Ontology Harbinger Interview Series: Geoff | by The Ontology Team | OntologyNetwork | Nov, 2021
This is an ongoing series featuring Ontology’s Harbingers. Harbingers are exceptional leaders that help Ontology grow its community and ecosystem, making it an ever-stronger blockchain, and decentralized identity and data leader.
1. How did you hear about Ontology? What drew you to Ontology?
I was initially drawn to the staking opportunities provided by Ontology. I was reading about staking and right in front of me was this established project, with a clear vision for the future, and excellent rewards for people backing the vision.
2. Why did you become a supporter of Ontology and a champion of its brand?
I never needed to ask, ‘Why Ontology?’. The team has identified a clear need for solutions around data and identity. The current and future requirement for decentralized, trustless solutions to data and identity security is without question. As more projects launch in the Web3 space, this need only becomes greater. So, for me, Ontology is an enabler; a solution that will make other projects better. It’s not about competing in the Web3 space, it’s about making the experience better and more secure for everyone involved.
3. What’s the key role of a Harbinger? What’s your favorite thing about being a Harbinger?
I’m a huge fan of the community around Ontology. If you look back at previous Harbinger interviews, all these people have answered my questions, solved my confusions, and generally made me feel welcome in the space. I hope I do the same for others.
I like to be the first to receive information. And the opportunity to do what I like, which is helping people! Although, I began doing this long before I became Harbinger.
4. Why is being part of the Ontology community important to you?
At times, the crypto space can feel a little like the Wild West. There are bad actors and people looking to take advantage of new users. A strong community is our best solution to this problem.
5. How is Ontology’s community different from other blockchain communities, is there anything that makes it stand out?
If you hang around the Telegram channel for any amount of time, you’ll see people helping by sharing their own experiences. We have regular calls to discuss the project, as well as the Web3 and blockchain space in general. I honestly don’t know of another community that engages with its members in such a way. If you have a question, a problem, an idea, or a solution, then there is always an opportunity to be heard.
6. What do you use as your key channels for engagement with the Ontology community and why? Would you like to see any others?
I mainly hang out in the Telegram rooms; I guess it’s become my natural environment. However, I’ve recently spent more time on Discord, where there are some excellent opportunities to share ideas. We even have dedicated channels to throw your ideas around in. Rather than seeing other channels, I’d really like to see the Discord community grow.
7. Can you share a memorable experience or something you’ve learned from being a Harbinger? What advice would you give to someone looking to become a Harbinger?
Being a Harbinger means that you really believe in the aims and goals of the project. If you want to be a Harbinger, the first step is to be a positive force in the community. Understand what Ontology is about and share that understanding.
8. How would you describe the Ontology community in three words?
Altruistic, Thoughtful, Passionate.
9. How do you think Ontology could expand its community going forward? What would you like to see more/less of? What kinds of things do you see community members do that you think help our community grow?
The answer to all these questions is the same. I’d like to see more opportunities to use ONT ID, and for the community to tell people that they are using it.
10. What do you see as the key milestones for Ontology and how can the community help with achieving these?
Ontology has a fantastic vision for the future. The technology is excellent, and the community is supportive. Next is the expansion of dApps on the ecosystem, and people using the opportunities Ontology provides to be creative. With the upcoming EVM launch, this feels more achievable than ever. Once that happens, the community can help by using the things that people build and telling everyone how cool they are.
To learn more about Ontology’s Harbinger Program and how you can get involved, check out our updated GUIDE.