The impact of blockchain tech is integral to Cardano & Charles' vision, but collaboration with other chains is relatively limited.
Modelling interoperability in the Cardano Impact Community to generate multi-chain collaborations & be a key player in impact collaboration.
This is the total amount allocated to Cross-Chain Impact Lead Generator
Cardano and impact
Impact is a key element of the Cardano philosophy. The first sentence at Cardano.org is “making the world work better for all” and you can see this line in practically every video of Mr. Charles Hoskinson as well as many of the Cardano ecosystem activities.
Following fund 6 we have conducted the research matching Catalyst proposals with SDGs and the results were very promising. Showing that 27.5% of the funded proposals directly connect to impact the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and 68.5% indirectly connect to impact the SDGs. This is not a surprise as blockchain technology has the potential to have an impact on financial inclusion, governance, education, and other areas which align with SDGs objectives. We have also developed the SDG Proposer Tool, which is now embedded in the Fund 7 Proposal processes, further recognizing the ongoing alignment between Catalyst and the UN SDGs.
Here is the closing report for our proposal with more details: docs.google.com/document/d/1uZ0Ci6JWowLVUWijpOTSSf_G5Q-xLIQg4C4_bwaLAoQ/edit#
Collaboration and partnerships is key to achieving the SDGs by 2030. It is the avenue to how we co-produce impactful solutions to wicked problems. By creating a space for these collaborations to take place, and designing a new framework to receive diligent leads, this will in effect help our global society work towards an inclusive and successful implementation of the sustainable development agenda.
United Nations India says “A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector, and civil society.”
We have already begun Cross chain collaboration :
Through our work we have already begun discussions with stakeholders of cross chain platforms, researchers and initiatives and advocated for the importance of Cardano “having a seat at the table” and being one of the recognized leaders of a Blockchain for Impact and Blockchain for Good.
Here are some examples of work we have started:
https://positiveblockchain.io - checkout the about section to see the synergies with our work, (Razali Contributor) (Cole Contributor) About Us | PositiveBlockchain.io
(Razali) Research initiatives: A scientific report - Dauphine University Paris, Blockchain for Good, and Positive Blockchain, analyzing the open access Positive Blockchain Database and surveying the Blockchain for Good + SDG ecosystem
Freeos.io: Working on EOS and ICP, and looking to collaborate with an impact driven community and blockchain.
senken.io : A climate fund and launch pad on Celo. Currently in talks of collaboration.
C4C and Sustainable ADA are creating an open source innovative model to collaborate with the community ingenerating a range of opportunities for collaboration with impact businesses, entrepreneurs and creatives and onboard them to Cardano. This will allow a bridge for these cross chain initiatives into the Cardano, and Catalyst community. The goal is to generate a range of cross chain collaborations for greater impact.
Our solution aims to unlock the resources and capacity for our team and community to continue helping connect these stakeholders to our community of professionals, at a greater scale. Introducing them to teams to collaborate with one another. Ultimately creating a direct link to external cross chain projects who are not yet part of our community.
To incentivize the activity, community members will be compensated for generating leads that lead to conversations with businesses. For leads that will result in collaboration, the community member generating the lead will receive further compensation. The community member will fill up details of certain characteristics about the lead. Ex. (name, project description, website, socials, project lead contact info, github/gitbook) and will support to initiate the conversation and ongoing discussions as needed. All this information will help to build up the model and with the post lead conversation and audit process.
The solution will be a great use case for a model on how to include the cross chain community teams to create a greater impact across the whole blockchain space. Allowing teams working on other chains to contribute their work towards the Cardano community. Through these connections we will be able to expand the breadth and depth of the Cardano community, and build a cross-chain bridge for existing impact initiatives on other chains. Ultimately creating a healthier and more efficient crypto ecosystem allowing cross collaboration of skills, resources, and infrastructure to achieve impact goals.
The solution will be a great use case for a model on how to include the community in business activities. It will give a space for many to contribute and will also provide funding for time and efforts dedicated to promoting the community. Through the work, we will evaluate multiple business models around lead generation compensation (i.e. by IOG) or success fee based on collaboration which includes financial elements as well as tokens or other forms of incentives (i.e. receiving CLAP tokens for leads generated to Cardashift). The objective is to find a model that will allow the activities post-funding and support the ecosystem growth with the community serving as a remunerated business.
