Just a few quick thoughts on the presentation. I think the suggested direction for the branding is too involved in particular interpretations, hopes and views about what bitcoin is and can do. Some of these views are interesting, but also controversial, and as such perhaps not the best basis for branding and narrative building.
For example, I don’t think all rights are property rights and I don’t think Sovryn can realistically, or even should aspire to anything like providing nationhood. Perhaps I’m wrong. But the point is that such disagreements should not be an obstacle to becoming part of Sovryn, and when controversial views are built into the branding, there is a risk of this. Same about the characterization of Sovryns as gentleman and scholars; I don’t think it’s good to say that only certain pre-defined types of people are Sovryns (or true Sovryns). (Its incredibly annoying in the bitcoin maxi world, where all kinds of ridiculous identity politics are pushed for the ‘true bitcoiner’, please let’s not make the same mistake).
I think it would be good to exercise more intellectual restrain, at least when it comes to the branding, and strip things down to something that is more neutral; something into which people can plug their own views about what bitcoin is and can do.
So far the critical part. I think there is a sense in which the current branding is absolutely fine; if it weren’t, this community would be in much poorer state than it is. The key idea around which the branding is centered need go no further than identifying Sovryn the project with something that drives hyperbitcoinization, wherever that will end up. A sovryn is then someone who believes that there is a good chance that the future will be bitcoin-based and who supports this (and this doesn’t require being a maxi, this could be degen altcoiner, as far as I can see). Possible slogans: ‘Built for the bitcoin-based future’, ‘expanding bitcoin’, ‘a bitcoin-based financial platform’, and so on. I know all of this is pretty close to what is already there, but like I said, I don’t think that there is a problem with the narrative-building ideas as such. It has the advantage that there is room in this for people’s own views about what a bitcoin-based future looks like, and about what is needed to get there.
When people complained in the past about the marketing, I think they mainly meant that they didn’t like the comic book look, that what is needed is simpler and effective UI/UX or more active/aggressive marketing/communication campaigns, not that there is a deep issue with the conceptual ideas of ‘Bitcoin DeFi’ or ‘Built for bitcoin holders’; changing these ideas in response to the marketing complaints risks destroying the bit of traction around ‘Bitcoin DeFi’ that has been accomplished, may make the new ideas about ‘neo-nations’ unnecessarily niche, and is ultimately not really response to what the complaints from within the community were about.
Edit: thinking more about Yago’s claims about sovryns as scholars, and intellectually curious etc. Although I think it may not be the best basis for branding, these ideas could be an interesting starting point for a dedicated feature on Sovryn. Sovryn could offer a ‘salon’ feature, a discussion place accessible to SOV stakers only, where people can discuss and present their ideas on what the bitcoin based future will be like, what bitcoin is, etc; the Sovryn teas serve as teasers/marketing for what is found within these communities. It could be an attractive feature to the scholarly-inclined bitcoiners. Anyway, just a thought.