The Social Impact and Sustainability Working Group (SISWG) of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) is committed to highlighting the potential of blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) in addressing critical social and sustainability challenges, aligning with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN Charter values.
The SISWG’s primary mission is to raise awareness regarding the transformative potential of blockchain for social impact and sustainability. To achieve this, the SISWG collaborates with organizations that develop projects and use cases demonstrating blockchain’s capacity to address systemic issues such as inequality, poverty, and climate change. These projects rebuild trust, empower communities, enforce accountability, and redistribute value on a global scale.
One of the focal points within the blockchain ecosystem is the BC100+ initiative from which INATBA is a founding member and member of the steering committee group of the initiative. BC100+ is a global initiative, under the High Patronage of H.E. Csaba Kőrösi, President of the 77th UN General Assembly, convening the blockchain ecosystem to the broader efforts of UN agencies and global initiatives in support of the UN Charter values and the SDGs. Its ecosystem represents a curated selection of projects dedicated to harnessing blockchain technology for social and sustainability purposes.
The BC100+ ecosystem showcases innovative projects, solutions, and applications that drive positive change in alignment with the UN’s SDGs.
To provide visibility and promote the impact of organizations and projects dedicated to these crucial social impact and sustainability topics, and after the success of the 2023 podcast series on Financial Inclusion and ReFi, INATBA’s SISWG is launching a podcast series in 2024, titled “Blockchain for the UN Charters – BC100+ Ecosystem.” This series will feature BC100+ projects, delving into their use cases, challenges, opportunities, and impact measurement methods.
The aim is to showcase the outstanding work carried out by BC100+ projects, inspire collaboration, and foster a better understanding of the vital role blockchain plays in achieving the UN’s SDGs.
If your organization wants to be part of BC100+ and participate in similar initiatives please sign up the manifesto here: https://bc100plus.org/
Together, we can amplify the impact of blockchain technology in addressing the world’s most pressing social and sustainability challenges.
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About Lisa Gibbons
Lisa is a passionate storyteller with over 15 years experience. She writes for numerous publications. She has a Masters in International Tourism and is co-founder of the Irish Shebeen, the first Irish Pub in the metaverse. She has a love for all things blockchain, the metaverse and sustainability. Most recently she spoke at the Women in Technology series in London about the future impact of NFTs. She was awarded runner up in the hackernoon contributor for climate change for 2022 and worked on bringing the leading web3 projects and impact investors together to discuss the opportunities for creating a greener future. Bridging the world of Web2 to Web3 is where her interest lies.
Host: Lisa Gibbons (Writer & Advisor, Blockleaders.io)
Guest: Mariana de la Roche (Director, Validvent)
In this episode, we spoke with Mariana de la Roche, a member of the BC100+ Steering Committee. Mariana provided a comprehensive overview of BC100+’s remarkable journey so far, highlighting the achievements in 2023 and offering a sneak peek into the exciting plans for 2024. She delved into the diverse range of projects within the initiative, illustrating how blockchain is actively addressing critical sustainability challenges. Mariana also shared valuable insights on how to engage with BC100+ and be part of this global community committed to leveraging blockchain for sustainable development. Tune in to explore the world of blockchain and its role in shaping a more equitable and sustainable future.
Host: Samuel Seongeun Lee (Web3 Investment Lead, The World in 2050)
Guest: Lisa Gibbons (Writer & Advisor, Blockleaders.io)
In this episode, we interviewed Lisa Gibbons, a prominent advocate and entrepreneur in the blockchain space for sustainability applications. Lisa shares her journey from a love of reading and post-colonial poetry to founding Orchards Near Me, a tour operator business, and her journey into the blockchain for its potential in sustainable tourism and food traceability. Lisa shared the inception and mission of BlockLeaders, an educational platform highlighting key figures in blockchain, and the importance of storytelling and communication in the tech space. Lisa emphasized the transformative potential of blockchain in sustainability, especially in food traceability and environmental conservation, exemplified by projects like the KokonutDAO and its collaborations with the Dominican Republic’s Department of Agriculture. She advised organizations to consider blockchain’s role in their future sustainability efforts and underscored the importance of clear communication for tech developers to connect with broader audiences. She stressed on the importance of lifelong learning, with Lisa mentioning her ongoing education in AI. We also asked for her recommendations for engaging with sustainability-focused events this year.