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  • A Scalable Decision Economy


    Ideascale link

    Problem statement :

    Cardano’s success is directly connected to the effectiveness of our governance. We need to holistically architect and scale governance.

    Describe your solution to the problem

    Instead of building an economy around consumption, lets build an economy that rewards debiasing and generating effective governance policy.

    Relevant experience

    PM / Systems Engineer with background in business analysis, optimisation, coordination/control systems and data driven governance.

    Website/GitHub repository (not required)
    Detailed plan (not required) – Fill in here any additional details

    Current State:

    Natural collectives rarely allow a single individual or elite group to make decisions for the group. This is because these leadership structures are prone to compromise.

    Currently our economy and governance demonstrate such compromise: they implicitly support targets of conspicuous consumption, attention commodification and resource exploitation. This in-turn generates systemic inequalities and problems such as climate change, misinformation and planned obsolescence, to name a few.

    In our current state the inequality is “baked-in” to our very economy making it inexplicably difficult to remove in all but a superficial sense.

    In addition the current state of the Cardano governance system is adhoc and fragmented (as is to be expected given its recency) we can now take steps to design a holistic flow that utilises the outcomes generated by these system.

    – Project Catalyst -> Generation of Proposal

    – IOHK/CH/Catalyst videos -> Generation of Vision

    – Cardano Governance Forums -> Unstructured Discussions



    We’ve seen multiple projects at distributed autonomous fail including the DAO, Bitcoin Cash and the current state of token ecosystem.

    Its important here to realise Cardano Governance IS Cardano. There’s a volume of ideas, limited resources, time and attention. Further scaling the current model is going to be impossible as we experience exponential growth.

    Further, while this system or end-state is not in place, the community (and currency) is vulnerable to attack through social engineering means.


    Future State:

    This proposal is for the development of a reference design that incorporates all the current components and feedback to date from the above sources and proposes a single, unified governance workflow with the elements of above. Its our view that the design form a base for the constructive coagulation of many community ideas.



    Within modern cryptonomics the “work” required to verify transactions and generate blocks is incentivised by a token reward within the ecosystem. The circular nature of this principle is a central sustaining component both to a networks operation and integrity.

    Similarly, we propose a reference design for an economy centred around effective governance. We incentivise community participation, curation and debiasing (“verification”) of effective projects and policy as the implicit “workload” of the economy.

    To ensure that these outcomes are not generated in a mono-culture of thought, or promoted through other maligned incentives (such as bias, tweedism, nepotism) we propose a cohesive, scalable crowd-sourced policy generation platform.

    Our reference design will include multiple approaches to ensure that maligned / compromised actors do not generate policy counter to multiple community goals and aspirations, even in cases where these community objectives may conflict.


    More Detail:

    To this end, we aggregate various design suggestions proposed into a single cohesive collective intelligence workflow including multiple debiasing components. This proposal only includes scope for the construction of a reference design only.

    These components include:

    – A opt-in values and principles alignment system.

    – A system of working groups centred around communities of interest that can represent minority or unrecognised groups. (similar to that proposed by @jeffghome2020)

    – A system to promote awareness, emotion and empathy through conversational design (similar to that proposed by @nielskijf) that could also reduce platform overheads like internationalisation and on-boarding.

    – A system to develop deep insight sharing and drive informed voting inlcuding a place for creative arts and persuasive communication as well as data driven analysis on the basis of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

    – A system of collective strategy generation and prioritisation with the added benefit of inter-group coordination when strategies align.

    – A federated debate system that provides timely and tangible policy outcomes (similar to that proposed by @calliefionaburrito)

    – A process to responsively and scalably curate, moderate and debias policy

    – A process for reward sharing with the community to increase engagement and efficiency of the system.



    We aim to platform the above workflow on the Cardano stack to leverage recent technical achievements:

    – Integration into Voltaire based voting

    – A policy / project generation system integrated with the existing Cardano Treasury model.

    – An integrated rewards structure (introducing Proposals NFTs, a Network Trust token and a Prediction Market for sentiment) to promote contribution, reward engagement and accurate analysis.

