SEED Latam is an ecosystem that aims to promote knowledge and critical thinking about Web3 in spanish, as well as empower the future Web3 leaders.
SEED Latam has its origins in DeFi LATAM. SEED Latam, as we know it today, was born as DeFi LATAM in early 2020. At that time, the ecosystem was very different from what we know now. Along with the DeFi Summer, the idea of creating a study group among technology enthusiasts interested in Blockchain emerged. Soon, that group evolved into a community focused on studying protocols and platforms that emerged during that time.
The gathering of those initial individuals who regularly shared their knowledge transformed into a network connecting dozens of countries and cities on Telegram and Discord. The community became a knowledge multiplier. From the beginning, collaborative and cooperative learning was promoted within it. Some members specialized in different Web3 topics. Groups were formed, segmenting and deepening knowledge to the point where spaces were created for communities and projects to thrive.
Workshop in our ETH Latam BA side event with Chainlink and The Graph
Over the months, the “Core” and “Hardcore” teams were formed, with more than 15 people participating in the decision-making process. What characterized DeFi Latam from the beginning was a respect for the ethos.
You can find attached the DeFi Latam 2022 file, which compiles the activities of DeFi Latam during 2022.
Since its inception, DeFi Latam has advocated for critical thinking through education. We do not endorse scams or collaborate with blockchains, projects, or protocols that are not aligned with our core values. Our priority is to foster critical thinking within our community.
We have a long-term commitment to the values of decentralization and education, and we avoid reacting to momentary trends or fads within the crypto space. We firmly believe that the ecosystem should be built on a solid foundation, which is why community members and the actions we undertake are aligned with our Ethos.
Last year, a significant part of the Core team, Hardcore team, collaborators, and community members took part in ETH Latam, the first and largest event in Argentina. It was an immense joy for the people in the region, as amidst the crisis, we celebrated a hopeful spirit fueled by the motivation that blockchain technology gives us.
For Latin Americans, technology is a tool that helps us overcome socioeconomic barriers and allows us to build and be part of this paradigm. We also participated in Devcon, collaborating with ETH Global and ETH Latam Bogotá.
Amongst all these activities, we found a limitation: our name. Despite the recognition we had gained for our work, being known as “DeFi Latam” was constraining us. We didn’t want to be identified solely as a community focused on “DeFi.” At that time, the Spanish-speaking Optimism Español and Layer communities (both founded by members of DeFi Latam) had grown, engaging in educational activities that were aligned with our ethos.
Our watching party - The Merge
Considering the context and aiming to encompass a broader spectrum, we decided to find a name that truly represents us. Thus, SEED was born during a community call. S.E.E.D. Latam, which stands for Sovereignty, Education, Evolution, and Decentralization. We started identifying ourselves by what we truly do: SEED, the seed of communities, projects, and now delegations. Some are part of our history, while others coexist and work closely with us. From SEED Latam, groups have flourished, such as Layer2 en Español, Optimism en Español, and Mujeres en Crypto, among others.
Lastly, It’s important to highlight that DeFi Latam hasn’t ceased to exist as such; it continues to exist as one of the communities that are part of the SEED Latam ecosystem.
We have established the foundations of our bylaws in order to establish the guiding principles and provisions that guide our operation at SEED Latam. We are highly committed to complying with them. We strive to build a much broader and diverse ecosystem to establish the pillars of what we believe in: an organized and transparent model for anyone to build and benefit from SEED Latam.
It is a public document that outlines our ethos, mission and values, code of conduct, team structure, treasury, delegate or governance representative election and accountability, grants management, delegation fund handling policy, among other things. The bylaws can be accessed in both English and Spanish.
The DeFi Latam team started with a group of five members in the Core team.
In response to the professionalization of SEED Latam, the growth of the community, and participation in governance, we decided to reorganize earlier this year.
In this process, Cryptochica, left her role as team leader and took on a new role as Governance Coordinator. On the other hand, Candela Fazzano, who previously led the Women in Crypto community and communication for DeFi Latam, assumed the role of Community Leader at SEED Latam.
These changes, along with the addition of new members, are made with full confidence that the ethos and mission of SEED will continue intact. Today, our Core team consists of seven members and other active contributors.
We have attached here a map of the SEED Latam ecosystem.
Currently, we are dedicating our efforts to the governance vertical as we are strongly committed to our mission. Through governance, we aim to amplify the voice of Latin America and promote participation. To achieve this, we need to be actively involved in decision-making processes to contribute value to the ecosystem. We advocate for a critical and objective perspective from our role as representatives. We consider the impact that decisions made within the Latin American community can have on users, developers, protocols, local institutions, and all those interested in the Web3 ecosystem. You can watch our Arbitrum governance calls in this link.
Our delegate created 2 articles on the rationale for his participation in Arbitrum’s governance:
In pursuit of greater clarity, funds are held in a multisig. Collaborators and core team members participate in the multisig. This means that every transaction must be justified, and multiple signatures are required to ensure maximum transparency, security, and custody of our funds.
By requiring approval from multiple signatures for any transaction, we promote a decentralized approach to asset storage. This means that no individual has full and exclusive access to the funds, even as a core team member, reducing the risk of unauthorized access to our assets and potential attacks or misappropriation. With this methodology, we aim to strengthen trust in our operations.
The team’s costs, multisig addresses, and treasury information are publicly accessible and available in our bylaws for anyone who wishes to review them.
- Arbitrum: arb1:0x8D3dB4C95e3aefa915E260C8D1573aA256356563
- Treasury address: 0x0087a081a9B430fd8f688c6ac5dD24421BfB060D (seedlatam.eth)
- Polygon: 0xB8b5b296471448F67C97A67993a085649796a951 (Payments)
"Before the official launch of Arbitrum Español, we started working on translating the documentation of Arbitrum DAO into Spanish for all Spanish-speaking users. We found it important to have the governance documentation translated into our native language, so we could provide those attending our calls with support links in our original language. Later, when Arbitrum Español was officially launched, we offered this content as a contribution. It was a great joy for us to know that we now officially have a space in our native language. You can find this documentation here:
Our delegate votes in accordance with the SEED Latam community’s vote. Whenever a vote is submitted to Snapshot, we organize governance calls to inform the community about ongoing discussions in the forum and encourage them to conduct their own research on various topics. We cast votes during Discord calls, and based on the outcomes, @cattin takes that criterion to tout voting process and communicates the decisions in his Delegate Communication Thread.
This is the link to our playlist with all our Arbitrum governance calls: Gobernanza Arbitrum DAO - YouTube
We will continue working to improve and add value to the Arbitrum DAO and supporting Arbitrum en Español
Mirror: SEED Latam
Telegram: Telegram: Contact @DeFi_LATAM
Thank you for your time!