This is part three in a multi-part series on the key ingredients to a better blockchain. I recommend starting with part one, [Tech and Protocol](https://www.etherean.org/blockchain/2019/09/09/key-ingredients-better-blockchain-part-i-tech-and-protocol.html). Nearly every blockchain project invokes the term “community” from time to time, but not every project takes the time to think about community or invests in building a robust community that is values-aligned and feels that they have a meaningful voice and a stake in the network’s success. Indeed, the essential difference between a blockchain and a database is *community:* in the most fundamental sense, a blockchain is a database that’s managed by an incentivized community. Without such a community, the project would be better run as a private company with a centralized database.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.etherean.org/blockchain/community/2019/09/19/key-ingredients-better-blockchain-part-iii-community.html