    – A approach to generating data-driven policy justification integrating smart contracts and oracles.



    The key deliverable of this project will be a community developed reference design and materials to communicate this design that incorporates the learnings of the past, a number of diverse viewpoints against which community comments can be accepted in future rounds. This forms the training wheels for collective governance.



    The nominal requested funds are to support curators in the structuring of reference material and ideas into a single cohesive reference design compatible with Voltaire governance. We are confident all community contributions to date (20210301) will be incorporated. Where its not possible to incorporate these ideas, we will frame further questions to the community for discussion.



    We believe the key to Cardano’s long term success is the effective generation and selection of targets, policy and projects.

    To be able to generate consensus, we need to unite in objective truth.

    To this extent we need to focus on creating a reference design for our end state that incorporates community suggestions to date and creates a frame for further discussion and contribution. This by no means will be a complete solution, rather a projection of today’s community view of the network’s governance architecture.

    Debaising our decisions so that we can target goals in line with our values and principles is of utmost importance to the community. We believe consequences of this experiment in governance becoming another agent to preserve the status quo in our society would be a worst case outcome to both the organisation and the spirit of the organisation.

    Cardano is founded on equity for all. In this process we need to design to ensure the effects of individual human bias are minimised while leveraging crowd-sourced information processing and remaining responsive to our members needs. These requirements are critical to the security of the governance, generation of effective policy and preservation of our humanity.

    Requested funds in USD 8000

    Which of these definitions apply to you? Other/Prefer not to say, Developer


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    Funding Goal: $8,000.00

  • Diversify Voting Influence


    Ideascale link

    Problem statement :

    Voting, like stakepools, requires balanced incentives to encourage a diversity of participants to ensure broad community support.

    Describe your solution to the problem

    Design and evaluate a variety of voting saturation and aggregation algorithms that balances the influence of small and large stakeholders.

    Relevant experience

    The Photrek team includes expertise in modeling complex systems, simulating majority vote dynamics, and designing governance policies.

    Website/GitHub repository (not required)
    Detailed plan (not required) – Fill in here any additional details

    Governance of a blockchain requires balancing the rights and responsibilities of users, developers, sponsors, and investors. Ensuring the integrity of decentralized systems is particularly challenging given the tendency of economic systems to evolve toward power-law distributions of wealth that enable power to concentrate toward a few actors. Cardano’s innovative saturation algorithm for stakepool incentives has made a significant contribution to establishing the most decentralized cryptocurrency validation process. The design of a system to aggregate and saturate the governance voting process would have a similar impact on developing a vibrate, diverse community of stakeholders overseeing the development of the Cardano ecosystem.
    Proposed Outcomes

