So, in the past few weeks or so, @aa and I have been discussing governance for the OMG Community.
As you well know, there have been various discussions on this topic spread between Slacks, Telegrams, and this buildOMG group. It’s feels like it’s time to get more concrete and active together as a community that cares about the future of the OMG Network.
Helpfully, in December @kartsims rolled up his sleeves, took initiative, and shared a Mission Statement for this emerging OMG Community initiative, looking ahead at how we might start collaborating and grow the Network with less reliance on any one team or set of stakeholders.
@aa and I picked up from there, and together with other community members, we were able to fashion a OMG Network Community (ONC) (i) Mission Statement, (ii) Principles, and (iii) Code of Conduct.
Now, we welcome your input and feedback on these initial community drafts, as well as the general “OMG Network Community” governance initiative!
OMG NETWORK COMMUNITY MISSION STATEMENT
The OMG Network Community (ONC) is a self-governed organization dedicated to the growth and promotion of OMG Network, a public good to help secure and scale decentralized financial services across geographies, asset classes and applications.
The OMG project was launched in 2017 by OmiseGO Pte., Ltd. (OmiseGO) as a fully open source initiative, publicly funded via ICO. Growing from this initiative, ONC has self-organized to advance their common values, interests, and goals. We share a vision with OmiseGO but hope to serve a different and synergistic purpose.
In complement to the efforts of OmiseGO’s dedicated team, ONC is currently on a mission to build more educational resources and opportunities to collaborate around OMG Network design decisions. We seek to create a more robust ecosystem by decreasing reliance on any one entity, safeguarding the integrity of the network against any single point of failure.
In common intent with OmiseGO, the overall mission of ONC shall be to increase adoption of public blockchain financial services and openly distribute the codebase maintenance and general upkeep of the OMG Network among active community contributors.
OMG NETWORK COMMUNITY PRINCIPLES
In our technology:
- We believe in decentralization as a tool for creating positive sum games that benefit all participants
- We seek to build protocols that maximize transparency, usefulness adaptability and efficiency
- We recognize the tendency and the right of humans to act in their own self interest
- We are committed to open source development as defined by the Open Source Initiative
- We believe that diversity among contributors results in a better product
- We believe in experimentation, including the value of failure for the advancement of knowledge
In our community:
- We value all opinions - whether positive, negative or neutral - as long as they are based on truth
- We resist stagnation; we embrace evolution in our governance processes in order to improve inclusiveness, fairness, effectiveness and efficiency
- We pursue clarity, transparency and neutrality in all processes
- When allocating resources, we optimize for creating the maximum benefit to the greatest number of participants
- We treat each other the same way online as we would in the real world (i.e. if you had to look me in the eye and say the words you’re typing, would you? If no, probably don’t hit send)
- We judge each other by our actions and contributions, not by our adjectives. We embrace all human beings regardless of age, ability, sex or gender identity, orientation, religion, ethnicity, social status, education, technical knowledge, political views or any other identifying characteristic; also robots if they are nice.
- We commit to constructive criticism of each other’s conduct, protecting our fellow human beings from harassment and abuse, and using banishment as a last resort
- Incorporating Ethereum Community Code of Conduct -
Now, we think this is a helpful start towards defining the ONC around shared values and goals. In terms of onboarding and actual ONC organization, we have sketched out the following, which should be fairly easy to implement:
(a) Create ONC Github Organization . . .
(b) Within ONC Github Org., place above terms into Repo files that folks can sign and become ONC members through pull-request signatures . . .
Beyond this onboarding phase, we believe there are opportunities for the ONC to self-organize as a DAO on Aragon.org that can manage crypto grants and make related awards for ONC / OMG ecosystem development efforts. Further along, we might also look at how we can link the Aragon DAO to the Github organization, as seen in this project, as well as coordinate with Bounty platforms to make things easier.
Link to master doc. (beyond Step 3 are just initial suggestions, if/as things progress . . . )