The Ambassador DAO

Great initiative! Our Slavic DAO would love to cooperate on events you plan. We could help you set up event in Prague (Czech) or Bratislava (Slovakia).

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Feel free to get in touch with us via telegram - Telegram: Contact @slavicdao

Hey @dpagan-harmony we’re coming into the dweb space from a traditional stack, our total focus is on incentivizing community and facilitating realtime events, and we currently run the Bluesky community on a pretty tight budget. We would love to put in a proposal to do Harmony-incentivized community events encouraging people to host events and get paid in Harmony. But we don’t have our own dapp yet. Would it still make sense for us to enter a proposal?

I hope I see this, I haven’t been on harmony much and I’m not sure how the notifications work! I’m also at gvelez17@gmail.com, gvelez17 on discord, twitter, github and most other places.

Where can i apply for ambassadorship ?

Hey Shubham,

We are currently looking for meet-up ambassadors! Does that interest you?

Feel free to message me on telegram and we can discuss further @WellnessOne

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Request to Meet Minimum Operational Expenses

Intro:

It’s time for the Ambassador DAO to request an additional round of funding. However, we’re aware that there are changes on the horizon for DAO funding. That being said, the Ambassador DAO would like to request for one month instead of a full second round of funding to ensure that:

a. We cover backpay owed to our signatories
b. We cover costs for events already planned for May
c. We cover costs for shipping merch

The Ambassador DAO wishes to maintain momentum while continuing to grow our Harmony community around the world. We have calculated the minimum amount of operational expenses that we would need to finish out the month.

ADAO One Month Funding

May events : $30,000

  • We aim to host 15 events for the month of May. $30,000 would give us enough wiggle room to host the maximum number of events at the maximum amount of $2000 per event. As usual, these events educate local community members about Harmony and its ecosystem.

May Signatory Hours : $12,000

  • 10 hours a week per each signatory
  • This includes the 3 meetup signatories + Shawn for accounting
  • 40 hour total at $75/hour = $12,000

April Signatory hours : $15,000

  • $15,000 to cover 200 hours outstanding signatory pay

Shipping Merch : $1000

  • $1,000 - Shipping costs

Minimum Operation Expenses = $58,000

Additionally: We will return all excess funds if not used.

ADAO Event Documentation Photos, Videos, Social Media Posts:

Month 4: May Events (In Progress)

Month 3: April Events Recap

Month 2: March Events Recap

Month 1: February Events Recap

Cost Effectiveness:

We have been cost effective with our events, and have exceeded our original deliverables as a DAO.

  • Our original goal was 14 events in months 1 & 2. We ended up holding 27 events in months 1, 2, & 3.
  • We are halfway through months 3 & 4, have been able to run off the budget for months 1 & 2.

The Ambassador DAO meet up section has exceeded goals set by the ADAO funding proposal and done so in a cost efficient manner. Our governors and ambassadors worked tirelessly to host 27 events in three months. Additionally, as a DAO we have minimized expenses, paying out $30,042.66 for meet-up events, ambassador pay, and governor pay.

Event Statistics:
Click Here for Detailed Event Statistics

Monthly Trends Events Held Attendees Cost Cost/Attendee Max Possible Cost Margin Below Budget
February 2 35 $1,510.91 $43.17 $4,000.00 62.23%
March 10 176 $11,309.91 $64.26 $20,000.00 43.45%
April 15 346 $17,221.84 $49.77 $30,000.00 42.59%

Event Payments and Receipts:

Governor Pay:

Recipient Billed Hours Amount Paid (ONE) USD Value
Devin 9.18 3073.595263 688.5
Rachel 273.84 148133.6995 20538
Svaran 30.45 10195.0954 2283.75
Miguel 26.25 14032.43051 1968.75
Stephanie (unpaid) 24.92 0 0

View full time cards here:

Rachel - ADAO Timesheets - Google Sheets

Miguel - ADAO Timesheets - Google Sheets

Stephanie - ADAO Timesheets - Google Sheets

Svaran (retired) - ADAO Timesheets - Google Sheets

Devin (retired) - ADAO Timesheets - Google Sheets

Highlights:

Hype TV - Harmony Ambassador DAO - YouTube

Harmony ADAO Miami Meetup

Harmony ADAO Philippines Meetup

Harmony ADAO Buenos Aires Meetup

Harmony ADAO LA Meetup

Harmony ADAO SF Meetup

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That’s a good one , you guys should drive to reach out to more areas around the globe

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Fancy plan. Best of luck Dpagan on project!

