Proposal “Reality_Check_Renewal_Reduced_Proposal“ (Closed)Back
|Ben Swann Reality Check/Sponsor Spotlight/Speaking Events (Scaled Back Proposal)
|495 DASH (14420 USD)
|no payments occurred yet (4 month remaining)
|2018-05-19 / 2018-09-15 (added on 2018-05-17)
|Final voting deadline:
|802 Yes / 394 No / 64 Abstain
As it looks like this proposal will not pass, I am disheartened by the efforts made by a few masternodes (who are also proposal owners, a major conflict of interest) to engage in a campaign of discrediting the work that I and my team have done. At least one of those proposal owners has received over $1 Million dollars in DASH from the network and doesn't even have a functioning website. And yet, I have provided the Dash community with 100% of everything I had promised, and we have done it with excellence! Not only that, but I have allowed the depreciation of DASH to be absorbed by the project rather than coming up short in any single deliverable.
As a proposal owner, I would never consider it appropriate to go onto another proposal and try to stir the pot with innuendo and slander. The reality is this, outside of the crypto world, today, DASH digital cash is without question much more famous than it was in January when this proposal first passed. I spoke this morning with someone who works heavily in both Conservative and Progressive online media and he explained that one of the only cryptos (aide from Bitcoin) that most of his colleagues have heard of is DASH because of its connection with Ben Swann.
In the end, I am not angry or bitter.. I am grateful and always will be to the DASH community for giving me the freedom to try. Freedom to pursue a decentralized funding model. I truly wish it had last longer. I still truly believe it could have been a transformative partnership... but unfortunately there is a lesson here about those who plant seeds of discord.
Deepblue said it best when they said "Ben Swann is a believer in DASH". Yes, I was, I am and I will continue to be. As for those who have attempted to smear me and this project for your own selfish motivations... I hope others treat you with more respect that the disrespect you have shown here.
The question has been raised about how many people have adopted Dash because of this sponsorship. I don't know the answer to that but I do have some social comments to share of some of the people who have told us that they are buying Dash because of this sponsorship.
Social Comments About Purchasing DASH because of RC Sponsorship
At this point, we have graciously accepted defunding from our April proposal... we have continued to produce EXACTLY what we have promised, we have not been late on our deliverables and I have done my best to represent DASH across the country in the absolute best light possible. My belief was that we were building something together. When I first became involved with DASH the great fear was that I would run off with the funding and not deliver. I actually did the opposite, and even though my funding was pulled last month I have continued to release content, speak on Dash's behalf as an ambassador and encourage adoption. Now, we are here, with 2 days or so to go and perhaps the reality is that DASH isn't interested in continuing this relationship. That is heartbreaking to me but if that becomes reality, then it is one I must accept. How quickly this new chapter will have faded.
If i were to make an argument right now for why to continue it would simply be this... we all know that at this point the traction around crypto has been difficult to regain. I believe we are a great voice for Dash not only by connecting the Dash brand with honest journalism but our Dash spotlights are a great way of creating video content to promote the transformative work Dash is doing around the world. Lastly, (even for all that haters and trolls who will lie about me on here) there is no doubt that I have probably done more to promote and educate the public on Dash's treasury and DAO than any other single project.
I am grateful for the support that we have had in the past with almost 1100 masternode votes in our favor we have had a nearly 2 to 1 vote total. Because of the number of more positives required than negative, the "no" votes are weighted. Perhaps that is the flaw the current system.. a flaw that gives the "no votes" more value than "yes votes". Either way, I will wait and hope some of those masternodes who have still not voted will continue our relationship in these final hours.
We propose that DASH continue to fund Reality Check with Ben Swann Powered By Dash. As this is the final month of our sponsorship
agreement, we are asking the Dash community to approve a scaled down proposal as opposed to the current one. In recognition of the price pullback of Dash, and to reduce the overall footprint of our proposal in the Treasury, we have reduced the size of our proposal cost by 38%. We are willing to tighten our belt just like everybody else in the Dash community.
We are committed to the Dash community and long term
success. (Note: in order to reduce costs, we have removed TiM.com sponsorship this is only exclusive to Reality Check/Sponsor Spotlight/Speaking Events)
About Ben Swann
I have 20 years of experience in journalism, behind and in front of the camera. I became drawn to covering under-reported issues and events early on in my career, particularly during my time covering the drug war in Mexico when I realized that the war on drugs was being misrepresented and most mainstream media had no interest in upholding their commitment to sharing the truth with the public. I’ve received two Emmy awards and two Edward R. Murrow awards, as well as several AP awards from my time in Texas and New Mexico.
Over the past few months I have drawn considerable attention to Dash by promoting Dash’s decentralization of media through our sponsorship. A half dozen other independent media entities have now approached either Dash our other treasury cryptos with similar proposals.