    1. Design protocols for the Cardano voting process which will incentivize a diversity of contributors.
    2. Provide analysis regarding how the saturation of voting influence would ensure that small stakeholders are incentivized to participate while ensuring that strongly-opinionated minorities do not unduly thwart majority stakeholder opinions.
    3. Develop a plan for simulating decentralized majority-vote dynamics so that proposed voting policies can be rigorously analyzed, providing the community with guidance on expected outcomes as governance policies are developed and evaluated.
      Governance is an important principle of any enterprise, whether a private business, government entity or non-profit organization. To ensure fair and high-quality decision-making, voting needs to be fair, and it needs to represent all involved parties impartially. Modeling opinion dynamics and voting processes is a complex task since it involves people, and people are not always rational. In modern-day democracies, opinions are shaped by transparent dialogue and majority-based voting is the standard to make decisions about governments, elected officials, rules, and regulations that govern a country. Corporations also base governance on dialogue and voting by shareholders to make business decisions such as electing management or deciding on dividend policies. Often minority shareholders select proxies who are delegated to vote on their behalf. Non-profit organizations consider inputs from donors, internal governance structures, as well as the Board of Trustees when making important organizational or strategic decisions.
      Decentralized blockchains present an opportunity to improve governance. The innovative idea of creating a business and inviting a community to participate in the governance of such a business is an approach to ensure fairness and best-practice decision-making to shape the future of the enterprise. One of the main challenges in blockchain governance is ensuring minority interest representation. Another challenge includes the possibility that a powerful minority would swing the decision-making process towards their interests, which might not be aligned with the interest of the rest of the community. Our goal is to emphasize the public interest in the decision-making process. Public opinion is important for improving and shaping important decisions, and allocating a public discussion period before the final decision is made is of utmost importance.
      To support the Cardano community in achieving the goal of high-quality governance that is responsive to the community’s opinions, Photrek will develop protocols for the voting process that includes gradual saturation of voting influence per wallet. We will examine the role of aggregating votes, determining how this impacts user’s experience in influencing voting outcomes. We will build on research modeling information spreading through the corporate directorship networks by taking into consideration the different strengths of information propagation depending on the number of links between the source and the target of given information within the corporate board membership network (Huang, Vodenska, et al., 2011). We will develop a plan for how agent-based modeling of voting dynamics can be used to simulate and stress test proposed modifications to the Cardano voting process. (Bertella et. al, 2017 & Vilela, et al. 2019).
      The Cardano blockchain is a technological innovation of a decentralized economy that requires a well-designed network-oriented governance structure. Compared to governance in public, corporate or non-profit organizations, network-based governance introduces multi-layer decision-making processes via different stakeholder interest representation. One of the main benefits of layered decentralized governance is the possibility to implement effective risk management by influencing and mandating the correction of the system before it becomes unstable. Complex networks have been used to model such propagation mechanisms emphasizing the strength of the initial source of spreading as well as the level of the interconnectivity of the entire network (Huang, Vodenska, et. al., 2013; Curme, Vodenska, et. al., 2015; Sakamoto & Vodenska, 2017). The blockchain could introduce governance that would protect those who are at risk because the bearers of risk are also the decision-makers. This seminal change in governance structure eliminates the necessity to persuade outside governing or regulating bodies to take steps to reduce the systemic risk or prevent a collapse of an economy (Pirson & Tumbull, 2011).
      An important aspect of the blockchain economy is its radical difference from the well-established understanding of governance.

    The Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) has the benefit of autonomous enforcement of contracts, following rules defined by smart contracts, representing participant interests autonomously, which reduces the possibility of fraud. In a decentralized economy, with well-defined rules, decision rights, and accountability, participants are empowered to contribute to the stability of the blockchain since they are simultaneously the contributors and the beneficiaries of the system. Blockchains are referred to as harbingers of a new economic era (Beck et al., 2018). Cryptocurrencies represent the prototype of blockchain-based organizations, residing in cyberspace, rather than in any specific institution or country. They are ideal for introducing novel approaches to governing a truly global complex organization with an efficiency of governing a simple local institution (Hsieh et al., 2017).


    Beck, R., Müller-Bloch, C., & King, J. L. (2018). Governance in the blockchain economy: A framework and research agenda. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 19(10), 1.

    Bertella M.A., Pires F.R., Rego H.H.A., Silva J.N., Vodenska I., and Stanley H.E. Confidence and self-attribution bias in an artificial stock market, PLoS ONE 12(2): e0172258. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0172258 (2017)

    Curme, C., H.E. Stanley, and I. Vodenska, Coupled network approach to the predictability of financial market returns and news sentiments, International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance, Vol 18, No. 7, (2015)

    Hsieh, Y. Y., Vergne, J. P. J., & Wang, S. (2017). The internal and external governance of blockchain-based organizations: Evidence from cryptocurrencies. In Bitcoin and Beyond (Open Access) (pp. 48-68). Routledge

    Huang, X., Vodenska, I., Havlin, S. & H.E. Stanley, Cascading Failures in Bi-partite Graphs: Model for Systemic Risk Propagation. Nature Scientific Reports 3, 1219; DOI:10.1038/srep01219 (2013).

    Huang, X., Vodenska, I., F.Z. Wang, S. Havlin, and H.E. Stanley, Identifying influential directors in the United States corporate governance network. Physical Review E, Vol. 84, 046101 (2011)

    Kearns, M., Judd, S., Tan, J., & Wortman, J. (2009). Behavioral experiments on biased voting in networks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(5), 1347-1352.

