PositiveBlockchain is an open database listing 1000 blockchain projects for positive impact. But not only, we are also a community of volunteers exploring the potential of blockchain technologies for the embetterment of the world. We support the ecosystem in their quest of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals.
The near future
In 2021 we are aiming to take PositiveBlockchain’s database one step further with a little help of our friends, to facilitate collaboration and usability, within our association and with our partners.
Our main design objectives are to:
- Adopt Open Data Standards’ best practices
- Simplify the data exchange process
- Increase data relevancy & quality
We are looking for experienced people interested in our project, to give us their view on how to optimize our database so we can offer more value to the community. If that’s you -or someone you know- we would love to get in touch!
Mainly, but not only: researchers, data scientists, governmental agents, technical experts, entrepreneurs, venture capitals; in areas like Sustainability, Innovation, or Blockchain.
Blockchain was -and is (?)- seen as the technology that will ‘save society’. Thus we wanted to learn more about the ways it was being used with this aim. Foster these initiatives, give them visibility and create a community to support them.
Back in January 2018 we formalised PositiveBlockchain as a non-profit organisation -legally based in France-, which was at the time the first open-database gathering projects from startups, corporates, governments and non-profit organizations, using blockchain to create a positive impact in the quest to reach SDGs.
Our community rapidly grew into a global network of volunteers. With the intention to remain neutral and with a world wide coverage, data submission was first crowd-sourced and later open to project owners to submit -or claim- their own project data input. The database keeps growing. On the side we have developed other activities to serve the community: training, start-up contests, newsletters, events, partnerships, to name a few.
Governmental institutions, universities, organisations, journalists, within others, use our dataset as a valuable source of information. Either by simply exploring projects on our webpage, or by using the whole database.
We have collaborated and partner with institutions or associations, such as:
- EU Blockchain Observatory & Forum
- GIZ blockchain center (the only federal agency engaged in the German Government’s Development Service)
- Frankfurt School — Blockchain Center
- Blockchain for Good
- New America
Our DB today lists 950+ projects, with more than 30 attributes for each initiative. Including basic information of the project, media, references, technology used and use case, SDGs multi-tags, etc.
Blockchain is used in a wide range of use cases for positive impact. In order to provide a comprehensive classification of these by sector we have defined 16 core categories. Each of these with a number of subcategories. With this design choice we established an industry related path towards the information. Allowing to attribute other information to projects such as sub-categories or SDGs. We have a broad scope of projects aiming for positives changes, however we aim to highlight projects which are impact focussed.
Here below, as an example, the subcategories defined for Finance & Insurance and Living Conditions, (taken from our data visualisation dashboard).
1- In order to define categories & subcategories, we consulted blockchain and industry experts, considered renown publications, such as those published by the United Nations on Sustainable Development Goals and related KPIs, papers such as Blockchain for Social Impact 2019- Center for Social Innovation — Stanford University.
4- Images are taken from the PB data visualisation dashboard, which is still under development.
More about us here.