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New Shape Lab | Blockchain for the SDGs : A New Global Governance Standard
Saturday 8th December 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM GMT

Achieving the ambitious targets of Agenda 2030 requires all hands on deck. The role of international organizations, national governments, large corporations and big donors has dominated the discourses on the Global Goals while references to the people are mostly couched within ‘no one left behind’ and “listening to the need” narratives. These narratives not only compromise our ability to harness the collective intelligence of the global population but also pitch the individual and communities more as objects to be served rather than generators, collaborators and co-creators of global impact.

Exploring the New Shape Prize winning proposal of Soushiant Zanganehpou, this New Shape Lab considers whether distributed ledger technology can in fact be used to create a more diverse, transparent and inclusive environment for generating, collaborating and tracking SDG impact and whether this in turn may provide for more rapid development of better quality end solutions.

The Lab is hosted by U-Solve at the Global Challenges Retreat 2018 and will be led by Anja Blaj, founding GCR Member and Community Manager, Blockchain Think Tank Slovenia and will facilitate the exploration by participants of blockchain for the SDGs with the objective of forming a Working Group to develop actionable proposals at the community level.

New Shape Labs are collaborative events organised to advance dialogues toward solving the greatest challenges facing humanity today. New Shape Labs conceived by the Global Challenges Foundation provide a framework for global governance discussions and are independently organized events without direct affiliation to the Global Challenges Foundation.

Lead Facilitator
Anja Blaj

Anja is one the emerging global experts in Blockchain and Crypto currency law. She is a lawyer based in Ljubljana, Slovenia and is the Head of Advocacy at European Blockchain Hub and a community manager for Blockchain Think Tank Slovenia. She has worked with Lemur Legal and is currently consulting Datafund and Blockestate projects. Recently she founded Ljubljana Legal Hackers Chapter and is on the team organizing Distributed Governance Conference (DGov 2019). During her legal studies she’s been focusing on international law and specialised in Space Law, which resulted in participation and coaching at Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition. Today, she’s writing a thesis about the conception and reality of Global Law. She’s also part of the Coalition of Automated Legal Application (COALA), has attended several workshops regarding blockchain governance and moderated a Roundtable: Design Criteria for Blockchain Governance – Endogenous and Exogenous Mechanisms at Decentralised Web Summit 2018 in San Francisco. Recently she has presented Legal Framework for Blockchain Development on the European Blockchain Hub in Hong Kong and Tokio.

Event Location
Egrove Park, Said Business School

Oxford University, Kennington Road, Kennington, OX1 5NY, United Kingdom

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