40 items in BLOCKCHAIN
DAOs could out-compete by out-cooperating the modern firm.
Unapologetically long, this essay
on the rise of the DAO (Decentralised Autonomous Organisation) is a fascinating primer for a deeper dive into web3 and the future of co-operation. One for the anthropologists, crypto nerds, gaming enthusiasts and anyone interested in how technology shapes human organisations.
Issue #251 published 1 Aug 2021
In the week where Tim Berners-Lee sold the source code for the World Wide Web via a $5.4 million NFT
, it probably makes sense to review what the hell NFT’s are, and why they matter for the world of work. Accessible slide deck
taking from the basics of Blockchain all the way up the value chain to non-fungibility. H/T brainfooder Pedro Oliveira
for the share
Issue #247 published 4 Jul 2021
If you wonder why I share blockchain
articles in this newsletter it is not because I am secret bitcoin gazillionaire (I am not a secret bitcoin gazillionaire…), this would be the reason. The ‘human IPO’ has become a thing, and new methods of earning income, attracting investment and discovering collaborators is already here. If you care about the future of work, you have to take notice of this. Accessible brainfood - must read
Issue #236 published 18 Apr 2021
…and I’m prretty certain it is too, David Arnoux. Great to see this is demonstration
by Growth Tribe, as ever prepared to dive into the future and learn by swimming in it. More on NFT here
, and if you want to dig a little bit deeper on the opportunity that Blockchain represents to the world of work, check out this page
in the larder. H/T brainfooder Aurelian Arnoux
for the share
Issue #232 published 21 Mar 2021
Digital artist Beeple
sold an NFT for a massive $69 million dollars this week. Think about this for a moment - a piece of digital art - a jpg - which before NFT would be close to worthless, can now make artists into millionaires overnight. How? OP here
tells you how, why and what from the creator perspective. Accessible read.
Issue #231 published 15 Mar 2021
Non-fungible Tokens or NFT’s show us a future of work which might be truly revolutionary. Concepts like ownership, copyright, compensation and companies as the optimal way of co-ordinating labour are up in the air. Brainfooder Andy Spence
is one to follow here
, and his overview
is accessible and well referenced for those who want to dive deeper. You really should.
Issue #230 published 7 Mar 2021
…the key to which, is actually to get rid of the company as the unit of organising labour. We’re getting close to being able to say this secular heresy, as brainfooder Andrew Spence
outlines 4 ways in which blockchain might align with our moral imperative for good work.
Issue #71 published 23 Apr 2020
The creation of a new asset class is perhaps an unexpected outcome of the mainstreaming of blockchain. ICO’s though, make more sense than stock options though, as Nick Neuman
explains in this excellent overview of the tokenized economy.
Issue #66 published 23 Apr 2020
Great post from our buddies at ZINC
, who make the point that if decentralisation is core to your product, it also has to be core to working culture. Will Blockchain tech companies default to distributed? Looks like they will - have a read here
Issue #112 published 23 Apr 2020
Perhaps the most comprehensive yet accessible essay yet on Blockchain. Thought provoking stuff and highly relevant to our world of HR and recruitment. After all what are companies if not ‘closed systems’?
Issue #54 published 23 Apr 2020
Don’t be fooled by the KANBAN boards on this demo - underneath the Trello like experience is an idea that might just end the very idea of the company.
Issue #48 published 23 Apr 2020
comparing inflation, reward and behaviours in the experiment economies based on Blockchains: Steem, EOS, Everipedia, and Karma. If you’ve been hating on the inequities of modern society of late, and want to have a glimpse of the real potential of blockchain, then this is a post for you.
Issue #124 published 23 Apr 2020
Good summary post
from Gartner which does a nice job of describing a) the essential characteristics of blockchain, b) emerging technologies built on blockchain and c) uses cases for HR. Readable and useful - if you want to get a grip on blockchain
Issue #156 published 23 Apr 2020
We’re starting to get it with blockchain. dock.io is a decentralized data exchange protocol on blockchain. Imagine if ‘reputation’ and 'experience’ were the same thing and you might see why some feel that this is the game changer to the $200 billion people industry. You can also download the white paper here
Issue #73 published 23 Apr 2020
These days, it’s hardly surprising to hear that a hot new startup has received gobs of money from eager investors. But a new company called the DAO (short for “decentralized autonomous organization”) is not your average startup. You got to read this.
Issue #11 published 23 Apr 2020
Excellent overview of the history and potential future of Blockchain, in particular how it might change the way we organise human labour.
Issue #52 published 23 Apr 2020
The crash of cryptocurrency is running in parallel with the more interesting applications of blockchain. This decentralised hiring network from rblock (and brainfooder Luke Shipley
) looks promising. Check out their whitepaper here
, and get involved in the crowdsale, which is now on, here
Issue #69 published 23 Apr 2020
Smorgasbord of a post on the potential impact of Blockchain, going from the trivial (CV verification) to the revolutionary (end of the company). One to bookmark if you’re interested in Blockchain in HR - it’s well linked to other relevant posts. H/T OH subscriber @Anna Ott
for the share.
Issue #42 published 23 Apr 2020
Gems look like the first serious attempt at doing Blockchain where it’s really going to matter - gig working. They’ve just raised $60 million to build a decentralized Mechanical Turk
on the Blockchain. The ambition is huge, and the end game, maybe the end of the recruiting itself - even more so.
Issue #72 published 23 Apr 2020
The potential of blockchain to dis-intermediate the company is the real reason why I get excited about the tech. This essay does as good a job as any to describe the theory.
