Great Debaters Dao - Revolutionizing Education

Name of DAO

Great Debaters DAO

Proposal overview

Problems to be solved


Education fails to equip students with the skills to think critically and solve problems. Globally, students are not developing the skills to be productive, fulfilled, and involved citizens. The effect of a lack of quality education is detrimental to the individual and society.

Skills Gap - A recent survey revealed the soft skills that employees are most lacking are: Critical thinking and problem solving, adaptability and flexibility, communication, leadership, innovation, and Creativity.

Teachers - Lack of training, support, and low pay exacerbate the expanding global shortage of qualified teachers.

  • Fewer than 1 in 10 teachers exhibit good teaching practices.

  • We are still using the teacher training methods of yesterday.

  • Half of teachers reported not receiving support or encouragement.

  • High teacher turnover creates increased costs.

Covid Learning losses – Lack of engagement has caused students to fall behind in the learning process. The learning losses arising from the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to have a long-term compounding negative effect on many children’s future well-being. These learning losses could translate into less access to higher education, lower labor market participation, and lower future earnings.

Cost of Ineffective Education - A lack of effective education leads to increased poverty, unemployment, drug abuse, crime, dependence, radicalization, social and racial injustice.

  • Governments are losing $129B annually due to poor quality primary teaching alone. Moreover, global productivity will be less than half of what it could be if students enjoyed a complete education.

  • Businesses and corporations spend more than $900 billion to retrain employees in the workforce, even those with college degrees.

Inequity – “Inequitable systems of school finance inflict disproportionate harm on minority and economically disadvantaged students.” - National Academy of Sciences

Students fail to develop 21st Century skills that employers desire most. This results in job dissatisfaction, racial and social inequity, continued cycles of crime and poverty and more than $1M in lower pay.


Civil Discourse - Exploring political questions from multiple perspectives is a cornerstone of democracy. It cultivates civic reasoning and discourse, which embody the skills, understandings, and habits required of democratic citizens. However, in the current climate, the discussion of controversial issues seems more fraught than ever. Lack of communication and exchange of ideas creates tension, lack of cooperation, and in the most extreme cases, violence.

Objectives: Our mandates

Great Debaters DAO aims to pave the way for effective education and promote civil discourse through debate, argumentation, and discussion. The Dao strives to create academic, social, and racial equity by building vital and transferable skills while creating financial opportunities.

The mandates:

  1. LEARN 2 EARN: Creating an effective K-20 education program through a Debate Across the Curriculum (DAC) model. DAC trains educators to incorporate debate, argumentation, and discussion in the classroom, while rewarding educators and students with cryptocurrency.
  2. DEBATE 2 EARN/PLAY 2 EARN - DEBATES IN THE METAVERSE: Creating a platform for public debates that promotes the discussion of current topics and issues while creating a crypto and NFT economy for those involved.
  3. SUPPORTING SPEECH AND DEBATE ORGANISATIONS – Creating and facilitating transformational summer training camps, coach training, scholarships for students, schools, and governing associations.
  4. SUPPORT AND PROMOTE INNOVATIVE EDUCATION – DAC is the ultimate educational innovation. Great Debaters DAO seeks to support and promote innovative education by creating an innovative education incubator.
  5. GENERATING REVENUE: Improving the potential for economic success for DAO members and those participating in the expansion and programs of Great Debaters DAO.

Societal Good and Equity – Great Debaters DAO can create equity academically, financially, and racially.

  • Educational Equity - As a result of high engagement, research training, the requirement to observe issues through different perspectives, and developing arguments, individuals involved in debates develop valuable academic skills. The implementation of DAC can provide students with transferable skills that are essential for student success. Participants of the Play 2 Earn platform will yield similar benefits, creating academic equity.
  • Financial Equity – Great Debaters DAO can financially reward its members. At the same time, DAC can create financial freedom and opportunity for students and teachers. Rewarding students and teachers with cryptocurrency for learning and building skills can close the wealth gap for many minorities living in economically disadvantaged areas. The reward system encourages participation and builds a foundation to break generational economic disparity.
  • Racial Equity - In Rwanda, debate is utilized to bridge the divide between the Hutus and the Tutsis. They recognize that the way to avoid repeating the violence of the genocide is through civil discourse and empathy. DAC and the Play 2 Earn platform can foster the skills and the environment necessary to promote true communication and cooperation, healing racial divides.
  • Diverse Academic Leaders – Many diverse teachers leave the profession because of institutional support and low salaries. DAC can solve both issues. Providing support from DAC consultants and peer mentoring groups will fill the void for these potential leaders and foster leadership skills development. The added income from the DAC reward program can supplement income, creating a financial bridge for potential leaders to reach their professional goals.


