Community Hub Proposal: a Public Park for Public Goods!

Short description of the topic/cause for your Community Hub

We are proposing a Public Goods Community Hub, which we will call the “Public Park.” Public goods are integral to the Ethereum ecosystem, and we believe that through Public Park we will be able to unite the Devcon community around public goods through learning experiences, transformational workshops, and meaningful dialogue. Public goods are good, and with our Community Hub we hope to continue to support the fundamental infrastructure of the Ethereum ecosystem.

One liner: Discover why public goods are important and what are some innovative ways of sustaining them!

Outline what you will offer to the Devcon attendees; how you will make best use of the space

We will offer attendees a series of immersive spaces, engaging activities, and lively discussions. Our hub will prioritize intimate conversations exploring the meaning of public goods, and why they are fundamental to the Ethereum ecosystem thriving. To achieve this, we will index on education around public goods, and embrace collective meaning making through dialogue.

As Franziska commented, the space will fit approximately 12 people. Given this knowledge, we will make the best use of the limited space by focusing on meaningful and active dialogue instead of overplanning workshops. Key figures in the public goods space will be invited to help facilitate conversations in small groups. Figures might include Kevin Owocki, Scott Moore, Simona Pop, and others from Gitcoin, Karl Floersch and others leaders from Optimism, and leaders from Protocol Labs, amongst many others.

Our hub will be fairly relaxed, and we will welcome walker-byers to stop in and chat about public goods, and why public goods matter in the Ethereum ecosystem. We hope our hub will offer a regenerative space where attendees can connect with each other and form meaningful connections around the topic of public goods.

Essentially, our key offering to the Devcon attendees will be spreading awareness and knowledge of public goods through community building. We hope our hub will function as a schelling point for projects building or interested in public goods to come together and form rich and meaningful relationships.

Rough outline of your Community Hubs program and planned “opening hours” of your Community Hub

We view our plan as being highly flexible, and we will curate discussions based on the attendees. Generally, some of the topics we plan on covering:

  1. Informational sessions such as - what are public goods, and why do they matter? What are key examples of public goods - and how do public goods impact us and our daily lives?

  2. Engaging and social sessions such as - if you were a public good, what would you be and why?

  3. Funding public goods - models, frameworks, and innovations. Exploring the merits of retroactive public goods funding, quadratic funding, and other mechanisms.
    This topic will include demonstrations + hands-on games that allow attendees to view what quadratic funding looks like in action! We hope to ‘show rather than tell’ with live experiments!

  4. Education as a public good - trials and tribulations in funding public education.
    This session might include exploring web3-native education in the Ethereum ecosystem, such as Ethereum’s Learn Hub, as well as IRL educational system in people’s respective countries.

  5. Arts as a public good - why creating and sharing is fundamental to sustaining public goods.
    This session might include exploring decentralized social networks such as Lens Protocol.

  6. Core infrastructure - public goods that often get overlooked.
    This session might include diving into Protocol Guild and how we might better support the folks building out Ethereum.

  7. And many more!

Our community hub will be operated at all times (9am to 5pm) - a typical day might look like this:

9am-11am: Relaxed morning, chatting with attendees, creating a welcoming environment as the day gears up.

11am-1pm: Facilitating conversations that engage current hub attendees while welcoming walker-byers to the conversations.

We will use personal introductions as a launching point to divide attendees into pairs/groups for jamming. For example, we may ask attendees “Tell us your name, where you came from, and what is your favorite public good," and based on their answer create intimate discussion groups.

1pm-3pm: Workshops or jam sessions, these might be more concentrated around a problem area, and may involve collectively mapping out problems or solutions.

One idea we have is to demonstrate the power of Quadratic Funding at the hub through a hands-on demonstration! With this demonstration, we’d invite individuals or groups to share their public goods idea on a large whiteboard, and then allow other Devcon attendees to quadratically vote on the public goods they want to fund.

Experiments like this will allow us to engage attendees deeply around public goods and what funding public goods looks like.

3pm-5pm: Debriefing experiences people had at other workshops or hubs, creating a space to process public goods in the context of other topics. Generally decompressing and unwinding, welcoming any attendees to chill as the day comes to an end.

List of dedicated people that will organise, oversee and be responsible for the Community Hub

  • QZ (Gitcoin)
  • Maxwell (Gitcoin)
  • Lani (Gitcoin)
  • Vermeer (Gitcoin)
  • Azeem (Gitcoin)
  • And others! We will have lots of value-aligned community members around Devcon

List of equipment/production needs (see what’s possible in the description above)

Very little! So long as we have a space to sit and gather, we will be content.

Any presentations we do can likely be done on a laptop screen, and we can bring our own whiteboards and pens for collective mapping.

We might also source easels to display inspiration PG decor and big whiteboards with erasable markers for simulations.


Cool hub! Love the concept!

hi all,

I’m the originator of the Climate Impact Community Hub proposal & wanted to reach out across our fellow climate/public goods/refi proposals to see if y’all wanted to combine forces for a super successful ReFi hub.

Messaging each refi-related post separately but with this message as I’m not sure the best way to tag everyone so apologies for any repetition – please have a look at our post and let me know if you’d like to collaborate!

We (Toucan, Celo, Filecoin Green, Astral, Hypen and Discarbon) would love to see how we can work together for the best possible regenerative space. Please message me on Telegram @ontologymachine or email, or even better reply here, so we can look into getting that ball rolling if you’re up for it. Can’t wait to hopefully meet y’all in DevCon, and online before if you’re down to collab <3


Hi there,

We would like to thank you for putting together this proposal!

The space allocated to Community Hubs is limited which means we can only accept six proposals.

Many of the proposals we received were very high quality and, unfortunately, we had to take hard decisions. There is simply not enough space to accommodate all of them.

With this post, I’d like to inform you that your proposal was not selected for this year’s Community space.

However, public goods are an important topic for Devcon this year, and there will be a chance for many public goods to be represented in our Impact Fair! Many public goods and infrastructure projects have already been approached to take part in this and I’m happy to follow up on the opportunities of that separately.

Again, thank you for showing initiative to contribute to the Devcon Bogotá experience and we hope to see you there soon nonetheless.

Have a great day,

Franziska & the Devcon team