Absolutely love this initiative! :blue_heart:

THIS is how we BUILD a community. Too many projects/ chains are fighting over a small community of crypto- invested people.

Initiatives like the Ambassador Project, directed at those who haven’t held Crypto, is a HUGE win!

Can you say Adoption? :blue_heart:

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I love this initiative! Just wondering why Facebook never gets included when it comes to social media?

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I frequent the official Harmony Facebook page all the time, it’s kept updated on a regular basis. How would an official page be relevant to the Ambassador DAO? Any recorded AMAs or links to AMAs can be uploaded. No need to pay anyone for that.

It’s right in the mandates of this DAO. There are communities on Facebook that help people out plus they’re a lot bigger than the official “Harmony” page that just posts updates, it doesn’t give support.

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So you think you should be paid because you moderate a unofficial Facebook group where most of what you do in there is nonstop shill your validator? Oh and potentially gatekeep other validators from advertising? Come on you already financially benefit from it and now you want to get paid more? No one should get paid anything unless that group is a fair location for all validators and ran by unbiased people who are bringing more value to harmony than their own pockets.

Gatekeeper?? Obviously you don’t know much about the group. There is no gatekeeping. All these other moderators are Validators that get paid. I don’t make money from being a validator, nice try.

I don’t care if I get paid, but what’s the difference between what I do and what all these paid moderators do??

I’m a strong yes for now, but I want to be clear that I see this as a marketing expense and not a dao. There is no path to revenue or self-sufficiency, and that’s the total wrong way to view ambassadors.

Ambassadors are in service of the community and should add value, not be extractive via some revenue scheme.

Ambassadors are a necessary marketing expense. The only question, in my mind, are detailed below.

WHO

Who are the meetups for? I want these meetups to serve:

  • Developers on harmony

  • prospective developers on harmony

  • app users on harmony

  • prospective app users on harmony

  • current one holders

  • prospective one holders

It’s important to be clear on who. That way it informs the content of the meetups.

WHERE

This is hyper important to me. For the last ambassador program I ran, I focused on very specific locations based o. Density of developers. They were (and are) my primary audience. See example here:

WHAT

In the past I and my team developed “meetup in a box”, pre-created content to help ambassadors.

Developer content; specific content to onboard users to apps (hot to play dfk, get jewel to buy a hero), etc.

WHEN

I think where matters more than when. If it’s in a priority location, then the frequency matters more.

For example, I don’t care if a meetup ever happens in Namibia - there are no devs there. But I would want a meeting every month in Vietnam focused on gaming.

HOW

Meetups could be done remotely too. In person is best but the facilitator could be in a remote location.

OTHER

Ambassador program is meant to be a marketing cost. So the expectation that it will be revenue generating is kinda ridiculous. It’s a public good. So I would question that requirement from Sam and Li. We need to be prudent and wise but no expectation of revenue.

Hope this helps.

Thank you for the support @allenye!

We have onboarded Ambassadors that are working diligently internationally to educate their local communities, and promote ecosystem growth (so far we have ambassadors hosting events in: Nigeria, Buenos Aires, Madrid, El Salvador, Philippines, Rio as well as multiple cities across the U.S. including Miami, LA, NY, Denver, Nashville, Houston, SF, Dallas, Austin, and Palo Alto.)

We would love to drive more adoption around the globe and continue onboarding new ambassadors, however as many things are being restructured in our ecosystem, our signatories are currently working to adjust accordingly. We are currently not onboarding new ambassadors at the moment, but that is subject to change in the future.

-Rachel

Hey @KidCrypto50.

Perhaps some of the online community moderators can chime in on this discussion. (I am unable to speak for the online community moderators, as my primary focus in coordinating in-person events).

