Hello there, beautiful soul!
Hope this message finds you well.
Remember the very first ‘official’ home of Project Catalyst - aka the first Google spreadsheet? Seems like this one’s been in making for a while. Pleased to share with you that Project Catalyst has its ‘official’ home now that you can refer to: projectcatalyst.io website. I would like to thank everyone who participated in user testing, countless hours of feedback loops, and most importantly your overall patience as this MVP was being developed.
We would also like to highlight the crucial contribution the community makes and continues to drive in supporting outreach, education, and communication about Project Catalyst at large. Especially in the context of capturing, publishing, and housing much of the documentation and resources.
There are far too many projects to mention but most notably the existing web network of the stellar work of LidoNation, Swarm, AIM, Catalyst School, QA-DAO, or PACE. All of these community-led and sourced resources have been central to Catalyst’s evolution over the past years and continue to be a fundamental part of the overall ecosystem.
We are looking forward to co-creating this space. Thank you for being here on this journey with us.
Let’s dive into what’s the latest.
- TH Recording: Project Catalyst - Weekly Town Hall - YouTube
- TH Slides: Project Catalyst Townhall - Jan 18 - Google Slides
- TH Playlist: link here
Break Out Rooms: https://bit.ly/33i38SB
- Want to open your own room next time? Book it via this form at least 24hrs in advance and get those conversations rolling!
Next: Jan 25 at 5PM UTC. Register now via this recurring link.
As hinted above, projectcatalyst.io website is now live. What are the key attributes in this first iteration?
- An overview of what project Catalyst is, with jump-off points to essential resources.
- Detailed breakdown of fund data in each cycle, including essential metrics: such as fund size, total distribution, number of challenges, number of proposals, number of funded proposals, number of votes, and more.
- Dedicated Proposal pages where you’ll find a summary plus an overview section where you can follow the progress of the proposal/project.
- A how-to section to learn more about how to submit a proposal, how to become a proposal assessor, how to vote, and more.
- A home for Catalyst blogs, guides, and other long-form communications.
- Additional functionality is planned down the line.
If you happen to have any additional feedback that you would like to share, please do so by sending us an email via firstname.lastname@example.org directly. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Catalyst Circle Update
Catalyst Circle v4 is keeping busy. Already three meetings took place with a lot of productive conversations and setting up the initial stages. Here is a brief breakdown of what has transpired so far.
- Meeting #1 - Introductions
- One-hour meeting held via GoogleMeets on Dec 22
- Each new CCv4 representative gave a brief introduction and background. Discussed ideas for the future of CCv4.
- Meeting #2
- One-hour meeting held via GoogleMeets on Jan 10
- IOG team intros/CCv4 intros/CCv3 intros and overview of onboarding of CCv4 reps. (CF member not identified at this time)
- Meeting #3
- One-hour meeting held via GoogleMeets on Jan 17
- The agenda covered strategies for debriefing CCv3, choosing co-circle members & admins, transition plans for CCv5, methods of communication & reporting information to the community
If you’d like to review the recent election results, please dive into more data and analysis:
- Jan 18 Town Hall Update: Project Catalyst - Weekly Town Hall - YouTube
- Official Results: DripDropz.io – Cardano Token Distribution System
- LidoNation Statistics: Catalyst Reports | Lido Nation English
- Vox Populi Survey: https://forms.gle/pbtShRrf3VZbPtYG9
If you are reading about Catalyst Circle for the first time, I encourage you to read this initial blog post that introduced the idea and also this forum post that outlines key requirements for candidates.
Circle vote source code
Voting code that powered the Catalyst Circle v4 election is now available for your review. You can access this via this github repository or engage directly with the authors via this tweet. Once again, wonderful work was done by DripDropz teams to help support and advance collective efforts in improving tooling and processes. Thank you.
Feedback Loop - A note from the Facilitators’ Collective
The CCv4 Election survey is closing soon!
- What were the key issues that determined who you voted for?
- Or - if you didn’t vote: Why?
Here’s the Link to the Form: https://forms.gle/pbtShRrf3VZb
Closing this Sunday, Jan 22nd, at 23:00 UTC. This is your last chance to share feedback with this community-led feedback loop.
‘Project Catalyst by the Numbers’ by Stephanie E King
Catch the latest article from the LidoNation, this time focusing on the topic of data analysis. Here’s the excerpt for you:
“Project Catalyst is described as an “experiment” with aspirations to make big, impactful discoveries. If the experiment works, we will learn what we need to move into Cardano’s Voltaire era with the knowledge and ability to execute decentralized global governance in a way that might really change history.”
“To that end, Project Catalyst touts many of the trappings of a good experiment: some constants, some variables, a global “lab” of eager scientists, and lots of repetition. What seems to be missing is arguably what lies at the heart of useful experimentation: clear analysis of the resulting data. There are various reasons for this which we won’t delve into now, except that the very nature of the experiment - decentralization - is at least partly to blame. All we can do for now is try to be part of the solution.”
Continue reading this article directly on LidoNation website here.
Special Voting Event
This week we have reiterated the intent to introduce a Special Voting Event in the near future. This will be manifested as a key part of Fund10 preparations. With the release of the Voltaire CIP and all the announcements at IO ScotFest, this year promises to be full of evolution - with Project Catalyst continuing to play a significant role in driving innovation and growth across the Cardano ecosystem.
You can watch the timestamped segment from the town hall that provides added context. More information will continue to come in the weeks ahead.
Last week in CIPs
Here’s the recap from my colleague Ryan Williams that writes these fantastic CIP round-ups. I figured you’d like them, too. So here’s the latest to get up to speed. You can catch past and future summaries via this Cardano forum thread here as well. If are unsure what CIPs are about - please check out this link to dive deeper: https://cips.cardano.org/.
What happened in CIPs last week?
- No new CIPs!
- Continued Recommendations:
CIP-??? Decentralized WebRTC dApp-Wallet Communication:
- This proposal describes a decentralized communication method between dApps and wallets based on WebTorrent trackers and WebRTC.
- This has seen some decent engagement to date.
CIP-81 Tiered Pricing:
- This proposal offers a specification for how to introduce tiered transaction fee pricing to Cardano and is a good read.
- CIP-??? Decentralized WebRTC dApp-Wallet Communication:
- CIP Editors Meeting #61:
- Jan 31 @ 5pm UTC
- Held on Discord - here
- Agenda TBD
Further varied governance and Catalyst community conversations can be also followed on the official Cardano forum here. Don’t be shy to be part of the conversation.
Catalyst Project Completions - 370+ and counting!
370+ projects funded by Catalyst have been completed to date by submitting their self-reported close-out reports and videos. Not seeing your favorite project completed yet? You can check their progress on other tabs and also the monthly reporting output documents. Save the links below:
- Monthly Reporting: Project Catalyst - Funded Projects Reporting (public MVP) - Google Sheets
- Monthly Report Output Data: Public Catalyst Monthly Reporting - Google Sheets
- Proposal Journey: Proposal Journey in Catalyst (public) - Google Docs
Want to do more? Check this call to action about accountability and participation!
- Next meeting will take place towards the end of January 2023
- You can also reference this town hall slide for the first meeting outcome.
Are spreadsheets a little too much? Leverage community tools like Lido Nation which you can find here.
Get in touch
Enjoy your weekend ahead!
Danny & the Project Catalyst team