The Social Innovation Summit 2018 took place in Stuttgart on the 9-10.03, with 400+ people from 20 nationalities attending this year’s edition on social entrepreneurship, system change and collective action.
Blockchain was quite high in the agenda! Although it was not a blockchain tech conference, several panels and workshops focused on how to use blockchain technologies and concepts to create scalable solutions for a better world.
Here are the key takeaways from the summit regarding blockchain:
- Social change is not addressed enough when it comes to the blockchain shift. How will the technology affect our social values and the way we interact with people in the society? Should we give our trust to the tech because we can’t trust the human nature of people, and so shouldn’t we work on trustful relationship in the first place? It echoed well a statement from the UK-based blockchain tech company Parity.Tech “the internet has become the very fabric of our modern lives. As we move into the future, a trust-free interaction system will be key to combat the risks and shortcomings of the current internet architecture and enable a whole new range of user applications”. Glad to see a Blockchain Positivist in Thomas Rush from ConsenSys who said in a workshop “trustless systems will enable us to do much more”.
- Blockchain is not THE solution to all our problems! Consider the technology if you really need a more transparent system with an immutable database, and/or if you experience a serious lack of trust between different parties or a real need to remove an intermediary. If not… well you can still use blockchain to look cool!
- Blockchain literacy remain a vast challenge. People new to blockchain have to learn about the tech, how to use it, what does it mean for their data privacy, security, and controls. So let’s join forces to educate on/off-line, organize local events, engage with communities, citizen and social entrepreneurs! How? check out meetup.com or facebook groups, contact us or organize a local MakeSense SenseTech event.
- Finding blockchain enthusiasts among political leaders is the key to enable effective collaborations with public institutions especially at local levels, as shared by Daria Batukhtina while working with Humaniq (an organization developing entrepreneurial programs for territories & corporates). If you can find the political leaders in your local municipality that happen to be passionate about technologies like blockchain, bingo!
- Last but not least, everyone seems to be searching for existing blockchain use cases, especially real-life, easy to understand ones that can serve as sources of inspiration! Well good news, you can explore a catalog of these blockchain applications at positiveblockchain.io . The catalog includes cases discussed during the sessions such as Uport (digital identity), World Food Program project (blockchain for logistics in refugee camps), Alice.Si (donation & charities), Disberse (transparency for aid finance), Taqanu (digital identity), Ambrosus (Trusted Quality of Food & Medicine), etc..
I have met many Blockchain Positivists at the #SIS18, and new contributors for our platform and community! Whether you were inspired at the conference or are intrigued after reading this synopsis, there are ways to learn more and become involved.
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