• Pre-Hackathon Projects review

    Brooklyn Law School

    We're starting a series of events to review our projects for the July 20-21 international hackathon. Join us to learn about common ownership and self-assessed tax (COST). Everyone is welcome to ask questions and share ideas. AGENDA 5:30 ~ Participants Arrive First part will be dedicated to a Resource-Based community Economy 5:50 - Alexey Potapov (KrioRus.ru, reOrder.world, Dorne-XR.com, NYC meetups with 50K followers). Next stage of automation is bringing more and more economic production & buying power to comunities, In the same time modern political system cannot satisfy multiple parts of a political process and using financial instrument for economic repressions. Economic power transition towards different communities of interest, practice, living both local and hyper-local. We will explore personal abilities of one person (Alexey) to start a Community Economy - from UBI movement, to Open Source movement, to Open Networking to community projects. The second part will be the extension of the first part and dedicated to a RadicalXChange community projects and the book "Radical Markets" | Chapter 1 ~ Property is Monopoly: http://radicalmarkets.com/chapters/property-is-monopoly 6:30 ~ Nathan Chen, ConsenSys 6:45 ~ Josh Young, Pack 7:15 ~ Luke Duncan, Aragon 7:45 ~ Griff Green, Giveth 8:15 ~ Networking "Imagine a world in which all major private wealth (every factory, patent or plot of land) is constantly for sale at a fair price and where most of the value of this property is paid out equally to all citizens as a social dividend. While one might be tempted to believe the wealthy would dominate such a hyper-market world, in fact most private wealth would become social wealth and would be shared equally by all. With most value of assets accruing to the public, every asset would become cheaper to (partially) own, democratizing the control of assets and offering everyone new opportunities to start businesses or households. At the same time, because there would be a price on every asset, large scale projects, like high speed trains, would become far easier to develop as holdouts could no longer block the right of way." ________ Pack is an economically fair ecosystem for producing news and knowledge. Each community in this ecosystem is a subscription-based news and information network in which members who contribute value earn value. The networks themselves require entrepreneurial investment, but because of network effects, their owners can obtain monopoly power. That's why they're subject to partial common ownership, which optimizes between the investment efficiency and allocative efficiency. More about Pack: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Mez5jdSCR10rm2N9zZNrt08U6pQU80FLpfWvQfZYuzg ________ 1Hive is working to improve open source sustainability and grow the open source commons. The Hive Commons License is a proposed alternative to existing copyleft and permissive licenses intended to allow for proprietary derivative works while maintaining strict reciprocity requirements. Context: https://medium.com/hive-commons/harberger-taxation-and-open-source-58dcdbab140d ________ Giveth is re-engineering charitable giving, by creating an entirely free, open-source platform, built on the Ethereum Blockchain. Our system cuts out bureaucracy and enables makers to create a high level of transparency and accountability towards givers. More about Giveth: https://medium.com/giveth/the-future-of-giving-is-crowdfunding-the-commons-ac265e3010b8 The Commons Stack: https://medium.com/giveth/introducing-the-commons-stack-scalable-infrastructure-for-community-collaboration-6886eb97413e ________ ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Common Ownership: https://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Common_Ownership Partial Common Ownership: assets.press.princeton.edu/chapters/s11222.pdf On Radical Markets: vitalik.ca/general/2018/04/20/radical_markets.html COST Monopoly: medium.com/@nathan.writes/exploring-partial-common-ownership-on-the-monopoly-board-59163ad73608

