We should SEE where we fit in a structure to integrate faster. New members don’t SEE it and feel lost. They take average 8 weeks to onboard.
Create a clear VISUAL map of the ecosystem with less words but hyperlinked for detail. Use a contest to find the best visualization.
This is the total amount allocated to Visualized Cardano Structure
The proposed solution can significantly increase the speed of new members onboarding and participation. As a side benefit it increases long term memory retention of information related to Cardano and Project Catalyst that new members learn.
Visualization of the structure of the Cardano ecosystem can be effectively used for onboarding new members or quick reference source for advanced or experienced members. Currently we have no such tool.
Visualizations in the form of diagrams, charts, etc., provably increase learning performance, promote higher order of thinking and improve text comprehension.
Research publications on the subject:
Creating visual explanations improves learning https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5256450
The Role of Visual Learning in Improving Students’ High-Order Thinking Skills https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1112894.pdf
Do You Get the Picture? A Meta-Analysis of the Effect of Graphics on Reading Comprehension https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2332858420901696
For achieving best results the visualization should strive for a balance between simplicity (it is understandable and memorable) and detail, (most things you need to know firsthand are there or linked). All information presented must be verifiable, citations with links.
The unique thing about this proposal is that the proposer does not take the money, instead he creates a contest for finding the best solution, the community members that create the best visualizations will win the contest and will be awarded the majority of the funds of this proposal.
This way, Cardano community will receive the best solution that the community as a whole can provide, far better than a solution an individual can provide, this is value. Also, once created, the visualization will serve as a map for ALL new members from here on. As a side benefit all participants could leverage the knowledge they have gained to create or contribute to other proposals.
Thanks to the outlined benefits, the time for onboarding new members will fall measurably. Time for assuming new positions in Catalyst( referrer, voter, CA, VCA) will fall due to faster member orientation and deeper understanding of the system. Attendance to TH, Catalyst School, Swarm sessions, etc. will increase due to the structured information at a glance with hyperlinks to these resources.
All members will have clear bird’s eye view of the Cardano ecosystem and their place in it. This will create an obvious step by step plan for personal development and integration with the system. This in turn brings more active users, proposals, quality reviews etc.
On top of all this, this simple structured visualization will be an easy access point to the Cardano ecosystem for members of other communities. It will be like a tourist map for anyone who is curious to explore Cardano, as a result we can expect an inflow of participants.
There are few factors that bring uncertainty to this project.
3. Create the needed procedures, documents and communication channels.
4. Publish the rules for the contest.
5. Advertise the contest.
6. Process and upload submitted visualizations where community can access and use them.
7. Announce and award the winners.
8. Popularize the visualizations trough established entities of the Project Catalyst community to make the visualizations easily available to the members of the Cardano community.
9. Survey users from the community for the value of the visualizations. Do they want to see more organized visual information of that sort, how often do they use them and why.
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10. If results from the survey are positive, contact the creators and collaborate for further development.
11. If there is wide adoption, reach to CC, IOG, Catalyst Foundation and EMURGO to stamp with approval the information presented.
12. Listen to the feedback and develop further, more personalized visual resources in the same manner, “new member guide” , “explain like I’m 65”, “full time Catalyst community member”, etc.
Financing the project:
Awards for the winners of the contest are the major expense for this proposal. To create a structural map with deep understanding of the system, citations and links will need a substantial amount of research. Presenting the gathered data in a clear and understandable format will involve a different set of skills and probably we will see teams forming to share the work and leverage unique skill sets.
First place $3000 in ADA in other words, 120 hours * $25
Second place $2000 in ADA
Third place $1000 in ADA
Fourth place $500 in ADA
Fifth place $500 in ADA
Awards total : $7000 in ADA
Hosting - $300 ADA
Subscription to miro.com – $192 in ADA
Marketing –using established Cardano channels, groups and resources 10 hours*$20 = $200 in ADA
Documentation and cataloging 32 hours*$20 = $640 in ADA
Communication and PR 40 hours*$20 = $800 in ADA
Website creation and maintenance 10hours*$20 = $200 in ADA
Proposal ideation and development 40hours*$5 = $200 in ADA
Unexpected/Miscellaneous: $300 in ADA
Administration, organization, maintenance total: $2832 in ADA
GRAND TOTAL: $9832 in ADA
It is important to note here, that the funding of the proposal will be earlier than the award distribution. The prices on the markets change fast and to avoid any confusion and misunderstanding, the awards will be distributed in ADA, proportional to the budget received for the proposal.
For example: First place award is $3000 in ADA, Grand total for the proposal is $9832 that means first place receives 3000*100/9832=30.5% of the funding of the whole proposal.
I'll organize the contest, but I need many creative, talented and organized members of the community to join the competition and show their best work!
Some of my work regarding Cardano could be found here:
CA flow onboarding: https://miro.com/app/board/uXjVOLAnZMI=/?invite_link_id=72561332992
CA link repo: https://miro.com/app/board/uXjVOHEFlFY=/?invite_link_id=113743263762
My short CV you could find here: https://discordapp.com/channels/946921942143885342/949427137297920051
This project is out in the open and it will be easy to follow the development, the point of it is to be visible, if it is not, then I'm not doing it right. I'll put in bold all things that the auditors will see online the moment they are ready.
Road map and KPI
Now to funding:
Funding + four weeks:
Funding + six weeks:
Funding + eight weeks:
Funding + 12 weeks:
The Major KPI here is the result of the survey, do the members of the community find value in the visualizations. The project is considered successful if:
Success is measured by the amount of times the visualizations are accessed. 5000 unique expressions per Fund for the next 5 funds or more is the goal.
This project is an entirely new one! However, if it is successful it builds a strong foundation and potential to bring more value true further development in future Funds.
I have been an active part of creating 3 cooperatives and the work on these projects brings me the relevant exp. for this proposal. As an Electrical engineer I eat drawings for breakfast;)