Jillian Godsil, CEO & Editor of Blockleaders.io, advocates for women in the world of blockchain, a typically male-dominated field. Godsil said that diversity works, but there are some people who are disenfranchised who were “outside the loop” and unable to participate in these spaces.
“I discovered that the Muslim population who, if they choose to live their life by their faith, which is obviously their choice—what they do—they're excluded from accessing DeFi,” Godsil said. “I heard of that, wow, that's over a million plus people who, through the way that they choose to live, which is their choice, absolutely, can't get in on.”
Godsil said blockchain technology is changing the world, adding that she has two kids and wants a really good world for them and every other child.
“I don’t want a zero-sum game,” Godsil said.
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A better future is a sentiment James Haft, executive chairman of DLT and founder of CryptoMondays, also shared. Haft said the CryptoMondays community has over 30,000 people worldwide. At the meetings, rather than talk about the price of Bitcoin, Haft said, participants discuss the future and things they want to change.
“This relates to politics. This relates to education. This relates to religion. This relates to all aspects of society where we've been given rules from centralized authorities that are now self-aware and are trying harder and harder to keep us, as Luke pointed out, through violence, to make sure we don't exit the system—to make sure that they don't lose their power,” Haft said.
Haft said more people are using blockchain technology to avoid censorship and use it as a tool to communicate.
Luke Stokes, managing director for FIO, said some blockchain technology, such as Hive, is used as a social media platform to allow users to post whatever they want without fear of censorship. Users on these platforms can earn rewards for their posts, rather than large ad agencies reaping the benefit—like what is typically seen on Facebook and Twitter.
“This idea that you can create value for the world and then new value is created from blockchain itself,” Stokes said.