  • North America Basic Income Guarantee Congress

    Silberman School of Social Work

    As you're probably aware, there's a lot of discussion within the tech world around the future of work and what our society will look like as tech continues to disrupt and change the kinds of jobs we do and should be doing. There will be several panels examining the effect automation and technology is having, and what kinds of actions could be taken to improve people's lives (Job Guarantee, UBI, etc), as well as examining the idea of UBI from other lenses. 2019 marks 50 years since a basic income guarantee was first introduced in the U.S. Congress. Basic income is once again on the policy agenda in North America. Pilot programs, controlled trials, documentaries, and debates are bringing basic income into mainstream policy conversations. Organized by The U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network, https://usbig.net/ Basic Income Canada, https://www.basicincomecanada.org/ The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, https://sssw.hunter.cuny.edu/ the 18th Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress this June will bring together researchers, activists, policymakers, developers, blockchain enthusiasts and students from around North America and around the world who focus on universal basic income policy questions. This year’s NABIG Congress will discuss ways to implement and finance basic income policy in the U.S. and Canada, as well as alternative and complementary policies, such as conditional cash transfers and a federal jobs guarantee. Discussions will also address the politics of getting basic income on the agenda of political parties, social movements, independent developers and legislatures. Building upon its success two years ago as the first American school of social work to host a NABIG Congress, the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City will once again host this significant international conference. Confirmed speakers include: Andrew Yang, author, The War on Normal People (via teleconference) Jessie Golem, photographer, “Humans of Basic Income” Karl Widerquist, Georgetown University in Qatar Sukhi Samra, Stockton Basic Income Demonstration Project James Janeiro, Senior Policy Advisor to former Ontario Premier Michael A. Lewis, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College Michael Howard, University of Maine, USBIG Almaz Zelleke, New York University Shanghai Sheila Regehr, Basic Income Canadian Network Peter Frase, author, Four Futures: Life after Capitalism Please RSVP here : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-18th-annual-north-american-basic-income-guarantee-congress-registration-60063052206 Or check the official conference program https://www.dropbox.com/s/iodc9n4bptbfuft/draft_nabig_program_r2.pdf?dl=0

  • the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition Conference NYC June 10

    Join us on June 10-11 for the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition flagship conference in NYC about building a resilient future. Global leading innovators, companies, NGOs and foundations at the forefront of leveraging technology come together to further their impact leveraging blockchain technology. Use discount code IMPACT Sign up for the conference here with this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-for-social-impact-coalition-conference-registration-57533317702

  • Blockchain projects for Sustainable Development Goals and Impact Investing

    Sustainable development goals touches billions of people and represents a big opportunity for the blockchain projects : More than a billion people on Earth needs a means of identification - a birth sertificate or a passport. More than 2 billions are unbanked. Even in the US 7% of the population has no bank account. More than 2 billion people lives for a less than 2 USD a day. And on top of that automation will soon take 95% of all low skilled jobs. This is the situation created by the 1% for the 99% of population. That's where more inclusive and egalitarian approach can be provided by the blockchain projects. So this time we going to meet those projects developers give a short review of useful blockchain projects in the different contexts of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Impact Investments. Here's non-exclusive example of such a projects given by the great Breaker magazine article https://breakermag.com/73-blockchain-social-good-organizations-that-are-actually-doing-something/ Let's get together in a gorgeous space with a panoramic view provided by Brooklyn Law School, network with the right people and do more good !

  • The Future of community organizing : REdefining "decentralization" and "trust"

    Why 99% of the world population still don't trust to any blockchain/crypto project ? And among the 1% left why is there such a big REcentralization of value ? On April 27 we gonna meet and learn from 4 different communities that successfully established trust both with and without blockchains. From life-extension enthusiasts, to representatives of one of the largest political grassroots movements, to one of the most mediatized non-profits. We'll try to answer what distributed, hyperlocal and local communities have in common and is that tokenizable ? Can we build a trusted inner- and inter-community economic framework and infrastructure attractive for external businesses, so existing startups and businesses can help community power grow and become self-sustainable ? We going to learn from our experts in crowdfunding and community organizing, presenting their success stories. How to organize scientific research community and enthusiasts for crowdfunding. Keith Comito, founder http://lifespan.io Framework for an inner and inter-community economy: how existing startups and businesses can help community power grow. Alexey Potapov, co-founder http://kriorus.ru/en Trust as the main barier in tokenization revolution. Beyond double spending, 51%, governance and voting rights, Constantin Kogan, Ph.D. Founder Adwivo & Abotmi. Empowering community economy with blockchain, crypto and DAO (Distributed Autonomous Organization). James Waugh, http://BushwickGenerator.com We will use an interactive format of short presentations and group work to see our collective agreements and disagreements, the practicality or uniqueness of presented cases. The importance of the topic is underlined by Vitalik Buterin, https://cointelegraph.com/news/vitalik-buterin-crypto-must-leave-behind-the-individualism-of-the-early-cypherpunks On March 23, 2019 Buterin argued that today’s crypto advocates and developers should evolve away from the fierce individualism of the cypherpunk movement and from an excessive focus on maximizing autonomy and privacy. Money, he argued, is fundamentally and profoundly social, and the potential of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology is to advance an explicitly political, collective agenda. This, he argued, includes rethinking models of social governance, formalizing identity and community membership, facilitating the equitable funding of public goods, and rehauling ownership structures.

