As part of decentralization efforts following the launch of the Stacks 2.0 mainnet, the Stacks Evangelist Program will soon be moving to the Stacks Foundation (yay!). Evangelists are core leaders within the Stacks ecosystem and we couldn’t be more excited to work with you all. While we don’t anticipate any major changes to the program, this is an opportunity to reinvigorate the program. Moving the Evangelist Program to the Foundation means more resources, more support, and more opportunities for growing the Stacks ecosystem.
Below is a proposal for an updated Evangelist Program under the Stacks Foundation. Feedback, ideas, and suggestions are welcome/encouraged! Please also keep in mind that this is a proposal for an early version of the program; this program will inevitably change over time as the community grows.
Stacks Evangelist Program Proposal
What’s the objective of the Stacks Evangelist Program?
To bring Stacks to people around the world, empowering them to truly own their identity, data, and wealth.
What do Stacks evangelists do?
Evangelists grow the Stacks community in the ways they know best, whether that’s through writing smart contracts to help developers build apps, creating educational content for end users, or hosting meetups to build local Stacks communities/affinity groups.
Who can be a Stacks evangelist?
STX holders. For dedicated community members who have yet to hold STX, there will be easy ways to earn STX through community bounties.
Why require STX? Because when it comes to building strong, intentional communities, it’s important for each member to have “skin in the game” as proven by the Freehold model. Plus, holding STX opens up a number of interesting possibilities for incentives and long-term funding, like Stacking pools for evangelists. (More on this idea later.)
In addition to holding STX, we’re open to other requirements such as serving as a moderator in the Stacks Discord server. The idea though is for potential evangelists to prove their commitment to the community, not for us to impose greater barriers to participation.
How will the Stacks Foundation support evangelists?
When it comes to growing the Stacks community, evangelists know best. The primary role of the Foundation is to enable evangelists to build strong, sustainable communities, not dictate how that should be done. We plan to support evangelists in the following ways:
- Evangelist grants: Have an idea on how to grow your your local community (e.g. a hackathon, meetup series, etc.) but don’t have the resources to pursue it yourself? You can apply for a special grant to fund your initiative through the Stacks Grants program. Review/approval of evangelist grants should be facilitated by evangelists themselves and not by the Stacks Grants committee (i.e. grant applicants would need to gain the support and approval of their fellow evangelists).
- Evangelist bounties: If you don’t have any specific ideas but want to get involved in growing the community ASAP, there will be opportunities to earn bounties for doing impactful community work.
What is expected of evangelists?
At a minimum, evangelists are expected to maintain some level of activity in the ecosystem, which can be easily verified based on their presence in the grant program or on other community platforms like Discord, GitHub, Telegram, or the Forum.
We also expect to collaborate with evangelists on quarterly objectives. So, while evangelists are free to grow the Stacks community in whatever ways they think best, they should still contribute to big picture goals like onboarding new developers, creating more educational content, etc.
What are the benefits of becoming a Stacks evangelist?
- Access to evangelist grants
- Access to evangelist bounties (opportunities to earn STX!)
- Premium STX swag
- Amazing community
How does the evangelist program differ from the Chapters Program?
The Evangelist Program is for individuals and small groups working to bring Stacks to their local communities, while the Stacks Chapters program is for larger, more established communities working to scale Stacks on a regional or even country-wide level. Stacks Chapters typically have dedicated teams, a large network, and region-specific goals on which they work independently of the Stacks Foundation. Both programs are funded by the Stacks Grants Program.
Evangelists who feel prepared to run a chapter can apply to do so. Evangelists who are local to Stacks Chapters are also free to collaborate with those chapters. A more formal proposal for the Stacks Chapters Program is coming next week.
Future considerations - These are ideas that still need to be fleshed out but are worth considering for the future of the Evangelist Program:
- Access to an evangelist stacking pool: Not quite sure about the terms yet, but the idea is to allow evangelists to participate in stacking with a very minimal amount of STX. The Foundation would put up the majority of STX and rewards could either go directly to evangelists or to some kind of community fund. For accountability purposes, perhaps evangelists should be required to complete one successful term as an evangelist before they’re allowed to join the pool?
- Decision-making power: As representatives of the larger Stacks community, evangelists should play an important role in community decisions. This could materialize in a seat/vote on the Stacks board or greater voting power on community platforms like Discord or GitHub.
Call for feedback: Please share feedback, ideas, suggestions, and questions! We’re hoping to launch the Foundation’s Evangelist Program very soon and need your help finalizing the details .