The following response represents the views of the core team members of the Aragon Association and Aragon Labs:
The Aragon Association and Aragon Labs (to be referred to as the “core teams”) were blindsided by recent amendments to the Proposal: Transfer the Aragon Project Funds to an Aragon DAO Governed by (Delegated) ANT, specifically reducing the core teams’ runway to “continue existing operations up until November 30, 2022”. This amendment has consequences on the core teams’ ability to continue moving the Aragon Project forward, retain the talent and team that was rebuilt over the past 18 months, preserve the progress that has been made, and participate in a successful transition to AN DAO.
This said, we are respectfully requesting to extend the discussion period of this proposal to June 13, 2022. The intent of this request is to give the core teams the opportunity to recommend amendments to this proposal, prior to the vote period. We have the opportunity to leverage in-person collaboration to regroup, plan for this transition and strengthen the proposal during our next team offsite in Croatia from May 30, 2022 to June 3, 2022. The core teams are aligned on the importance of transitioning AA/AL into the AN DAO. We appreciate the collaborative approach Placeholder has brought to this process and are keen to continue working together to make this transition successful for everyone involved.
We are concerned by the lack of context and communication affecting Placeholder’s ability to craft a proposal that will lead us to a successful transition. There has been a lack of direct communication between the core teams, the committee members, and Placeholder - particularly with regard to recent research, technology and product developments. In short, these teams have not been granted a meaningful opportunity to present their plans and progress on multiple projects advancing in parallel. In addition, they have been working in challenging circumstances : building on a foundation of upheaval, losing engineering talent, transitioning team leadership, and working towards a merger. Communication to the committee has not accurately reflected the reality, the multiple work streams, nor the direction of these teams. This breakdown has not only jeopardized the progress that has been accomplished to date, but the integrity and future of the Aragon Project as a whole. It is both symptom and cause of the duress the core teams have experienced in recent months and must be taken into account with compassion for the humans invested in this project.
Our intent is to build on the current proposal by bridging the gaps in information being shared and clearly communicating our recommendations. Again, we ask that the discussion be extended and the vote period be moved to June 13, 2022.
We wish to continue working towards this transition together. And most importantly, we wish to continue to advancing the Aragon mission together. Thank you for your consideration.