To implement these goals, Great Debaters DAO plans to develop programs and platforms that create engaging and rewarding opportunities to build the vital skills developed by debate, discussion, argumentation.


Great Debaters DAO will develop and support the subscription-based DAC program. DAC is a research-based, professional development, K-20 faculty support program, and reward program. The core of DAC lies in training teachers to utilize elements of debate and discussion for immediate integration into the classroom, supporting educators for program success, and financial rewards for teachers and students. The pedagogical focus of DAC has undergone several pilots. One particular pilot and the quantitative analysis of the results have been published.

Training - Professional development for K-20 educators to use debate and argumentation as a teaching methodology, building transferable student skills. This training provides educators with the knowledge and skills to create an innovative educational environment within their classroom. This educator subscription program will be paid through funds allocated by governments, schools, and school districts.

Support - Ongoing technology-based peer support and consultations are included in various subscription levels. The program will feature an ongoing technology-based peer support and consultation for DAC educators to ensure program success.

Reward - The cryptocurrency “Learn 2 Earn” program rewards DAC teachers and students for training, mentoring, classroom implementation. DAC would utilize 20% of subscription revenue to create a reward fund. Like a 401(k), the fund can be grown through yield farming, DeFi lending, or other investment means.


Debate prepares individuals to become “active citizens” and “prominent leaders.” According to John W. Parker (1955), debate served as a laboratory of democratic living, “aiding…in the process of developing scholars and citizens for movement in a democratic society” (p. 146). Debate equips individuals for active participation in society. Competitors develop a deeper understanding and analyze multiple perspectives of critical social issues.

Thus, creating a platform for individuals to participate in debate contests while earning cryptocurrency for winning creates an incentivized high-engagement medium that promotes civil discourse. This platform would be analogous to esports, with debate as the “game” or “contest.” This platform would create an economy that would receive revenue and support debaters, coaches, evidence cutters, evidence validators, financial backers, judges, and others.


In-house Hackathons will provide an opportunity for early career and experienced programmers to hack together, creating an informal mentoring system to nurture talent and build the platforms for the DAO. Great Debaters DAO will develop hacking contests that reflect the current objectives of the Great Debaters DAO.


Great Debaters DAO seeks to support competitive speech and debate organizations, like the National HBCU Speech and Debate Association. Great Debaters DAO will provide additional support and resources to ensure the growth and stability of these organizations. Programs such as summer coaching, collegiate scholarships, and donations for academic organizations engaged in administering speech and debate competitions.


Great Debaters DAO is an exemplar of effective and innovative education. Creating an incubator for other organizations engaged in educational innovation will create opportunities for the most effective innovations while creating revenue streams for the DAO.


For the development of our audience and community, Great Debaters DAO will embark on a comprehensive program of global outreach, including networking, conferences, community events, collaboration with high-profile individuals and other DAO’s, and partnering with large financial institutions such as Visa. On this basis, new channels are opened in the snowball principle.

Marketing efforts will consist of the following channels

  • Social Media - Setting up and participating in distribution channels such as Telegram, Discord, and Twitter help generate attention and facilitate brand-building. Promotional media and activity-based campaigns are instruments to gain traction and collectivization.

  • Conference Participation - The presence of Great Debaters DAO at conferences is fundamental to achieving ecosystem impact. Be it for generating attention, new investor relations or cooperation partners, and growing social relationships, which are invaluable to future opportunities. In addition to blockchain conferences, Great Debaters DAO will engage in academic scholarship as part of its mission to create and proliferate Learn 2 Earn and DAC programs. Such scholarship will explore the effectiveness of DAC, education-based DAOs, and other related topics. This scholarship creates the opportunity to proliferate these new academic models and interact with institutional decision-makers.

