Over past few days we have seen a flame war on this forum and across few channels. I’m deeply sadden by what have happened and would like to remind everyone what we stand for and how we should be working with each other.
NEAR Ecosystem’s values are:
- Transparency - unless otherwise limited by law, contract or morality, all the decisions and work should be open for the community to see and participate in.
- Growth mindset - we are continually learning, thriving on challenge, see failure as a way to learn and improve (not an evidence of lack of ability)
- Pragmatism - instead of focusing on the ideal solution, focus on solutions that drive value for ecosystem stakeholders
- Ecosystem first - regardless of where we each officially work, everything we do should put the ecosystem ahead of ourselves or a particular company. Don’t try to do everything yourself - engage people around you in community and bring new people.
- Ease of Use - we believe that open technologies will only succeed if they are easy to adopt and use.
Which translates into some relevant to current situation ideas:
- Be positive and welcoming to everyone in ecosystem. Not everyone will be, but you should project these values and attract more people who are positive.
- Never escalate conflict - conflict is not a growing mindset, conflict only appears when you think that everything that happen is fixed and nothing can be changed.
- Don’t be defensive. Don’t push back. It doesn’t show growth mindset.
- If you do see conflict or people being defensive - de-escalate it. Suggest ways how people can communicate better and grow together. Improve the mood in the room, don’t bring gloom.
- Trolling and attacking individual people is not the right way to maintain the conversation. The trolling, attacks or things that don’t make any sense don’t warrant a response - be pragmatic. See if there are real concerns and address them.
- Asking for more transparency is totally normal, as it pushes for better processes and accountability. This is why we are doing NEAR Ecosystem Treasury DAO. This is why we are doing many of the other DAO initiatives.
- It’s also totally fine to admit that the current process is not optimal, that some things are not yet working. Showcasing what results were achieved is important and it’s important to highlight what was learned as well.
- It’s important to be pragmatic and showcase pragmatism to others - sometimes there is no ideal solution but some things just need to be done. Example in point - marketing a global crypto project is a hard problem with no playbook that works. Trying practical things, learning from them, and continue to iterate to improve results.
This really means we never going to be perfect, but we are going to continue improving.
I hope as a community we can learn from this situation and get better.
Conflict situations will continue arise - the more people in the community, the higher the stakes, the more conflicting situations will appear. Remember the values and ideas above, handle it well and let’s build the #FutureIsNear we all want to live.