Dear Cardano Community,
Please take our appologies for the weeks of silence and not being at your service.
We did help the Cardano Foundation to move on the path where it may reestablish it’s organization, but we were not able to reorganize ourselves.
When our group came together we never had previous working experience and some of us never had any kind of personal contact before.
This was not a traditional startup venture formation, more an ad-hoc group coming together from the Forum discussions, people being desperate about the situation at the Foundation and willing to do something about it.
During the “Liberate the Cardano Foundation” mission the severity of the situation and the urgency to resolve it kept us together.
However once Mr. Parsons stepped down we had to decide how shall we continue, what can be our purpose in the Cardano Ecosystem.
From this point it became clear we are all very passionate, committed members in the group looking out for the Cardano Ecosystem, though having very different values, vision, priorities, private agenda, cultural habbits and experience.
Just a very few fundemental examples where we couldn’t agree in a comforting supermajority:
which are the key responsibilities of the Guardians of Cardano, what belongs to the cause of Guardianship and what does not?
should people who had significantly more contribution and added value to the Parsons Misson (which in the end established our “recognition and reputation”) have more influence and decision power regarding the future of the Guardians?
would having the Guardians become a non-profit, audited association (registered in Norway / Switzerland) operating a staking pool to compensate reasonable and justified hours and expenses end up in loosing our independence and credibility?
in case of a split should the group who clearly added more value and effort to the Parsons Mission have the right to carry on the brand to their group?
shall we delegate the Guaridans of Cardano ideology, responsibility and brand to the Community and drive such an open Community movement?
On some days we had between 500-1000 messages trying to convince each other, without reaching unanimous or supermajority decision.
In the haste of the discussions unfortunately things turned sometimes personal, feelings were hurt and trust was imminently lost.
It even ended up in a situation when recently personal attacks, disinformation and trying to discredit people came into false play.
This is where we realized we have ran off way too far from the true path of Guardianship and have to split along our differences otherwise we will not find the way back.
This honest confession from us about our faults & failure is also meant to show we are not different, anyhow better or more special then anyone else from the Community.
What will likely happen now is a few spin-offs will appear from the Guardians of Cardano group, with members who share the very same values, vision and have good chemistry to allow for efficient and friendly operations.
We have fought for transparency of the Cardano Foundation and we believe in providing transparency into our struggles and operations, even if we might loose our “reputation” and look fragile and broken.
More update will follow whenever there is a group who spins off from the Guardians of Cardano to let them present themselves.
Very likely the Guardians of Cardano brand, social media and communication channels will simply be shared among the groups to aggregate information and when there is enough interest moved to the Community movement.
As a final comment some of the Guardians started to investigate how the reconstruction of the Foundation is progressing and initiated an interview with Mr. Pascal Schmid.
We have some very good news to the Community as we have personally met Mr. Pascal Schmid at the Plutusfest and he is a man of great character with strong proven integrity we may confidently trust.
The Cardano Foundation is in very good & caring hands, Pascal is as passionate about Cardano as any of us in the Community.
He promised to come back with a response to some questions we asked, which will be published soon.
Thanks for your patience and understanding,
Bertalan Vecsei @bercinho
Eystein Magnus Hansen @Eystein_Hansen
Mihori Liu @Mihori
Tim Wulteputte @Bullish
Guardians of Cardano
We invite all the Guardians to sign and unite around this statement.
14th December, 2018