Why Dash? A better money for a better world.

The inspirational leader Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his famous “I have a dream!” speech.

I believe in a future where the money we have will be much fairer and easier to use than it is now. Once we earn it, our new money and the value associated with it will retain its worth. It will not be subject to central bank or government activities that serve to undermine it, making us have to work harder and harder for that same value. Our new money will serve to help bring more balance between the rich and the poor, because the rich will not directly control it. It will not be subject to censorship by centralized authorities, telling us what we can and can’t buy with our new money.

Our money of the future will also be more accessible. It will not discriminate in who will be able to use it and enjoy modern online banking and commerce methods. As such, our new money will create higher productivity and inclusion from large populations of the world who are currently shut out from modern finance.

Using our new money will be a more fluid experience than the one we are currently used to. We will be able to transfer any amount of value, around the corner or around the world, instantly and with equal ease. Our new money and accounts associated with it will be able to be stored on our mobile devices and home computers, making it available to us at any time or place. All hours of every day will be our “banking hours”. Rigid banking structure and restrictions will be a thing of the past.

Our new money will be secure, protected by military grade encryption right on your phone or computer. Only we or those we trust will be able to access it. Divulging personal information will not be required for us to use our new money, protecting us from centralized database breaches. Even so, we will still have the ability to purchase items online with our new money.

Despite this much improved functionality, accessibility and security there will be little to no fees associated with using our new money.

In short, our new money will have the potential to increase quality of life, and make the world a better place.

Join Dash Nation, and get acquainted with our new money.

I recently watched a video in the Ted Talk series. This is not a recent video, having been released in 2009, but it sure inspired me. I will leave it below, please watch it. In it, speaker Simon Sinek examines why some companies or organizations succeed and some don’t. He explains how great leaders inspire their followers to try new products or services and become dedicated educators among their peers. He explained something that I believe very much applies to Dash and how we are getting our message out there. He explains that most companies and organizations focus on the “what” first. Fewer companies focus on the “how” first, while very few focus on the “why” as their leading value proposition. The companies and organizations that focus on the “why” first tend to be more innovative, inspiring and successful. As early adopters of Dash, we are all leaders so this advice can be taken to heart by us.

As I watched this video, I felt more and more that this man was encapsulating my thoughts about the way we at Dash are promoting our brand. In Dash, with our tagline “Digital Cash”, we are like most businesses and organizations who focus on the “what”. We are even like the fewer amount of businesses that focus on the “how” by promoting our PrivateSend, InstantSend and Dash Platform features. Yet, Dash has failed to achieve significant traction with the general public. This is because we do not have a cohesive and powerful “why”. Why should people try using Dash? What will it achieve? What’s in it for them?

In the video, Simon explains that it’s important to cultivate a passionate community that has the same beliefs in the “why”. He gives the example of the Wright brothers, who are responsible for the first flight. At the time, there was a focus on becoming the first to achieve it. The Wright Brothers had some powerful competition. Samuel Pierpont Langley was given $50,000 by the War Department to figure out flying machines. He had a seat at Harvard and worked at the Smithsonian. He was extremely well-connected and had access to the best minds, which he hired for his research team. His activities were covered by the New York Times, and everyone was rooting for him and his team.

Meanwhile, in Dayton, Ohio, Orville and Wilbur Wright had very little money. They used the proceeds from their bicycle shop to finance their dream. They and their team also had little education with no one having a college degree. No one cared or followed their progress. But they had a powerful “why”, a motivator, a cause, a belief that caused them to act in unselfish ways with long hours dedicated to the success of the project. They truly believed that this discovery would change the world for the better, and they willed themselves to see it through.

Samuel Pierpont Langley, on the other hand, was motivated by riches and fame. He was motivated by the result, the “what”. The team surrounding him in turn worked in the same way, with no passion or vigor.

As a result, the Wright Brother’s team worked long days and hours for little remuneration. They worked their fingers to the bone for the cause, the vision, the “why”, and put in much blood, sweat and tears to see their dream become a reality. Samuel Pierpont Langley’s team simply worked for a paycheck, only doing the financed amount of work, nothing more.

On December 17th, 1903, the Wright Brothers and their team of nobodies realized their dream and saw their selfless dedication pay off. No one was there to see it, the news broke a couple of days later. The powerful vision and belief in something bigger than themselves, their “why”, led to this moment of triumph and meaningful contribution to the world.

Do you know what Samuel Pierpont Langley did in response? He quit. He did not congratulate the brother’s team and offer to help improve upon the technology, he simply went away. His opportunity for more riches and fame was gone. He didn’t care about the “why”. Once his “what” was gone, he vanished.

Dash: Our New Money.

How can we in Dash Nation learn from this? I’ve always somewhat felt this way, but recent events have convinced me even more that Dash is more like Samuel Pierpont Langley than the Wright Brothers. Let me explain why.

