Blockchain for Good
What are the “good” applications of the Blockchain?
What is unique about blockchain technology that means it can address global challenges?
What sort of problems are best resolved by a blockchain solution?
What are the facilitators of and barriers to uptake and scale?
Something to Read
Some blockchain and 'for good' reading
Adams, R., Kewell, B. & Parry, G. (2018). Blockchain for Good? Digital Ledger Technology and Sustainable Development Goals. In: Leal Filho, W., Marans, R. & Callewaert, J. (eds.) Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research. World Sustainability Series. Springer, Cham.
Adams, R., Parry, G., Godsiff, P. & Ward, P. (2017). Editorial: The Future of Money and Further Applications of the Blockchain. Strategic Change: Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance, 26, 417-422.
Adams, R., Kewell, E. & Parry, G. (2017). Blockchain for Good? Digital Ledger Technology and Sustainable Development Goals, Sustainability and Social Science Research Symposium. University of Michigan, United States, May 17th-19th 2017.
Godsiff, P.J., Smart, P.A., Adams, R.J. & Alves, K.V. (2018). Using distributed ledger technology to authenticate food supply chains. 12th International European Forum (Igls-Forum) (163rd EAAE Seminar) on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks. Innsbruck-Igls, Austria http://www.fooddynamics.org/.
Kewell, E. (2017). Blockchains and Wicked Problems: Mapping the Future Directions of Humanism in the Digital Age.
Kewell, E., Adams, R. & Parry, G., (2017). Blockchain for Good? Strategic Change: Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance. Strategic Change: Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance, 26 429-437.
Kewell, E., Mulligan, C., Godsiff, P.& Maull, R. (2017). Programmable money, digital gold and the future of blockchain: Categorizing the affordances and expectations of a promising technology, Competitive Advantage in the Digital Economy Forum 2017. Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice, Italy.
Kewell, E., Adams, R. & Parry, G., (2018). Overseeing the “Trust Machine” in International Development: A Responsible Innovation Agenda. Oxchain 2018, A one-day conference on Blockchain and the Global South hosted by OxChain.
Kharlamov, A. and Parry, G. (2018) Advanced Supply Chains: Visibility, Blockchain and Human Behaviour. In: Moreira, A., Ferreira, L. and Zimmerman, R., eds. (2018) Innovation and Supply Chain Management - relationship, collaboration and strategies. Springer International Publishing AG 2018. pp. 321-343 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/33952
McConaghy, M., McMullen, G., Parry, G., McConaghy, T., and Holtzman, D. (2017) “Visibility and Digital Art: Blockchain as an Ownership Layer on the Internet”, Strategic Change: Briefings in Entrepreneurial Finance; SI on Blockchain Applications, 26(5), 461-470
Adams, R.J., Jeanrenaud, S., Bessant, J., Denyer, D. & Overy, P. (2016). Sustainability-oriented innovation: a systematic review. International Journal of Management Reviews, 18, 180–205.
Bradley, P., Parry, G. & O'Regan, N. Application of ethical concerns for the natural environment into business design: a novel business model framework. University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.
Green, E., Ritchie, F., Parry, G. and Bradley, P. (2016) Financial resilience in charities. Project Report. University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/29713
Ostrom, E. (1990). Governing the commons: The evolution of institutions for collective action, Cambridge University Press.
Dierksmeier, C. & Seele, P. (2016). Cryptocurrencies and Business Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-14.
Nakamoto, S. (2008). Bitcoin: A peer-to-peer electronic cash system. Consulted, 1, 28.
Taddeo, M. & Vaccaro, A. (2011). Analyzing Peer-to-Peer Technology Using Information Ethics. Information Society, 27, 105-112.
The Economist (2015). The promise of the blockchain: the trust machine. October 31st, 2015.
Walport, M. (2016). Distributed Ledger Technology: beyond block chain. A report by the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser. Government Office for Science.
Blockchains for Good
Here's our growing list of Blockchains for Good.
It's a work in progress and based on initiatives' claims.
We will add to the list as we discover more.
If you know of any we've not included, get in touch and tell us what it is and why it's good.
If you disagree with any of the inclusions in the list, tell us why.
Transparent, results-based philanthropy
All donations are held in smart contracts on a secure blockchain, to give donors maximum transparency on the impact their money makes. Alice.si's goal is to restore the public's trust in charities, so more donations can be raised to fund their social missions.
Digital identity protocol to build trust
Project Amply strives to revolutionize early childhood development in Africa. Combining mobile and blockchain technology to increase impact and accountability of public services and generate real-time data.
To hasten farming processes, develop farming enterprises and promote higher yields
Blockchain based accelerator for women farmers in Africa. The accelerator targets Zimbabwean women farmers and is raising funds to equip them with farming inputs and equipment.
Providing Basic Identity and Economic Independence
Aims to rapidly prototype an integrated business, legal and technical approach to provide valid, usable identity and access to enduring economic independence for those who need it most.
CureCoin allows owners of both ASIC and GPU/CPU hardware to earn. CureCoin puts ASICs to work at what they are good at--securing a blockchain, while it puts GPUs and CPUs to work with work items that can only be done on them--protein folding.
Posting live solar data to the blockchain for scientists, researchers and human progress
Helps scientists, investors and prosumers in order to deliver cheap and clean solar energy for all future generations worldwide
A financial inclusion blockchain remittance company
Everex is a financial inclusion blockchain development company seeking to improve access to financial services and markets for the 2.5 billion un- and under-banked population across the world.
Digital ledger that tracks and protects valuable assets
Uses the best of emerging technology including blockchain, smart contracts and machine vision to assist in the reduction of risk and fraud for banks, insurers and open marketplaces.
Secure digital food wallets for the homeless
Hypergive is a system that allows communities to crowdfund secure digital food wallets for homeless and hungry people, tackling the dual problems of donor cynicism and a cashless society.
Links to other resources
UN Sustainable Development Goals
On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years
Accelerating technology to ensure that every person on the planet can access a unique digital identity as part of their basic human rights (UN SDG 16.9)