The trip we made with Payu to Shasta was, if anything, true to the magic of the Mountain. StarCamp was a beautiful experience. People from all over the world gathered far up in the hills on the northwest side of the mountain for a weekend of Shasta mountain air, local organic foods, music, and workshops.
As our team was squeezed onto the workshop roster last minute – we had no idea what we could expect. Participants were enthusiastic, but, it was a chilly night, and the workshop dome was unheated, so attendance was light. With such a complex topic as mazacoin, or cryptocurrency in general, we wanted to gauge both the education & sophistication level of average folks, as well as their real interest – which aspects and applications of cryptocurrency generate the most excitement?
As we’ve seen through Payu’s work with the Oglala Sioux Tribe, we saw at StarCamp that “money” – no matter how free and open source, and decentralized, isn’t a terribly compelling reason to use cryptocurrencies for most people, groups, tribes. What we did see is that interest in autonomous organizations and governance structures is significant. Most folks struggle, however, to understand how agreements and smart contracts on the blockchain work with simple theoretical discussion. Most folks need real world examples.
After StarCamp we took a few days in Shasta to catch up online, and see if any of our attempts to reach out to area tribal leaders were successful. On one trip to find public internet, Payu met an apparent member of the Wintu tribe. Payu asked about their issues with the raising of the Shasta Dam (which would flood out many sacred Wintu sites), and informed that his tribe would like to help. Apparently Payu was mistaken for a member of the Rainbow Tribe, and received a flurry of expletives. Payu showed the man his Northern Cheyenne Tribal ID, and wished him well. It was unfortunate, but very telling experience.
We see that the newer tribes are most accepting of Mazacoin, and cryptocurrencies. While mazacoin was created with the intention of creating opportunity for the original tribes (like the Oglala Sioux), those tribes may need the examples of younger tribes to fully embrace the power of Mazacoin. Payu and I have agreed that we should both focus our teams’ efforts on reaching out to these groups.
As the Development Team, we find that “marketing mazacoin” is in many ways counter productive. The direct marketing of mazacoin to tribal leaders seems to tend toward confusion of mazacoin with a business, with a typical corporate structure, profits, stocks and the like. After meeting with the other developers on the team, we’ve decided that we will no longer engage in this at all, and will leave all marketing of mazacoin up to individuals and businesses with interests in mazacoin’s success.
We will be removing this site in the next couple weeks, and replacing it with a much simpler version, with links to mazacoin related services, software, and sites. We’ll provide general information about mazacoin, but will not be providing “news” related to mazacoin – this is the job of the blogs, social media, and mainstream media. Major development announcements, developer’s meetings, and similar will be posted on this site as well.
The Mazacoin Development Team is not a formal organization. It is comprised of the committers and submitters to the various repositories at https://github.com/mazacoin. You can contribute by testing & filing issues on github, enhancing documentation, or developing code. Mazacoin is always in need of qualified C/C++, Java, Python coders. If you’re not a coder, but would like to see mazacoin improve, you can contribute financially by placing bounties on github issues. We will be providing additional means of financial contribution in the future.
Recent developments in Bitcoin suggest that the time is now for Mazacoin to diverge, grow, and flourish. Please come by #mazacoin-dev on Freenode IRC to share your thoughts, ideas, or code. We’re very interested in ideas that will prevent future hostile alterations of the mazacoin protocol, as we see being attempted in Bitcoin today.