  • Join the Blockchain for Social Impact Conference 2018!

    June 1, WASHINGTON D.C - Join us in our flagship #BSIC18 Conference for a day of discovery of how technology and humanity can work together. We’ll showcase the amazing work emerged from the #ImpactIncubator, by the best #blockchain ventures, social innovators and impact-driven organizations. https://conference.blockchainforsocialimpact.com/ - The Blockchain for Social Impact Conference 2018 will bring together over 300 attendees from governments, leading NGOs, charities, think tanks, development agencies, and enterprises to discuss blockchain solutions to pressing global challenges concerning identity management, refugee resettlement, supply chains, energy, financial inclusion, human rights, democracy, and voting. - We will feature solutions built by the winners of the Decentralized Impact Incubator across four major challenges that are in need of our urgent attention: #Hardware, #Democracy, #Agriculture and #Refugees. - Attend sessions that tailored to your interest and learn about how blockchain can be a paradigm-shifting technology to create paramount impact. - Confirmed Speakers include: Joe Lubin, CEO, ConsenSys Lesly Goh, CTO, World Bank Nick Beglinger, Co-Founder & CEO, Cleantech21 Foundation Rohini Srihari, Chief Data Scientist, PeaceTech Lab Tomicah Sterling Tillemann-Dick, Director of the Bretton Woods II, New America ...among many others - Check out our speakers and the conference program: https://conference.blockchainforsocialimpact.com/ - RSVP today! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-for-social-impact-conference-tickets-44993273091 - Gratitude to our sponsors that make magic happen: AIKON, Colendi, Baker McKenzie, BOMA Investments, Latham & Watkins, Opolis, Dattabot - Big Data Analytics, Asseth - Association Ethereum, Grameen Foundation, Topcoder.

  • Call for Global Participation: Join the Decentralized Impact Incubator!

    REMINDER -- *In order to participate you must sign up on http://www.blockchainforsocialimpact.com/incubator* Please join us in the 2018 BSIC Decentralized Impact Incubator to celebrate new talents and blockchain-enabled solutions for social impact! From April 9 to May 21, participants from around the world will gather online to form teams, design business models, draft proposals and code. If you care deeply about global issues, if you want to challenge yourself to think, if you want to connect and work with people who share your passions, it's time to join the #impactincubator. - This year, we turn to four challenges that have been on the global agenda: hardware, democracy, agriculture, and refugees. Participants will be challenged to think through one of those problems, pass through weekly checkpoints, and ultimately formulate their own blockchain-based solutions. These are no easy problems, and none of them have an easy cure. - Last year, more than 600 participants from over 120 locations around the globe participated in the first #ImpactIncubator. 142 dedicated mentors volunteered their time and expertise to guide the teams. 350 individuals from organizations such as World Economic Forum, Human Rights Foundation, White Helmets, The Nature Conservancy, Asian Development Bank, UNICEF, Acumen Fund, the Start Network, and more gathered to witness the winning presentations. - REMINDER -- *Sign up here* (http://www.blockchainforsocialimpact.com/incubator) to join us in this extraordinary event! We need all skill sets, participants and mentors, as long as you have the passion to make the world a better place. Please feel free to forward this to your colleagues who may also be interested. Registration opens until April 16th.

