Up-to-date, detailed information on cross-chain solutions, DAO enabling tools, and other technologies is difficult to reach. Opportunities to learn from others and collaborate never materialize.
A dedicated team of technical researchers, to curate, document, and update a knowledge base to serve as a gateway to up-to-date information about cross-chain and other technologies in the DAO space.
This is the total amount allocated to littlefish - Ocean Technologies
We are the Littlefish Foundation (LFF), a decentralized, global organization, building technologies that align individual actions towards common goals, enabling collective intelligences.
We use blockchain technology to redefine earning relationships between people, work, and organizations, enabling a new model of operation that grants more freedom to participants, while making sure that freedom results in progress towards the goals of the whole.
Our proposals are best experienced in the Littlefish Vault. There will be multiple links to it throughout the proposal with background information necessary to fully understand the concepts.
PAs, you will need this information to understand LFF. This is a standalone proposal, but these are recommended reading to understand LFF.
Ocean: The realm of all blockchains, their communities, where all the fish swim.
Note: This proposal has a twin, focusing on the organizations of the cross-chain. They were originally thought as a single proposal, but split to mitigate funding risk. See it here.
The speed of technological progress in the space is blindingly fast. New dApp use cases are emerging everyday, unlocking new valleys of thought. Novel collaboration tools are enabling new methods of work. Cross-chain technologies are being built to create the multi-chain future.
It is crucial for builders to know what’s going on in the space. Any piece of information can provide the needed eureka moment, unlocking the previously unthought, clearing the way from an unsolved problem, finding the collaboration necessary to materialize the future.
Keeping up with the state of technology is becoming increasingly difficult. Visibility is a crucial need for everyone in the space. Without it, developments in one edge of blockspace go unheard in another, opportunities to collaborate never materialize, bridges don’t get built. Visibility is the first problem to solve. Barriers to entry must be lowered.
What is needed?
The blockspace offers many opportunities to collaborate for builders, finding them is the challenge. There is so much information available, yet no one has the time to sift through it. A dedicated team with technical knowledge and practical skills of communicating technical information is necessary to find technological developments in the space, understand them, communicate it with others, and build systems that allow others to easily find them.
What’s needed is a gateway to up-to-date, in-depth information.
At LFF we are a digital community of 100+ with 15+ core team members from around the globe. Our general approach to problem solving in this space is experimentation and solving our own problems first.
We have been feeling the problem of visibility while building our organization. We researched other DAOs and how they tackled organizational building challenges. Information was hard to reach, often hidden on a Notion page, or a Medium article deep within the bowels of a DAO. Google searches found outdated information and was more often than not useless.
This is a general problem in the blockchain space. Finding places that aggregate good, in-depth research is difficult. This is why we’re building our knowledge base with a holistic vision, solving problems we face while building this decentralized organization, and creating common knowledge so others may have an easier time solving similar problems.
Understanding the space is critical to be successful in it. This is why research is a fundamental business function at LFF. This is why we have the Tech Help Collective (THC), which provides research into the tech and makes that knowledge as approachable to non-tech persons as possible. This is why one of Organization Labs’ main functions is conducting research.
At LFF we have a diverse group of technologists, secure systems experts, organization and governance geeks. Today, we are operating mostly in the DAO enabling tools space. We are mapping the Cardano ecosystem, learning the solutions, and producing expert knowledge.
With this and its twin proposal, we are building the gateway into the Ocean of blockchains. In this proposal, the focus is the technology:
The outputs of the proposal will be documentation curating resources by other organizations and original research about these areas:
We’re building The Ocean Map: collecting information on how projects in the space approach problems, providing others the communication links to contact and begin collaboration.
These outputs will be evolving over time to reflect developments. Learn more about evolving documentation on LFF here.
We will also share our findings in community meetings and in other Catalyst communities, raising the awareness of our work.
Who will benefit?
There are many problems that need to be understood: organizational structure, governance, collaboration, decision-making, … Our guide on what we tackle is our own learning needs at LFF. So the primary beneficiary is us, we solve our own problems.
Yet, the problems we face are experienced by all decentralized organizations. We will share all of our findings with others, enabling communities in Catalyst, the Cardano space, and the rest of the blockchain Ocean. Specifically, we will publish our findings and market it in other communities we operate in the Catalyst space. They will be a beneficiary of our work, learning about the Ocean and finding possible partners.
We will find collaboration opportunities between builders in the ADA space and in the Ocean. We will contact them and let them know of our findings. When potential collaboration turns into real collaboration, these groups will benefit greatly. This is the overarching goal of the proposal, to catalyze connections, allowing bridges to be built where there was none.