I will start with our branding and core message. As I mentioned earlier, Dash really has done a fantastic job explaining “what” Dash is, and “how” it works. While exciting technologically, what Dash is and how it does things will not stir up anyone’s passions. Unfortunately, as mentioned in the video, these explanations do not stir any response from the decision-making part of the brain that responds to the “why”. At Dash, we would do well to make cultivating a strong “why” message first and foremost. Once that is done, the “what” and the “how” will fall into place, as they remain strengths for Dash. I have submitted my “why” above at the beginning of the article. I believe Dash will change the world for the better, and I outlined “why” the world needs it. I even have a suggestion for a new tagline that will encapsulate this thinking right now: “Dash: Our New Money“.

Next, there is a tendency in Dash to “let the other guy” do it. Oftentimes issues are brought up by community members. These community members are then asked to head up an attempt to fix these issues, and they say no, they will let someone else handle it. A passionate community, motivated by the “why”, would not do this. People would be tripping over themselves to contribute to the cause.

Dash has an expansive treasury that is ostensibly a benefit to our project. I submit, based on the leading premise of this article, that it is also a negative aspect. Some recent events back up this theory, as do the activities of other digital currency projects. Coins like Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Monero get things done without the benefits of a treasury. They have passionate communities that believe in the cause, the “why”, and are motivated to contribute to it without monetary rewards. In Dash, our culture is becoming more responsive to the “what” (getting paid by the treasury or an increasing Dash price) and once that “what” is taken away, little work is done. There is less of an emphasis on the “why” (what will Dash do for the world) that motivates people in other currencies that don’t have a treasury but still get things done.

This video reminded me why I created the Dash Nation movement. Dash Nation aims to rally supporters of Dash, give them something to be proud to be a part of and make them passionate about Dash changing the world for the better. Dash Nation is about instilling a belief that we can all contribute to this dream in our own ways, whether they be large or small. This focus on the “why” leads to a vibrant community and culture that encourages and rewards contributions and creates a legion of dedicated educators of others. A focus on the “why”, as we’ve seen with the Wright Brothers, leads to selfless dedication to the overall cause, without regard to financial remuneration. Social recognition of contributing to the cause becomes a more powerful motivator.

I will use my position as the founder of Dash Nation and Cash Alternative TV host to help quantify a solid “why” proposition. I will start with this article. I invite the rest of the Dash community to do the same.

What motivates us, Dash Nation? If it’s fame and riches, we are no different than Samuel Pierpont Langley. If it’s the “what”, we are nothing special. If we truly believe, and want Dash to succeed in it’s mission and change the world for the better, than we are just like the Wright Brothers. We will selflessly work hard and take pride in contributing to the cause. We will lead and encourage others to do so, and build a thriving culture to realize our dreams.

We will start with “why”.

Important (MUST WATCH) Ted Talk with Simon Sinek – Start with why:

Dash and mass adoption

Dash has been a very interesting and unique platform/project among all the others in the blockchain ecosystem.

5 years ago, Dash was born with a different name and a strong vision. Now Dash has become a disruptive factor in crypto world. We can see Dash now as an excellent example for many other projects.

2019 brings new challenges for all actors in crypto world, including Dash. Low market prices, more government regulation, and many people without information about cryptocurrency are real roadbumps for us. Even with these obstacles for an effective mass adoption, adoption must be the next big goal for every crypto in order to survive and deliver its features for people. 

Many people are skeptical about adoption, this is not new. All other game changers have lived same situation, such as internet, phones, and social media. All of them have been where we are now, I am sure time will speak loud and clear about crypto’s future. Right now we are just a few in this gigantic financial universe, but crypto is here to stay.

How to carry this process on has been a discussion point in every core team and community. Many options have been proposed and many ideas have been discussed, but the real question here is, is there a magical and/or effective way to do it?

Church’s Chicken is an example of adoption in Venezuela.

I don’t think so. I think there must be a broad strategy and a huge educational effort to reach as many people as possible. This will bring in more educated people in the ecosystem, bringing more use, more stability, and less speculation.

In this regard, my opinion is that Dash has a strong structure and a good funding system to get this task done. Both structure and funding are a real issue for many projects looking for survival. Sometimes there isn’t a structure big or clever enough to make it happen and sometimes there are not enough funds to get it done. But Dash is solid in both areas, and this is a really good advantage for Dash in this crypto adoption race for survival.

It is not an easy task, 8 billion people is a huge target, and every crypto project must come together and try to outreach most of this population in order to reach the next stage in this new era: USABILITY.

What will future bring for Dash? I am sure Dash could lead this adoption stage in a very successful way if its moves are well played. Dash’s community will be a solid leader this race. Dash’s tech specs, apps, developments, community, funding system are exceptionally good. As a Dash supporter, I can see an exciting and brilliant forthcoming future for Dash. 

