Ethereum Foundation To Focus On Governance Diversity Says ETH Core Developer Lane Rittig
So far, the Blockchain industry has a reputation of being especially male-dominated and lacking diversity, even within the repelling tech bro-culture. However, there are more than enough reasons to remain hopeful that crypto will use its potential to bring positive social impact, if only we intentionally design it in an ethical way.
Rittig had said:
“Ethereum ethos, unlike projects like Bitcoin, is to have a lot of diversity in our implementations. It allows us to catch bugs and hopefully work towards a more robust protocol but it makes again coordination among all these projects quite challenging so looking at the way Ethereum is governed today.”
He later added:
“I’ll highlight Theocracy. This is tongue-in-cheek slightly serious, I do think that there are many people in the community who regard the opinions and the decisions made by certain individuals in certain organizations as sort of sacrosanct.”
The greatest irony of the crypto-community’s evangelism of a decentralized future is its passive negligence of the communal diversity required to accomplish such a radical vision. The emerging blockchain sector is doomed to inherit the inequities of the traditional technology sector if it continues to convince itself that intellectual diversity is detached from socioeconomic, cultural, gender, and ethnic diversity. To be candid, you can never maximize the former without maximizing the latter.
Increased diversity and inclusion isn’t a supplemental good to appease marginalized communities, it is a strategic attribute that any sustainable blockchain ecosystem will need to invest in if it hopes to reach global, mainstream adoption. An investment in diversity will ensure that blockchains like Ethereum can reach their maximum participant appeal and utility.