Season 6 Elections: Grants Council

Season 6 Election: Grants Council


Grants Council Reviewers will be elected by the Token House in Special Voting Cycle #23b, which runs from June 13th - June 19th at 19:00 GMT.


Those that would like to nominate themselves for these roles must fill out the below template and post here by June 5th at 19:00 GMT.

Anyone is able to self-nominate at any point, but there is no guarantee to be an election until a budget renewal proposal passes a Token House vote on May 29th.

The Foundation will facilitate a town hall with all eligible candidates the following week, before elections take place.

Representatives should only serve in one elected position per Season. There are no term limits for representatives, but they may be implemented in the future if the need arises.

There is no minimum voting power requirement to be a Member but the Foundation has recommended the following considerations:

  • There is strategic value in there being a Reviewer that has expertise in DeFi and that is able to advise the Grants Council on the emerging trends within DeFi
  • There is strategic value in there being a Reviewer that has expertise and connections in Gaming

Grants Council Self-Nomination Template

Please keep your answers as concise as possible while conveying all relevant information.

Council sub-committee: (if applicable)

If you are a delegate, please provide the link to your delegate profile:

If you are a delegate, please indicate what % of votable supply is delegated to you: (voting power can be referenced here)

If you are a delegate, please indicate your voting participation rate in OP governance to date: (You may link to your profile on Karma 7, if applicable.)

Please link to your voting history and any voting rationale you’ve shared: (You may link to your Snapshot and/or Agora profile for voting history. You may link to your delegate communication thread, or any other medium you use to communicate with your delegators, to share your voting rationale.)

Do you have a technical background?: If so, please elaborate

Please demonstrate any non-Optimism experience you believe is relevant to this role and/or your sub-committee:

Have you previously served in a representative (appointed or elected) role in the Collective? If so, please specify which:

Please outline your contributions, and their impact, to the Optimism ecosystem to date:

Please describe your philosophy on what makes a good Mission Application:

What types of Mission Requests do you think will help achieve the Season 6 Intents?:

Please disclose any anticipated conflicts of interest: If you are a top 25 delegate in another ecosystem, hold an elected position in another DAO, and/or are a multisig signer in another community please disclose here.

Please verify that you understand you may be removed from this role via the Representative Removal proposal type in the Operating Manual:

Please verify that you understand KYC will be required to receive Council rewards at the end of Season 6:

Please verify that you are able to commit ~20 hours / week to reviewing grant applications and other Council operations:


What Does This Mean for Delegates?

Reviewers will be elected via approval voting in Special Voting Cycle #23b. Approval voting is a mechanism that allows each delegate to vote for as many nominees as they choose with equal voting power. The nominees with the highest percentage of approval votes will be elected to the Council. Please note this policy in Optimist Expectations:

In the case of approval/ranked choice elections, delegates may vote for themselves, so long as they also cast votes for the remaining elected positions.

Example: I can vote for my own candidacy on the Growth Experiments committee, so long as I also cast 4 additional votes (a total of 5 votes, as there are 5 open positions on the sub-committee.)

Please note the above outlined voting mechanism is subject to change depending on Council structure and number of eligible candidates.

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Grants Council Self-Nomination Template

Please keep your answers as concise as possible while conveying all relevant information.

Council sub-committee: (if applicable)

Experiments

Milestones and Metrics

If you are a delegate, please provide the link to your delegate commitment:

vote.optimism.io

Optimism Agora

Agora is the home of Optimism voters.

If you are a delegate, please indicate what % of votable supply is delegated to you: (voting power can be referenced here 6)

N/A

If you are a delegate, please indicate your voting participation rate in OP governance to date: (You may link to your profile on Karma 3 , if applicable. If not, you can divide the number of Optimism votes under your Snapshot profile by 87, which is the number of Token House votes through Season 2, and add all possible votes from Agora.)

This is my public hot wallet. I have other alt accounts with 100% voting participation.

https://optimism.karmahq.xyz/profile/eurom.eth#statement

Please link to your voting history and any voting rationale you’ve shared: (You may link to your Snapshot and/or Agora profile for voting history. You may link to your delegate communication thread, or any other medium you use to communicate with your delegators, to share your voting rationale.)

https://snapshot.org/#/profile/0x110B8b6717C4Da32d86A8D3ef78964d44f9D61F0

vote.optimism.io

Optimism Agora

Agora is the home of Optimism voters.

