Big Brother, Blockchain Babies, Coded Religion, and “Good” Behavior

I wrapped up my previous post about the Alice.si blockchain social impact platform noting that digital identity is THE KEY element required to make speculative markets in human capital data function. The game of gambling on life outcomes requires: 1) unique personal identifiers 2) predictive analytics protocols to set the odds 3) constant monitoring of … Continue reading “Big Brother, Blockchain Babies, Coded Religion, and “Good” Behavior”

Blockchain: Life on the Ledger

I created this video as a follow up to the one I prepared last year on Social Impact Bonds. It is time to examine the ways in which Blockchain could interface with social impact investing to further concentrate power and wealth and exacerbate long-standing forms of global oppression under the guise of philanthropy. This narrative … Continue reading “Blockchain: Life on the Ledger”

Digital Colonialism: South Africa Puts Preschoolers on the Blockchain

With the debut of their Blockchain transcript, Southern New Hampshire University’s “College for America” and Learning Machine are in the vanguard of innovative digital credentialing for adults. At the other end of the “lifelong learning” spectrum, Trustlab’s IXO Foundation has staked out the early childhood space with a Blockchain DApp called Amply. Amply, an online … Continue reading “Digital Colonialism: South Africa Puts Preschoolers on the Blockchain”

Blockchain, Self-Sovereign Identity, and Selling Off Humanity

It’s time activists began to develop a working knowledge of Blockchain and self-sovereign digital identity, because these are the mechanisms that will drive the transition to IoT monitoring for the purposes of Pay for Success deal evaluation. I created a slide share about Blockchain as part of a “Smart Cities” post I wrote last year, … Continue reading “Blockchain, Self-Sovereign Identity, and Selling Off Humanity”

#LivesOverLuxury: The Poor People’s Army Will March on the DNC in Milwaukee on July 13, 2020

Today the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign officially launches preparations for the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee where we plan to march to demand an end to the wars at home and abroad. The 67 cents of every taxpayer dollar that is devoted to waging war must instead be used to meet our … Continue reading “#LivesOverLuxury: The Poor People’s Army Will March on the DNC in Milwaukee on July 13, 2020”

Prison “Reform” To Incarcerate The World: “Smart” Justice & Global Finance

Imposition of social control through brutal policing, incarceration, state supervision, exorbitant fines, and forced labor has a long, well-documented history in the United States. The ongoing harm, and devastating legacy of trauma linked to it, disproportionately affects Indigenous and Black communities, the very ones upon whose stolen land and labor this nation’s wealth has been … Continue reading “Prison “Reform” To Incarcerate The World: “Smart” Justice & Global Finance”

Poverty Won’t Be Solved By Committee: Education For Liberation, Less Data More Freire

The video below is public testimony I gave to the Jobs and Education Subcommittee of Philadelphia City Council’s Special Committee on Poverty Reduction and Prevention on Thursday December 5, 2019 at Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School in North Philadelphia. It is my belief that this committee was created to jump start pay for … Continue reading “Poverty Won’t Be Solved By Committee: Education For Liberation, Less Data More Freire”

No One Should Be A Commodity To Profit Goldman Sachs: Testimony Opposing Pay For Success Finance For Housing

Philadelphia City Council created a “Special Committee on Poverty Reduction and Prevention” on March 28, 2019 (resolution here), and with it the machine of human capital impact investing in our city of deep, deep poverty roared to life. The purported goal of the committee is to create an action plan to lift 100,000 Philadelphians out of … Continue reading “No One Should Be A Commodity To Profit Goldman Sachs: Testimony Opposing Pay For Success Finance For Housing”

The Family Friendly Schools Act: A Set Up For “Soft Policing” Schools To Profit Impact Investors?

On November 6, 2019, former San Francisco District Attorney, California Attorney General, Senator, and presidential candidate Kamala Harris introduced the Family Friendly Schools Act. If passed, the bill would create a five-year grant program to restructure 500 elementary schools to “better align” schedules to the work day. The legislation authorizes $1,300,000,000 per year from 2020 … Continue reading “The Family Friendly Schools Act: A Set Up For “Soft Policing” Schools To Profit Impact Investors?”

A Letter to Chicago’s Teachers On the Perils of Pay for Success Finance & Wrap Around Services

I am writing this letter to the teachers of Chicago as you continue your strike. I realize you probably won’t have time to read this until after your contract is resolved, but I felt it was important to put my thoughts down now while they are fresh in my mind. I know you care deeply … Continue reading “A Letter to Chicago’s Teachers On the Perils of Pay for Success Finance & Wrap Around Services”