  • "ESPN" for Speech and Debate – Globally, thousands of students and institutions are engaged in competitive speech and debate within various organizations. However, there is little interaction between organizations, students within the various organizations, or awareness beyond regional or national borders. Thus, creating a streaming show that provides news, information, and awareness of participating students, schools, and organizations, creates recognition and unity. This show may also interview prominent competitors and coaches, competitive alumni, iconic alumni, and feature debates with influencers or prominent figures.

  • Influencers – Competitive speech and debate has many prominent alumni and supporters. Many speech and debate alumni are celebrities, heads of media, heads of state, and are even in the blockchain and crypto spaces. Many of these individuals may support a program that furthers educational goals, social impact, and brings new network users.

  • NEWS – Many factors give Great Debaters DAO national and international news opportunities.

    • The branding of The Great Debaters
    • The studied and proven educational innovation program of DAC
    • Tools to combat Covid Learning Loss
    • Tools to combat the current and growing teacher shortage
    • High profile partnerships and endorsements
  • NFT LINE – Great Debaters DAO is working to create a line of NFTs as a mechanism of funding and potential utility for entry to Metaverse Debate Tournaments. A series of NFTs that reflect great debaters in history can be branded, sold, and used for future event entry.


Education has underutilized the emerging power of blockchain technology. By utilizing blockchain technology, Great Debaters DAO can achieve sustainability and scalability, which has tangible financial benefits for teachers, students, and DAO members. Great Debaters DAO has several potential revenue sources to contribute to economic sustainability and success.

  • $Great token sales - $Great will be the utility token for the DAO, which will be sold to members to provide governance and voting rights.
  • Subscription Revenue – The DAC subscription model can provide recurring revenue for the DAO.
  • Treasury Yields – The DAO treasury would be invested to create revenue from investment yields. The goal is to mitigate risk and maximize ROI and allow the Dao to function from the treasury investment yields.
  • Staking Yields – The reward pool, particularly student rewards, will not be accessed for 1-12 years, depending on the age of the students when they begin the program. This pool can be invested to earn yields split between the DAO and the reward pool.
  • Innovative Education Incubator – The incubator would provide early funding and guidance to innovative education startups in exchange for equity within the organization. This program should provide multiple revenue channels.
  • Support Programs – Training programs for coaches and students are fee-based and create another revenue opportunity.
  • Play2Earn/Metaverse Debates – This platform would create a vibrant economy around public debate competitions. Individuals would pay for NFT competitor entry passes, NFT based evidence, backing debaters, coaching, and other competition-related expenses. Great Debaters Dao would earn a commission for each transaction.
  • NFT Line - In collaboration with Snowcrash, the development of an NFT line of Great Debaters will provide funding and pave the way for NFT based entry passes for the Play 2 Earn platform.


Great Debaters DAO has developed a core team of individuals who are resolute in the mission of the DAO. Additionally, the foundation for the DAO has been laid with the development of current and future strategic partnerships, endorsements, and assistance. The following is a list of current and potential supporting individuals and organizations:

  • Competitive Speech and Debate Alum – As a result of shared experiences, the competitive speech and debate community is very supportive. There are many high-profile individuals within the speech and debate community, which include Oprah Winfrey, Adam Sandler, Paul Rudd, Arsenio Hall, Jordan Peele, Chadwick Boseman, Jack Dorsey, and Li Jiang of Harmony One
  • Partnerships or Collaborations – Several individuals and organizations have committed to the mission of Great Debaters DAO and agreed to some form of partnership or collaboration. These organizations include: Snowcrash (CEO is Jesse Dylan, the son of Bob Dylan), Teach for America Reinvention Labs, The Nate Parker Foundation (who starred in the movie The Great Debaters), bulb Digital, Prairie View A&M University, The Florida Education Foundation, The U.S. Congressional Black Caucus, and The Richmond Foundation. Currently, Great Debaters DAO is seeking the permission of Taylor Ledward (Chadwick Boseman’s wife) to feature Boseman in the NFT line for great debaters.

