I’ve been thinking a lot about equity in the NFT space and how CC0 and, specifically, Toadz can help bring both education and equity to the space. For background on why I believe equity is a problem, please see this tweet:
Just as I believe equity of opportunity is a problem, I also believe that awareness of the benefits of CC0 is an area that could use additional resources. Many people don’t understand why CC0 is so important and how it enables owners to advance the NFT ecosystem through creative derivatives from which they can profit.
Considering both equity initiatives and educational opportunities for CC0, I would like to propose a project where we create a simple online course that is open to all that teaches people about NFTs, and specifically the benefit of CC0 licenses. I envision getting an LMS (learning management system) like Absorb (https://www.absorblms.com/) and building out courses about NFT security and safety and CC0 licenses (and whatever other courses make sense) and offering them to free to all in the community. I’m not wedded to Absorb and research would be needed to choose the best LMS – I just mention it because my company uses it.
Upon completion of the courses, the LMS would then collect the wallet address and verify the twitter and discord handles of the learner (probably using something like premint.xyz) and we would airdrop the successful learners a free CC0 project NFT. There are lots of projects that we could partner with or sweep the floor for inventory to give away. Immediately, projects like NounPunks come to mind, but I think it would also be really interesting to airdrop CC0 projects from small individual 1/1 artists.
The ultimate goal of this project is twofold: 1. to spread knowledge of CC0 projects and their benefits, and 2. to spread CC0 NFTs far and wide to those who can benefit from them, but who might be financially constrained from otherwise participating. By choosing the right projects to partner/sweep, I believe that we could make a little ETH go a LONG way.
I know that this type of project would be ripe for abuse (people creating new accounts to get a free NFT), so I think discussion regarding security methods is necessary. Likewise, if the community thinks this is a good idea, we would need to determine the appropriate courses to include in the LMS. My goal isn’t to be the be-all end-all of NFT education, but to include educational courses necessary for someone to get started safely and courses to help spread the !vibe mission of Toadz (CC0 licensing basics, how you can use them to create, etc).
I’ve started this topic as a jumping off point for discussion and to bounce ideas around. After I receive additional feedback, I intend to post a full grant request. I look forward to seeing everyone’s feedback!