Similar to the call for an “Eden Induction Video” page requested here, I found some tools are needed to more easily coordinate meetings, especially when multiple timezones are involved and with very busy schedules.
I put this spreadsheet together which you are free to use to manage your invites: Stoked Eden Invites - Google Sheets
Just go to File → Make a Copy to get your own. Shout out to @benobi for the original website version of this he put together. I made it into a spreadsheet as I wanted to keep track of my own invites and their status.
Put in the invite details and then use the drop down box to work with the current invite you have going on.
Some things I’ve learned so far doing a couple invitations and acting as witness:
- Don’t do anything on chain until after you’ve recorded the Zoom video. So far (by far!) the biggest challenge has been coordinating the time to get everyone together to do the 1 minute video. That may sound crazy, but when there are 12 hour time differences and very busy schedules, it’s quite difficult to get 4 peoples’ schedules aligned. In some cases you may have different existing members willing to witness, but if you do the on chain part first, you’re kind of stuck with the witnesses you have in the existing invite.
- Make sure everyone knows how to set a background in zoom. If you haven’t done this before, be sure to do that on your own prior to your scheduled call. Double check the notes in the wiki about this also to ensure you have the correct recording settings on your account.
- Create a meeting place to coordinate schedules. I created my own telegram channel where witnesses and invites can come together and that’s been really helpful to get everyone on the same page quickly. You may want to create your own as well (or feel free to ping me about mine and I can bring you in so you can use it for your own invites).
- Double check the links in the profile (not just the text content). @aaron recently noticed some bad links and thankfully they were caught before the profile was permanently saved to the chain. Just Ctrl+Click on all the links and make sure they open before approving the profile.
- eospowerup.io Use it to avoid frustration regarding EOS resources. Make sure those you’re inviting use it.
Now on to some of personal thoughts and ideas, I’d love your input on.
- Should kids be allowed into EdenOS? More on that topic here using my own kids as an example. Some thoughts based on the responses so far on Twitter:
- Most people are positive towards the idea and see age as an arbitrary value which the current governance systems don’t handle very well. You can read all the positive replies which I won’t bother repeating here.
- There’s a very real possibility of a small Sybil attack of sorts if the children just do whatever their “adult guardians” expect them to do. In a sense, one person’s vote could be increased by the number of kids they have, almost like they could be in multiple political playoff meetings at the same time. In theory, this same issue exists for any one who is invited. Also, if you invite 2 other people within your own family or home, you can now, the three of you, invite whoever you want. Reputation may (or may not) be enough to stop this leading to on onboarding attack. See Eternal September.
- If the kids don’t pay with their own money, they don’t have skin in the game. This is different (IMO) from a donation to allow a valuable member to participate in Eden who wouldn’t otherwise be able to pay. As an example, my kids have their own EOS (they’ve made money selling NFTs), but if they don’t personally think the value is there for them to participate at this time, maybe that’s answer enough on it’s own. Having a parent pay for them takes away from the skin in the game purpose of the 10 EOS fee (IMO).
- Related to the above, I think we need more Indians than Chiefs (if you’ll allow what is probably a culturally inappropriate metaphor). If we just have leaders, builders, and hardcore EOS-faithful community members involved, will it really be a robust example of the Eden governance political play off system or will it just be a super niche club of people who kind of get along anyway and see things the same way already? I think it’s important to have many people involved in the process who share the core principles (love of freedom, liberty, etc), but aren’t just tech nerds. I want to see more philosophers, artists, governance experts, moms, dads, children (as appropriate), young adults, and more helping to really test this out. I’d like to have rounds of the political playoff system where not everyone wants to go forward, lead the community, and manage funds, but instead are there to help that group pick the right candidates who will have the best interests of all in mind. I’d like to see groups that push forward members for the sole purpose of picking a good leader in future rounds, due to their breadth of experience and wisdom, not because they themselves want to lead. To that end, I will be inviting some amazing people who may not even have EOS accounts right now. That may seem confusing to some, but to me the value there is in the quality and character of the people, not the specifics of their knowledge of EOS. In fact, I think we need more people who have just recently onboarded to EOS and cryptocurrency to help us see our own blindspots and communicate to us how to improve for the non-technical masses that are coming. Many in EOS, for example, don’t have an accurate understanding of how others outside of EOS negatively view EOS. With the right people involved, we could get that understanding and adjust accordingly to improve.
I hope the script template linked above is useful for your inductions and the lessons learned are helpful as well. As to my personal thoughts, I’d love your input on 1 and 2.