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The widely-held belief that for-profit investments can only maximize financial returns and social purpose can only be pursued through charity—is obsolete. For the next generation, value has to be created and shared across both sectors and by everyone. Creating shared value however, can not happen through silos of social responsibility or philanthropy, it has to be a values-based investment which is why crowdfunding, pay-for-success, venture philanthropy, impact investing and other social finance vehicles are becoming so powerful.
Digital Anarchy: The Bitcoin Effect examines the potential to democratize financial exchanges by providing digital access to capital. Though one-third of humanity remains unbanked, remarkably more than one billion of these people has access to a mobile phone and thus could use bitcoin (or a derivative thereof) to participate financially. Considering the framework of “humanitarian” capitalism, the fact that bitcoin does not require a central authority to qualify or limit the participation of another human being is an important differentiator to fiat and bank-controlled instruments. This presentation argues that the innovation of bitcoin and the blockchain not only has the capacity to build registries of multi-entity contracting, it also offers the potential to create self-enforcing “smart contracts” between free individuals. Ultimately, the transparency of the blockchain has the potential to end corruption and empower a free society.
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