BLOCKCHAIN 101: CENTERING MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES IN THE NEXT FINANCIAL REVOLUTION
In 2017 alone, blockchain developers and cryptocurrency traders racked in nearly 13 billion dollars. And that is the US market alone. We know blockchain technology is set to revolutionize the way our society functions, however, marginalized communities are still being left behind. Learn what blockchain technology is, how it will impact low-income communities and how we can leverage this technology for social impact.
|Daisy Ozim, Executive Director, Resilient Wellness
Daisy Ozim is the founder of Resilient Wellness, a public health startup designed to reestablish cultural medicine access for marginalized communities. As a board member for the Bay Area Entrepreneurship Alliance, she works to ensure access to resources and support for emerging entrepreneurs. She is a Commissioner for the Alameda Public Health Commission and her work is centered around decolonizing philanthropy, technology and public policy. Daisy also runs the Blockchain for Social Justice collective. A platform designed to promote education and access of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency for marginalized communities.
|Jomari Peterson, CEO, The Digital Reserve Network
Jomari is the Founder of The Digital Reserve Network: a peer-to-peer payments, sustainable lending, and collateral free borrowing platform with a responsive monetary policy to empower discriminated communities. Prior to this ambitious project for financial inclusion and social impact, he delivered a 10x return as the Co-founder for the Quantum Resistant Ledger, leading to a $100 Million+ Valuation. Jomari also facilitated and supported the raise of millions of dollars for social enterprises and non-profit activities at the Oasis Project. He is a PhD Candidate at Carnegie Mellon University in Engineering & Public Policy with a focus on risk assessment and system design. Prior to Carnegie Mellon, he received his B.S. and MBA in Strategy & Logistics from Howard University. Jomari Peterson is married to fellow High School and Howard University Graduate Brittney Peterson. They have two boys, Levi and Eli Peterson.
|Anitha Beberg, CEO, Seva Exchange Corporation
Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Anitha spent a decade in Software Project Management and worked in companies such as Siemens, Sun, Cadence, and HP. While taking time off to raise a family, she spent much of her free time volunteering. A few years back, Anitha ended up meeting an inspiring individual who introduced her to timebanking. Where you give an hour of service, get a time credit redeemable for an hour of service for yourself. She joined Timebanks.org, the nonprofit that started the timebanking movement. Seva Exchange was formed after Edgar Cahn, (the creator of timebanking) gave her the title of Senior Timebanking Fellow and asked her to start a for-profit timebanking entity that would also support the nonprofit. Anitha wanted to use her technical background to mainstream timebanking around the world. She understands how blockchain and crypto has been misunderstood and associated with words like “scam, greed, evil” and wants to change that perception by partnering with other Crypto for Good companies.