Hype du jour is Blockchain and its offspring in the ubiquitous crypto-currency Bitcoin. But what is Blockchain? How does it work? Should charities, not-for-profits and others be thinking about and discussing this now? If so, for what uses?

In this 10 minute interview, Rhodri Davies from CAF’s think tank, Giving Thought, talks about these and other questions. His paper on the potential impact of blockchain for charities can be found here. Huge thanks to Rhodri for the insight.

How Might Charities Think about Blockchain?

One thought on “How Might Charities Think about Blockchain?

  • January 11, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Very cool, Patrick, & thanks for the tip: now following @rhodri_h_davies on Twitter!

    Would love to see more discussion of Blockchain potential among charities, and more thinking beyond bitcoin. Making trust and verification a matter of people power versus centralized authorities: that’s the primary disruption that blockchain represents, and I don’t think as activists it’s quite hit us how fundamental a shift that is.

    I’m getting very excited about Lisk, which like Ethereum is designed as a platform on which you can write blockchain contracts, create tradeable tokens, supply chain monitoring routines, etc, but which uses sidechains (so you don’t see the entire ecosystem groaning to a near halt when something like Cryptokitties goes huge and Ethereum can’t keep up). Also the fact that it uses plain old javascript as its code base means so much less learning curve for so many more coders. Be curious if anyone with deep knowledge has views on this though.

    Be fun to pull together a hackathon that brings together NGO partners with verification and trust application needs with Blockchain coders… And maybe a few musicians and artists just to disrupt things….



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