Emergency Committee Request for Worker Proposal Funding | Part 1 | Summary

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What is the Emergency Committee and why do we need it?

  • The Emergency Committee will provide oversight on the progress of approved proposals, review new urgent or emergency proposals, and oversee the receipt of proposals for new governance structures.
  • The Committee will do the checks and balances for proposals and other groups that have requested money if they get approved.
  • The Committee doesn’t select the governance structures, that means when governance structures are proposed, the Committee receive those proposals and reviews them to see if they are formed correctly and completely; for example, do they have a mechanism for removal or amendment.
  • The only power the Committee has is to recommend a proposal or tell the proposer they are free to make their own referendum. The Committee is relatively toothless, the goal is to show people how it can be done.
  • It is impossible to make 50,000 people regularly make engaged and informed decisions. They can review what the Committee has put together and summarized to see if they agree with it.

What does ”The Committee is a temporary program” mean?

  • In order to meet the immediate needs of the ecosystem, this Emergency Committee is a temporary program established until such time that the token holder community deems it no longer needed or its duties can be reasonably included in other, more permanent solution.
  • It has a death date. The ideal solution is that this is replaced.
  • If there is no replacement and the money still exists, the Committee can continue for another 2 or 3 months with no problem, but that is not a good solution, that would be equivalent of lingering in hospice care.

How to define an Emergency?

  • An emergency can be something that causes immediate harm to the EOS ecosystem that needs to be remedied.
  • An emergency can be something that has immense benefit to the ecosystem and is time-sensitive.

What are the categories?

  • There are going to be 5 categories that proposals can fall into. Each of them should have a community selected governance structure and have their own budget.
  • The community needs to be involved.

Is there a standardized way of submitting proposals, or even a template to help people with the format of the proposal?

  • That is being built right now. And it doesn’t mean other proposals cannot change.
  • The unstated job is to set precedent for whoever comes along after so they have something to emulate or copy.
  • The Committee wants to get feedback from the community to improve the process.

Why Seven members?

  • The Alliance picked the same number for its board and you’ll find the most boards have a number of something like that.
  • Its based on real-world examples.
  • Too few or too many people is not good for a committee. Seven seems to be the minimum viable number of people.

Why twice a month?

  • Twice a month is as frequent as we can manage without putting undue burden on these “basically” volunteers.
  • Each meeting will last for 1–2 hours. 2 to 3 hours of prep for one hour of meeting.
  • For each hour of the meeting, representatives have to prepare it like a graduate level seminar.

What are Representatives?

  • They are volunteers. They are not making tons of money doing this.
  • Their only incentive to do this is love of the community.
  • They are chosen for integrity.
  • You will recognize at least one or two of them.

Can people check out the meeting?

  • Minutes of each meeting will be kept by a representative designated as the Recording Secretary.
  • Meeting minutes will be shared with token holders.
  • Recommendations and reports will be submitted in writing to the token holders and these will include both suggested actions and justifications for suggestions.
  • The entire process won’t be shared with the community because sometimes there’s a need for discretion. Unless there is a arbitration.

What do assistants do?

  • Depending on the yet unknown workload, to coordinate and assist with the office duties of the Committee one or two administrative assistants may be hired.
  • They are not a part of the decision-making process.
  • They are the people who make sure everybody shows up to the meetings and everybody has the correct zoom link.
  • Also they make sure that proposals are received and responses are sent out properly.
  • It is an administrative assistant or executive assistant to the committee.

Why is there an Honorarium?

  • For each meeting, each Committee Representative will be entitled to receive a single token as Honorarium for their service.
  • Honorariums are clearly not compensated, it is more a symbolic gesture.
  • One single token represents an appreciation for representatives, but it is not for enriching them.


  • The finance will be posted at the end of every month.
  • People will be able to review it.
  • Everything is transparent.
  • The VPN is for our Chinese community to access the lucid meetings, the Zoom calls, and Gmail/google docs.
  • The website is like a portal for people to submit information and communicate. There will be other costs we haven’t thought of. At the end of the six months, any money that is remaining in the budget goes back to the savings account.


Thank you Lena, aka Potatohead (EOSN Intern) for the summary

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