I don’t know if this is a crazy or stupid idea…
But I was reading today’s ‘Valid Points’ newsletter from CoinDesk (this newsletter should be uploaded here soon: Valid Points - Breaking down Ethereum’s evolution and its impact on crypto markets), and the main article is all about Arbitrum taking a lead over Optimism in regards to TVL, and even then new competitors are on their way with further advances in technology.
However, the article did mention that Optimism had taken a different growth strategy to Arbritrum, by using the OP token. The OP token is great for governance decisions, has value, but I think one of the best things the launch of OP did was create and drive a thriving community of people who were now emotionally invested in Optimism. Whether these people were from one country or another, were builders or not, small holders or whales, etc etc we all had our reasons to be here (again, whether this was for the cool tech, or to make some money, or save some gas fees, or get involved in governance or voting, or support their favourite apps or influencers, again etc etc).
What I’m getting at is that the OP token has motivated a whole tribe of people who want to see Optimism succeed.
And that this disparate community is an amazing competitive advantage Optimism has in comparison to Arbitrum and other L2s.
So what’s my crazy, stupid idea?
Why don’t we try and harness this community to drive the success of of protocols and projects on Optimism? BUT get this community to do things other than ‘buy OP’, ‘complete this Quest’, ‘use my app and come back’!
Why don’t we have a ‘Volunteer Tribe’ who can offer time and skills to support Optimism, or more specifically the Protocols and Projects who are Optimism native (or who prioritise Optimism).
While the Optimism Ambassadors is a great program, the numbers are too few, the entry level partially high, and ultimately they assist Optimism as a whole, not the individual protocol teams building on Optimism. I was more thinking about volunteers who could help the teams directly.
So, can we setup some type of resource where people can list themselves to be part of the Volunteer Tribe (and no, for the record, I don’t care what this list or group of people is called).
While maintaining their preferred privacy and anonymity, they could list something like:
- Contact details
- Specialist skills (or even just note that they want unskilled volunteer work)
- How many hours a week or month they could volunteer
- Their available times
- What projects or protocols they are most interested in working with
- Country or time zone
This resource is meant to be more open than the Ambassadors program, but not quite a full blown jobs board where specific roles must be listed. Rather, it’s meant to work the other way around, where there’s just a pool of human resources that protocols can search or scour to find people to help with odd tasks, routine activities or particular problems where the investment in staff might not be warranted but it would ‘still be handy to get done’.
The resource could be as informal as replies to this Post, or something more formal and complex online.
This was just a thought I had when I read the article about Arbitrum taking a lead over Optimism, and I couldn’t shake the idea that we should be using all the people drawn by the OP token to promote or work for the success of Optimism and the apps/protocols that are prioritising this layer 2. I keep thinking, “We may not all be the most rich and powerful here, but geez there’s a lot of us! There must be some advantage we can draw from this, on behalf of Optimism”.
Thanks for your time. I’d be keen to hear your positive thoughts or constructive criticism.
And FYI: I will volunteer to monitor this post, and flesh any ideas out, and can volunteer to push this idea along and get it organised if there is some support for it.