Short summary (1min read):
In the 20th Antelope Swiss Workshop, participants of the EDEN Fractal, including Patrick, Dan, Tadas, and a surprise guest, Rosemari, discuss the group's latest projects and insights. The conversation begins with an introduction to Alien Worlds, a leading game on the AntelopeIO network, and the potential collaboration between the game and the EDEN Fractal. They introduce the concepts of consensus games and share plans for a future Alien Worlds Fractal.
The talk then shifts towards enhancing user experience, discussing the creation of a welcome guide for new members, and sharing experiences of existing members. The upcoming EDEN Fractal's first anniversary is also acknowledged. An update on Firmament, a revolutionary blockchain-based tool, is given, with an exploration of its workflow, technical requirements, and future plans. Finally, the session wraps up with plans for future meetings and episodes, encouraging viewers to join the EDEN Fractal community.
Full summary (9min read):
The conversation begins with introductions by Patrick, who is joined by co-host Dan, the best dogman in the galaxy. Patrick then introduces Tadas and a surprise guest, Rosemari, who are both members of the EDEN Fractal. They aim to provide updates on the EDEN Fractal and a surprise reveal related to the Alien Worlds Fractal.
🛸 Alien Worlds
The group dives into their recent experience with Alien Worlds, a top game on the AntelopeIO network built on the Wax blockchain. Dan highlights their interesting synergies with EDEN Fractal and shares updates through a shared screen. He indicates that they are 50 weeks into EDEN Fractal and have produced numerous videos. They have been discussing Alien Worlds in their recent meetings and signaled a consensus to recommend Lisa Chandler and Duane Phillipi as custodians on Planet Eyeke.
Alien Worlds features a universe of six planets, each with 500 land plots that are player-owned. The objective of the game is to obtain Trilium, a material that can be found by mining planets. Players can stake tokens to planets to vote in planetary elections and trade land on the open market.
Planetary Syndicates are built on DAO technology and have vast treasuries at their disposal to expand the Alien Worlds universe. Players can use Alien Worlds assets to build games, applications, events, and experiences. Galactic Hubs provides grant funding year-round to capable builders.
🎮 Alien Worlds - EDEN Fractal Collaboration
Dan is excited about taking the concept of consensus games to the next level and believes it will help people cooperate in a fun way. There are exciting plans in the pipeline, including a proposal by Vlad and others to start an Alien Worlds Fractal, part 2. He explains the goal is to empower the Alien Worlds Community by distributing value retroactively by rank-order, randomized weekly voting.
Patrick asks Dan about the value-added points of synergies between Alien Worlds Fractal and EDEN Fractal. Dan explains that their support for Lisa and Duane has been signaled as a group by EDEN Fractal. They aim to strengthen and improve their processes while growing into EDEN Fractal.
He also mentions working closely with Michael, the creator and lead developer of the Alien Worlds game, to bring more fractal cooperation and consensus games into Alien Worlds. This collaboration is intended to promote the game and help people understand and enjoy Alien Worlds.
Patrick highlights the efforts of the group in building the Alien Worlds Fractal. He also commended Vlad for creating an innovative tool that automates multi-signature participants based on how they rank in the weekly fractal meetings. Vlad was praised for his continuous collaboration with the Consortium app.
Dan then thanked all "Fractalians" and discussed the possibility of onboarding into Alien Worlds and EDEN Fractal. He also mentioned an event called "EDEN Fractal Impact" and the importance of the user experience (UX). He hinted at the richness of their agenda and the diverse topics they have to share.
🎮 User Experience
Rosemari was invited due to her involvement with the EDEN Fractal since the start of the year. She shared her experience with the group, highlighting how EDEN Fractal has introduced her to the crypto world and Web3 communities. She appreciated the group's innovative methods to reach consensus and the platform's features like the consensus games they play, which allow all members to express their opinions.
🎉 Anniversary Celebration
Patrick recognized Rosemari's contribution as a woman in the group, expressing the need for more female participation. The conversation then moved to the celebration of the first anniversary of EDEN Fractal.
🎨 Artistic Expression
Tadas expressed his contentment with the EDEN Fractal experience. He called it the best community experience he has had so far and emphasized the positive impact of EDEN Fractal on his personal projects. Tadas appreciated the networking opportunities provided by EDEN Fractal, fostering collaborations on blockchain projects.
Dan, the host of EDEN Fractal, expressed gratitude for the kind words about his hosting and moderation skills. He highlighted the community experience as a significant part of the value EDEN Fractal brings. He emphasized that the platform has been extremely helpful and motivating for many members, which was highly validating to hear from prominent community members.
The discussion then shifted to focus on the processes of EDEN Fractal. Patrick highlighted the need for solid processes to ensure a great user experience, helped by the "Cagendas" process. Dan referenced various resources for users to understand these processes.
Tadas explained the "Cagendas" process, which is a community-based agenda setting system. The community uses an application called Consortium to vote on topics they want to discuss during the meetings. This blockchain-based voting app allows participants of EDEN Fractal to have a say on meeting discussions.
Tadas also clarified the "Vlalendas" process, which is similar to "Cagendas". It involves the community voting on topics for discussion during the meeting using the same blockchain-based voting app, Consortium. This app, designed by Vlad, allows for community-focused polling and voting, enhancing democratic decision-making within the EDEN Fractal community.