However, relating this to ADAO, you’ll find that this initiative was intended to be a DAO with three main areas of focus:

1. Online Community Moderators
2. Tech Support
3. Meet Up Events

This 6-month initiative was designed to continue encouraging adoption, education, and promoting ecosystem growth in these three categories, then transitioning into a fully in-person meetup events group (which is essentially the stage we are transitioning to).

I hope this response is helpful in someway, and perhaps other online community moderators can offer some insight as that is not my area of focus.

-Rachel

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@OgreAbroad thank you always for your support and enthusiasm for this program. The Nashville community is extremely lucky to have you, as are we to have you as an ambassador.
:blue_heart:

-Rachel

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Thank you for your support and providing such detailed input @papi.
I agree with you on these points, and would like to address the following suggestions:

  • This statement addresses the elephant in the room: How do we incorporate profitability elements into an initiative that was not initially designed for it? We are promoting the message of Harmony and growing the community, so I could see how this could fall under a marketing expense or even a potential extension of the events team.

  • However, after having many hours of discussions & hearing diverse perspectives amongst the team, ADAO is still being encouraged to remain a DAO. This brings up the topic of self sustainability if we are to truly operate as a DAO, which require us as a team to problem solve.

  • We are remaining open minded to all of the possibilities of this program. We’re transitioning to an entirely meetup focused group, focused on scaling events internationally. There are a few paths forward and it is up to us to determine the most appropriate path.

  • @essalacher from the Harmony events team will be working closely with us to develop the ADAO Playbook as we make this transition and forge the most appropriate path forward.

  • This is a valid point as well. We had a conversation with @Sam who had suggested possibly even moving forward as a Service DAO. Our primary initiative is to be a scalable, grassroots, community-driven education program. Would adding elements of revenue generation affect this?
  • This is another valid point. Our meetup audience ranges from intermediate, blockchain gamers, beginners, and the crypto-curious. The audience is heavily dependent upon the location, and we always encourage our ambassadors to use their best judgement when selecting one of the following presentations:
  1. Harmony & It’s Ecosystem - We recommend for a more beginner audience.
  2. DeFi 101 - We recommend for a more Web3 familiar audience.
  3. GameFi - Has become most popular with gamer crowds.

Additionally, we’ve given presentations on DAOs, NFTs, MAD NFT, DAO tooling, and Staking to the appropriate audiences.

  • Measuring success of future events will include analyzing adoption, which means strategically selecting locations that will bring us the strongest target audiences that welcome new
    developers, builders and investors to get involved.

ADAO Value Proposition:

ADAO has proven to be an asset to Harmony as an effective organization to scale smaller events globally. We’ve succeeded at hosting cost-effective events that provide an educational service while simultaneously growing our community internationally by hosting in-person meetups.

We aim to assist the events team by having local Ambassadors attending and hosting events to represent Harmony, rather than having the Harmony team travel to each event. This will assist the team to be more monetarily conservative, to be more mindful of bandwidth, while still maintaining presence at events.

  • In addition, we can take some of the burden off of the grants and events teams by directing smaller scale talk forum event proposals to ADAO, to optimize treasury expenditure while scaling events in a cost effective manner.

Conclusion:

ADAO is a 6 month initiative that has been approved for funding based on deliverables met, which have been met & exceeded. We currently have ambassadors hosting events this month, and we have been working tirelessly to ensure that they are compensated for their efforts. We simply need the minimum operational expenses for this month and we will be returning any excess funds not used as we transition into a fully event focused group.

  • The future framework of ADAO is still being developed, and will require critiquing, problem solving, and thinking outside of the box from both @mvelasco, myself, @WellnessOne and @essalacher, and other members of our team in the coming weeks.

We wish to keep the momentum going, and finish out our current initiatives. We will be updating the community & our ambassadors as we meet our goals and strategically plan our path forward. Thank you again @papi for your support and valuable feedback.

-Rachel

Thank you @ElixirofLife for this thorough proposal. ADAO has been a tremendous initiative for the Harmony community and we want to continue to support it. I do agree with @papi and whether we need to shift from a DAO model to something else. Let’s work together to find a path forward to ensure the longevity of this important initiative. Strong yes!

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