SEED Latam is an ecosystem that aims to promote knowledge and critical thinking about Web3 in spanish, as well as empower the future Web3 leaders.
SEED Latam has its origins in DeFi LATAM. SEED Latam, as we know it today, was born as DeFi LATAM in early 2020. At that time, the ecosystem was very different from what we know now. Along with the DeFi Summer, the idea of creating a study group among technology enthusiasts interested in Blockchain emerged. Soon, that group evolved into a community focused on studying protocols and platforms that emerged during that time.
The gathering of those initial individuals who regularly shared their knowledge transformed into a network connecting dozens of countries and cities on Telegram and Discord. The community became a knowledge multiplier. From the beginning, collaborative and cooperative learning was promoted within it. Some members specialized in different Web3 topics. Groups were formed, segmenting and deepening knowledge to the point where spaces were created for communities and projects to thrive.
Workshop in our ETH Latam BA side event with Chainlink and The Graph
Over the months, the “Core” and “Hardcore” teams were formed, with more than 15 people participating in the decision-making process. What characterized DeFi Latam from the beginning was a respect for the ethos.
You can find attached the DeFi Latam 2022 file, which compiles the activities of DeFi Latam during 2022.
Since its inception, DeFi Latam has advocated for critical thinking through education. We do not endorse scams or collaborate with blockchains, projects, or protocols that are not aligned with our core values. Our priority is to foster critical thinking within our community.
We have a long-term commitment to the values of decentralization and education, and we avoid reacting to momentary trends or fads within the crypto space. We firmly believe that the ecosystem should be built on a solid foundation, which is why community members and the actions we undertake are aligned with our Ethos.
Last year, a significant part of the Core team, Hardcore team, collaborators, and community members took part in ETH Latam, the first and largest event in Argentina. It was an immense joy for the people in the region, as amidst the crisis, we celebrated a hopeful spirit fueled by the motivation that blockchain technology gives us.
For Latin Americans, technology is a tool that helps us overcome socioeconomic barriers and allows us to build and be part of this paradigm. We also participated in Devcon, collaborating with ETH Global and ETH Latam Bogotá.
Amongst all these activities, we found a limitation: our name. Despite the recognition we had gained for our work, being known as “DeFi Latam” was constraining us. We didn’t want to be identified solely as a community focused on “DeFi.” At that time, the Spanish-speaking Optimism Español and Layer communities (both founded by members of DeFi Latam) had grown, engaging in educational activities that were aligned with our ethos.
Our watching party - The Merge
Considering the context and aiming to encompass a broader spectrum, we decided to find a name that truly represents us. Thus, SEED was born during a community call. S.E.E.D. Latam, which stands for Sovereignty, Education, Evolution, and Decentralization. We started identifying ourselves by what we truly do: SEED, the seed of communities, projects, and now delegations. Some are part of our history, while others coexist and work closely with us. From SEED Latam, groups have flourished, such as Layer2 en Español, Optimism en Español, and Mujeres en Crypto, among others.
Lastly, It’s important to highlight that DeFi Latam hasn’t ceased to exist as such; it continues to exist as one of the communities that are part of the SEED Latam ecosystem.
Last event organized for the 3rd birthday of DeFi latam
We have established the foundations of our bylaws in order to establish the guiding principles and provisions that guide our operation at SEED Latam. We are highly committed to complying with them. We strive to build a much broader and diverse ecosystem to establish the pillars of what we believe in: an organized and transparent model for anyone to build and benefit from SEED Latam.
It is a public document that outlines our ethos, mission and values, code of conduct, team structure, treasury, delegate or governance representative election and accountability, grants management, delegation fund handling policy, among other things. The bylaws can be accessed in both English and Spanish.
The DeFi Latam team started with a group of five members in the Core team.
In response to the professionalization of SEED Latam, the growth of the community, and participation in governance, we decided to reorganize earlier this year.
In this process, Cryptochica, left her role as team leader and took on a new role as Governance Coordinator. On the other hand, Candela Fazzano, who previously led the Women in Crypto community and communication for DeFi Latam, assumed the role of Community Leader at SEED Latam.
Our delegate Joxes began the period as a tech lead. It was recently decided that they would dedicate themselves exclusively to the delegation of Optimism and Layer 2, while also volunteering for SEED Latam by conducting Community Calls.
These changes, along with the addition of new members, are made with full confidence that the ethos and mission of SEED will continue intact. Today, our Core team consists of seven members and other active contributors.
