How can Blockchain enable Elinor Ostrom’s 8 commons principles?

Samer Hassan, researcher at Harvard University’s Berkman Center and UCM in Madrid, who recently received a 1.5M€ grant to build blockchain-based democratic and sustainable organizations for the collaborative economy (, leads a working session exploring how blockchain technologies, can be utilized to create new ways to cooperate: building new commons-oriented, blockchain-driven initiatives which incorporate Elinor Ostrom’s 8 Principles for Managing a Commons.

Samer and other team members will provide an overview of the objectives and capabilities of blockchain technologies in this context. The workshop will split into groups to discuss ideas and explore positive scenarios which could be created with these distributed technologies.

With an additional presentation from Daniel Harris about Kendario, after lunch, this hands-on session will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas about the world we want to create – and will form valuable input to Samer’s and other’s work in this space. This is your chance to have a say, and share your dreams, about what you want decentralised technology to do?

No blockchain experience necessary, but if you’ve played Blockchain Bingo just beforehand you’ll be fully equipped for this session.

For more info on P2P Models, check out this interview with Elena Martinez and Silvia Díaz

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