I agree with you on this, at least in theory I think that a Community Council is the right thing to do.
I can understand that moving from those excellent ideals (which I share a 100%) expressed by @lehnberg in the interview to where we are right now happened after years and years on constant pressure from many vectors. I feel empathy and respect for each member of the Core and I think they have received a very unfair treatment, specially Daniel who had to take all the hits many times during the last year or so. I believe that the approach of keeping Grin protocol simple, which @tromp defends, will payoff in the long run. Overall, I think they have done an incredible job. We can disagree in many things but it is a fact that Grin is still moving forward, and this is not a race but a marathon.
But, it is clear that Grin has become too centralized, it isn’t a secret. After watching the interview I could even find good arguments that could be used against the Core itself. I think the Core wants the best for Grin but Usability doesn’t seem to be a priority and trying to make things easier is what I’ve been doing since I started contributing to Grin++ in late 2019. I will be contributing to Grin until we can buy a pizza using this yellow thing. I will be posting later the road-map that I personally will try to follow. My initial intention was not to spend so much time on this, but I started to invest more and more time and energy into this.
Now… my question is: how could the Community Council prevent becoming another centralized front for Grin to avoid having 2 centralized fronts fighting each other?
Let’s not ignore the elephant in the room, we all need to work together on this, and at this point while I’m writing this post I recognize that we have sings of a broken relationship between some Grin advocates. I’m not taking sides, I don’t like how the Core seems to be holding Grin either, but it is painful to read how some conversations ends. It doesn’t help anyone. Some people will say that this is a common thing in the crypto space, sure, it is common, but at the same time it is counter productive and we all end up suffering in one way or another.
I love Grin, I believe in Grin and I’m more than willing to be part of a Community Council if the Community and the Core think that I am a good fit for it, but I think we should all be committed to the greater good for Grin. I liked watching that interview, it was refreshing and I think we all should to be subscribed to those ideals, if we do it, we could disagree but we will be able of taking the right decisions for Grin.
PS: I have not been very vocal regarding to this because I try to not jump into a conclusion without having a clear idea in my mind.