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Blockchain & Decentralised Governance Panel

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Join Blockchain for Social Impact Melbourne (BSIMelb) for an engaging panel discussion on emerging decentralised governance models enabled by blockchain technology.

How will they influence or change the way we act and govern ourselves as a society? How will they reshape our world over the coming decades?

This event will explore the topic of decentralised governance as it relates to government institutions, companies, foundations, and other types of groups and organisations.

Come for a beer and bring your questions. No cost to attend.

Panellist bios:

Esther Nitafan, CanYa
CCO at CanYa, Esther is focused on accelerating the mainstream adoption of crypto by improving User Experience and Design elements in the crypto and blockchain space. Recent works include and One of Australia's most successful cypto projects, CanYa is the decentralised serviceplace for the world. The CanYa Dao is focused on providing a way for users to solve disputes and hand-vet quality talent on the CanYa platform in exchange for rewards.

James Eddington, TypeHuman
James is interested in technology, cryptoeconomics and how public blockchains can be a liberating tool for the modern citizen. His background is in finance, he’s a part of Typehuman, a collective of technologists committed to accelerating the adoption of Web 3.0 technologies in order to bring about a digital future with human values at its centre. We work with leading Australian organisations and are one of Australia's first Blockchain Venture Studios.

Nichola Cooper, NewVote
Nichola is Head of Research for NewVote, a digital democracy start-up using a combination of blockchain and AI to enable Australians to create change in the political system and more representative public policy. As a practising psychotherapist she is particularly interested in trust and her Ph.D studies in the future of trust regard the health of our future relationships with systems in a blockchain world.

Joshua Mark, Decred
A decentralised technologies purist, focusing on open-source software, incentive models, decentralised ways-of-working, and on-chain governance. Joshua co-ordinates a large portion of Decred’s Asia-Pacific operations including exchange on-boarding, partnerships, merchant adoption, strategy, contributor on-boarding, and events. He also contributes to the FLO Blockchain & Open Index Protocol projects which together have built a decentralised, universal, and persistent content distribution network and metadata layer for the web. The technology is currently being used by CalTech (California Institute of Technology) in their pursuit of establishing universal research datasets for collaborative research efforts; their recently launched Electron Tomography Database ( is the first of these datasets to be published using the OIP. Other notable users include Medici Ventures and the Alexandria web 3.0 media browser. Joshua also co-organizes the Blockchain Melbourne community with 3,100+ members.

Rahul Soans, The Disruptive Business Network & Balancingact3
Rahul is an Engineer with a Masters in International Business. In another life, he was a project manager in the telecommunications industry, and after coming to his senses, he fell into the social enterprise and startup world in Melbourne. He has cut his teeth working for startups, founded a consulting company and now runs The Disruptive Business Network - an event series and consulting service that looks at how new ideas and technology are changing business. He is also the co-founder of Balancingact3, a consultancy that equips purpose-driven businesses and organizations from the human rights and human services sectors with the tools and knowledge to transform, innovate and create services that advance human rights.