I am not new to the cryptocurrency community. I’ve been discussing Bitcoin since 2013, longer and more thoroughly than most journalists in the media, in my own reporting as well as during my appearance at the Texas Bitcoin Conference in 2014. My experience stands in contrast to the majority of mainstream media, which is scrambling to catch up on coverage largely because cryptocurrency has become so accessible and attractive that they can no longer ignore it. However, the majority of media corporations fail to objectively and accurately report on this industry.
Benefit to Dash
We have the ability to bring Dash to a vastly larger audience than ever before. Reality Check episodes dive into subjects that are embraced and heavily recirculated by an enormous and diverse crowd. This crowd comes from widely varying political, social and geographic backgrounds and they range from individuals who have spent a great deal of their own time on research to individuals who are learning about these subjects for the first time, and the subject of cryptocurrency is no exception. The promotion of Dash will fit seamlessly with our reporting: while our audience is diverse, it shares a common passion for disruption in the media as well as a mindset that embraces disruptive technologies like cryptocurrency.
We have the advantage of both a huge audience and existing experience in speaking to the public about cryptocurrency. Using the same footprint that has helped Reality Check and Truth In Media episodes reach hundreds of millions of viewers, we will be able to integrate Dash and crypto within our videos as well as bring those topics to live events at a more intimate level with the public. Our team is ready to pick up where we left off, and we will work closely with Dash to develop and execute a successful Dash branding strategy for events, video and other content.
Deliverables and Funding Breakdown
Reality Check Sponsorship.
- Dash will be the sole sponsor of Reality Check for the duration of this sponsorship.
- A new Reality Check will be released every Tuesday and Thursday.
- A Dash logo and intro will be on every episode.
- Reality Check will be uploaded to: Facebook, YouTube, Instagram (shortened), Twitter (shortened), Roku, Minds, DTube. Reality Check is in the “Trending” and/or “Top” section of Minds, DTube and Steemit.
- Call to action at the end of videos inviting our supporters to purchase Dash in order to contribute to our project.
Dash Spotlight Featuring Ben Swann
- One Dash Spotlight will be created a week for the duration of this funding. The Dash Spotlight will be produced by Ben Swann’s team featuring Ben Swann. The Spotlight will cover major Dash announcements as well as other Dash funded projects like Dash Africa and Dash Venezuela.
Ben Swann/Team at 3 Crypto/Blockchain events. Ben Swann and team will go to, on average, one, US based, blockchain conference a month (4 total) to promote Dash. Live stream on Facebook and Instagram (when possible). Social promotion before and after the event.
Events past and present:
- Anarchapulco Presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYOQXxVLs2E
- Block2TheFuture, San Francisco
- Libertopia, San Diego, May 3 - 6
- Voice and Exit, Austin, May 18 to 20
- PorcFest, New Hampshire, June 19 - 24
- This event is one of the largest liberty activist conferences in the US.
- FreedomFest July 11 - 14 We will also be media partners
- One of the largest most influential Freedom events in the US. Some of this years speakers include: Judge Andrew Napolitano, Steve Forbes, John Stossel, Patrick Byrne and Ben Swann
- Blockchain and Bitcoin Conference Australia, Sydney, Australia May 29
- Blockchain International Show, London, UK May 29
- Blockchain Expo, Santa Clara, CA November 28-29
Ben Swann’s Presentation at Anarchapulco 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYOQXxVLs2E
Mention Dash. Ben and team, while being interviewed by other press, will mention Dash is the reason Ben was able to come back.
One of many interiews; Ben Swann’s interview with RT: http://truthinmedia.com/ben-swann-watching-the-hawks/
Investment: Four months 495 Dash/month
Dealing with price fluctuations
We will save some for when and if there is a dip in the price of Dash. When Dash is performing well, we will add to advertising budget for Dash sponsored content, if there is a huge upswing create other Dash sponsored content and/or return Dash back to the treasury, and/or help fund Dash Boost.
Project updates to be expected by the community
We will provide a monthly KPI report. The KPI report will include banner impressions, clicks, video plays and social media engagement and reach.
Starting in June 2018.
What is the Dash community saying?
“I believe that in the future the ‘COIN’ or ‘CURRENCY’ we use will be a consumer choice. Just like we either choose products like Ray Ban or Gucci. Marketing and branding will play a huge part and DASH seem to be the leaders at this and have embraced it. From a trading point of view, I also make a lot of money from DASH. Its a coin that repeats its cycle over and over so not only do I get to long term hold but I can play the waves and take the profits on the way. I also love their sponsorship program that helps amazing causes like Ben Swann Truth in media…” - Scott Daniel Oceans Capital
50 dash Marketing team (our marketing team all accept DASH as direct payment)
$54,000 Researchers, writers, producers, executive producer
$42,000 Production Crew (Audio operator, Director, Videographers, Engineers, Video Editors, Video Animator)
$9,000 Graphic Designers 12,000 Legal/Insurance
$50,000 Marketing budget
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