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BLOCKCHAIN FOR GOOD ROUNDTABLE SOCAL - JUNE 23rd 2018

 

Launching Blockchain For Good SoCal ! 

 

Blockchain has the power to transform the way people and organisations interact and transact, and upend every industry very much like the internet did. But, all the hype from blockchain have come from Initial coin offerings (ICOs). This year alone, the crypto community have invested $6.3 Billion USD*  into blockchain startups through ICOs. Where has all that money gone? How many of these projects, other than generate personal wealth, personal trading profit, really affect a positive change to society? 

Blockchain For Good SoCal roundtable will connect blockchain startups, foundations, philanthropists, technologists, creatives, crypto traders and social media influencers to discuss blockchain for good and blockchain for ... bad.

- What are the consequences if we don’t use this opportunity in the right way.

- Can we avoid history repeating itself, avoiding the next generation of future blockchain CEOs issuing ‘apologies’ / reflections such as Zuckerberg's “We focused on all the good that connecting people could bring. But it’s clear now that we didn’t do enough. We didn’t focus enough on preventing abuse and thinking through how people could you use these tools to do harm as well.”

- What can we do to support and launch more blockchain for good startups into the ecosystem? 

These are just some of the questions we'll be discussing. 

 

Blockchain For Good SoCal will be held at an elegant Italian Villa, sitting on three acres high above the Pacific Ocean in Laguna Beach.  

Following the discussion, more than 100 people from the local and global blockchain community will attend the “Blockchain SoCal Club” a networking drinks and dinner event.

This will be a unique experience to network further with pioneers, investors, the creative industries, and people from the world of philanthropy, from both the US and EU.

If you would like to attend, please contact us tell us more about you and your organisation. 

 

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SAN FRANCISCO: Blockchain For Good Panel at Token Fest! 

Token Fest is taking place on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th March, and the Blockchain For Good panel is on Friday 15th March titled "Exploring Social Entrepreneurship & Blockchain Projects Impacting Humanity" at 11:05 - 11:50am - Cecile Baird will be introducing the speakers & their presentations, and moderating their panel.  

  • Ari Einsenstat, Co-Founder Moeda

  • Raphael Mazet, CEO of Alice

  • Nat Manning, CEO Ushahidi

  • Larry Singer, Co-Founder Wikipedia

  • Jon Duschinsky, Social Innovator, Author, & Advisor GiftCoin

  • Anne Connelly, Singularity University & Blockchain Advisor


All Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain

Attended the All Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain, as an expert advisor, and spoke out first on a topic that was missing on the agenda: Charities and NGO. Since our input, the APPG Blockchain have included Charities & NGOs as a blockchain topic area, the evidence meeting will be held in June 2019.  

The mission of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain (APPG Blockchain) is to ensure that industry and society benefit from the full potential of blockchain and otherdistributed ledger technologies (DLT) making the UK a leader in  Blockchain/DLT’s innovation and implementation. The APPG Blockchain brings evidence, use cases and future policy scenarios while considering industry and societal implications as well as environmental opportunities.

APPG Blockchain - Charities & NGOs

Blockchain For Good Presentation at Amnesty HQ  

Blockchain For Good interview in A-Plus:

Everyone's Talking About Cryptocurrency's Price. But What About Its Purpose?

by Isaac Saul

 

(...) "Cécile Baird, one of the founding partners of Blockchain For Good and a communications consultant for blockchain startups, says that the value (and volatility) of currencies like Bitcoin and Ether have essentially distracted people from the human values the developers of blockchain technology are trying to emphasize. Much like Gutterman said, Baird believes that instead of focusing on growing their bank account, people in the space should focus on how they can apply these technologies to improve the world.

"The Internet has created a whole new way for us to interact, but now it's broken," Baird said. "It has empowered us, it has brought on more peer-to-peer global transactions and interactions, and we've seen some more business models, but they've all gone back to just being the same old thing." 

For Baird and others like her, blockchain technology offers an opportunity to overhaul not just the Internet, which they see as now being driven by corporate interests, but the systems we use every day.

One of the most critical applications of blockchain is going to be how we collect, store, use and sell our personal data. Baird sees a future where consumers own their data, which will be kept securely on a blockchain, and sell it off at their discretion, as opposed to the model we have now where we willingly give our data over to banks, Internet Service Providers, corporations like Apple and social media sites like Facebook so they can distribute it at will. Gutterman, too, offered this as one of the most revolutionary uses of the blockchain." 