My opinions are scattered across social media. Going forward i will populate delegation thread in this forum.

Please outline any other contributions to the Optimism ecosystem to date:

  • I conducted a meetup which was attended by 186 High-Networth Individuals (HNI’s) out of which 118 HNI’s bridged live to Optimism mainnet in South Africa. Since, I hail from financial markets with 16+ years of experience, I am able to leverage my network of high volume traders and investors to Optimism. These are first time Optimism users. These traders & investors are still active even in this bear market which is evident from their unique wallet activities. My team created a mini ecosystem for Optimism here at South Africa as well as in India.
  • My onchain identity is of sterling quality. Here are the details:-
    1.) Regen score :- 2620
    (https://regenscore.vercel.app/share/0x110B8b6717C4Da32d86A8D3ef78964d44f9D61F0 )
    2.) EAS Attestation :-
    (Address 0x110B8b6717C4Da32d86A8D3ef78964d44f9D61F0 - Ethereum Attestation Service)
    3.) Gitcoin Passport score:- 56
  • Multiple praises on “PRAISE BOT” testifies my relentless hardwork for Optimism.
  • I have done thousands of transactions along with providing huge liquidity which is verifiable on-chain.
  • I have supported the Optimism ecosystem as co-grant donor and have donated to more than 125
    projects building on Optimism ecosystem through OP Co-grant, Gitcoin, Octant and Giveth.
  • Active and diligent participation to OP governance through 100% voting till date.
  • Spreading the word about Optimism in Investor community and creating interest to explore globally
    through perpetual trading, governance participation and protocol use.

Do you have a technical background? If so, please elaborate:

I was a Senior Grants Reviewer for Polygon for over a year (from scratch to sunsetting). My understanding on technical background with respect to reviewing grants is the knowledge of understanding the entire spectrum of cryptospace. I am not a developer or a coder but I understand the dynamic structure of web3 that helps me in evaluating project’s needs. My reviews were highly valued from ecosystem and business perspectives for impact, leverage and ecosystem growth for public goods as well since I hail from financial markets with 16+ years of experience. I understand Defi at expert level since i am a market maker, arbitrageur, hedger, delta trader and a fund manager.

Have you previously served on a Token House Council or committee? If so, please specify which:

Not as of now. But will surely join in coming days.

Please demonstrate any experience you believe is relevant to this role:

  • I was a Senior Grants Reviewer for Polygon for over a year (from scratch to sunsetting) and had an opportunity to review in total of 1200 proposals (average of 75-90 proposals a month) disbursing cash grants to the tune of >2.5 million $ along with triple the value in non-cash components.
  • Reviewing applications to determine whether they meet the stated criteria for the grants program.
  • Mentoring and hand-holding Junior Grants Reviewers.
  • Understanding the needs of applicants to determine eligibility and need for services.
  • Evaluating each applicant’s proposal against the stated criteria and scoring it accordingly.
  • Reviewing an applicant’s financial records to determine whether they are able to support themselves.
  • Making recommendations to the Dao on which applications should be funded.
  • Communicating with applicants to provide additional information on their applications or to answer questions about the application process.
  • Recommend the range of financial grant that can be provided after careful scrutiny.
  • Recommend the range of non-financial support along with monetary grant (if applicable) that is useful for the grantee and ecosystem.
  • Being a senior grant reviewer and my skills of risk management, risk mitigation, quantum, applicability, impact, sustainability and beyond. These skills worked as a great combination to evaluate projects keeping in mind the goal and purpose. My background being 16+ years as Professional Market Marker, Arbitrageur in stock markets and 8+ years in web3.
  • My expertise of attention to details, risk management, applicability, market reach and sustainability, impact evaluation with minutest details.