The outcome of our work is greater visibility into the Ocean of blockchains. We imagine our knowledge base will serve as a gateway for ADA builders to find others who are solving similar problems. We will use Obsidian to group similar ideas, make it as easy as possible to identify and make connections with others. Builders will simply explore on our platform and find others to learn from and to collaborate with.
Alignment with the Challenge
The challenge states:
We need initiatives to increase communication, coordination and collaboration between chains.
We have common challenges. Let’s solve those together.
Before communication, coordination, and collaboration can happen, one must know where to look. Without visibility, there is no communication, there’s no solving problems together.
Without knowing where to look, potential opportunities disappear. Knowledge from one part of the Ocean stays there. Innovations stay local. Common challenges are needlessly solved again and again.
As such, this proposal deals with the first part of the challenge question: “how might we create new connections between blockchain communities?” We create it by providing a curated experience to find these communities.
The proposal primarily improves these challenge Key Metrics:
LFF General - Funding
Littlefish Foundation is a complex organization driven by individual efforts. It only moves forward if individuals drive it forward. The single biggest risk in front of that is financial. A large percentage of the team is based in Turkey, which has been experiencing hyperinflation for the past year.
Funding is the number one challenge we face. With funding we can pay the team to work on Littlefish Foundation and make their financial burden lighter. This all puts us closer to achieving the LFF vision. We are a global community with contributors from all over the world. Without funding, we will still build the LFF, but it will be more challenging and slower.
We are mitigating risk through diversification in multiple proposals, increasing the chance of receiving funding. We’re also budgeting for the Action Fund, partly to serve as a contingency.
LFF General - Technology Risk
LFF is developing a strong infrastructure to be able to scale, for that we need the support of a strong development community. The current team is very strong on tech development, with extensive experience, and we are welcoming more developers to join. We are already engaged with the Gimbalabs development community and have their support.
This proposal - Marketing
The success of the proposal depends highly on the spread of the information generated. If we don’t take this into account, all this proposal will accomplish is a better informed LFF and a few other communities. Information will diffuse through word of mouth activities but this will be slow and ineffective in capturing the attention of the larger community, if we don’t make additional efforts.
That’s why we’ll be undertaking additional marketing activities to spread the information we generate. We will share this information in other communities' communication channels. We’ll join meetings and talk about our work and how it can benefit others. We’ll also reach out to Cardano builders who we think will benefit from the work we do, so that they can easily connect with communities from the other side of the blockchain Ocean.
We’re also growing the team at Love House, the LFF working group in charge of marketing, community building, and engagement. In time, we’ll have a strong team of content producers and storytellers who will create videos, short explainers, and talk to others about LFF and what we’re doing.
Proposal-wide milestones and expected deliveries
Original docs may be any research, report, or study we conduct at LFF. Curated resources are articles, videos, research, reports, etc. done by others, categorized and listed on our knowledge base.
Module 1: Ocenfaring Technology (Cross-Chain on Cardano)
Stakeholders: LFF, Catalyst and Cardano community, Blockchain communities
Primary Work Group: Tech Help Collective
Duration: September - February
Resources: 200 hrs of work + module operations budget
This module looks at blockchain based technologies that enable inter-chain operations, like Milkomeda. State of technology, effectiveness of solutions, and the level of innovation are the key questions.
Research Areas: Smart contracts, products, platforms, security, privacy.
Key milestones and expected deliveries:
Cardano Cross-Chain Report: A deep dive into what solutions are available to enable the cross-chain for Cardano. What stage the technologies are at, how to find out more, and similar questions.
Module 2: Technology of the Ocean
Stakeholders: LFF, Catalyst and Cardano community, Blockchain communities
Primary Work Group: Tech Help Collective
Duration: September - February
Resources: 250 hrs of work + module operations budget
This module looks at the technology, blockchain based or not. State of technology, effectiveness of solutions, and the level of innovation are the key questions.
Research Topics: Software tools that enable decentralized organizations, DAO tools, governance modules, token engineering, security, privacy.
Key milestones and expected deliveries:
Tools of Catalyst Report: Meta study of the tools enabling Catalyst today.
Tools of the Ocean Report: Meta study of tools used by the blockchain community.
Module 3: Marketing
Stakeholders: LFF, Catalyst and Cardano community
Primary Work Group: Love House
Duration: August - February
Resources: 60hrs of work + module operations budget
Marketing is a general module, shared by many LFF proposals. Its aim is to broadcast the knowledge generated in other modules far and wide.
Key Milestones and expected deliveries:
All LFF proposals follow the same budget structure. They are made up of the module budgets and the Action Fund allocation.
Each proposal is made up of modules. Each module has a specified budget. The sum of module budgets makes up the first part of the overall budget.