Proposal ask

Great Debaters DAO asks for $404,250 for one year of governance, onboarding, marketing, in-house hackathons, meetups, staffing, travel, and token engineering.


Metrics for success


The following milestones are targeted in the 1st year after launch:


  • 1k followers on each social media platform (Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • 200 on Discord
  • NFT development
  • Front end platform development
  • Development tech mapping for DAC support, smart contract, and L2E platform
  • Token development
  • Development of streaming program
  • Hackathon – focused on platform development
  • DAC curriculum development
  • Outline DAC Onboarding
  • 5 News articles published about DAC
  • 2 Meetups


  • 25k views on YouTube
  • 10k followers on each social media platform
  • 1k on Discord
  • Completion of full feature prototype for DAC platform
  • Token Pre-sale/Launch
  • NFT launch
  • Testing review
  • DAC Curriculum finalized
  • Define Reward Pool Investment Strategy
  • Finalize DAC onboarding procedures
  • 2 Meetups


  • DAC beta launch
  • Draft proposal for P2E platform
  • Gather feedback from DAC professional development beta
  • 20 schools in beta launch (1,000 teachers and 18,000 students)
  • 100K views on YouTube
  • Token public sale
  • Finalize reward pool structure and investment strategy
  • Develop DAO voting Procedures
  • 1 Meetup
  • Election Nominations


  • Full release DAC platform
  • 50 School Contracts (2,500 teachers and 45,000 students)
  • Finalize proposal for P2E platform
  • Hackathon – Focused on P2E platform
  • Draft Proposal for Innovative Education Incubator
  • 1 Meetup
  • Governor elections are held



Dr. Medina is the former Director of the Great Debaters. Speech and debate competition saved his life. As a result, he has been involved in speech and debate education and competition for over 34 years. Dr. Medina is the founder of the National HBCU Speech and Debate Association and, a former executive in numerous state and national debate organizations, the founder of the Center for Excellence in Writing and Public Discourse on the campus of Prairie View A&M University. Medina is the first to design, implement, and publish a quantitative analysis of a DAC program. This DAC program occurred over the course of a decade and has won multiple awards. Aside from his academic pursuits, Medina also founded a successful financial services business. Medina holds a Ph.D. in Leadership with a concentration in Business Administration.


Michael J. Smith is an innovative communicator and focuses on technology marketing. He has 33 years of experience in P.R., marketing, corporate communications, investor relations, and public affairs. Smith’s specialty is launching and marketing new products or technology, focusing on EdTech. He has helped over 60 technology companies with their go-to-market strategies; three resulted in IPOs. Mike guided an additional 19 CEOs through merger and acquisition strategies. Mike is also a member of the Board of Governors for the National Press Club.


Dr. James is a professor at Texas A&M University and Associate Director of the Center for Applied Statistics at Prairie View A&M University, and a very accomplished academic. Dr. James also served as the Associate Director of the Center for Urban School Partnerships at Texas A&M. James has extensive experience designing and launching culturally responsive curriculum, which incorporates debate and critical thinking in schools and districts nationally.


Rohan graduated from IIT Kharagpur as an Industrial & Systems Engineer. He led a team in developing a blockchain-based photo-sharing application. Sharan was the captain of the software development team at his university. He also won the first position in a technology festival blockchain hackathon, with a prize of 1BTC. Rohan also created a blockchain-based solution to solve scientific research and publishing issues.

Sharan has experience in developing I.T. solutions like blockchain-based certification for universities, remote collaboration tools for developers, and document drafting software for lawyers.


Favors is the co-founder and program director of the Nate Parker Foundation, which merges film, educational programming, and philanthropy to combat the crisis facing African and African American communities. He is also the co-founder and Director of Sankofa Community Empowerment, Inc. This non-profit organization services urban communities through culturally responsive educational programs in New York and Philadelphia. Mr. Favors taught social studies and special education at Bushwick Community Alternative High School for over a decade and served as an adjunct instructor at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York.

