Every month, RadicalxChange Foundation hosts panel discussions between inspiring personalities from all walks of life, discussing concepts and narratives about next-generation political economies. The conversations are live-streamed allowing for real-time interaction between the audience and panelists. This page is a collection of the events recorded in 2020.
Jo Guldi, Alisha C. Holland, Matt Prewitt
Land has been central to economic inequality for centuries. Today, we sometimes see homeownership as a path to the middle class, but it is important to see how this particular asset still drives inequality. This panel discusses the past and present of ideas like Henry George's land value tax, hoping to draw lessons for the real economy.
Jo Guldi is a scholar of the history of Britain and its empire who is especially involved in questions of state expansion, the contestation of property under capitalism, and how state and property concepts are recorded in the landscape of the built environment. These themes informed her first book, Roads to Power, which examined Britain's interkingdom highway and its users from 1740 to 1848. They also inform her current research into rent disputes and land reform for my next monograph, The Long Land War, which profiles three moments in the history of property: the Irish Land Court of 1881 and its invention of rent control, the ideology of "squatting" in post-1940 Britain, and the creation of the "participatory map" for contesting legal boundaries in Britain and India in the 1970s and 80s.
Alisha C. Holland is an associate professor in the Government Department at Harvard University. She studies the comparative political economy of development with a focus on Latin America. Her first book, Forbearance as Redistribution: The Politics of Informal Welfare in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2017), examines the politics of law enforcement against the poor. She is working on a new book on the institutional determinants and challenges of large-scale infrastructure projects.
Matt Prewitt is RadicalxChange Foundation’s president, a writer and blockchain industry advisor, and a former plaintiff's side antitrust and consumer class action litigator and federal law clerk.
Paula Berman, Jennifer Morone, Mark Reiff, Leon Erichsen
In 2020, ideological conflicts have reached a fever pitch and the media landscape has become extraordinarily disorienting. Are we simply heading into a more fragmented era? This panel aims to find the light at the end of the tunnel, discussing all kinds of approaches to discover common ground for a more nuanced and vital politics.
Paula Berman is a researcher and builder at the intersection of technology and democracy. She is a founding member of Democracy Earth Foundation, a non-profit organization backed by Y Combinator and Templeton World Charity Foundation building open-source censorship resistant digital democracies.
Jennifer Lyn Morone is the CEO of RadicalxChange Foundation and a multidisciplinary visual artist, activist, and filmmaker. Her work focuses on the human experience in relation to technology, economics, politics, and identity and the moral and ethical issues that arise from such systems. Her interests lie in exploring ways of creating social justice and equal distribution of the future. Morone is a trained sculptor with BFA from SUNY Purchase and earned her MA in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in London with Dunne and Raby. Her work has been presented at institutions, festivals, museums, and galleries around the world including ZKM, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Ars Electronica, HEK, the Martin Gropius Bau, the Science Gallery, Transmediale, SMBA, Carroll/Fletcher Gallery, panke.gallery, Aksioma, Drugo more, and featured extensively on international media outlets such as the Economist, WIRED, WMMNA, Vice, the Guardian, BBC World News, Tagesspiegel, Netzpolitik, the Observer.
Mark R. Reiff is the author of five books, including: In the Name of Liberty: The Argument for Universal Unionization (Cambridge University Press, 2020); On Unemployment, Volume I and II (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and Exploitation and Economic Justice in the Liberal Capitalist State (Oxford University Press, 2013). He has taught political, legal, and moral philosophy at the University of Manchester, the University of Durham, the University of California at Davis, Sonoma State University, and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. Prior to his return to academia in 1998, he was a practicing lawyer, representing clients in commercial litigation matters for many years. In 2008-09 he was a Faculty Fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. His current book project is called The Unbearable Resilience of Illiberalism. Abstracts of all his work, plus excerpts from his books, samples of his papers, and more, are available on his website: www.markreiff.org.
Leon Erichsen is entrepreneurship and technology evangelist at RadicalxChange Foundation, a nonprofit organization building next-generation political economies. Previously, he has worked as a venture analyst for the Blockchain Labs of Accelerator Frankfurt, a crypto focused go-to-market program for early stage startups. He graduated with the Class of 2020 in Management, Philosophy & Economics (B.Sc.) at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, where he directed the student initiatives FS Blockchain and FS Model United Nations.
Ben Henderson, Yahsin Huang, Kevin Owocki, Marko-Luka Zubcic
Yahsin Huang is the marketing manager at Diode. She covers impacts of emerging technologies, especially blockchain, for various media outlets, such as Make magazine, TechLife magazine, Business Next, Meet Startup, Thinking Taiwan, Blockcast.it, BlockTempo, and Hacker Noon. Notable works are her tech reports of DevCon in Prague, Czech Republic, and EDCON in Sydney, Australia. In 2016, Yahsin helped start the Taipei Ethereum Meetup community. In 2019, Yahsin founded the RadicalxChange Taipei chapter. She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from National Dong Hwa University.
Kevin Owocki is the founder of Gitcoin.co -- a blockchain-based network for growing open source software with incentivization mechanics. He has a BS in Computer Science, 10 years of engineering leadership experience in startups and Open Source Software, and is a community organizer in the Boulder Colorado Tech Scene. Kevin believes strongly that Open Source Software Development should be sustainably funded. Gitcoin is a one-stop shop that gives Software Developers the skills & connections to survive and thrive in this new blockchain ecosystem. You can find out more about Gitcoin at https://gitcoin.co and Kevin at https://owocki.com
Marko-Luka Zubčić is a research associate of Center for Advanced Studies - South East Europe of University of Rijeka. His research focus is institutional epistemology, an interdisciplinary study of epistemic properties of institutional systems He also works in policy research and development, with particular focus on food policy (having collaborated extensively on the design and development of the “food network” in Croatia) and creative and cultural industries policy, and recently focusing in particular on research and development of collective intelligence systems for purposes of better institutional problem-solving. He has worked on project management and program development for public institutions and non-governmental agencies. He works as a communications consultant and copywriter for non-governmental and the private sector. He is currently collaborating with RadicalxChange.