Following from this post here, it is worth remembering that Pocket’s strong sense of mission and shared values have made the project unique and attracted so many of the employees, DAO contributors, investors, node runners and builders that have joined the community over the years. The Pocket DAO seeks to represent all of these stakeholders through its governance and the allocation of resources within its treasury.
As we enter 2023, Pocket is not the same as it once was. Until very recently, Pocket was a small community consisting of the founders, a small core team, some investors and advisers, and a group of early followers passionate about Pocket’s mission to decentralise the blockchain infrastructure stack. The community mostly inherited its values and customs from this early group.
Today Pocket is a community with 20,000+ nodes on the network, 100+ investors, 100s of apps, c.50 full-time staff across PNI and PNF and many more builders in the community, 55 voters in the DAO, and 1000s of community members on discord and telegram. Consequently, the strong sense of mission that bound the early community together is no longer so prominent. As a result, it is becoming increasingly more work to reach alignment on the key priorities for the ecosystem.
As stewards of the project, we at the Pocket Network Foundation have asked ourselves the following question:
How can we create better alignment amongst all of Pocket’s stakeholders?
We believe the answer is to co-create Pocket’s mission, vision and values for the next phase of our journey.
Human motivation is inherently connected to a sense of purpose, meaning and belonging. Individually and collectively, we bring our values into the world by how we behave and the guiding principles we share and use as a framework for making decisions. This leads us to the conclusion that:
PNF has the opportunity to facilitate an open, inclusive and participatory project to refresh and redefine Pocket’s mission, vision and values, to create a better-shared understanding of what binds this community together and, ultimately, what it is that we value
With a well-defined mission, vision and set of values, aligning priorities for the coming quarters and years ahead will be much more intuitive. It is deeply important that our community can align on these key areas of focus, so that our energy and resources are directed for maximum impact and ROI
By facilitating this workstream in an open, participatory manner, we hope to create a more profound sense of ownership and legitimacy over the end result for the entire community, which ultimately increases the likelihood of its success
By doing this, we believe we can align the community behind a mission that resonates and a set of priorities they want to support.
Pocket DNA project:
To that end, today, we are launching the Pocket DNA project. The DNA project will seek to refresh and define for Pocket our shared:
Mission and Vision
Values and Culture
And with these in place DNA will transition into activation by moving us to align on:
- Goals, Priority programs and key metrics
This project will take place in the open and welcomes participation from anyone within the network. This project will introduce each of you further to members of PNF and our own operations for working in the open.
Call to Action:
Starting today, there are two ways in which you can start participating:
We are sharing this initial survey to understand more about your individual beliefs and values, and how you see Pocket today. We will use this information to share back the different perspectives and customise a set of open forums and workshops to further elaborate on our Pocket DNA together. We welcome any and all members of the Pocket community to complete this survey here: https://forms.gle/bKN3JeZxQFqeCLxA9
Signal your interest to participate in future working sessions such as the workshops. We want to curate a wide and representative group to help explore these questions, so please leave your intent to participate here or reach out to @b3n or @Dermot directly if you want to be involved
We welcome further comments or questions below and hope that this project can be a valuable contribution to bringing this community to greater alignment and inspiring even more pride in your contributions to the Pocket Network.
The Pocket Network Foundation