Chike Ukaegbu – Head of Crypto Strategy for Emerging Markets at Visa

Ukaegbu works to leverage the power of Visa to help advance the adoption and utility of Bitcoin, stablecoins, NFTs, DeFi, and public blockchain networks in various countries. Chike was also the founder of New York-based tech accelerator Startup52, which focuses on backing firms that have strong diversity profiles. Ukaegbu ran for president in Nigeria, where he “spearheaded the leanest and first fully digital presidential campaign in Africa,”


Sean Allen was the Captain of the Great Debaters for four years. During his tenure as captain, he was part of the Debate Across the Curriculum development committee at Wiley College. After graduating from Wiley, Allen was a coach at Wiley College and served as a Debate Across the Curriculum facilitator. He consulted with faculty on the integration of DAC into classrooms. Sean is currently the Director of Forensics at Tennessee State University and a Board Member of the National HBCU Speech and Debate Association


Ben Stewart is the founder and owner of SpeechWire. This cloud-based service has been used to run more than 17,000 (1,000+ yearly) high school, college, and middle school speech and debate competitions. SpeechWire has grown to run all sorts of tournaments across the United States and worldwide at the high school and junior high school levels, including speech, debate, congress, and even competitive journalism tournaments.

Robert Litan, J.D., Ph.D. – LEGAL, ADVISORY

Robert Litan is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He previously served as a senior fellow on staff and vice president and Director of Economic Studies. Here, Litan published his 2020 book, “Resolved: Debate Revolutionize Education and Save Our Democracy.” Litan is also a practicing attorney, specializing in complex antitrust and business litigation. He previously was a partner at Korein Tillery, and practiced law with two Washington, D.C. law firms. During the first term of the Clinton administration, Litan served as principal deputy assistant attorney general.


We would definitely appreciate any feedback. Thank you so much for the consideration.

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Hi all,

I know I posted this over the weekend and so folks may not have had the time to take a look. Aside from the funding request, we’d love to receive feedback on the proposal. Everything from the mission, mandates, implementation, and everything in between, we want to hear from the community. Feedback makes us all better. So, I would appreciate your help.

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Hi Coach, I like it! Clearly a big problem :wink: - for real, I worry about young people’s lack of critical thinking skills… and the ones with the resources who can also articulate ideas are too busy amassing millions of followers on TikTok :rofl:

I think I’d like a better understanding of how DAC works since that’s a new idea to most readers here (perhaps citing other materials, like the publication mentioned). Is this going to be a digital platform that builds on the pilot system on the implementation side (like a tool to be used in the classroom), or is the tech more for support and the L2E aspect?

I’m also curious what kind of schools are the initial target (K-20 is everything!). Is, say middle school an inflection point where kids can pick up these skills? Some of the big problems you mention are going to be in places where the digital divide is real, and are going to need broader social and economic improvements before education can see big improvements. Whereas fancy districts that could easily apply DAC are probably doing well already. What’s the sweet spot in terms of managing growth and impact?

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Hi @enfin, Thank you so much, and thank you for taking a look. It is indeed a profound need, especially with all the misinformation that gets put out on various media and social media.

As far as your questions. I am going to answer them out of order but will definitely get to all of them.

  1. The book where the program information is published is called “Debate as Global Pedagogy.” Here is a link for it on Amazon. Debate as Global Pedagogy: Rwanda Rising: 9781793629371: Communication Books @ The chapter about DAC was written by me and some colleagues. Also, tI was the first to develop, implement, and study the program. This was the topic of my dissertation and is available online.
  2. The way that DAC works is that it starts with the professional development of educators.
    A) We train them how to use debate, discussion, and argumentation in the classroom. This live training will take place online. We will teach educators about why the program is needed, why it works, and how it works. We will workshop ideas with the educators to use in their classrooms. If they are an English teacher, instead of a book report, maybe they want to set up a Shark Tank. This is where the student becomes Steinbeck and is pitching his new book Of Mice and Men. Then the Sharks, who are students, can ask questions about the pitch. Or a science teacher who has the students write a report on a scientist can turn the classroom into a Hall of Fame Committee, where one will be inducted into the Hall and they have to come to a consensus on which one. The educators can be rewarded with crypto for this training.
    B) In the classroom, the teachers can use our technology platform to create a lesson plan. The lesson plan that integrates DAC into the lesson, creates a smart contract. The contract is fulfilled when the students upload an outline, a draft, a video, or other deliverables. Both the student and the teacher get rewarded with crypto.
    C) The peer support system would be a group social media platform that rewards with crypto. Similar to BBS Network. This way teachers can ask questions, mentor, trade ideas and stories.
    D) The teachers can have virtual consultations and small group sessions with our people. Here they can ask questions, get support, etc. They can also be rewarded for this participation.
    E) We can even get to a point where teachers can also reward with NFTs, like stickers.