    Masuda, N., Gibert, N., & Redner, S. (2010). Heterogeneous voter models. Physical Review E, 82(1), 010103.

    Nelson, K. and Vilela, Majority-Vote Dynamics for IOTA Transaction Consensus, Final Report, 2020.

    Pirson, M., & Turnbull, S. (2011). Toward a more humanistic governance model: Network governance structures. Journal of Business Ethics, 99(1), 101-114.

    Sakamoto, Y. and Vodenska, I., Systemic risk propagation in the bank-asset network: New perspective of the Japanese banking crisis of the 1990s, Journal of Complex Networks, Oxford University Press, Vol. 5 Issue 2, pp. 315-333 DOI: 10.1093/comnet/cnw018 (2017)

    Vilela, André L. M., Eugene, Stanley, H. (2018) Effect of Strong Opinions on the Dynamics of the Majority-Vote Model, Scientific Reports, 8, 8709.

    Vilela, Andre L. M.; Wang, C., Nelson, K. P. and Stanley, H. E. (2019) “Majority-vote model for financial markets,” Phys. A Stat. Mech. its Appl., vol. 515, pp. 762–770.

    Yildiz, M. E., Pagliari, R., Ozdaglar, A., & Scaglione, A. (2010, February). Voting models in random networks. In 2010 Information Theory and Applications Workshop (ITA) (pp. 1-7). IEEE.

    Zhang, B., Oliynykov R., and Balogun. (2019). A Treasury System for Cryptocurrencies: Enabling Better Collaborative Intelligence. In Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS).

    Photrek Team
    Dr. Kenric Nelson is President and Founder of Photrek, which is developing novel approaches to Complex Decision Systems, including the dynamics of cryptocurrency protocols, sensor systems for ecological studies, and robust machine learning methods. His recent experience includes Research Professor with Boston University’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Sr. Principal Systems Engineer with Raytheon Company. He has pioneered novel approaches to measuring and fusing information, which have been applied to improving the accuracy and robustness of radar signal processing, sensor fusion, and machine learning algorithms. His education in electrical engineering includes completing a B.S. degree summa cum laude from Tulane University, an M.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Ph.D. degree from Boston University. His professional education includes an Executive Certificate from MIT Sloan and a certification with the Program Management Institute.
    Nelson is the Principal Investigator for the project. Nelson ran the AdaStar staking node during Cardano’s Incentivized Test Network for the Shelley development. He’s expertise in designing and analyzing complex systems will be applied to design and analysis of voter models which include aggregation and saturation for incentivizing diverse participation.
    Dr. André L. M. Vilela has investigated the dynamics of interacting agent-based models in statistical mechanics, combining phase transitions, critical phenomena, and finite-size scaling analysis with sociophysics, econophysics, and complex network theory. His research focuses on unveiling the underlying mathematical mechanisms that drive the behavior of agents in groups within social networks and financial markets, and how their decisions promote active collective phenomena. He is a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at Boston University, a full Professor at the University of Pernambuco, and Coordinator of the Materials Physics undergraduate program. His education in Physics includes completing a B.S. degree With High Honors Award, an MSc. degree with Distinction Award, and a Ph.D. degree from the Federal University of Pernambuco.
    Vilela developed a majority-vote simulation for the IOTA foundation evaluating the potential for cellular automata consensus. Vilela will analyze the majority-vote dynamics with saturation and aggregation, and develop a plan for agent-based simulation.

    Requested funds in USD 14000

    Which of these definitions apply to you? Stakepool operator, Teacher, Entrepreneur, Developer


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    Funding Goal: $14,000.00

  • Driving Informed Voting on Catalyst


    Ideascale link

    Problem statement :

    A lot of the Community doesn’t know much about Project Catalyst. Many think voting will be in the Voltaire Era, but we have a way to vote.

