The if, how and why of Blockchain for social good

You’re likely seeing the word blockchain more often than ever – and in some surprising places. Refugee advocates, healthcare innovators, clean energy projects, human rights campaigners and more are crafting innovative solutions to problems using blockchain systems.

But what should social change leaders and campaigners know about blockchain now? We want to better sort the promise of blockchain from the hype and think you will, too. MobLab Live is bringing together a group of people working on blockchain projects around the world.

On 26 July, 2018, we brought together global changemakers to ask questions of and learn from guests Daisy Ozim (Blockchain for Social Justice, Resilient Wellness), Veronica Garcia (Bitlumens) and Lee Brenner (Global Blockchain Business Council). Learn more below about our featured guests.

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Daisy Ozim

Daisy Ozim

Founder, Blockchain for Social Justice and Resilient Wellness

Daisy ​​Ozim runs the Blockchain for Social Justice collective, a platform designed to promote education and access of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency for marginalized communities. Blockchain for Social Justice promotes the utilization and access of blockchain technology by non-technical individuals, marginalized community members, organizations and government institutions. Ozim is also the ​founder​ of​ Resilient​ ​Wellness,​ a​ ​health​ ​system​ ​designed​ ​to reestablish​ cultural​​ ​medicine​ access​​ for​​ ​marginalized​ ​communities. As a board member for the Bay Area Entrepreneurship Alliance, she works to ensure access to resources and support for emerging entrepreneurs. She​ is a Commissioner for the Alameda Public Health Commission ​and​ ​her​ ​work​ ​is​ centered​​ ​around​ ​decolonizing philanthropy,​ ​technology and​ ​public policy.

Veronica Garcia

Veronica Garcia

CEO and Founder, Bitlumens

In 2017, Veronica Garcia founded BitLumens which brings solar power and water to rural areas in developing countries using Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain technology. Prior to BitLumens, Veronica was an investment consultant at Credit Suisse and UBS for Latin American Asset Managers. After finishing her graduate studies at the ETH in Zurich she joined IBM Research Lab. She also worked as a consultant for the World Bank, IADB and Castalia. Her research focused on renewable technologies and on quantififying investment needs to reach the country targets for renewable power generation.

Lee Brenner

Lee Brenner

Chief Stategy Officer, GBBC

Lee Brenner currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer for the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC). A technology & media veteran, Lee previously was the Market Development & Storytelling Lead on Microsoft’s Technology & Civic Engagement team. Prior to Microsoft, Lee co-founded Hypervocal, a digital media start-up and co-hosted “Politics Powered by Twitter,” a daily radio show on SiriusXM. Earlier in his career, Lee co-founded FastFWD Group; led Politics & Cause Marketing at Myspace at its height of popularity; Executive Produced the groundbreaking MySpace-MTV Presidential Dialogues; and was a Senior Editorial Producer at CNN.

Lee served as a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations for 5 years; he sits on the Board of Advisors of WhyTuesday?, a voting rights organization; and he sits on the Technology Board of Advisors to Atlas Corps, an organization that brings technology & social innovators from around the world to train in the United States.