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.
This would be great! More community engagement and outreach, esp on a global level, is really something that we need to work on. Is this something you’re interested in leading the charge on, potentially organizing a meetup or presentation in your area? If so, what kind of support would you want to make that happen?
In the future maybe there could be an EventsDAO or something with coordinators who have experience hosting events and stuff, but immediately we have the CFDAO. It’s pretty simple in that anyone can request funds to small projects or events. Would a program like this be enough to help you get started?
Ok cool. So then I’d imagine you’re someone who would like to attend Aragon related events such as meetups, hackathons, and presentations? If so, what types of small events would be of the most interest and why?
I’m simply someone who wants to see Aragon succeed, and votes accordingly.
I would like to see a diverse set of events in a diverse set of geographical locations organized by a diverse set of people. We probably can’t get all this in one go but that’s what I’d eventually like to see happen.
Why isn’t this happening already could be an interesting question. Another one could be why are we not seeing content in other languages but English today? The forum should probably have a section for other languages, and a moderator for each (to… moderate and to relay to the English speaking community the insights of those conversations, and vice-versa). If we don’t have much interest for this right now, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not useful; it might mean that we’re in an echo chamber though.
If there’s a specific event in a specific place that comes to mind, please circle back to share
Agree that it would be great to make the Aragon community as welcoming as possible to as many people as possible. Is there a specific language that you would like to see represented? Also, is there a translation engine/service you would recommend for the website, forum, or other Aragon related things?
Somewhat relevant to this topic, on the MockingBird Incubator thread there seems to be interest in “Aragon Community Hubs.” Perhaps meetups could be a good way to start to get the temperature of various communities interest in Aragon. Then if there’s strong demand we could create workshops. Then, maybe, if there’s a lot of demand and incubator would make sense?
What aspects of the community do we want to be super easy to engage with and what do we want to have a more stringent onboarding process for?
This post explores one person’s journey through those with DAOStack and Decred. Would be cool for a CFDAO project to map the user journey from hearing about Aragon to actually getting engaged and contributing.
Also relevant to outreach initiatives is making it easier for people we do reach to stay engaged. Digging through the forum takes lots of time. An “Aragon Digest” newsletter (similar to the Decred Politeia Digest) that summarizes exciting forum conversations on a weekly/monthly basis might be helpful.
I think there should be a repository which anybody could access. It contains Aragon’s logo, artwork, slides used in previous presentations, and approved content. There should also be a few prepared speeches which could be freely reused, with credit given to the original author if needed. People could slightly modify these speeches or regurgitate them verbatim. We don’t want to make it difficult and time-consuming for people to share the Aragon mission.
That way, any interested person could host a local gathering and share information about Aragon, or they could make a more formal presentation/speech. Whatever their approach, informal or formal, intimate gathering or a presentation on stage, these people would be able to find all the content they need in the Aragon repository.
The Design and Media sections of the Aragon Wiki might be of interest.
Also agree that it would be helpful to have a more consistent messaging around the brand and platform.
Regarding all the stuff in the shared Google Drive folder: there are many Aragon working groups and/or DAOs that have similar data stores for data relevant to their scope. The NestDAO performs DD on projects funded, the StrategyWG builds partnerships between the network and external parties, and the Wiki has generic public data. Some of this data can be shared, some cannot. We’re working to make it more clear what working groups are active, the scope of their efforts, and how to contribute. If you wanted to lead the charge on organizing data related to sales and consulting work that would be awesome. Then it would be easy for teams to start doing sales and consultant related work, esp the ideas presented in this thread.
Note: to lead the charge on organizing data for independent sales and consultant DAOs to emerge one would need to create a WG (probably “SalesWG” or something), create a Notion page and Keybase team, then go talk to all the Aragon teams to understand their products, get marketing material for those products, organize that data into reports and presentations, share those reports and presentations with the WG and/or Aragon community, then use that to build a ConsultantDAO that reaches out to potential clients to get them to pay you to help them setup Aragon DAOs.
This is kind of like making the material for a ConsultantDAO “open source,” or at least open for the Aragon community. By doing this more Aragon teams and community members will want to contribute and you’ll get better data and more support. Then you can build your own proprietary business on top of that open data layer. Does that make sense?