The Time Is Now: We Need an Active Approach to Blockchain Inclusion
Alexis Gauba is co-founder of she256, a nonprofit that increases diversity and breaks entry barriers in block-chain spaces, and Mechanism Labs, which conducts block-chain-based research experiments in the area of distributed consensus, scalability, and usability.
The following are exclusive contributions to CoinDesk's 2018 review.
Blockchain technology has been challenging standards from the beginning and widening the boundaries, and 2018 was not that different. We have seen a variety of projects on cutting edge borders. I opened up ideas that did not exist before and work that was not possible before.
This has hit me personally. As I entered the space, I was attracted not only by the technological challenges, but also by the ideology of large ideas of transformational change. This was not a sub-discipline of computer science but a generational movement.
But in all these processes, it is important that we step back and consider the broader implications of what we are building. More and more people are asking who can actually benefit from these technologies. For whom are we building this future? And often these potential user groups come from all life.
This makes sense. This space allows individuals to take action that they have never been able to do before, allowing freedom and financial autonomy based on global governance, and encouraging choices that only monopolize a single choice
We are in the early stages of this process to understand how best to deploy these technologies and have a positive impact on other groups. When we build it in a silo, we will never get there.
If this technology wants to shape the future of financial and governance-based, it is important that those who build these technologies represent the global and diverse population they must provide.
Recognize the problem
But the diversity of technology diversity is widespread. And it does not rule out this space. It is important to recognize this and take visible steps to reduce the gap.
Consistent notifications that take action are important. Take this to another – what can you do in your community or workplace to break down barriers, educate, and promote growth?
Going one step further, the vast majority of people do not understand the block chain technology.
Now we're done early, but it's important to build real understanding by bringing in more people to reach where the technology can affect this scale. This is necessary for lawyers, designers, economists, policy makers, and not just technicians to be informed and deeply involved.
But the beauty of this space is still in its infancy, so there is an opportunity to set precedence to build diversity and inclusiveness from the beginning with priority and value. And there are people of amazing value and amazing value at the same time.
But we still have a long way to go. We can do better. If we work consciously, we can set different norms.
On both sides, the main barrier is high entry barriers. Sometimes we want to abstract the "blockchain," but if we want global involvement in the governance process and contribution to the project, we need to build bridges and welcome members with open arms.
To reduce barriers, we prioritize novice-friendly resources, consciously document open source projects in a way that makes use of useful abstractions and clear communication, understandable, and collaborate to discuss standards. can.
It starts with building a culture that nurtures mentorship and education in the workplace. We can think of places where we can make decisions and discuss issues. If we want to get people involved, do they even know? So what should we do? A passively hopeless population that does not contribute will not participate in any way.
We must make it easy, reach out, encourage and welcome. We must cooperate and share what we do in the workplace and in the community to empower others and encourage more people to do the same.
Just as important as laying the groundwork for the next generation of these technologies is that people have this foundation. Let's keep the conversation going. Let's take action.
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