We’ve seen many teams work to create a more diverse and inclusive Collective through translation recently. I love the fact that the Optimistic vision in LatAm is represented by more than one entity, allowing for real inclusion and growth through projects that have been growing their communities and audiences for years. Some of those teams include Espacio Cripto, Solow, Ethereum Mexico, Nacion Bankless, and many others.
YOU CAN SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM FOR SOME DANK EXAMPLES OF THE WORK I’VE BEEN DOING TO SPREAD THE OPTIMISTIC VISION AROUND THE GLOBE
VANITY METRICS VRS QUALITY METRICS
Follower count and views are cool, but do they convert? We sometimes get carried away by vanity metric and overlook how they create real impact, adoption, growth, etc. This is one of the risks I see in centralizing so much funding to few educational initiatives that eventually become stagnant communication silos. This is why we’ve put so much effort into showing how much impact our work has created by through onchain activity. Mirror mints, NFT badges as certificates of completion, free OP mints as proof of attendance (like POAPs, but on OP).
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
While some may feel it’s best to redistribute what is already created by one entity instead of creating “more content”, I feel we need to continue empowering a more diverse set of educators and creators that speak to different audiences. We won’t grow the ecosystem by focusing on the bubbles we frequent.
Oftentimes we discuss diversity and inclusion in a self serving way. Diversity and inclusion for me and my group. Rarely do we see people working for these causes take a step further and think about creating diversity and inclusion beyond what serves their own needs. This is why I have made a concerted effort to onboard communities serving Arabic, Japanese, Korean and other audiences.
Cool Story, Bro. Wen Impact?
Real growth and adoption happens by reaching out and meeting others where they are instead of waiting for them to come to us. It’s still early and we’re still smaller than we like to think. This is why I have spent the past few months recruiting and guiding strategic communities that will help us grow our audiences and more importantly - our user base.
I’ve reached out to content creators and communities that still had yet to be OP pilled (I know right?) and didn’t even know about Public Goods or Public Goods Funding. These are educators that have amassed audiences that reach millions. I’m talking creators with YouTube 900K subscribers. Communities with hundredrs of people engaging in in forums daily.
Don’t Trust. Verify.
This team has created one of the largest and most active crypto communities in Japan. They didn’t put any focus on Optimism nor were they familiar with the concepts of Public Goods and Public Goods Funding before I started working with them. It took some time for them to believe that their work to create crypto education and adoption in their country could be compensated (sound familiar?). I began working with them (at no charge), meeting them at crazy hours of the day and guiding them to the Optimistic Vision. They even participated in Gitcoin GG18 ( deployed on Optimism) and finished as a top grantee due to the high engagement of their community.
Educational tweets and mini courses focusing on Governance, video tutorials deploying NFT contracts using Thirdweb, ecosystem platforms. and more.
Multiple blogs translated
Julia at Nonce Community in Korea (currently designing a SubDao for this)
Hosted a series of OPFriends Spaces and helped guide in the creation of over 50 pieces of content generating millions if views in Spanish. I recruited guests like Across Protocol, builders, badgeholders, etc and co hosted the spaces. These were usually held at 2 or 3 AM my time.
Example of a free OP NFT mint for attendees of the spaces.
I saw an opportunity to create value for the collective and I did it instead of being a reply guy telling the foundation to do it.
Impact Onboarding is something I am passionate about. Onboarding trough Public Goods. Part of this initiative includes onboarding degens to public goods as we build the Degen 2 Regen pipeline. This is how we grow the space though impact instead of speculation.
All of these communites are now able to apply for RetroPGF for the hard work they put into growing the Optimism ecosystem. It’s difficult to allocate resources for something like this. It may work, it may not. I decided it was worth trying and it worked.
I’m already working with other teams and communities in Asia, Europe, and Africa to continue doing my part for the collective.
I’m teaching people from all over the world to deploy Quadratic Funding rounds on Optimism.
STAY OPTIMISTIC MY FRENS!