1 - Personnel budget
Each module has a personnel budget and an operations budget. The personnel budget is the total estimated hours * the hourly rate for the module.
The base hourly rate for LFF proposals is 50 USD. This is a living wage in most parts of the world. It will bring financial stability to participants.
The hourly rate for a module may change from this default, based on the expertise needed.
2- Module operations budget
Each module is allocated an extra budget sized at 1/5th of the personnel budget to enable operations.
This budget is a pooled organization wide resource used to cover expenses. It will be used to purchase digital work tools like Zoom to be used by all members of LFF.
A part of it will be spent with the discretion of the module team. For example, it can be used to pay for transportation, buy personal digital tools, purchase other teams’ Actions, etc.
LFF Action Fund
LFF Action Fund has two purposes.
1 - Contingency
Proposals may not be funded. The activities in the proposals will still take place if we can account for this with additional funding. Action Fund will provide that funding if and when it is necessary.
The Action Fund can be used to extend a module budget, fund an unfunded proposals’ module, or fund new modules as need arises.
2 - Incentivizing further Action
We are creating a new economy. LFF is the first colony in this economy. Its members are producing Actions, the supply. But who will buy them?
There is a need for stable demand for Actions to bootstrap this new digital economy. Action Fund provides this stable demand.
3 - Admin and other work
There is a lot of unmentioned work that goes into building the Littlefish Foundation. This includes general admin work like setting up meetings, scheduling, scribework, as well as other activities like community building.
The Action Fund will prioritize buying those Actions that aren’t covered by the proposals.
Action Fund Sizing
The Action Fund allocation is sized at 1/4th of the total budget. This is common across all LFF proposals to provide financial safety to the project for the next 12 months, allowing us a healthy runway to create the new earning economy.
All modules in this proposal have an hourly personnel rate of 50 USD/hr. Module operations budgets are 1/5th the personnel budgets.
Module Total = 30600 USD
Action Fund Total = 10200 USD
Total = 40800 USD
This proposal is primarily run by the THC work group of LFF. THC is a community of expert googlers, technology experts, and quick learners. Its objective is to lower the barriers to technology.
THC’s responsibilities are:
THC is a growing community of Tech Help enthusiasts. You can find more about us and our recent work here.
The job profile for each THC member is the same: research, test, and document technologies.
Murat Kasar - 5 years of experience as a System Administrator, mainly in PCI DSS and high security environments. Fan of maps, thanks to my background in geology and GIS. Interested in technical aspects of Blockchain technologies. Constantly searching for a subject to focus with passion.
Emre Kurt - B.Sc. in Geological Engineering with 4 years job experience in the field. Working as a System Administrator for the last 3 years and Sales Director for the last 1.5 years. Very good knowledge of Linux based systems and Network Security. In the process of excelling in the blockchain technology and currently focusing on organization and community building, marketing strategies. Also using AI tools to create art pieces to be minted as NFTs.
Berk Atalay - 1.5 years of system and network experience. Experienced in computer systems and system administration. Graduated from management and am enthusiastic about graphical design. Learning about blockchain and Cardano Ecosystem for a while. Current focus on researching cardano tools, marketing, advertising and community development.
Gurcan Citil - 2,5+ years of experience as a System Administrator. Constructing, building and maintaining VmWare, Proxmox, AWS virtualization. Specializing on systems and network security solutions. Geological Engineering Major. Learning within the Catalyst/Cardano ecosystem for 2+ months. Focusing on wallets, DAPP, DeFi, NFT concepts along with gamify, voting and delegation.
Engin Gunay - 3+ years experience as a Systems Administrator / Cloud Engineer. Working in cloud orchestration security. Skilled in R language, Ansible and Linux. Enthusiast of emerging technologies and tools in blockchain. Former engineer in Computational Hydrogeology. Littlefish Foundation Tech researcher.
Ural Yalcin - Former Offshore Engineer, current System Administrator. 8 years of total experience in the industry.
As System Administrator: skilled in preventive maintenance, secure network and virtualization architecture both in Unix and Windows systems.
As Littlefish: Research enthusiast, Blockchain technology documentor, community member.
Getting involved with Littlefish Foundation
LFF is an open community. We accept community members who show initiative to join us in delivering these proposals. The only condition is curiosity. If you find something you like, let us know on our Discord server, join our community meetings, and ask questions.
But first, it’s good to learn.
Yes, we will return to Catalyst for further funding, until we build sustainable business models around Action. Catalyst allows us to take our time, engineer systems well without rushing to market, potentially risking an event similar to what happened to Luna.
