In case you've missed the first part of the interview: It's located here.

This week we have the second part of the interview with Alex from the Crown team, also known as @higherbridge. His fascination with the gap between technology and non-tech people, led him to create explainers and instruction videos on YouTube and became part of the team within days of joining the Crown chat room.

You compared a consensus change to the modification of the constitution of a country. Do you expect this migration to go smoothly?
I don’t think it was specifically the implementation I was talking about, but more the method of reaching agreement on whether to execute these consensus changes or not. Finding a good way of having the community govern our development is something I’ve occupied myself with a lot lately, and I see three main options for the community to give their opinion:

  • Voting through the governance system.
  • Verbally giving feedback and having open discussions.
  • Hard forks.

None of these methods are fool-proof, so we decided to incorporate all three options in the decision making process. We gathered feedback first, and consequently submitted a proposal for 1 CRW to get the community’s approval. This proposal was approved with approximately 450 positive against 50 negative votes, so we saw that as general approval.

Because of this voting result we are confident the transition will go smoothly, but the possibility of a certain group not being in agreement and forking the chain is always a possibility of course.

On August 4th Crown will host their 6th community meeting in Essen, Germany. Why is it so important to bring the community together and what are your plans with the event itself?
Oh man, where do I even start? I find the Crown community meetings to basically be the best part of my job! Since the Crown team and community are spread all around the globe, it is incredibly good to finally get some face-to-face time with the people you talk to online on a daily basis. It not only gives a massive boost to the team, but the feedback we get from visitors of the meetups is that they also really enjoy being able to look the team in their eyes and build a stronger bond of familiarity and trust.

Our community meetings usually involve development updates from the team, networking, free goodies and often a bigger announcement (but no promises of course). The team will also have their private meeting the day before, so we’ll be around most of the weekend to get some dinner or drinks with the community, for which Essen and the Blockchainhotel are very suitable locations.

What were the experiences with previous community events?
All events I attended have been really good in my experience. A lot of ideas tend to be bounced back and forth and discussions can be held that are sometimes hard to hold in a chat room. We also tend to get positive feedback from the community that have attended. However, after organizing meetups in London, Prague, Toronto, Amsterdam and Miami, we have found that Europe is where our community is the strongest and the most willing to mobilize and join our meetings, so that’s likely to be the general region where we’ll be organizing our next couple of meetings.