    Describe your solution to the problem

    I will provide quality videos about:

    1. Catalyst Projects (haven’t seen a lot of these)
    2. Cardano Research paper
    3. and more
    Relevant experience

    – Working knowledge of media software

    – Education that required reading & summarizing Research Papers and proposals

    Website/GitHub repository (not required)
    Detailed plan (not required) – Fill in here any additional details

    I plan on focusing on creating videos that help to promote Cardano and Project Catalyst through education. I will be providing videos that target the Cardano Community. I believe that currently there is a lot of focus on Cardano’s price, and that there is not a lot of focus on voting or other long term ideas from a portion of the community.


    This can be remedied by creating videos that:

    1. Videos that link to a place to have discussions like Discord or Slack
    2. Videos that provide information about what is being proposed through Project Catalyst. This may lead to people coming up with ways to either improve or build upon

    Requested funds in USD 7600

    Which of these definitions apply to you? Stakepool operator, Entrepreneur


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    Funding Goal: $7,600.00

  • Federated Debate System


    Ideascale link

    Problem statement :

    Debates and discussion today are marred by talk past each other and pushing misinformation or logical fallacies, often obscured or hidden.

    Describe your solution to the problem

    Break ideas/statements into digestible parts. Debate each sub-point, voting, logic analysis, idea linking, commenting, and meta-analysis.

    Relevant experience

    Attorney, skilled in the art of persuasion and logical analysis.

    Website/GitHub repository (not required)
    Detailed plan (not required) – Fill in here any additional details

    By breaking up and tagging discussions into smaller points we can, as a community, strengthen arguments, isolate weak points and build consensus.

    I attached an imgur link with a mockup of what I am talking about, I will expand on that here.

    So, in the example the poster describes what they see as issues with bitcoin and etheruem. By default, each sentence and paragraph will be a distinct object that can be “debated” which includes: voted on, disputed, “expounded on” and each subsequent meta statement can also be debated on. Ideas can also be tagged so discussion from previous debates can be referred back to or imported.

    Highlighted in green in the example paragraph are ideas that the community strongly agrees on (high gas fees on etherueum) while others are color-coded which indicates the point is disputed and links to further discussion. One sentence has two points and has been broken into two different discussion points. In yellow, a reviewer disputes the claim about bitcoin while in brown a more interesting sub-discussion has broken on out how we should define what level of gas fees are acceptable in transactions. Below the three proposed definition of what “high” gas is, there are columns with arguments in favor and in opposition to each definition.

    Metatagging the discussions allow for a better shared understanding and ability to build on foundational knowledge. By tagging concepts, both the author and the reader will be made aware of other related ideas which can be compared against or integrated into the discussion, perhaps even prior to publication.

    Tagging concepts and tracking support for ideas will build consensus. Over time as users interact with the federated debate ecosystem, data will be collected to show what topics are trending, what the majority of Cardanians believe in, areas of major disagreement and so forth.

    The initial phase of the project will be to propose a challenge for both design and build out of the system.

    Requested funds in USD 25000

    Which of these definitions apply to you? Other/Prefer not to say

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    Funding Goal: $25,000.00

  • Guides to project Catalyst success


    Ideascale link

    Problem statement :

    Catalyst is a confusing place when you are new to it. New users don’t have a really concise guide to doing well on Project Catalyst

    Describe your solution to the problem

    Create concise guides to being successful on project Catalyst for all (enthusiasts, developers, entrepreneurs, community advisors, etc)

    Relevant experience

    I spend too much time lurking on project Catalyst and when I acted, I made a lot of mistakes to learn from.

    Detailed plan (not required) – Fill in here any additional details

    I have attached the beginnings of my “Tips for Catalyst success” to this proposal. See the attachments section of this proposal.


    If you want to write your own guide and put it here, let me know and I will add you as a team member. PM me with an early stage of your document (if we can do that) and I will add you. The barrier to entry will be pretty low.

    Requested funds in USD 100

    Which of these definitions apply to you? Other/Prefer not to say


  • Infographics – Series 1


    Ideascale link

    Problem statement :

    Information about Project Catalyst is difficult to digest for many when it is purely in written form.

    Describe your solution to the problem

    A series of four infographics that visually describe the basics of Project Catalyst.