So, that is the basics of DAC and how the platform would work.

  1. K-20 is everything indeed. But the program can be used in every grade. My wife asked me how to get her Pre-K kids to talk. They did not want to talk at all. I told her to get one up and ask what the best toy in the world is and why. Then the next kid, the best toy, why, and why it was better than the first one. She said the kids won’t stop talking now. lol The skill development is useful in every grade. The program that I created on the university level saw the highest percentage of critical thinking growth in the US. So, it works no matter the grade. Older kids just learn the terminology.

  2. I agree that the digital divide may be a problem, especially outside the US. But I know this is something that everyone in blockchain is working on. I believe the money for technology exists. We just have to direct it to the right places. We can work with our nonprofit to write grants for such things.

  3. As far as growth and impact. Because we have speech and debate coaches all over the world who have the experience, bringing them on as consultants for teachers and training these trainers is easy. A consultant can serve approximately 1,000 teachers. I know that many of the students from my former team that went through the DAC program are ready to serve!

I know the answers were long-winded. I apologize. And if I missed something in the answers you think is important, please let me know. Thank you so much for asking the questions. I have to figure out how to answer these in the proposal because many probably have the same questions.

Just in case this information is needed. Great Debaters DAO has brought on another advisor.

Jonathan M. Padilla - Jonathan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Snickerdoodle Labs. He was the former Head of Blockchain Strategy at PayPal and an Associate Director at Stanford’s Future of Digital Currency Initiative. Padilla has served in a number of diverse positions ranging from time in the White House during the first term of President Obama to time at Google where he worked on clean energy at to working in venture capital outfits in California and in East Africa. Padilla has additionally run political campaigns and operations at the U.S. federal, state, and local levels. He formerly served as a member of the Democratic National Committee. Jonathan graduated from Harvard College with a degree in government and from Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government with a Masters of Public Policy. He was a 2018 Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University where he studied economics and business.

Thank you for submitting a proposal to $300M Ecosystem Fund :blue_heart:

:hourglass_flowing_sand: Your proposal is under review :slight_smile: Meanwhile, head over to our DAO Funding Guidelines

:heavy_check_mark: Please ensure that your proposal meets the criteria necessary to be considered for a Harmony DAO bootstrap grant.

Note, that even if your proposal meets certain criteria, it does not necessarily guarantee approval or funding :see_no_evil:

Thank you for your time and interest! :rocket:

Hello, Thank you so much for this information. I was wondering if you could tell me what the timeline for review would be? I appreciate your consideration and your time.

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Hello, @Coach

Really enjoyed reading through this proposal. This is one of the more unique and well thought-out proposals I’ve seen, and I’ve seen A LOT :laughing: . Thank you so much for your patience as the Harmony DAO Ops team moves through the backlog of funding requests. I would like to point you to our updated DAO Funding Guidelines to review. A proposal cannot be considered for approval until all criteria of “The Mighty Six” is met.