Issue #63 published 23 Apr 2020
It’s fair to say I’ve been the pre-eminent ‘blockchain bore’ on recruiting, nothing to do with my massive hoard of bitcoins, and all to do with me buying the hypr that it’s going to change the world of work. I didn’t think Goldman Sachs would produce the most accessible demo of it though. Check it out, be bedazzled.
Issue #63 published 23 Apr 2020
For once, the content justifies the clickbait - this is a fantastically well researched post on the technology underlying Bitcoin. It’s accurate, comprehensive and accessible. Bookmark if you want to understand the hype.
Issue #63 published 23 Apr 2020
Hard to write about blockchain and make it both accessible and comprehensive. David Kelnar manages it here
- about as good a summary post as you’re going to find on the topic. Not recruitment specific, but relevant to many aspects of the work we do. This is a great post for the blockchain-curious. Have a read
Issue #165 published 23 Apr 2020
Amazing defence of Bitcoin’s energy consumption by Dan Held
. Technical but accessible essay on the relationship between work and energy, and why Bitcoin’s Proof of Work is efficient. Read here
Issue #102 published 23 Apr 2020
It’s a horrible portmanteau. But it is an early application of the Blockchain into the world of work - a blockchain powered job board. Thanks to OH subscriber Iker Jusué
for the share.
Issue #51 published 23 Apr 2020
I get it - Blockchain has lost its cool, as blockchain investors have lost their money. But that doesn’t mean it’s application to the world of work is any less relevant. This overview of the potential of blockchain to organise the next generation
of business is somewhat technical but accessible enough for us casuals.
Issue #122 published 23 Apr 2020
is becoming the pre-eminent voice working in the Blockchain + HR space. This is part 2 of a running series of blog posts which keep us up-to-date on the progress of blockchain in business. It’s a fantastic overview of a sometimes challenging topic - have a read here
Issue #141 published 23 Apr 2020
Well articulated vision on how blockchain can change the world of work. Written by Gitcoin
founder, Kevin Owocki
, it’s a bit technical but accessible for most. Must read if you still think ‘blockchain CV’s’ is the end game. H/T brainfooder Chris Bourke
for the share.
Issue #82 published 23 Apr 2020
‘Agile’ might actually return to its original meaning in an organisation built on Blockchain. If you’re new to idea, this interview transcription with Gerrit Smits introduces no less than half a dozen mind blowing ideas. H/T OH subscriber Kayleigh Smart
for the share
Issue #47 published 23 Apr 2020
The excitement behind Blockchain isn’t the crypto currencies, but on the potential of programmable smart contracts that sit on the blockchain. This explainer by Gjermund Bjaanes
is inevitably technical but accessible enough for the non-expert. Well worth a read for anyone interested in going beyond ‘blockchain CV’s’
Issue #67 published 23 Apr 2020
This is a stunning visual guide from Reuters on what blockchain is and how it works. The potential lies in the inherent immutability of the blocks-in-the-chain. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better presentation on a sometimes difficult technology to grasp, so take a look and have a play here
Issue #88 published 23 Apr 2020
’ might become the canonical example of Blockchain applied to the world of work. Forget boring crap like using it to ‘verify CV’s’. This is where the real potential of Blockchain to HR is - connecting work to reward without the intermediary of a company.
Issue #55 published 23 Apr 2020
If you care about the future of work, you should probably know Ronald Coase
and his theory of the firm. He gets quoted here, in Taylor Pearson’s amazing essay
on the relationship between work, organisations, markets and yes, blockchain. It’s long, dense, not-at-all easy read. But if you want brainfood, here it is.
Issue #126 published 23 Apr 2020
This is the real disruption that comes from Blockchain - eroding the need for a company to be the central mode of organising labour. Forget Blockchain startups who are ‘verifying CV’s’ real disruptors will remove the need to 'recruit’ because there won’t be 'companies’ to recruit for.
Must read essay by Nick Tomaino
Issue #57 published 23 Apr 2020
Excellent overview of a sometimes challenging topic from brainfooder Andrew Spence
, who is fast becoming UK’s most well informed commentator on it. Great to see our buddies at Zinc
get a mention. Read the full post here
Issue #103 published 23 Apr 2020
Blockchain development is now the hottest skill in the freelance job market, growing more than 6,000% in the last 12 months. Overview of the market from ComputerWorld, including a decent summary
of what blockchain actually is about 2/3 of the way down.
Issue #85 published 23 Apr 2020
Those of you who follow this newsletter will know I’m a believer in Blockchain. It’s got the potential to change how we organise human work. This impressive immersive infographic from Goldman Sachs is a great way to learn more about it.
Issue #53 published 23 Apr 2020
I see this post
as a sign of the maturation of the conversation around blockchain. We’re now discussing what industries have most obvious use case for it. This is a strong overview by Anuj Varma
, accessible and well argued.
Issue #149 published 23 Apr 2020
For those wondering why I get excited by blockchain tech applied to the world of work, here is the reason why. It promises a fundamental transformation of our relationship with labour, value, organisation and production. This whitepaper by Chronobank is quite technical, so you may also wish to check out their more accessible website
for a quicker snack.
Issue #35 published 23 Apr 2020
Most of you know that I am a proponent of the theory that Blockchain will have huge impact on the future of human labour. Here’s a great cartoon that explains why I think this. With santa and unicorns, as a bonus.
Issue #14 published 23 Apr 2020