Workshop ‘Blockchain by Design’

Our (digital) society and work organizations will fundamentally change the coming years as a result of:

  1. Purpose: more and more people looking for a new meaning of work and work organizations: it must contribute to a more sustainable prosperity.
  2. Privacy: stricter European privacy laws (GDPR: a not reported data breach can cost an organization up to 4% of global revenues).
  3. Productivity: the need to be more productive to keep up with rising costs for our welfare states.
  4. Power: the need, particularly in Europe, to be less dependent on powerful American tech companies (also known as the big five: Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft).
  5. Processes: improve existing processes or transfer them to new blockchain organizations.

Overall, we are talking about four key drivers for a new design of our digital society and work organizations: purpose, privacy, productivity, power and processes.

New concepts
As a result of these needs, we see all kinds of fundamental innovations. Most of these innovations need to be valorized to be useful for our society and work organizations.

Examples of these innovations or concepts: Blockchain Organizing, Distributed Ledger Technology, Privacy by Design, Productivity by Design, Power by Design, Personal Data Service (PDS), Data As A Service (DAAS), Data Logistics, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO’s), Attribute Based Encryption (ABE), Key Homomorphism (KHM) and finally encryption and distribution concepts such as Sieve and Enigma (Harvard and MIT).

Not ownership but access is relevant
To meet these four drivers for change (purpose, privacy, productivity and power), more and more people are convinced that not data ownership is relevant but the access to it. If an organization does not own data, it cannot leak it for example. If we share data we will be more productive and give less power to businesses and governments.

Also more and more people believe that cooperation in an ecosystem is vital to survive.

Another conceptual framework
Traditionally, we organize our work with companies (do it yourself) and non-transparent markets (contract out). These forms do not solve the challenges we are facing at the beginning of the 21st century. We solve problems with the same level of thinking that created them in the first place. It seems like we repair the gutter every year, but it will continue to leak because the foundations of the house are rotten. To meet the demand for purpose and productivity growth and protect our privacy and power, we must start with a fundamentally different organization design for our digital society.

That means: go back to the drawing board and start working from a new perspective and design a new IT architecture, no longer the ‘firm’, ‘the government’ or ‘the market’ as starting point, but the individual and the transactions between them. And blockchain organizing can help us with that.

Working together
The blockchain was not designed to work for one company, but to connect end users in a distributed network. For ‘Blockchain by Design’, it is necessary that stakeholders work together: universities, industry, government, interest groups and users. Blockchain organizing will not change much, as the Internet didn’t, if we don’t change the way supply and demand is organized.

Weconomics and its partners are known for their relevant and fundamental solutions to social problems. Big data, for instance, indicates that the way we organize our digital society is a result of bad design. It creates all kinds of fundamental problems in the area of privacy, productivity and power.

To help us to understand the ‘forces’ that influence our digital society and the solution blockchain organizing can offer, we organize the ‘Blockchain by Design’ workshop.

The workshop (Open or ‘In company’)
The workshop ‘Blockchain by Design’ will take place on the base of a vision paper (perspective, problem and possible solutions), which is developed by the initiator of the workshop (‘In company’) or for example a Weconomics fellow (Open). An example of a vision (quote): ‘Technology doesn’t solve problems if we do not first look at the design of digital supply and demand’. Or: ‘Technology doesn’t solve problems, if a government has two contradictory policies: innovation, and full employment’. Or as Karl Marx quoted: ‘The innovation of to many useful things results in to many useless people’.

A vision paper is developed in cooperation with partners who work in government, business, knowledge institutions but also with (end) users and a community leader who starts a community. With the principles of the vision paper, the necessary preconditions of ‘Blockchain by Design’, are sketched for the first time. It like a rough drawing of an architect, who translates your ideas on how you see your new house.

The developed vision paper will be discussed during this workshop based on the (in advance communicated) perspectives of the participants. Then vision paper and dialogue are included in a document that can be the start of your ‘Blockchain by Design’ project. Participants of the workshop can be invited to participate in this project.

Intention workshop
This workshop is a high interactive event and focuses on the launch of your project. During the workshop various stakeholders, alone and together, are challenged share ideas, to cooperate and to contribute to the open innovation process to solve your and probably their problems or take the chances that are out there in the market or environment.

Target audience
Because of the intentions and the interactive nature of the workshop, the number of participants per workshop is limited to 20. The group of participants is composed of members from universities, industry, government, interest groups and communities and partly consists of participants who are invited personally and a number of participants who have requested to participate themselves.


I. An introduction to the problems, chances and project (idea), viewed from the perspective of the project initiator. Questions to be addressed include:

  1. What can new organizing concepts like the blockchain, contribute in solving your problems?
  2. How can we work smarter together and improve collaboration between industry, government, research institutions and communities?
  3. What are the principles and foundations of new organizing and ‘Blockchain by Design?’
  4. How can we ensure our privacy in a better way with these principles?
  5. How can we become more productive and less dependent on major tech companies?

II. A series of presentations in which the various participants share their own perspective on one or more aspects and relevant issues. Participants share their vision and ideas on possible solutions.

III. Participants share ideas and solution in a dialogue / discussion setting (round table in groups of 4-5 people).

IV. Ultimately, the results of the vision paper, presentations and dialogues are summarized in a new document, shared with the participants and can be used for the next step: the start of a ‘Blockchain by Design’ project.

€ 395,- per participant for the open workshop (incl. lunch)  en € 2400, for In company.

After the workshop, the participant must be able to assess whether or not and how they will contribute to the next step, for example participate in a ‘Blockchain by Design’ project.

Two day-parts (exclusive preparation and follow up).

Work form
Reading, preparation, answering questions, presentations and dialogue in groups.There is also time available for questions and personal input.

Preparation participants
Read accompanying project idea, vision paper or white paper.

Next step: project participation
As an executive partner of the Weconomics Foundation, Weconet is committed to the organization of a sustainable prosperity by using smart technology in the field of digital innovation and in particular the area of purpose, privacy, productivity and power. That is why we organize these open innovation workshops, to bring people together, to cooperate and set the next step in realizing a more democratic, productive and safe digital society.

Participants have the opportunity to continue their cooperation by joining a project group. For this, they become Weconomics partner to use the widely spread and diverse Weconomics network, organization model, peer-to-peer platform and transition program.

How do I survive the 21st century?
All participants receive the book “Weconomics, how I survive the 21st century as information worker?” (Dutch only).

If you are interested to register but first you want more information (also about ‘In company’ possibilities) please contact us.