Despite the rapid technological advancements of recent decades, billions of people worldwide still live in poverty. It's not a simple question of billions of bootstraps: many lack access to basic tools needed to alleviate their situations, from WiFi to dignified work. A panel of experts joined Roundtable to discuss a range of projects that seek to build wealth and economic inclusion in the U.S. and abroad. In this segment, they discuss how technology will change the nature of work, from the world's tech hubs to the developing economies of the global south.
Patrick Robinson explains that his company, Pashko, seeks to eliminate the middleman and allow individuals to generate wealth themselves. He sees this strategy as central to the emerging paradigm of work in a Web3 world.
"Our whole model is based on breaking down that old barrier [in which] people show up and have a boss. And they're not their own boss—they're not fully control of their own lives," he says. "By removing that boss, we can actually pay them more. They can earn more."
Robert Chapman notes that the shift requires a new mindset for both citizens and policymakers, particularly when it comes to Web3 technology.
"When we're looking at blockchain or crypto or anything of that nature, what does education look like for people leading the countries? Are they informed enough to know that this is the next cycle? This is where we should be going," he says.
"Education doesn't just fall on the citizen," he adds. "It has to fall on the people that are making decisions and policy."
As the paradigm continues to shift toward decentralization, Robinson notes that it's vital for entrepreneurs and everyday people to lead the charge.
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"It's a different world, and we keep trying to climb up the same ladder. That ladder's broken. It doesn't work, and the people at the top keep pushing it over anyway," he says.
"What we have to do is rethink the whole model."
Watch the full discussion below:
Patrick Robinson, CEO and Co-Founder, Pashko
Robert Chapman, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur
Jon Najarian, Co-Founder, Market Rebellion