Navigating the risks and rewards
of Blockchain technologies. Together.

Background on Blockchain

The World Economic Forum expects 10% of global gross domestic product (GDP) to be stored on Blockchain technology by 2027.

In its report on Technology Tipping Points and Societal Impact (September 2015), The World Economic Forum forecasts that tax will be collected for the first time by a government via a Blockchain by 2025.

The World Economic Forum expects Bitcoin and Blockchain to have the following impacts:

  • Increased financial inclusion in emerging markets, as financial services on the Blockchain gain critical mass
  • Disintermediation of financial institutions, as new services and value exchanges are created directly on the Blockchain
  • An explosion in tradable assets, as all kinds of value exchange can be hosted on the Blockchain
  • Better property records in emerging markets, and the ability to make everything a tradeable asset
  • Contacts and legal services increasingly tied to code linked to the Blockchain, to be used as unbreakable escrow or programmatically designed smart contracts
  • Increased transparency, as the Blockchain is essentially a global ledger storing all transactions
Source: Deep Shift – Technology Tipping Points and Societal Impact

About The Bitcoin And Blockchain Leadership Forum

The world is about to experience an exponential rate of change through the rise of Bitcoin and Blockchain technologies.

The Bitcoin and Blockchain Leadership Forum launched in May 2015 and The Bank of England discussed its plans for digital currencies at the inaugural meeting at Allen and Overy’s offices in London.

The mandate of the Bitcoin and Blockchain Leadership Forum is to help society navigate the impact of the shifts to come.

We aim to help broader society navigate the transition to the future Bitcoin and Blockchain world by explaining the changes generated by major Bitcoin and Blockchain trends and the new possibilities in plain language and through engaging, accessible media, meetings, workshops, research services and working groups.

We hope to provide valuable insights to consider as we navigate the complex issues relating to these changing Bitcoin and Blockchain technologies.

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The Bitcoin and Blockchain Leadership Forum is independent and is run by the team behind the Digital and Social Media Leadership Forum. (digitalandsocialmedialeadershipforum)

The Digital and Social Media Leadership Forum was set up in 2009 to help large organizations explore the possibilities presented by emerging digital and social technologies through collaborative knowledge-sharing forums. Meetings are hosted by member organisations.

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Previous Meetings

Exploring the New Frontiers of the Blockchain

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“When you do start thinking about it you wonder, why is our existing money the way that it is?”
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“It’s not as direct as ‘bitcoin replaces cash’; in some cases bitcoin simply wants to be another kind of cash”
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Previous Meetings

Exploring Blockchain based Smart Contracts

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“Having a computer programme that temporarily controls the assets is a genuinely new step forward.”
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“‘Smart contract’ is an inaccurate name: it’s all about the execution of the obligations that have already been agreed in the contract"

Why should I join The Bitcoin & Blockchain Leadership Forum?

We aim to be the leading collaborative global forum for Bitcoin and Blockchain to help people around the world better understand and prepare for the shifts that will be brought on by advances in Bitcoin and Blockchain technologies.

We aim to provide valuable insights to consider as we navigate the complex issues related to these changing technologies. We are ledger neutral and have no vested interest in one particular Blockchain platform.

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What services will The Bitcoin & Blockchain Leadership Forum provide for members?

We offer monthly collaborative insight sharing meetings which focus on themes agreed in consultation with the membership.

We curate and bring together leading Blockchain start ups, academics and industry innovators to help you better understand the momentous shifts being brought in by Bitcoin and Blockchain technologies.

Each month we seek to highlight and provide accessible and fresh updates on key Bitcoin and Blockchain developments, putting them in context and helping evaluate their significance.

Members receive colourful digital reports after each membership meeting which provide a full account of the insights that are shared

We offer industry working groups where you can explore and share practical challenges to better understand the possibilities and help navigate the complex issues related to these changing technologies.

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We offer a range of membership subscription access options for you:

The Bitcoin and Blockchain Leadership offer a range of services to help members and non-members explore the possibilities of Blockchain Technologies

We offer:

  1. Blockchain Workshops

  2. Workshops on blockchain technliogies including smart contracts and Blockchain Government

  3. Blockchain research services by industry sector

  4. We have access to leading Blockchain academics and can organise bespoke research projects on blockchain for your industry sector.

  5. Blockchain developer days

  6. We can organise developer days so your technical teams can better understand how to develop Blockchain technologies.

  7. Blockchain use case development

  8. We can help create hackathons and assist with the development of Blockchain use cases to support your company's development.

Who are currently members of
The Bitcoin & Blockchain Leadership Forum?

Current members include:

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What people are saying about
The Bitcoin & Blockchain Leadership Forum?

"Thanks for encouraging such a great
Financial Times logoNathaniel Popper, author of Digital Gold
(shortlisted for The Financial Times Business Book of the Year)