3️⃣ Third Fractal Impact Process
Tadas explains the third fractal impact process, the EDEN+ Fractal Process. This is a method used by the community to reach consensus on specific proposals. The process operates through breakout rooms during meetings, with each room electing a delegate. Each week, a council is formed by these delegates and for a proposal to pass, at least three out of four councils must agree. Tadas emphasizes that this process allows the community to implement chosen proposals effectively.
🎈 Welcome Guide
Rosemari explains her ongoing work on creating a Welcome Guide. This guide will provide valuable information for newcomers to the EOS and Fractal systems, offering resources, contacts, Telegram group chats, and more. This is a constantly evolving document that will continue to be updated with new information. Rosemari mentions that the guide will be particularly useful for the newly formed Marketing Working Group on EDEN on EOS.
💡 Dan on Efficiency
Dan highlights the need for improved efficiency in the group's operations. He has been developing new tools to facilitate more concise and effective voting processes, with an initiative named 'signals' being a key development. He also mentions his enthusiasm for the Welcome Guide that Rosemari is developing, as it will allow the processes and benefits of their work to be understood by newcomers more effectively.
🧠EDEN Fractal Brainstorming Sessions
Patrick discusses the potential for reviving the EDEN Fractal Brainstorming Sessions, which were successful in the past, and suggests that they could be an effective platform for refining and improving proposals. Dan and Patrick express their enthusiasm for the potential restart of these brainstorming sessions, seeing them as profoundly helpful not only for EDEN Fractal but for the wider community.
💼 Project - Firmament Update
Patrick introduces Tadas to share an update on Firmament, a tool that combines the elements of Git, blockchains, and IPFS. It enables communities to reach consensus on all types of information relevant to them. It will be compatible with the EOS EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine), allowing communities to offer websites and files with minimal reliance on external infrastructure providers. Tadas states that a proof-of-concept for Firmament is near completion.
Tadas outlined the workflow of Firmament. In this system, individuals can create their own blockchain, referred to as “firm chains”. These firm chains work in a similar manner to the block producer mechanism used in delegated proof of stake (DPOS) blockchains, with designated individuals, known as confirmers, or signatories.
The concept facilitates the creation of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) that can operate in time increments (e.g., one block per week). In the initial version, communities will be able to signal consensus on IPFS directories, which could include a DAO's homepage front-end, amongst other tools. Tadas also plans to include tools for signaling fractal style consensus in later versions.
💻 Technical Requirements
Tadas explained the technical requirements of Firmament. Users would initially need to install the Firmament software, which includes an IPFS node and an Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). This setup allows users to establish their own local nodes. In the future, a web version accessible through smartphones is planned, although Tadas emphasized that for maximum autonomy, DAO members should ideally run this node during Fractal meetings.
🔗 Interconnectivity of Firm Chains
The discussion further elaborated on how firm chains would interact. These chains are natively stored as file systems on IPFS, where blocks actually represent IPFS directories. This design provides benefits such as human readability and the ability to use any IPFS Explorer to inspect firm chains, eliminating the need for a separate block explorer. It also enables snapshots of the state of a community across different points in time, as each block/directory represents the community's state at that particular moment. This capability will allow different DAOs to connect and share content with one another.
📸 Community Snapshots
Firmament's design allows for snapshots of the state of a community at different points in time. Each block in the firm chain, which is stored as an IPFS directory, represents the community's state at that particular moment. This functionality is made possible by the inherent design of IPFS and its use of directories and subdirectories to represent blocks of data and the relationships between them.
Tadas’s Firmament will use EDEN Fractal as a sandbox. It will initially operate through a web app and then potentially integrate with Fractalgram. The community consensus on the Fractalgram can be pushed to IPFS and then onto the Firm Chain. Firmament aims to focus on achieving consensus on data and information rather than speed.
🔮 Future Plans
The team is also planning to interconnect Firm Chains. Patrick expressed his interest in connecting his MindWeb project with Firmament. He envisions that as information is published onto the Firm Chain, the Mindmap of EDEN Fractal would grow and expand. The team hopes to turn data and information into knowledge using this tool.
Tadas mentioned the possibility of a test version of Firmament being released before Christmas 2023. However, he cautioned that users might have to redo their chains when the production version is released.
🤝 Community Support
Dan shared his excitement about Firmament and expressed his appreciation for Tadas' work. He is curating an article to share more about the project. Dan is also speaking with other communities interested in Firmament, highlighting the fact that Firmament will work with EVM, potentially making it accessible to more users. He encouraged the community to support Tadas and others who are contributing to this project.
Patrick clarifies that Firmament will support the EOS EVM. Tadas explains that the implementation should not be difficult because it involves deploying existing smart contracts.
Patrick gives a shout out to Rosemari and Dan. He appreciates their work and development in the blockchain space and invites Dan to share some more updates. Dan acknowledges Rosemari's hosting of the Community Stories podcast and expresses gratitude. He mentions many highlights such as hosting a Fractal Apple episode with Rosemari where they performed music together.
Dan further promotes upcoming activities for the EDEN Fractal’s anniversary and encourages everyone to watch the videos at the EDEN Creator's YouTube channel. There, viewers can find a podcast hosted by Rosemari and more community stories. Dan also mentions their plan for the Fractal Apple and other exciting episodes, encouraging everyone to follow along.
Patrick reminds people to join the EDEN Fractal every Wednesday at 16:30 UTC. He shares that the website is now named fractaljoy.io. He promotes their social media channels, asking viewers to share their content widely.
The episode wraps up with a light-hearted and joyful atmosphere, with each participant suddenly presenting magical hats.