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”

New Governors Pritzker and Newsom Set Up For Their ReadyNation Gold Rush

This past week will go down as an auspicious one for social impact investors and a foreboding one for the targets of their interventions: toddlers, job seekers, the unhoused, and those with mental illness. On November 1, 2018 corporate executives, military officers, athletes, and faith leaders converged on New York City to discuss the impending … Continue reading “New Governors Pritzker and Newsom Set Up For Their ReadyNation Gold Rush”

What Jamal Khashoggi’s Death Means For All of Us: Will It Buy Us Time to Stop the Saudi “Blueprint for the Twenty-Second Century?”

Note: It appears the Futures Investment Initiative website was hacked at some point on October 22. 2018 and taken offline, so some of the embedded links below may not work. In the meantime, you can access information about the event via an archived Wayback Machine link here. Advisors list for the event here. Against the backdrop of a dismembered … Continue reading “What Jamal Khashoggi’s Death Means For All of Us: Will It Buy Us Time to Stop the Saudi “Blueprint for the Twenty-Second Century?””

Jobs for the future, who decides?

This is the sixth of ten questions presented as a Trans-Atlantic dialogue between myself and UK blogger Privatising Schools. A condensed version pulling together content of several responses for UK audiences can be read on the Local Schools Network website. Privatising Schools: Question Six Daisy Christodoulou, a businesswoman who has been a significant influence on … Continue reading “Jobs for the future, who decides?”

Virtual Reality and the Globalized Workforce: Talking Across the Pond, Part 2

This is the second of ten questions presented as a Trans-Atlantic dialogue between myself and UK blogger Privatising Schools. Read the introduction and first installment here. A condensed version pulling together content of several responses for UK audiences can be read on the Local Schools Network website. Privatizing Schools: Question 2 Anthony Seldon, a former … Continue reading “Virtual Reality and the Globalized Workforce: Talking Across the Pond, Part 2”

Don’t Let Impact Investors Capture The Non-Profit, Activist Media!

I wrote last week about Sir Ronald Cohen’s assertion that the non-profit sector MUST be restructured and centralized in service of social impact investment markets. The elite demand this transformation, one that will ease the flow of performance data and venture philanthropy capital at scale. I’ve come to terms with the fact that this shift … Continue reading “Don’t Let Impact Investors Capture The Non-Profit, Activist Media!”

Sir Ronald Cohen Discusses the Holy Grail of Impact Investing at the Vatican and Harvard

As the documentary, The Invisible Heart, begins its Canadian tour, I felt it an appropriate time to revisit a couple of talks given by Sir Ronald Cohen. Cohen, an important figure in UK venture capital, put together the first social impact bond deal. I’d like to thank BubbleBlower / @DoubleDutch31 in the Netherlands for the … Continue reading “Sir Ronald Cohen Discusses the Holy Grail of Impact Investing at the Vatican and Harvard”

The FBI’s Educational Technology PSA Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

On September 13, 2018, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation released a public service announcement outlining risks associated with the collection of sensitive student data through educational technologies. Many applaud the FBI’s actions. I do not. I believe it to be yet another calculated move in a long range campaign to misdirect the public … Continue reading “The FBI’s Educational Technology PSA Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be”