We have attached here a map of the SEED Latam ecosystem.
@CryptoChica: Governance Coordinator at SEED Latam | Co Founder ETHKipu
@0xLocoPacha: Product Desing SEED Latam | Designer ETHKipu
@Joxes Research at Wonderland | Leading L2 Español | SEED Latam delegate for Optimism
Manu: comms at Defiant App | Ethereum Argentina | CM at SEED Latam
@AxlVaz: Contributor at SEED Latam | External contributor at Layer 2 and Optimism Español
@NicoProducto leading Optimism Español | SEED Latam contributor
Noa: Core member L2 Español | Founder DeFi Argentina | SEED Latam contributor.
@Netrim: Collaborator for Optimism’s delegate platform at SEED Latam
@Pumbi: contributor at Optimism Español, Solow core member | ETH Paraguay
Crisincrypto: Criptocuriosas core member | Moderator Sovereign Finance AVC SEED Latam
The restructuring has been made possible in part due to RPGF2, which allowed for team projection and expansion.
Since the leadership transition on May 1, 2023, we established trial goals for a three-month period. These goals are publicly available and linked in our bylaws. They were presented in a community meeting to discuss team changes, tasks, and the roadmap.
During this period, we have focused on improving our internal organization and activities. Additionally, we have continued to work closely with two communities aligned with SEED Latam: Optimism Español and Layer 2. From the beginning, some of our contributors, such as our graphic designer and community manager, have worked voluntarily and collaboratively for all of them.
After consolidating as a team, securing resources, and maintaining direct dialogue between leaders to address issues and adapt to new dynamics, we have decided to incorporate a dedicated Community Manager for SEED Latam and separate teams, at least in terms of communication roles.
There is synergy between SEED Latam, Layer 2, and Optimism Español, and members actively collaborate with each other. It is important to highlight Nico Espíndola, the leader of Optimism Español, who provides guidance and supervision based on his product management expertise. Likewise, the graphic designer, Pacha, has created the visual identity and provides support when needed.
Regarding this period, we would like to mention the #SEEDday in Mendoza Capital. In the in-person meetup, a workshop on Optimism was held for developers, along with talks on governance and more. It was a significant milestone as SEED Latam visited Mendoza, a province far from the capital city of Argentina.
We are committed to publishing an assessment of results and objectives for the next three months on the forum.
Although the 3-month period has not ended yet, the time that has passed provides us with insight into the horizon of SEED Latam. Currently, we are dedicating our efforts to the governance vertical as we are strongly committed to our mission. Through governance, we aim to amplify the voice of Latin America and promote participation. To achieve this, we need to be actively involved in decision-making processes to contribute value to the ecosystem. We advocate for a critical and objective perspective from our role as representatives. We consider the impact that decisions made within the Latin American community can have on users, developers, protocols, local institutions, and all those interested in the Web3 ecosystem. You can watch our Optimism governance calls in this playlist.
We invite you to read this article written by Cryptochica about our mission and purpose, “Latin American Voices in Shaping the Future Decisions,” here.
Continuing the discussion from Delegate Commitments [OLD]:
Continuing the discussion from Delegate Commitments [OLD]:
In pursuit of greater clarity, funds are held in a multisig. Collaborators and core team members participate in the multisig. This means that every transaction must be justified, and multiple signatures are required to ensure maximum transparency, security, and custody of our funds.
By requiring approval from multiple signatures for any transaction, we promote a decentralized approach to asset storage. This means that no individual has full and exclusive access to the funds, even as a core team member, reducing the risk of unauthorized access to our assets and potential attacks or misappropriation. With this methodology, we aim to strengthen trust in our operations.
The team’s costs, multisig addresses, and treasury information are publicly accessible and available in our bylaws for anyone who wishes to review them.
Optimism: 0x59De6dEBDbb63C374EEB418C80191831A69027d5 (OP tokens from RPGF2).
Treasury address: 0x0087a081a9B430fd8f688c6ac5dD24421BfB060D (seedlatam.eth)
Polygon: 0xB8b5b296471448F67C97A67993a085649796a951 (Payments)
In SEED Latam, we carefully evaluate grants and RPGf to which we apply. We are not proponents of applying to ALL of them; instead, we set an example and create space for other communities to do so.
We will continue working to improve and add value to the Optimism Collective
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Thank you for your time!