Happy Friday everyone! My name is Casey Monroe, and I recently joined the team as the Senior Community Engagement and Strategy Lead.
There is a good possibility you may have already seen my introductory video, but my role with the team here is basically to coordinate the Community Management Team, to make sure that everyone is working together towards the same goals, to coordinate projects and to build out our larger strategy for how to help the community, and the Community Management Team, to grow.
I will probably be a little on the quiet side here on the Forum, as most of my day to day work is going to be more behind the scenes, but rest assured I will be here and listening to make sure we get the needs of the community addressed as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Some info about me and my background: I have been doing online community work since 2005 or so, when I got my start as the Head of Community and Content at Wowhead.com. Since then I have done community work for a number of groups including Google, Zynga, and Spiceworks, as well as for a few consulting clients, like the ill-fated Firefly Online game (still waiting on that one) and Hammer & Chisel, who went on to build Discord. I admit to not having ever worked in the crypto space before, but I have always been really interested in the ways that distributed networks of people make decisions–and Cardano specifically, with its focus on an academically supported approach, is a great place to explore that future.
I grew up in Southern California, and after a brief break in Austin, Texas, where my son was born, I am now back in California to start work with the new team. When I am not doing community management work I play a lot of games–mostly it has been Overwatch, lately–and recently even started following esports (go Houston Outlaws!). I also play a little music, sing, and even did a little bit of audio engineering work before I found myself in community.
I am really excited about the future of community in an environment like this. I think there is a lot of really fascinating possibilities to try and move community management in a more open, distributed way–I believe we need to be looking at online communities as the future of democracy, and I want to be part of the movement that builds the tools that communities need to self-govern in a way that’s positive and supportive for everyone.
If you have thoughts or suggestions on the sort of direction you would like to see for the future of the Cardano community, let me know!