  1. For the mandates, only 3 clear-and-concise mandates with two sub-clauses that can fit in a tweet are needed. :x:
  2. Deliverables: Looking forward for the next 3 months only, identify key deliverables directly tied to the mandates of your DAO that you will be focused on accomplishing. Be specific. Chart, in steps, how you will get from where you start to delivering your goal. :x:
  3. You have some wonderfully structured metrics already. The metrics quantify the deliverables, and the deliverables qualify the mandates. :white_check_mark:
  4. 9 Signatories :white_check_mark:
  5. Multisig wallet on harmony created :x:
  6. Schedule the Next Community Vote: DAOs are not kingdoms. The initial signatories do not rule by divine right, nor are they supposed to be “Signatories-for-Life”. DAOism is about community. About passionate participation in projects. It is vital that we have a regular rotation of community members experiencing the responsibility of managing the DAOs treasury. :x:

I’m also so happy to see $GREAT token governance plans in your proposal. It shows a vision and a plan and a path for self-sustainability which is so vital for a DAO’s long-term success.

I’m really looking forward to the Great Debaters DAO updates. Thank you for your time and interest.

Sorry for the late reply. Were hosting the Historically Black College and University national championship this weekend. Thank you so much for the kind words and this info and we will get this done ASAP. I do have a couple of questions.

In your comments you asked about:

  1. “Deliverables: Looking for the next 3 months only, identify key deliverables directly tied to the mandates…” We did present the following in the proposal. Is there something else that we would need? Please let me know.
  • 1k followers on each social media platform (Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • 200 on Discord
  • NFT development
  • Front end platform development
  • Development tech mapping for DAC support, smart contract, and L2E platform
  • Token development
  • Development of streaming program
  • Hackathon – focused on platform development
  • DAC curriculum development
  • Outline DAC Onboarding
  • 5 News articles published about DAC
  • 2 Meetups
  1. You also stated, “Schedule the Next Community Vote…”
    This is in the proposal and scheduled for Q4. If there is something else we need to do for this, please let me know.

Thank you so much for the amazing news and for allowing us to submit updates.

Coach Medina

Hello, I was wondering if you had a chance to take a look at my last reply. We just want to get you everything expeditiously. Thank you so much.

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Thank you, @Coach.

A quick update from Harmony:

The Harmony DAO Ops team will resume approvals and funding on May, 1st. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we learn best practices and navigate the proposal process. In the meantime, please take a look at the updated DAO Funding Guidelines.

note: this comment is not an approval of the proposal

Hello, @Coach

I would like to provide a brief update from Harmony.

All approvals and proposals for DAO Bootstrap Funding are still paused. This is a temporary measure. Please do not let this dissuade you and your team from building. Stay tuned for another update regarding DAO Bootstrap Funding :soon:

Would also love to hear how the Great Debaters has been doing :blue_heart:

note: this comment is not an approval of this proposal.

Hello frwrdslosh,

I appreciate the update. I understand about the pause and figured that would be the case based on market conditions and look forward to the next update.

However, we have not stopped moving forward and building. We cannot stop. Too many lives are dependent on what we are doing here. Thank you so much for asking about our progress. Here are some updates for you.

  1. We have been discussing with IBM to integrate their Project Debater A.I. into our technology. The A.I. can actually debate, and we are looking to develop it further to provide feedback, objectively analyze debates and discussions, and utilize it to drive scalability and value.
  2. We have met with prison reform advocates, organizations, and legislators to integrate Debate Across the Curriculum into the U.S. prison education system. These organizations are very interested because DAC can a) cut the school-to-prison pipeline with skills and a financial foundation. b) cut recidivism rates by building valuable and transferable skills and create a financial foundation for prisoner reintegration.
  3. We have engaged in further discussions with Teach for America Reinvention Labs and Innovation to reach educators and potential educators with the DAC program.
  4. We are building an MVP for the DAC program and blockchain integration.
  5. We have some high-profile individuals who are passionate about education, free speech, and critical thinking and are interested in working with us.

I would love to have a discussion with someone at Harmony to explore the vision and building on Harmony. I very much appreciate your support and are very excited about the future!

Hello, @Coach

The Harmony DAO Ops team has decided to decline this proposal without prejudice. Please visit our Q3 and Q4 Execution Plan for more information.

I apologize that this process has been lengthy and drawn-out and I appreciate yours and the DAOs patience. Harmony and the DAO Ops team wanted to exhaust every option before responding with a declination. Do not let this dissuade you or your DAOs passion to build on Harmony. I’m looking forward to your success.

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