Decentralized Autonomous Outreach?
As the Aracon AGP has been rejected, I am curious what the community sees as a way forward on this matter: community outreach.
My take is that I don’t believe it is necessary to have a full fledged Aracon every year, if at all, for a few reasons:
It only enables the most financially comfortable to participate. And I say this knowing that the last Aracon was fairly cheap due to Aragon trying to help those who couldn’t afford it. Still, it’s one location in the world where most have to fly to so realistically many many, many people can’t afford this. Personally, I’m here because I want to see the project in the hands of non-tech people, from all social classes. I know it’s still a bit early for that, but still, conceptually they could give inspiration and feedback, also get excited about starting to leverage Aragon for their needs.
It slows down the decentralization of Aragon. This project is relatively decentralized as it is, but there’s a fair mount of critics around how the founders have too great influence over the project. I really like the founders influence personally, but I think it should be minimized where possible and strategic. This does not represent a technical centralization, but of narrative and communication.
It’s expensive with somewhat low ROI (not necessarily financial). The first Aracon was awesome don’t get me wrong. I’d go as far as to say the Devcon could learn a thing or two from the team that organized Aracon.
So what then? I’d love to see smaller events, more regular, more widespread and… in more languages. Spanish, Portuguese, French and Chinese particularly comes to mind as those languages are used in countries that in my view, could definitely leverage Aragon for positive social impact. That could take the shape of meetups, but probably shouldn’t be exclusively that. There could be presentations at universities, various organizations, maybe governments (they aren’t necessarily the enemy…), etc.
How? Honestly not sure what shape this should take. Maybe there could probably be a yearly vote for budget allocation, as well as of a community member in charge of the distribution of these funds (maybe co-lead with the association as a precaution, dunno). Curious to read the perspective of other members of the community.