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Paint A Dystopian Picture of Blockchain

  • Starfish Mission 1535 Mission Street San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States (map)

From the SF Ethereum Meetup page:

Bring your apocalyptic paint brushes! We're painting a dystopian picture of blockchain.

You may be wondering why we'd want you to co-create such a negative picture of blockchain with us. Well, it's a pre-mortem of sorts: "By making it safe for dissenters who are knowledgeable about the undertaking and worried about its weaknesses to speak up", we can improve blockchain’s chances for success. (From "https://hbr.org/2007/09/performing-a-project-premortem")

Let's conjure up the worst so we can make the best of blockchain.

AGENDA
6:30pm Networking
7:00pm Continue networking or attend "What If I Told You...What Blockchain Is?" (Blockchain basics for regular, non-technical people)

7:30pm "Paint a Dystopian Picture of Blockchain": Why are we doing this?
7:45pm Blockchain is dead. What went wrong & why?
8:00pm Formulate a stronger plan based on why blockchain died.

********!!!SIGN UP FOR BOTH EVENTS!!!********
https://www.meetup.com/SF_Ethereum/events/252326968/

COMMON FRAMES FOR CONSIDERATION:
• Libertarian frame
• Pro-Regulatory frame

PRIMER ARTICLES:
• Devil’s blockvocate — what’s wrong with blockchain technology:
https://medium.com/photochain/devils-blockvocate-what-s-wrong-with-blockchain-technology-52a135cef593
• Blockchain Insiders Tell Us Why We Don't Need Blockchain: https://ftalphaville.ft.com/2018/05/02/1525253799000/Blockchain-insiders-tell-us-why-we-don-t-need-blockchain/
• Blockchain is a Crappy Technology and a Bad Vision for the Future: https://thenextweb.com/syndication/2018/05/12/blockchain-is-crappy-technology-and-a-bad-vision-for-the-future/

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"PAINT A DYSTOPIAN PICTURE OF BLOCKCHAIN" PRESENTER
Matt has worked with large entities such as New York City and Apple, improving their financial operations with custom software. Following the development of open financial systems like Bitcoin and Ethereum over the last 5 years, he has been fascinated by the promise of these systems and their impact on our world.

Matt supports communities around these technologies with educational events as part of the SF Ethereum Meetup and co-working space Starfish Mission. Twitter: @matt_bitcoin | @SFEthereum

"WHAT IF I TOLD YOU...WHAT BLOCKCHAIN IS?" PRESENTER
Ann Marie Alanes has published articles for the VR gaming, supply chain, retail & pet care industries, and is the founder of Event Ninja SF. She has worked with artists, fashion designers & musicians for over 10 years. Being a singer-songwriter herself, she has insight into the financial plight of musicians, and sees how blockchain can be a solution. As one of the event organizers for SF Ethereum, she seeks to bridge the communication gap between the developers of this technology and the people that their creations serve. Twitter: @annmariealanes @SFEthereum | Instagram: @chainyquotes

ABOUT SF ETHEREUM (Partner)
We provide a forum for those interested in the movement towards
• Decentralization
• Accountability
• Increased Security
• Transparency
...of business and government entities through the use of Ethereum blockchain technology.

ABOUT STARFISH MISSION
Starfish Mission is a blockchain centric co-working space inspired by the passion of the Bay Area blockchain community. Our mission is to inspire collaboration, promote education, and strengthen unity amongst those who seek to change the world for good using blockchain and decentralized ledger technology.

Be a member of the Starfish Network and work alongside other blockchain buidlers. Host an event, teach a class, book a desk or rent an office. You'll thank your lucky starfish that you joined.

Contact: info@starfish.network
Visit: http://starfish.network/
Read: https://medium.com/@starfishnetwork
Follow: @starfishsf
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PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
• Civic Center Bart is a 10 minute walk away
• The 14 bus stops a minute walk away

PARKING
1455 Market Street, SF
https://www.parkme.com/lot/28918/1455-market-st