This week’s guest in the Cardano SPO column is Eva , a Single Pool Operator who is involved in the Cardano world with several projects, including a Catalyst proposal that was a winner of Fund4 and an NFT project . Its stake pool is called Ginger’s Pool [GINGR] .
Last week’s host was a stake pool that supports the decentralization of the Cardano blockchain and also several environmental projects .
This initiative is a point of reference for everything related to Cardano and every week or two we will invite a Stake Pool Operator (SPO) to answer a few questions and give us an update directly from within the Cardano community.
Considering that many of our readers are new to the crypto space, we will have a mix of simple and technical questions.
Hi Eva, welcome to this section. Please introduce yourself, where are you from and what is your background?
Hi Patryk, thank you for hosting and inviting me!
I am originally from Zurich, but I moved to the UK six months ago and now I live in Oxford as I am about to do a master’s degree at Oxford University. My education is humanistic, in particular architecture, art history and philology. What excites me are the theoretical concepts rather than the practical implications.
After having worked as a content creator, as well as with publications and universities, I currently work on my own and I deal with communication and PR for architectural firms. Also, since the beginning of the year, half of my time has been dedicated to Cardano.
How did you discover Cardano and what inspired you to become a Cardano Evangelist and a Stake Pool Operator?
I joined Cardano thanks to some friends. They were really (and still are) very enthusiastic. They explained everything to me and literally dragged me to install my first wallet. Now, a year later, there’s not a day that goes by without me doing something related to Cardano.
I have spent the last decade in an academic environment and seeing a scientific project of this magnitude grow has been very inspiring. I stayed because I started believing it.
As perhaps it has already become clear, I am an idealist – I have understood what blockchain technology and especially Cardano can do, how it can make the world a more accessible, fair and possibly more humane place.
Being more of a thinker and a conceptualist with no technical background, rather than a person who does things, this led to some problems related to how I could actively participate. There was a moment when I realized that it was better to start trying something and maybe fail, rather than thinking about it and doing nothing. The decision to manage my GINGR pool, in addition to my other commitments, was a logical conclusion after engaging so strongly with Cardano. GINGR is not what the Cardano Foundation calls a “mission-driven” stake pool because for me it is just another measure to pursue my personal vision of contributing to a project that can do good.
You are also co-author of a Project Catalyst proposal that was recently among the Fund4 winners. What is Project Catalyst and what has your team proposed?
Cardano is research-based and has a high interest in constantly improving. Project Catalyst (PC) is an ecosystem that gives everyone the opportunity to be part of governance and propose ideas on how various aspects (technology, adoption, etc.) can be developed. There are several funding rounds, each with specific objectives. The proposals can be presented by anyone, the community votes where to direct the loan, which is disbursed by the Cardano treasury system.
I am part of a team made up of 4 SPOs: besides me, there are NANI (lead proposer), HYGGE and FIKA. The proposal is called “The Great Filter”, in homage to the Fermi paradox, and addresses the challenges of PC. After the first rounds of funding, it became clear that there is an increasing number of proposals of varying quality, leading to the need to browse through all the proposals and decide what to vote for (or against).
The Great Filter aims to facilitate and therefore increase participation in the PC, respecting everyone’s time, introducing an objective filtering system. Several binary filtering criteria are applied to proposals (such as the existence of a problem statement, goal, timeline, etc. This means that we are doing the initial work of finding proposals that are presented in a way that they appear understandable. feasible, concrete and sensible Proposals that meet these criteria will predominantly be presented in video format on YouTube and other social platforms.
Let’s talk about NFT. You are a member of Yifu Pedersen’s team, what do you do?
Before answering this question, I must make a brief digression: with my background, I am particularly interested in a priori NFTs. Art minted on, or even generated by, a blockchain is a totally new era in the history of art and brings an infinite number of new possibilities and ways of expression. This made me understand that Cardano also has this aspect to offer that I am so passionate about, in which I find so much satisfaction.
That said, it goes without saying that I got involved very quickly. I still remember the words Yifu used when he asked me if I wanted to collaborate with them: “You already know Cardano very well and you are an architect, you must have taste”. Since then, I have joined the team and have mostly been in charge of their social media marketing, but I have also helped set up the processes, website, tests, etc. It was manual work like any project in the beginning, but it is becoming more and more structured.
The product itself is very attractive: Yifu Pedersen designed the first (!) Cardano-themed jewelry pendant that comes with its own Cardano-minted NFT. In this case, it makes even more sense to have an NFT, as fine jewelry pieces rely on certificates that prove their authenticity.
Since we’re talking about NFT, I’ve been approached by some amazing people who work for unsigned_algo’s, which is another of my favorite CNFT projects. I am very enthusiastic, and it seems that I too might be involved in one way or another. Hopefully, there will be news soon :-).
Thanks to the availability. Do you want to add something? Where can people find you?
My life has changed significantly in every aspect over the past 2 years; I have learned to welcome whatever comes and, if possible, turn it into something positive. Bumping into Cardano was lucky. Now I’m working hard to make it even better, for myself and for others. I am extremely grateful for this.
People come and ask for things, raise doubts and correct me or bring new ideas – I didn’t expect I would find it so rewarding to be a point of reference! If anyone just wants to say hello – everyone is welcome, be it on Twitter , Telegram or my website : go and have fun for a couple of minutes playing with blocks 😉