What is the Optimism Collective?

The Optimism Collective (opens new window) is a band of companies, communities, and citizens working together to reward public goods and build a sustainable future for Ethereum.

Together we will dispel the myth that public goods cannot be profitable. Public goods (including public goods for Optimism and Ethereum) often go underfunded when incentives aren't properly aligned, forcing many to make trade-offs between earning a profit and building for the common good. The Optimism Collective is bound by a mutually beneficial pact, a vision (opens new window) that can be summed up with the equation Impact = Profit (opens new window).

# Impact = Profit

The Optimism Collective will deploy a new model for rewarding those who create or sustain public goods - retroactive public goods funding (opens new window), to support projects and communities building for the common good.

Retroactive public goods funding is advantageous because it is relatively easy to agree on what is useful, and see who built it. It is a lot harder to identify in advance what will be useful, and which team will do the best job of building it. The possibility of an eventual exit payment can also encourage investors to fund initial public good development efforts until the usefulness is obvious, in the same way that the possibility of an eventual IPO or buy out encourages investors to fund startups today.

# How is this going to be governed?

The Optimism Collective takes an experimental and agile approach to governance (opens new window) relentlessly iterating towards a system which stands the test of time. Initially, the Collective's model of digital democratic governance will consist of two houses: the Token House and the Citizens' House.

# What are the Collective's Values?


# Token House

Governance of the Optimism Collective began with the launch of the OP token and the Token House. OP is being distributed to hundreds of thousands of addresses that engage in positive-sum, community-oriented behavior via a series of airdrops.

As Token House members, OP holders are responsible for submitting, deliberating, and voting on various types of governance proposals. In carrying out these functions, OP holders may either vote directly, or delegate their OP voting power to an eligible third party.

The Token House votes on on the proposal types outlined in the Operating Manual (opens new window).

You can learn more in the Token House Onboarding Hub (opens new window).

# Citizens' House

The Citizens' House is a large-scale experiment in non-plutocratic governance (opens new window) and retroactive funding of public goods.

The Citizens' House is responsible for Retroactive Public Goods Funding (Retro Funding) (opens new window). For more information about the Citizens' House, read the Overview. For details about Retro Funding 3, visit the Retro Funding 3 program details. For plans around identity and governance, see the Citizenship page.

What is described here is an initial experiment. The specifics of this system will evolve as the Collective grows.