  • Diaspora Investing: Stopping Brain Drain with Blockchain

    We are going to dive into the solutions that already exist, what solutions are being made possible by blockchain technology, what solutions we can use to create prosperity between emerging markets and diaspora community. The theme for the event will revolve around blockchain’s potential in emerging markets, specifically as it relates to creating a bridge between diaspora and local populations - around diaspora tech, a term the Emerge team uses to refer to how blockchain technology will revolutionize economies around the world and bring diaspora populations closer to their own homes - specifically as it relates to financial inclusion and the transfer of intellectual capital back to their countries. Diaspora direct investment. This relates to the redefinition of how diaspora members invest in projects in their home countries and how they reap rewards are able to best identify risks and opportunities. Democratic Processes. This topic focuses on the ability for citizens outside of their country to vote on local issues. Intellectual Capital Transfer. The transfer of knowledge and how-tos about the latest development of blockchain applications and development by diaspora members. Challenges with investing Diaspora. Challenges with sending money, investing in projects, interacting with the government. Panelists Vanessa Yurkevich, CNN, Digital Correspondent @vyurkevich Ben Siegel, Blockchain for Social Impact, ConsenSys @BenLLS Danielle Leong, Raise Aleks Mehrle, Razom for Ukraine and UGTI ------ Panel discussion: 45 minutes Q&A Interaction: 15 minutes Networking: 30 minutes before and after Food & Space generously Provided by Airswap, a ConsenSys Joint Venture. YOU MUST REGISTER USING EVENTBRITE TO ATTEND: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stopping-brain-drain-with-blockchain-tickets-43067820009

  • Homelessness and the Promise of Blockchain

    The Assemblage NoMad

    We have something special planned for you! This MeetUp we team up with the Peace Accelerators, Blockchain for Change and The Assemblage to highlight ways ethereum blockchain technology has the capability to change the status quo for many or New York City's homeless. The schedule will include the introduction of the Fummi App by Blockchain for Change, get hands-on training by the Peace Accelerators on how to approach the homeless, as well participate in the giving out of ayurvedic prepared meals by Executive Chef Stephen Almond at The Assemblage. Here's a recent article in Fast Company about Blockchain for Change mission: https://www.fastcompany.com/40500978/this-new-blockchain-project-gives-homeless-new-yorkers-a-digital-identity Social 12:00 - 12:50 Doors open / DJ / social hour / light snacks / gather / connect Optional Full Meditation 12:30-12:50 on mezzanine instead of main room Programming 1:00 - 1:10 Opening 10 minute group meditation 1:10 - 1:15 Welcome / Introductions - Peace Accelerators/Blockchain for Social Impact at ConsenSys 1:15 - 1:45 Headline Speaker / Amanda Graham, Blockchain for Change 1:45 - 2:00 Q& A 2:00 - Information Stations 3:00 - Stations Finish Social, Optional 3:00 - 4:00 Social / Hang out / DJ / Coordinate Paths Information Stations Station 1 - Food Station The Assemblage will host - Executive Chef Steven Almond will be leading the food packing station - Prepare Food Boxes with Macro-bowls to fight food insecurity + create an easy conversation starter Station 2 - Blockchain for Social Impact at ConsenSys will Host -Learn about Blockchain for Social Impact and our Coalition -Learn resources that are available Station 3 - Compassion Station Peace Accelerators Host -Write notes of encouragement and more to put with the phones and meals Station 4 - Interaction Station Peace Accelerator will Host Christopher Salata will speak on how to approach the homeless - How to locate those that can most benefit - Food Insecurity and scale of issue discussion The Assemblage is a community of individuals who believe the world is on the verge of a collective conscious evolution, transitioning from a society defined by individualism and separation into one of interconnectedness. Please respect the space and treat it like you would your own home.

  • Cross-promotion: Blockchain Holiday Party

    Needs a location

    Use this link to rsvp: https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-mQkKWfuU/events/245393476/ Dear Blockchain for Social Impact members Everyone is invited to the Women in Blockchain Holiday Party, THE place in town to talk about our favorite subject, a drink in hand while listening to the tunes spun by awesome DJ Vitalika until you are entirely swept away...by one or the other… yes, you are reading that right! DJ Vitalika !!! Invite friends and colleagues to celebrate amazing new projects, massive capital injection into the crypto space and all that's female in blockchain. This evening of celebration is generously sponsored by JPMorganChase, which allows us to donate all proceeds from the ticket sales to benefit the education and well being of women. Note: Ticket price will double at the door! If for any reason you can't afford the fee please contact us before that Dec 9th. These are the 2 organizations the money will be donated to: Women who Code - Helping women achieving their career goals www.womenwhocode.com (http://www.womenwhocode.com) Dress for Success ….empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire... https://dressforsuccess.org/ (https://dressforsuccess.org/)