    Relevant experience

    Project Proposer, art and data director: Philip Khoo

    Graphic Designer: Evgeniya Tranevskaya

    Website/GitHub repository (not required)
    Detailed plan (not required) – Fill in here any additional details

    I envision an initial series of four infographics covering:

    1. The decision making process
    2. The role of a Community Advisor
    3. How Project Catalyst make impact
    4. Decentralized governance and decision making

    Working time is around 20 hours total to execute. Delivery can be done into the Github Repo with a 2-3 week time frame (quicker delivery will be attempted to get the information to the community but time given to manage expectations). A future plan can be to add then to a master landing page, into Ideasscale, or a separate informational/art Cardano website.

    Please have a look at Evgeniyas work on Instagram for an indication of style of Infographics.

    If there are well received I envision further series. The direction can be done with consultation with the community on what information needs visualizing.

    Requested funds in USD 800

    Which of these definitions apply to you? Other/Prefer not to say

  • New Compensation Plan


    Ideascale link

    Problem statement :

    Currently only idea creators (Proposers) and some Referrers are being rewarded.

    We need to expand compensation to more participants.

    Describe your solution to the problem

    Create a new compensation plan that reaches out to more participants. Having more people collaborate on an idea and be rewarded accordingly.

    Relevant experience

    I have worked in compensation for many years and developing a framework that expands on the initial compensation plan is good for the space.

    Detailed plan (not required) – Fill in here any additional details

    Instead of only rewarding a few people within Catalyst we need to compensate more people within a given project or idea.

    By creating a compensation framework within Catalyst that rewards more people we will have better ideas and stronger projects that ramp up faster.

    As an example, by rewarding people that comment and enhance an idea or project we are creating greater adoption of Catalyst and as a direct result, faster and better projects.

    Requested funds in USD 20000

    Which of these definitions apply to you? Teacher, Entrepreneur, Other/Prefer not to say, Community manager

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    Funding Goal: $20,000.00

  • Pooling the vote


    Ideascale link

    Problem statement :

    There is a lot of active members of Catalyst that can’t afford to vote but are keen to participate.

    Describe your solution to the problem

    Creating a possibility of having a personal voting pool to which members can delegate their resources to enable an active member to vote.

    Relevant experience


    Detailed plan (not required) – Fill in here any additional details

    In current voting system there is a portion of members are disregarded as voters because they can’t meet the wallet balance requirement. The requirement is, and have to be, set at the amount that prevents larger influence of members that are from richer countries or wealthier backgrounds. My proposal is to give an opportunity to the less fortunate but active participants in the Catalyst to accumulate ADA from others that are not interested in voting, but have a desire participate and reap the rewards of voting.

    Voting rewards would be equally distributed to active voters and delegators and an active and contributing member would have an opportunity to fully participate in the Catalyst process.

    Which of these definitions apply to you? Other/Prefer not to say

  • The Great Filter


    Ideascale link

    Problem statement :

    Project Catalyst’s form encourages rational ignorance; The more engagement we get, the harder it is to maintain meaningful participation.

    Describe your solution to the problem

    Empower decision making by filtering proposals with a transparent set of principles, and broadcast the results in a consumer friendly manner

    Relevant experience

    SPOs, Fortune 500 Marketing specialist, Software- & DevOps Engineers, Communication & PR expert
    Languages: EN CN SE DK NO DE RU CZ EE

    Detailed plan (not required) – Fill in here any additional details

    ———————————————————————————————— The Great Filter —
    Let us empower decision making- and voting efforts, by filtering proposals with a transparent set of principles, and promote the ideas objectively on social media platforms.
    How can we make it easier for the community, to have deep and meaningful participation with Project Catalyst proposals?
    The Project Catalyst webpage is not easy to navigate, proposals are scattered and quality of proposals vary greatly. Keeping up-to-date with the proposals you find interesting is difficult and time consuming, as the comments and conversations grow by the hour, 24/7.
    In other words, Project Catalyst in its current form encourages rational ignorance (The cost of staying informed is higher than the value of being informed). This is a problem for the future of Cardano.
    Pain points:

    • Formal and Intimidating; the Project Catalyst page is not newbie friendly.
    • Wide range of ideas; even for the engaged users it is difficult to stay on track.
    • Quality of proposals vary greatly, even by simple academic/practical standards.
    • Time consumption; Information updates faster than what a person with a day job is able to stay up-to-date with

    Minimize time required to have meaningful participation with Project Catalyst proposals, while retaining key information. Encourage the decision making and voting efforts, by respecting the participants’ time.
    An open source, unbiased, filtering process, will be able to eliminate the issue of rational ignorance that prevents people from being deeply engaged with the ideas and proposals in Project Catalyst. A YouTube channel, PodCast archive and email newsletter, will serve as the medium to distribute the coverage of the filtered results.
    Our key target audience consists of two different user profiles. Let’s call them Bob and Alice

    • Bob: A person engaged with the Cardano ecosystem and community but not actively in Project Catalyst
    • Alice: A person engaged with the Cardano ecosystem and community and who is actively engaged in Project Catalyst

    On a per Epoch basis, our team will filter proposals submitted to Project Catalyst. Using a transparent system of objective selection criteria to filter out proposals that fails to meet a standard of professionalism and responsibility. The content will be broadcasted as podcast- and in video form, to make the information available and easy to consume for as many people in the Cardano ecosystem as possible.
    Doing the leg work of filtering proposals for the community leads to lower barriers of engagement, as ADA holders will be kept informed about governmental progress, without having to dedicate several hours a week.

    • Content: YouTube, Podcasts, newsletter.
    • Marketing/Distribution: Ideascale, Twitter, Reddit, TikTok, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, email

    Filter Principles ❌✅📄
    Proposals will be evaluated based on their use of the Filter Principles
    Does the proposal Include…

    • problem statement
    • clear goal(s)
    • target demographic
    • action plan
    • expected timeline
    • Key Metrics to measure
    • Relevant expertise requirement
    • breakdown/rationale for requested budget

    Filter process

    • ✅🟢Follow: The proposal includes the filter principle
    • ⚠🟡Explain: The proposal doesn’t follow the filter principle, but explains the reason
    • ❌🔴Ignore: The proposal doesn’t include or address the filter principle


    Filter Result

    • If the proposal fulfills all of the filter principles, it will make it apparent to the audience if the proposal is:
    • Understandable
    • Feasible / Realistic
    • Useful / Reasonable / Valuable / Desirable
    • Serious

    👁‍🗨The Filter Principles will remain transparent and available for the public community to criticize, amend, and propose changes.♻
    2 Rounds of Governance, as the pilot program
    ROUND 1

    • Data collection and analysis
    • Filter implementation and feedback
    • Content production
    • Content distribution
    • Data collection and analysis of reiterations
    • Filter implementation and feedback of reiterations
    • Content production
    • Content distribution

    ROUND 2

    • [same as ROUND 1]
    • Review of results and experience gathered during Round 1
    • Revise data analysis
    • Revise filter implementation and feedback
    • Review key metrics of the success of The Great Filter

    Did we manage to increase meaningful participation from proposers, advisors, and voters?

    • Community confidence: avg. rating of Catalyst members who approve of overall results of a funding round.
    • Community participation: number of Catalyst participants contributing to improving Catalyst decision making systems
    • Measured overall
    • Impact of individual initiatives
    • Proof of iteration: If The Great Filter principles are successful, we should be able to observe an increased adherence to the designed Filter Principles in the following funding rounds’ proposals.
    • Re-election rates: if proposers following the Filter Principles are re-elected, this is a measurable inference that the filter is evaluating relevant properties


    Stake Pool Operators, Fortune 500 Marketing specialist, Software Engineers, DevOps Engineers, Communication & PR expert
    Languages: EN, CN, SE, DK, NO, DE, RU, CZ, EE
    The requested funding will be covering the time required for the team to conduct continuous research of submitted proposals, analysis and follow-up on reiterations with submitters, content creation, distribution, maintenance and community engagement.
    Procurement of audio visual recording equipment, lighting and set dressing. Post production processing of content, marketing costs, and a small buffer for miscellaneous expenses.
    We believe in the core principles of Cardano; Open Source, Ease of Access and Decentralization.
    By lowering the barrier of engagement with the Project Catalyst, we enable and empower interested parties, at all levels of active participation.
    If we are successful in doing so; The increased participation, and the publicized coverage of our governance progress, will begin to draw in people from outside the Cardano ecosystem as well, and we can truly start changing the world.
    We want as many people to participate in Project Catalyst as possible, and we want their engagement to be deep and meaningful. We want to see our community succeed.
    Thank you for reading our proposal.