Long term vision:
Our long term vision is for in 6-12 months to have a working solution that can be used by different groups within the Cardano community, or when trying to on-board a solution into their cross chain ecosystem.
We will be creating a proof of concept that can be used within the Cardano community. This process will be documented, and open source. This tool, and the development of our new model will allow the total onboarding process to be improved, and will help with data management when community members are trying to work with new projects, who join the community via our leads. All of our research and final model will be shared, and connect our Catalyst-created solution to be adopted by other chains and communities.
An open source model will be a creation of a system with different subsystems of activities. Then replicated and shared to help drive more businesses to join our community, and take full advantage of the opportunities Cardano unleashes. This new open source educational resource will help with common research, education, outreach and on board more innovative projects with other chains and communities to Cardano.
Why is it important?
Interoperability of blockchains and multi-chain awareness guarantees shared success of the blockchain cryptoeconomy as a whole.
We have already started to create existing connections who we are onboarding into the Cardano community, and plan to be a direct avenue for cross chain collaborations. So they can be guided through Catalyst and our resourceful impact community will be guides for these new cross chain businesses/initiatives who join our space, and help with the future success of these projects.
What does success look like?
Collaborative value creation between Project Catalyst and other communities. Both technical and non-technical initiatives are welcome.
The collaboration could include technical and non-technical initiatives. This is the advantage of reaching out through the community as there are multiple capabilities, knowledge, and connections.
Success will be shown by reaching our KPI’s.
We will create an open source database that allows community members to track the number of companies who want to propose a Cardano based solution, the number of joint ventures between companies and a lead, and the projected growth metrics from the success of these projects being on boarded. Also shared in our community open source database (Gitbook).
Key Metrics to measure
Phase 1: 4 weeks: promotion to the Catalyst & Cardano community. Campaigns to the community to look for opportunities for collaborations around multiple subjects for example impact research, impact finance and carbon solutions.
This phase includes:
Phase 2, week 5 to week 16: Lead generation by community members, initial discussion with cross chain projects and match making for collaboration with the Cardano ecosystem.
This phase includes:
The deliverable and KPIs will be:
Incentive budget 8,000 USD
The proposal includes incentivizing the community members for generating leads that translate into intro conversations for collaborations. For leads that will result in collaboration, further compensation will be granted. If a lead is currently an active project, they will also be onboarded into the Positive Blockchain open source database.
(Each lead is to be documented: needs to add all details onto our ‘Lead database, and will need to do an external audit using the DYOR tool by SCAT DAO (or other auditing process). Allowing a transparent audit of all the leads to be as transparent as possible.)
DYOR Tool - https://www.scatdao.com/dyor-tool
Process lead budget 21,000 USD
This budget will be allocated for the work needed to coordinate and support the process. It will include docs preparations, numerous internal and collaboration meetings, and coordination with relevant Cardano ecosystem players. Additional budget will be dedicated for external auditing as it could be an important element from the overall model.
Total budget for the proposal 29,000USD
Total pot is 400,000 USD so we are asking for 7.25% of the pot, with a ROI that can have a far larger positive multiplier effect. An approximate 3000 USD per company onboarded if we succeed to onboard 10 companies working in the Cardano ecosystem within 6 months.
The team has collaborated together on various projects and community activities for the past 6 months and more intensively for the past 3 months. This gives strong assurances and high confidence in the collaboration of the team for this proposal.
Team members include:
Founder of the Salmon Nation Decentralized Alliance (SANADA), Bridge Builders, and SAMON pool. Member of the Catalyst Circle Admin Team, Cardano4Climate, and Rapid Funding Challenge Team. Cardano Ambassador, CA, and Funded proposer. Passionate about radical inclusivity and community, and devoted to making Cardano the best community on the planet. Nori brings over 30 years of experience in software development, agile methodologies, leadership and managing teams, and founding and running technology startups.