We are an evolving decentralized organization. We expect solid community and contributor growth in the near future. These individuals, along with existing ones who have time from existing commitments, will be starting new initiatives. Until we get to a sustainable business model using Actions, Catalyst will be the place where we come for funding. This allows us to experiment until we can figure our way. Thanks Catalyst!
We aim to become sustainable with the launch of our token on mainnet, which we tentatively aim to deliver by Q3 2023.
Meanwhile, we will be providing Catalyst and the broader community with ongoing services. We will be publishing all our research (DAOs, governance, economic, technology, tools, ...) on the Littlefish Vault. These will be made sustainable through experiments in Action, in due time.
Where to check our progress?
At Littlefish Foundation, everything we do is public, and we like documentation. We will publish major progress updates on Obsidian, sharing our learning with the Catalyst community. Our Miro boards are open to the community, there they can see our progress, comment, and contribute. Discord will be the best place to find daily updates, and Actions.
All LFF proposals produce Action, work done by individuals to achieve a goal. Until we have a working system with NFTs, we will use Discord to broadcast our Actions. There are many examples already on the #action channel, showing our early work. As our community grows, it will contain Actions taken by many different littlefish who are building the LFF.
We will track these posts specifically and incentivize team members and contributors to share their Actions, preparing them for Actions on the mainnet.
LFF General - Community Tracking
The general success of LFF is dependent on a strong community. We will track it from several sources:
We’ll review this data monthly and share updates through our communication channels.
This Proposal - Docs and Curations
It’s all about generating knowledge with this proposal. That means lots of docs and lots of links. We will publish them on our knowledge base. We will track the number of docs and curations generated per module and publish monthly updates through our communication channels.
LFF General - Solving our own problems through experimentation, building applications the community loves
Our approach to problem solving in this space is experimentation. Trying out new methods of doing business, creating new processes fit for a decentralized organization built from the ground floor.
One example is our Ikigai onboarding model. The bubbles at the top represent work groups and business functions. We walk through the bubbles with newcomers, discussing what they mean in Littlefish Foundation, and ask them to fill their Ikigai board with them. The result is a fun learning experience for everyone.
We create such systems with the aim of turning them into software. First we practice with existing tools, learn, iterate, and experiment, then we'll build it into software that others can use. See our Ikigai proposal here.
Some other experiments relating to publishing Actions by:
Success means these experiments turn into learning which turn into applications loved by the community.
LFF General - A strong community of creators and builders
We are a growing community of 100+. Yet pure numbers aren't enough. Growing the number of meaningful contributors is the key to long term success. Since the F8 proposal, the number of consistent contributors has grown from 2 to 10+ and growing fast. Newcomer numbers are also ticking up. Maintaining a sustainable, healthy growth in these numbers is critical.
LFF General - Littlefish Vault is the knowledge hub for decentralized organizations in the Cardano Space
Building a decentralized organization is tough. There are so many moving pieces, and time goes by quickly. By making our learning public we aim to make it easier for others to build decentralized organizations. A successful LFF means our knowledge base has become a popular place for others who are building decentralized organizations. Our target is 10000 unique and 1000 monthly visitors by the end of February 2023.
THC - A technologically able organization: LFF
The success of this proposal is primarily determined by how effective LFF as an organization has become in using digital work and blockchain tools. We need to solve our problems first, so that we can solve others’.
With success, team members feel comfortable using the tools of the work, using Obsidian and Miro extensively to collaborate and communicate. The organization has adopted multi-signature wallets to more effectively control funds. Littlefish feel safe when using their wallets.
Littlefish Foundation Kiva-like DAO - Unfunded F7 Proposal
Littlefish Foundation was born with this proposal from the Cardano4Climate community . The aim was to create a DAO and build a Kiva like product that would allow the funding of on the ground SDG activities.
The proposal wasn’t funded, but we kept working. We held weekly meetings, brought in experts for discussions, and worked hard to understand the domain of problems. Through that we’ve developed the idea further and generalized it to what it is today.
Littlefish: Coordinating Action - Funded F8 Proposal
In F8 we came up with a new vision for the Littlefish Foundation: littlefish, colonies and Actions. We got to work before it was even funded.
We were relatively new to developing on Cardano and found a steep learning curve. Weak documentation slowed development down, and we realized there was more to building a successful Littlefish Foundation.
During this time we have completed many important steps:
Here's a shot of that board as of the 10th June:
Our proposals in Fund 9 aim to supercharge this holistic vision of the Littlefish Foundation.
A community of 100+ individuals and a dedicated team of 7 (growing) with 20+ years system administration expertise, specialized in highly secure PCI DSS systems. Experienced with learning new technical tools, writing documentation, teaching the technical to the non technical.