(....) Read the full article here


Blockchain For Good : at Tech For Good meet-up

"Blockchain has been heralded as the next big thing in the social sector and has fast risen from emerging trend to a disruptor in the development and humanitarian space alone. But can it really address some of the social and environmental challenges we’re facing? In this meetup we’ll explore the role of blockchain technologies in helping to address the world’s challenges. We’ll hear lightning talks from ‘blockchain for good’ pioneers, before breaking into a panel discussion around whether this tech offers hype or hope. We’ll be asking how social impact ventures, NGOs and charities can capitalise from the use of blockchain to deliver on their social and environmental agendas, and which applications of distributed ledger technology are already having the biggest impact. Join us on 14 November at Techspace London in Shoreditch to find out.
Confirmed speakers: Cécile Baird, Founding Partner, Blockchain for Good (BC4G) | Raphäel Mazet, Founder and CEO of Alice.Si | David Shepherdson, Director of the not-for-profit company developing HullCoin."

A couple of blogs came out from the event such as these 2: 

Blockchain Hype or Hopehttps://bethnalgreenventures.com/blog/blockchain-hype-or-hope/

Is blockchain the link that global citizenship is missing?http://www.youareoxygen.com/2017/11/22/blockchain-link-global-citizenship-missing/

or watch the event here, filmed through Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/bethnalgreenventures/videos/1537677419613836/

 


 

Blockchain For Good : at UK Government's Innovate 2017

INNOVATE 2017 is a two day conference hosted by Innovate UK the UK government’s innovation agency. The conference will explore the major themes brought about by the pace and complexity of our world and discuss what that means for the individual, business and governments. From Robotics to Urban Planning INNOVATE 2017 will deliver fresh perspectives on innovations such as artificial intelligence, smart cities, alternative food sources and space exploration.

BC4G will be representing Blockchain on the Equality Across the World panel. Technology has been responsible for much of the rise in inequality- but could it also be a part of the solution? How can we ensure innovation benefits everyone? Joining the panel will be Min Teo, Director-Fundraising, Techfugee, Ella Goldner, Co-founder, Zinc VC, and chaired by Priya Guha Ecosystem GM, RocketSpace.

9th November 2017 | 16:00 – 16:55 | Main Stage: The Future of Industry

http://innovate2017.gov.uk/


Blockchain For Good : at Oxford University for CapitOx

CapitOx is one of Oxford University’s leading finance societies and each year the society holds a conference focusing on a range of issues. This year, they are holding a panel discussion on Blockchain to discuss what are the financial and social implications of Blockchain technology and BC4G’s Cecile will be there to join in on this panel discussion!

Saturday 28th October | More details here: www.capitox.co.uk/conference


Blockchain For Good Panel at Blockchain Live London

We've teamed up with Blockchain Live to curate a panel on Blockchain For Good! 

Topic : Unlocking Blockchain’s Power for Transparency: Charity, Development and Trade

with moderator Cécile Baird Founding Partner Blockchain for Good (BC4G) and Rhodri Davies
Programme Director, Giving Thought Charities Aid Foundation | Professor Olinga Ta’eed
Director Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise and Governance | Annemarie Poorterman
Start Fund Project Manager Start Network | Nick Beglinger CEO, Founder Cleantech21, #Hack4Climate 

www.blockchainlive.com



Blockchain For Good: blog in CoinDesk! Crypto Utopia? Defining the Greater Good in a Blockchain World

Read our latest article in CoinDesk. In this opinion piece, we argue that we need a duty of care today, for a humanised blockchain future tomorrow. We summarise our key messages from our larger report on a Blockchain utopia... and dystopia. 

Read here: www.coindesk.com/crypto-utopia-defining-the-greater-good-in-a-blockchain-world


Blockchain For Good: Preventing modern slavery in the supply chain

Blockchain for Good (BC4G) and STOP THE TRAFFIK is forming a coalition to harness the power of people and emerging technologies such as blockchain to shine a light on modern slavery and generate systemic disruption at all levels.

Interested in participating or finding out more? Contact us here


Blockchain For Good: How blockchain can transform the fashion industry

Look out for our article in arts magazine Faux Pas on “How blockchain can transform the fashion industry” coming out in April and available in bookstores in the UK, Europe, USA and Canada.

www.fauxpas-magazine.com

 

 

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