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How Blockchain Can Help us Take Control of our own Data

Course dates: 
Sunday, 1 July, 2018 to Thursday, 5 July, 2018
connected world

With Alex Bedoya, Paul Bessems, Vinay Gupta and Warren Puckett

The global data economy is worth over $900 billion and yet who is safeguarding our personal data? Who is currently extracting its financial value? According to a recent strategy paper by the European Commission:"Data analytics will soon be indispensable to any economic activity and decision-making process, both public and private." 

Blockchain technology is a cryptographic tool offering solutions to put data governance into the hands of citizens. It offers to radically change our digital future and pave the way for more traceable and transparent commerce and better personal privacy for all of us.

At a glance
  • An introduction to data economics and the changing nature of organisational models and identity management through blockchain applications
  • Individual and group exercises based on real-world case studies of community economies, digital cooperatives and ethical business
  • Introduction to the tools and concepts of blockchain organising for companies and decentralised community networks
  • Guidance on EU-US Privacy Shield, GDPR and data regulation

About this course

As we navigate the ongoing transition from an industrial-driven to a data-driven society, the way we work, live, and share information requires acknowledgment of the new role of data as the most valuable resource in a new economy.

The systems with which we organise data supply and demand have barely changed in recent decades and require an urgent renovation in recognition of the need to enhance and protect data sovereignty, individual privacy and information security.

The cryptographic decentralised ledger technology of blockchain is less than a decade old and familiar to many people only as the technology foundation of Bitcoin. Yet its potential to revolutionise the way we interact with information is almost unlimited. In a time where personal data is extracted from online behaviour and profiles, sold as a commodity to third parties and used for individual targeting in political campaigns, it becomes ever more important to be in control of our own data.

"The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value." Don & Alex Tapscott, authors Blockchain Revolution (2016)

The current path towards data monopolies and the Silicon Valley model of “digital dictatorship” where a few key players can use market dominance to collect and monetise personal data needs to be challenged if we are to harness the benefits of data for the individual and wider societal good.

Advancements in capability made possible by blockchain, big data and other emergent technology aren’t limited to information flows either; new organisational models can disrupt traditional company structures and simultaneously improve the very purpose of work and enhance the productivity of information workers. Organisations, both commercial and cooperative that are fit for the digital future will be those with low digital transaction costs and best integration into shared information and transaction networks for supply and demand of data.

Combining workshop-based teaching with participatory sessions led by professional facilitators, the learning experience over five days will develop from exploration and introduction to the current data economics landscape through to the concepts of data logistics, blockchain organising for organisations, GDPR and personal data service.

Teaching will be augmented by case studies developed via individual and group work covering applications such as the Colony platform for open decentralised organisations and the Weconomics approach to the community economy.

Who is this course aimed at?   

  • Strategy and innovation professionals
  • Advocates for online privacy, data commons and open internet
  • Entrepreneurs, innovators and those involved in digital start-ups
  • Policymakers and advisors
  • Academics
  • IT architects and developers
  • Management, data protection or HR officers
  • Professionals engaged in the design and development of new organisations                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

What will participants gain from taking part in this course?

  • The opportunity to share knowledge, network, and learn from the experiences of leaders and innovators across various sectors
  • Practical and theoretical knowledge about data economics, blockchain organising, other aspects of the new data economy and their applicability to your organisation or community
  • A detailed perspective of what data economics and blockchain organising can mean for the ways in which your organisation handles and stores data and how this impacts your customers, employees and wider society
  • Experience in working with data-focused case studies derived from real-life applications
  • Knowledge of how to build and implement new organisational models fit for the (digital) future


Alex Bedoya

Alex Bedoya is a conscious business developer, change-maker and transformational facilitator who brings visionary projects to life, always in pursuit of a more sustainable future. She is the co-founder of Liquid.School, a network of change-makers joined in the purpose of helping organisations, teams and individuals succeed in a world of constant change.

As vice president of Global Partnerships of a Swedish digital school, Alex brought transformative programmes to global organisations and CEO Forums to facilitate their expansion from product centricity to user and eco-centricity models and convey the power of disruptive technology, purpose, culture and team building.

Paul Bessems

Paul is a strategic blockchain consultant and a pioneer in his field. He is co-author of nine management books and has over 25 years’ experience in designing and developing new organisational models that align with new organisation technologies.

He is also founder and CEO of Weconet Blockchain Technologies and founder, chairman and fellow of the Weconomics Foundation and The Institute for New Organizational Thinking.

Vinay Gupta

Vinay is a technologist, inventor, futurist, systems theorist, and leading speaker on global resilience.  His work focuses on how to ensure the long-term survival and flourishing of the human race.

Amongst other projects, he created Simple Critical Infrastructure Maps, an analysis tool for evaluating personal and social resilience that is used by the US Department of Defence and is the founder of Hexayurt Guy Capital Partners and #Mattereum. He is Co-author of “The Future We Deserve: 100 essays about the future”.

Warren Puckett

Warren was a member of the founding team of 38 Degrees, the British not-for-profit political-activism organisation and platform for citizen campaigns.

Formerly digital director of ethical communications agency Provokateur, he now runs his own web consulting firm, Peat Fire Studios and has worked to bring the newest available technologies to bear to solve their real world problems for over two decades.

£ 695.00
NOTE: Course fees include basic accommodation, all meals, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Sunday to Thursday afternoon, and includes four nights private accommodation and all vegetarian meals from the first supper on the day you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure.