As someone who came to Optimism Governance from the Velodrome team, I’m glad you asked this. As it happens, the Council was formed as a direct response to the question you’re posing and was in itself an attempt to get people with domain expertise in direct engagement with proposals and initiatives to grow Optimism. I’d say the Grant Council have made a great step in that direction (as evidenced by a high 9.3 NPS from proposers), and forthcoming will be a post from me outlining how we can broaden our expertise even further next season under the proposal @danelund.eth has made.
Nonetheless, I’d caution against distributing decision making too much – this may have been before your time, but previous grant rounds had been clumsy and cacophonous, lacking experts clearly tasked with (and compensated for) the difficult work of pursuing and evaluating promising proposals. As I said many times during that period, governments often have full-time domain PhDs in equivalent roles, and it’s risky to use other structures when overseeing such massive distributions of resources and governance power for what are often highly technical, context-heavy proposals. It’s not straightforward to simply expect people to show up and help, even with compensation, but doing outreach with intention can prove fruitful.
As for this document, it wasn’t ever a formal part of governance, nor was anything in it a condition the Council had to meet. It was a list of things we would have liked to have done, something of a statement of direction. The thing is that we were heavily strapped for time and had to prioritize for getting the best proposals funded with the most transparent, rigorous process we could design, full stop.
I think the Grant Council have done just this. The points @lavande made were ones that I think often go underappreciated in Governance, particularly those with respect to the nature and intention of Governance grants. Nonetheless, given the desirability of OP as a resource, I’m proud to say that this past season, we managed to scale grant asks to be more commensurate with the anticipated value of proposals and were able to return ~300k OP to the treasury, all while greenlighting proposals we were most confident would have the impacts we wanted to see and putting serious time into refining and clarifying processes even between cycles. This is a Council that is taking its job seriously.