Blockchain Democracy

 

Here are 5 innovation stories that you might have missed:

SOCIETY
Democracy.Earth, a community building tools “governance tech tools for a post nation-state world,” has released their annual report.

The community is particularly attractive to smart netizens from countries with sub-standard government institutions. The team has also just released a collaboratively-written “Social Smart Contract” whitepaper about self-governance on a planetary scale.

CRYPTOCURRENCIES
In response to government corruption, many citizens in countries like Venezuela, Russia, Zimbabwe, and Argentina are replacing bank accounts with Bitcoin wallets. Meanwhile, the central banks of many countries, including the UK, China, Greece, and Russia, are working on launching their own cryptocurrencies. Read more at here.

#NETNEUTRALITY
In response to the end of net neutrality in the United States, the city of Fort Collins, Colorado has voted to launch their own internet service provider (ISP).

Afraid of the competition from these communities, AT&T and Comcast lobbyists have successfully gotten laws passed in 20 states that limit the rights of cities to launch their own ISPs.

EDUCATION
Oracle has just opened one of the first high schools to be run by a publicly-traded corporation (that’s not an education company). The Charter Highschool is called d.tech Highschool. The School’s students are taught “Design Thinking” (similar to Stanford’s “D School”) throughout their high school experience.

STARTUPS
Online startup investing platform AngelList has launched an accelerator for entrepreneurs who are interested in becoming angel investors. The $35m fund gives founders who are new to angel investing the authority to write checks on behalf of larger investors.

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Patrick Byrne’s Blockchain Project to Fight Poverty + More

The Blockchain Project that Fights Poverty and More in this Week’s Brain Boost from Eazl 🚀

Blockchain for Good
Patrick Byrne (CEO of Overstock.com) and economist Hernando de Soto are building a blockchain that registers formal and informal landholdings by rural farmers to give them greater land security. Read more about it here.

Companies Liable for CO2 Emissions?
A German court will hear a case against RWE Energy filed by a Peruvian farmer whose land is threatened by a melting glacier. If found liable, it could be a historic case in the fight for environmental justice. More via the The Guardian at here.

Investment Crowdfunding
Ipsento Coffee is doing a Community IPO on Wefunder and the crowd is proving to be incredibly diligent and smart. Read their questions and check out the raise here.

Influencer Marketing
Instagram accounts with 5-50k followers can receive up to $5k per sponsored post according to a new piece by VICE Media. Check it out

Education
Google has a new micro digital marketing lessons app, Primer, with micro lessons you can take for free on your smartphone.

Spiritual Awakening: is the Cryptocurrency Movement the Next Human Enlightenment?

This is a pattern of thinking I was first exposed to through an episode of “Tales from the Crypt”, a new podcast on cryptocurrencies (and, among other things, spirituality!).

This idea came from a conversation between Santiago Siri, the founder of Democracy.earth, and Marty Bent, the podcast’s host. You can find this segment at around 1 hr. 20 min. at this link.

See an example of how people are coming together to collaborate in the cryptocurrency / ICO space by checking out the Community Reward Program being led by Eazl’s 2018 Growth Strategist in Residence Maja Voje.

Her team at Origin Trail is trading tokens for early support of their coming ICO campaign. Find out more at here.

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Three Blockchain Companies Creating the Future of Business

Smart Contracts and “decentralized organizations” (often called “DAOs” are going to totally disrupt the way digital businesses are launched and managed in the near future.

In this Brain Boost, learn about 3 platforms that enable you to set up a decentralized organization on the blockchain in a few hours.

1: district0x (co-founders Matúš Lešťan + Joseph Urgo): Beautiful turnkey DAO platform on a mission to enable the reinvention of many of the web’s key applications in a way that eliminates rent-seeking and abusive use of your personal data. Also, see their white paper here.

2: DAOStack (founder: Matan Field): really focused on enabling decentralized organizations to operate at scale. Jeremy Epstein called DAOStack a “WordPress for DAOs” in his great piece linked at the bottom of this post. Read the DAOStack white paper here.

3. Colony (founded by Jack du Rose): very interesting feature to this platform is the integration of peer reviews by fellow collaborators as a variable in determining rewards and control of the “colony.” “Colony” is the Platform’s name for a decentralized, collaboratively-managed project. The Colony Team maintains an excellent blog at https://blog.colony.io/

I also encourage you to check out Jeremy Epstein’s excellent piece covering these and many other DAO platforms.

 

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