I just had an idea, but please let me know if this already exists somewhere. If not, can someone please build it?
Ranked/random/grouped lists of stake pools based on contributions or charitable causes made off chain.
I know Charles has talked about making your stake pool competitive based on your pools contributions to the Cardano ecosystem or other philanthropic/charitable endeavours. I also realize many stake pool operators are focused simply on making a profit/return, and that’s ok, while many others are publishing their various contributions, either through direct funding with Ada, or simply their time and efforts. There are some great Websites like pooltool.io, adapools.org etc which are great for ranking pools based on the on-chain metrics and ROA/ROI etc, but were does a delegator go when they wish to delegate with an intent to contribute to a worthy cause.
I know most pools have a website that explains their mission, but I’m imaging a list of charitable/mission oriented pools where one can scan through the various different pools, and quickly find a pool to delegate to based on the more altruistic purpose of that pool. (for example, https://kindstakepool.com/cardano-pool-giving-back-to-charity/ )
It may be too early to ask for on chain verification of donations at this point, and perhaps some trust is required that the pool operators are actually making the donations claimed… but that will eventually evolve.
With thousands of pools and growing, we need more development around how to delegate with purpose. As the total return on your stake will often not be significantly different from one pool to the next over a longer period of time, it seems to me that there is opportunity to shift focus from return on your stake, to the outcome or greater purpose of your stake. Investing with purpose.