Please demonstrate expertise relevant to your Council sub-committee: (if applicable)

N/A

Please describe your philosophy on what makes a good Governance Fund grant:

On grant funding specific to web3:- I believe in these 5 principles out of my experience as a Senior Grant Reviewer with Polygon: -

  • Evaluating and assessing your grant recipients vulnerabilities during initial stages(MVP).
  • Enumerating short-term commitments (or long-term ones in short segments).
  • Formalisation of a suitably detailed grant arrangement.
  • Recommendations of an intermediary organization for expert services.
  • Realizing the limitations of grant compliance.

What types of Mission Requests do you think will help achieve the Season 5 Intents?

Creation of transparency and accountability for grant recipients and governance participants.

Initiatives to be taken to educate the broader community about Optimism governance and RetroPGF.

Concrete steps to increase the resiliency of core governance infrastructure.

One single portal with enhanced user-friendly interfaces to interact with governance programs.

Promoting and maintaining a welcoming governance community for wider participation.

Steps to educate the understandability of the governance system for new entrants.

Please disclose any anticipated conflicts of interest:

None

Please verify that you agree to abide by the Code of Conduct 4:

Yes, I agree to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Please verify that you understand KYC will be required to receive Council rewards at the end of Season 5:

Yes, I do understand that KYC will be required to receive Council rewards.

Please verify that you are able to commit ~20 hours / week to reviewing grant applications and other Council operations :

Yes, I will be able to commit 20 hours/week.

Hey @Derbygold.eth exciting that you’re self-nominating. Could you please move your self-nomination to the Grants Council Self-Nomination thread? Thank you!

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Grants Council Self-Nomination

Alex Soto / @alexsotodigital

Council sub-committee: N/A
If you are a delegate, please provide the link to your delegate profile: N/A
If you are a delegate, please indicate what % of votable supply is delegated to you: N/A
If you are a delegate, please indicate your voting participation rate in OP governance to date: N/A

Please link to your voting history and any voting rationale you’ve shared: I have no history of voting on OP, but my rationale would be to pay attention to the opposing opinions and dig deeper to understand which of the criticisms can be integrated into the proposal to make it even better. I also think it is important to analyze which initiatives need a grant and which would benefit but can still happen without it.

Do you have a technical background?: I do not have a technical background but rather a more human approach (social sciences, communication, governance, etc.).

Please demonstrate any non-Optimism experience you believe is relevant to this role and/or your sub-committee:

  • I worked at Socialab, a social innovation incubator where I analyzed the impact potential of early stage projects.
  • I worked as a facilitator in organizational development, with a focus on dynamic governance in DAOs.
  • I worked as a consultant in impact measurement and social entrepreneurship.
  • I co-founded a consulting unit at RnDAO where we offer support to DAOs in processing tensions, solving growth problems and building a culture of well-being.
  • My experience leads me to look for common points, and win-win-win scenarios, that contribute to systemic changes and address the needs of stakeholders.

Have you previously served in a representative (appointed or elected) role in the Collective? No, I haven’t.

Please outline your contributions, and their impact, to the Optimism ecosystem to date:

  • My contributions to the ecosystem have been indirect, but come from:
  • Generating content in Spanish about governance.
  • Designing induction processes for DAOs.
  • Co-creating collaboration tools.
  • Promoting care work in the community.

Please describe your philosophy on what makes a good Mission Application:
I believe that a good mission application requires to:

  • Understand the context of those who apply for the grant
  • List the underlying needs that are required for the initiative to be successful.
  • Define metrics that can be used to keep the project on track.
  • Promote team accountability during and at the end of the process.

What types of Mission Requests do you think will help achieve the Season 6 Intents?:
I think that the mission requests will be those that:

  • Understand decentralization as both a social and technological process.
  • That they seek to strengthen relationships with a long-term perspective rather than achieving superficial and short-term numbers.
  • That promote the induction of users, developers and allies from a perspective of diversity and inclusion.
  • That they exemplify the vision of the collective, inspiring people outside the ecosystem.

Please disclose any anticipated conflicts of interest: I don’t think there is

Please verify that you understand you may be removed from this role via the Representative Removal proposal type in the Operating Manual : Yes, I understand.

Please verify that you understand KYC will be required to receive Council rewards at the end of Season 6: Yes, I understand.

Please verify that you are able to commit ~20 hours / week to reviewing grant applications and other Council operations: Yes, I am able.