    Requested funds in USD 30669

    Which of these definitions apply to you? Stakepool operator, Teacher, Developer


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    Funding Goal: $30,669.00

  • Voltaire Assistant (VA / Iteration)


    Ideascale link

    Problem statement :

    All effort in Catalyst participation should be rewarded. 90% of the effort is lost, resulting in a large* motivation-gap per fund.

    Describe your solution to the problem

    To stop wasting decision effort, VA tackles design challenges through Social Apps which guide people to desired outcomes.

    Relevant experience

    25yr of digital product design. Fund3 Conversational UX/UI Proposal.

    Website/GitHub repository (not required)
    Detailed plan (not required) – Fill in here any additional details

    * Would be amazing if we could calculate cost, but the current system does not track effort. It is a fact though that 90% of effort is not funded.

    Desired OutcomesWe want to reward people for all their effort through design challenges in social apps instead of proposals.

    Social AppsSocial apps are conversational design systems, which send design challenges through the network in a time-boxed manner. This opens the door towards turn-based and guided-based problem-solving. Good intent tokens are the currency within the Voltaire Assistant ecosystem.

    Social App UseSocial apps can be unlocked with participation points, or bought with GIN tokens.
    Finishing Social Apps results in Experience points in your data profile
    Reputation is built in successfully finishing chapters in Social Apps and released Good Intent Token.

    Social App Requirements
    Social apps use time-boxing and Good Intent Token rewards to attract talent.
    Social apps use conversation design, not page-based design (Actionable Chat)
    Social apps use an experience points progression system to unlock other social apps.
    Social apps have an overall storyline (chronologic order from Don’t Know → Catalyst Ambassador Status)

    RationaleUsing a centralized individual-based proposal system makes no sense in a decentralized node-based system. If we want to pave the way towards problem-solving with a swarm, we must rethink our methods. Voltaire Assistant uses an iterative design method to discover new thinking for new posibilities.

    Initial Social App list (Build the system with the system)
    1. Voltaire Assistant Onboarding
    2. Index Talent | Who is good at what?
    3. Rewarded Design Challenges | Build Voltaire Components aka Conversational Modules, Scripts
    4. Build a Social Profile | Hard & Soft Skills
    5. Build / Earn Reputation (Get rewarded by participation in Social Apps through good intent tokens)
    6. Build Dream Teams | Good Intent tokens | Teams of three
    7. Social App voting center (Index & Build Social Apps for actual Catalyst problems)
    8. Goal Setting | Urgency = Event/Situation x frequency x negative emotion.

    Guiding Questions Distributed decision-making
    ***How do we encourage people to participate in decision-making?***By paying for participation instead of paying for proposals.
    Gamification principles play another role in activation.


    How do we ensure the group of decision-makers is diverse and accessible to newcomers?
    By targeting the onboarding scripts in diverse communities.


    How can we ensure that the Catalyst process keeps iterating to improve?
    By building Social Apps, Conversational Modules & Scripts that tailor solutions to actual problems.


    How will we include the community in decision-making?
    By sending problems through the network, instead of centralizing problem-solving.

    Which of these definitions apply to you? Entrepreneur, Teacher

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    Problem statement :

    We need to assemble talent in groups to then assign workflow and create synergies and efficiencies.

    Describe your solution to the problem

    Create professional talent pools that can assist projects with required tasks and the pool can share in the rewards.

    Relevant experience

    Grouping talent together creates synergy and tasking/monitoring by the group and collaboration create efficiencies.

    Requested funds in USD 10000

    Which of these definitions apply to you? Entrepreneur, Other/Prefer not to say, Community manager, Teacher

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    Funding Goal: $10,000.00