Axie Contributor Initiative Kickoff!
We're excited to advance our progressive decentralization strategy with the Axie Infinity community!
Earlier this year, we shared our thoughts on how we intend to progressively decentralize Axie Infinity. If you haven’t read that yet, we recommend doing so before continuing on with the rest of today’s governance update. To supplement your reading, here is the TLDR:
We intend to actively work towards an end-state where “invested” (with effort/meaningful contributions) community members are responsible for making resourcing decisions around the Axie Infinity ecosystem
As progress is made on the decentralization continuum, actions like council formation, resource allocation, on-chain voting, and treasury activation will be unlocked.
The ultimate goal is to empower the collective with the responsibility of guiding one another in advancing the community’s mission through self-organization.
Additionally, at AxieCon, we spoke about the details of the specific steps of progressive decentralization for the community:
We’d encourage you to watch if you haven’t already, but inside the presentation, we shared the concrete steps we believe will make progressive decentralization successful:
Establish the “Urban Planning” Team
Sustainably / Comprehensively Identify Community Contributors
Establish Community Councils (composed of Contributors)
Empower Community Councils
Resource Community Councils
Decentralize Community Treasury Governance
We are still early, but over the past months, we’ve made considerable headway in operationalizing these steps, creating the framework to allow for progressive decentralization to initiate and take hold. Below is a recap of our progress:
In May, we established the Axie Infinity “Town Builders,” a collective of well-established community members with a demonstrated history of governance contributions while invariably abiding by the Axie Code of Conduct. This group, composed of Artic, Baronar, Freak, Odin, and Zee, with support from Metaportal, have been hard at work creating the framework that will ultimately spur the first structure within the progressive decentralization continuum.
In July, these Town Builders elected to bring in a number of Contributor Electors, namely Akhil, Britt, ChuckFresco, Kookoo, Muri, Ouchie, Prism, and YCB to play a critical role in helping design and execute on an inaugural contributors pilot program.
In August, the Town Builders and Contributor Electors distributed applications for the contributors program, which saw applicants from multiple continents, each spawning hundreds of applications.
In October, Syntax and Akhil were elected as Town Builders by the founding Town Builder team.
In November, the last of the applications rolled in, and the contributor electors, using a systematic approach, identified the final list of entrants into the pilot program. Rejected applicants either did not have enough evidence of contribution, wasn’t in the community long enough, or had a history of violating the Axie Code of Conduct.
And that brings us to now: we are proud to announce that we have close to 700 Lunacians who will join the inaugural pilot “season” of the Axie Contributors! Each season 0 contributor will soon receive an acceptance letter, a Discord role, and access to a newly created “Governance” section in the Axie Infinity Discord. There, they can partake in conversation facilitated by Town Builders, meet other contributors, and experiment with community governance formation!
If you didn’t get approved this time or forgot to apply, don’t worry! Remember that this is season 0, and there will be more opportunities in the future. This pilot will give us tremendous insight on how to make this a robust and ongoing process, and there will be routine opportunities to attain this credential in the future. Our dream is that in the future, every contributor in our ecosystem will be comprehensively recognized. We had this idea deeply entrenched in our minds when we developed season 0 of the contributors program.
The pathway to creating a burgeoning digital nation is uncharted, but we know one thing: the community is and will always be the heartbeat of Axie Infinity. Our hope is to see this become the first landmark in empowering and unlocking the full potential of every contributor in our ecosystem. We are very excited to see where this goes.
Well, what are you waiting for? We’ll see you where the action is!
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