- Melanie Russo, Community lead Cardano4Climate facilitator
Melanie is a mother, tree-hugger, and connector. Melanie is one of the co-facilitators of the decentralized action group Cardano4Climate. This work has made her a respected leader in the Cardano community. Melanie will be applying her empathetic relation-building skills to connect with compatible stakeholders and projects.
- Razali Samsudin, Research lead https://www.linkedin.com/in/razali-samsudin
Educator, Editor, Digital Economy, Blockchain & Sustainability Researcher, Social Entrepreneur, Catalyst Proposal Mentor, Wada UN SDG and Education Coordinator, Co-Founder of Sustainable ADA, Contributor for Positive Blockchain & Catalyst School Core Member
- Cole Bartlett, Youth lead, https://www.linkedin.com/in/cole-bartlett
UNITE 2030 Youth Delegate, a recent graduate in Economics & Sustainability, Founder of Sustainable ADA, Blockchain & Sustainability Researcher, & Social Entrepreneur, Ecoquest Education Foundation - Sustainability Research, B Impact Clinic part of UNH's Changemaker Collaborative - Kikori, Sustainability Splash Program Organizer, Bronze UNH Sustainability Award Winner
- Yoram Ben-Zvi, Partnership lead https://www.linkedin.com/in/yoram-ben-zvi-446836
A social entrepreneur. In the last five years, Yoram is focusing on combining impact and business. A mentor with international board, operations, and startup experience. Yoram is an active catalyst member, CA, and part of the Cardano4Climate community. In Addition, active in promoting the Catalyst and Cardano community to impact companies and networks to connect them to the ecosystem (i.e. seedstars.com)
Cardano4Climate.com (C4C) community includes over 200 members and is growing. C4C is organizing weekly meetups and monthly events and collaborating with multiple impact communities (i.e. climateneutralCardano.org), companies (i.e. Veritree, Cardashift) and the Cardano companies (IOG, Emurgo, Cardano Foundation)
SustainableADA.com team is focusing on education as a service, research and communication of impact projects on the Cardano blockchain spreading the word of the work and impact of the Cardano ecosystem
All the information will be shared with the community.
We will have dedicated Google folders where we will put together all the presentations, Leads database and progress reports. We will also open discord and telegram channels for communication and information gathering and sharing. The meetings will be recorded and shared as long as the collaborative party agrees. There will be a monthly summary, accessible for all, explaining the work done and deliverables and KPIs achieved during the month. Through this process it will be possible to progress and align with the proposal.
In limited cases, details about specific collaboration terms might not be disclosed based on the collaboration parties. However the community will be informed about the collaboration framework.
Transferring incentives to community members as well as for meeting participation will be done based on a detailed monthly report and it will be done in ADA transferring between wallets. (Before each transfer all steps to acquire a lead must be complete and publicly viewable).
Finally, we will have an external audit team from the Audit challenge setting team or by the financial auditing team. We will also evaluate using the DYOR form. Each member will submit the form that will then be open source and part of the DYOR library by SCAT DAO. (https://www.scatdao.com/dyor-tool). We will evaluate the most sustainable audit solution and process for such a model.
Reaching the KPIs will be a key success indicator.
In addition, a key element of success will be the number of community members generating collaboration and getting rewards for it. It will be an important use case for collaborative efforts for success. We will aim to learn from the process and start developing it into a model that could be duplicated.
This is a new proposal. However, the proposers have had numerous funded proposals related to impact and sustainability. Here are a couple of examples:
Add SDG ratings to proposals - AIM F6: Partnerships for Global Adoption
Research in Applying Frameworks-AIM, F6: Partnerships for Global Adoption
Global Sustainable Stories/Usecases F6: Grow Africa, Grow Cardano
Proposal Framework Tool - AIM F6: DLT Entrepreneurship Toolbox
Proposal Framework Tool - AIM F7: Open Source Developer Ecosystem
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
17.16 Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
17.19 By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries
Key Performance Indicator (KPI):
17.16.1 Number of countries reporting progress in multi-stakeholder development effectiveness monitoring frameworks that support the achievement of the sustainable development goals
200+ team of active Cardano community members. Globally diverse, decentralized, multidisciplinary and multisectoral team of professionals: marketing, partnerships, research, and event planning expertise. Fund 5,6,7 winners.