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Dash Nation DFO 2018 Year-end update and future plans

As 2018 draws to a close, the Dash Nation DFO (Dash-funded organization) would like to thank the community for its continued support. We would also like to give you an update on how everything is going, and how we are planning to provide even more value for the network.

The largest focus of the Dash Nation DFO is the community experience. We believe in the need for positive, respectful, and welcoming community forums. To that end, we have created and maintained an atmosphere of decorum where no one feels threatened by another. This was no easy feat, and the moderation members of the team should be commended for the excellent job they have done.

Distinction between moderation and censorship

Often, when a member of the team disciplines a forum user, the user cries “censorship”. This is usually because the user feels that they should be able to either attack others or spread an unproven narrative. As long-time community members know, such behavior has led to grave consequences. The failed Dash Chat Slack broke up because a false narrative led to a call to fork Dash. This led our team to take action.

Starting with Dash Nation on Discord, and expanding to the Dashpay subreddit and Dash Forum by request, we have implemented and enforced our simple rules. The rule against attacking another user is self-explanatory. The “speculation as fact” rule simply means that any unproven narratives must be presented as an opinion. All Dash forums have been rendered friendlier and more respectful as a result of our work.

Thanks for the support, Dash Nation!

It is our pleasure to provide you with an update of the status of the three forums moderated by our team:

Dash Nation on Discord

Dash’s premier place for online communication and collaboration continues to provide a nurturing environment for the community. The biggest problem we encounter there is spam at the moment. So, the plan for dealing with spammers is to increase the entry security level. The highest security level is to require a verified phone number to join. We have been hesitating to implement this, though, due to the fact we would like Dash Nation to be as open as possible. Dash Nation on Discord currently boasts almost 8,000 members.

The team has started a couple of initiatives on Dash Nation on Discord during the current contract term. The first is the #storm channel. This channel is very popular among users of DND. There is always lots of conversation and bonding happening during a storm. The second is the Dash Nation Social Media Squad. These social-media-minded people help spread the word about Dash accomplishments to their followers. As this team grows, the reach of our news should grow as well, leading to increased network effect.

Other groups, such as Dash Core and Dash Force, have started to use the “Pink Panthers” to spread the news that they wish to share. I know that they will become a very important part of the Dash Nation movement in the future.

Dashpay Subreddit

The Dash Nation DFO team, along with other moderators, has done a great job with r/Dashpay. Everyone’s combined efforts have led to a very nice place to converse about Dash. A special shout-out has to be made to @macrochip, who figured out how to migrate Dash’s sidebar to the new version of Reddit. It looks fantastic. We look forward to more collaboration in the New Year.

Dash Forum

The Dash Forum is the least used of the three major forums. It did not take much effort to make a great environment there among legitimate users. However, the spam problem exists here as well, with threads about weight loss and supplements having to be deleted constantly. We will continue to monitor Dash Forum as agreed in our contract.

The logo of one of the Dash Nation DFO’s YouTube shows, Dash Decentral.

Dash Nation DFO Media

Although our focus is on moderation, we also have a media division that represents the values of Dash Nation with pride. Shows such as Cash Alternative TV, Dash Decentral and the upcoming Criptomundo show Dash in a positive light.

We purposely structured the media division to be on a “per episode” basis, meaning that if a show was not provided, no money would be spent. Any leftover funds would be rolled over to the next month, and ultimately the next contract.

Brian Davis was to receive a payment for each episode that he performed. Unfortunately, though, the format of his show, Dash Decentral, depends a lot on community input. This show did not receive a variety of submissions as we had hoped, so we placed it on hiatus. As a result, we have not spent any funds from the budget for Dash Decentral.

Our future plans

The Dash Nation DFO plans on continuing to do the things that are working, and finding solutions to those that are not. As such, we will continue to provide a strong moderation presence to the three forums, and we will continue to engage the community with our engagement budget. Dash Decentral will not be continuing for the foreseeable future. Brian Davis will join Cash Alternative TV as a co-host, and will earn his payments with episodes of CATV instead of Dash Decentral.

The teamwork we are enjoying on Reddit will continue, and we will look for ways to improve the experience there. Dash Forum needs some work with the Marketplace section, so we will do our part to recommend changes to the administrators.

The biggest new initiative that we will undertake in 2019 is to make a fully functional site, with Dash information, advice for community members, a lineup of authors and artists, and media pages. We will begin recruiting for this shortly, and are excited to make this website a bigger part of the Dash ecosystem.

2019 should be a great year for Dash!

Closing thoughts

Thanks again for your support in our latest contract. It’s a pleasure to provide our services for the network we love so much. Together, we will achieve great things in 2019. Cheers to you all.