poor results and outcomes. Mostly unaccountable to their delegates, some voting based on whims instead of research. Even worse, looking through the delegate commitments here, I see what I view as many half-baked or rushed answers. I don’t expect or want to become a whale delegate (ideally, we shouldn’t even have them)—having a large pool of representatives with small delegations is healthier, will give better representation, and be more sustainable. So if you’re reading this and thinking of becoming a delegate—dao it !
My view on the Optimistic Vision
The Optimistic Collective’s North Star resonates with me strongly. Too many smart people are working on bullshit projects because building something impactful traditionally hasn’t paid the bills. The Optimism Collective is positioned to shift this dynamic from within the Ethereum ecosystem and then beyond.
My view on the first three articles of the Working Constitution
1) Well put. It’s foolish to pretend we have everything figured out. Admitting that this will require iteration and experimentation is highly mature.
2) The current token governance structures are clearly failing (governance purely by popularity contest, consolidation of power to the new ‘web3 elites’, quorums being lowered due to waning interest). The governance experiments that The Optimism Collective will run really excite me. I hope we can discover better ways to govern decentralized collectives.
3) The initial involvement of The Optimism Foundation and having progressive decentralization as a mechanism to ensure the long-term success of The Optimism Collective seems pragmatic.
My Web3 interests:
Accessibility, DAOs, Governance, Social impact, Writing.
Languages I speak and write
My skills and areas of expertise
Community building, writing, frontend development, and memes.
My favorite Web3 projects
ethereum․org, Gitcoin, ENS