My Deep WhyRight now is a "founding moment" for our new society—the networked human organism. In the face of massive converging technological change and associated distribution of exponential power, we need to create a new antifragile system instead of what we have now: #LateStageCapitalism. With great power, comes great responsibility—we need to transition to “GameB”.
My name is Rhys Lindmark. I'm doing this (Creating a Humanist Blockchain Future) by podcasting, speaking, writing, and community building. Here's why other listeners and patrons support:
Patron and Listener SupportTop minds in the blockchain ecosystem support me, including:
- Garry Tan (Managing Partner, Initialized Capital)
- Brayton Williams (Co-Founder, BoostVC)
- Brian Crain (Co-Host, Epicenter Podcast)
- Joe Urgo (Co-Founder and CEO, district0x)
- Josh Nussbaum (Partner, CompoundVC)
- Jim Rutt (Advisor, SingularityNET and Former Chairman at Santa Fe Institute)
- Griff Green (Co-Founder and CEO, Giveth)
- Mike Goldin (Lead Architect, AdChain. Co-creator of TCRs)
- Alan Curtis (Co-Founder and CEO, Radar Relay)
- Ryan X Charles (Co-Founder and CEO, Yours.org)
Patrons support me because...
...I'm Catalyzing Blockchain for Systemic Good
- If the nicest person in the world had to be assigned a voice, it would have to be Rhys'.
- I've been listening to your podcast a lot the last couple months, and I really love it!...It gives me hope and a clear direction humanity can take for the future. I don't think anyone has quite figured out how to present this story, but if anyone is on the right track on figuring out and sharing this story it's you. You are so vitally important to the blockchain community, and this is still only the beginning. I want to do my part in making sure you can focus your energy on all the amazing things you do in this space and not worry about food, rent, whatever.
- The most profoundly insightful, important and clearly explained vision for a #sustainable #p2p #postcapitalism #future enabled by #blockchain is outlined by Rhys here
- I just listened to Rhys' humanist blockchain podcast and have fallen in love with the shared success ethos he talks about.
- I like your philosophy of a humanist blockchain future. It is the only perceived non-faith based approach that has the ability to create something for the common good.
- I support you to outsource my moral obligation in the crypto space.
- I'm feeling more drawn into the crypto/blockchain sphere, investing a little and also just kinda curious/dumbfounded about what the fuck is going on. Within all that, I really appreciate your perspective--huge, clear, and humble. Mostly, I value the intense, detailed perspectives you're giving, on a lot of interconnected subjects. I specifically value the strong voice you're bringing that focuses on the bigger picture value of blockchain technology (which so many people are losing sight of in the dream of making money), as well as the entrepreneurial, systems-level approach you have to life in general.
- You're really leading the march on the diversity front and I want to congratulate you and thank you for helping to open my eyes to the issue. I really want to turn that around in 2018 and I'll be writing a blog post to solidify our pledge to be more inclusive.
- I think you're a great dude investing in an important cause and I'd like to see you be successful.
Patrons support me because...
...My Content is "Signal in the Noise" and Expands Their Thinking
- I struggle to find interesting podcast content. I came across your stuff recently and binge listened. I usually don’t find most podcasts worth the time but the topics and discussions were worth every minute.
- I have been following your work for a while and you have been really influential on my thinking around the possibilities of this technology.
- Rhys has to be my favorite podcast interviewer. I’d really like to see some more longer interviews.
- I really like your approach, especially how you tend to gently restate some of the more complex ideas that your guests talk about. I'm guessing you do that to aide your own understanding, but it's also really helpful for me, as a listener.
- I'm a big fan of your podcast and especially like how you categorize each interview into the context of a specific type of system. I've noticed that proper market education about the technology and projects driving decentralized systems is still lacking. I wanted to contribute to your efforts because I believe that you're helping to change that.
- Cool to see a podcast more focused on large-scale topics, technical blockchain/Ethereum/Web3 stuff, and things other than...price action. Keep up the good work, dude.
- Have listened to several of your podcasts and read a couple of your Medium posts. I enjoy and respect your work - it’s smart, current, accessible (to those of us without a deep background in blockchain), and open-minded, open-hearted content.
What Do I Do?
1. PodcastOn my podcast, I'm interviewing blockchain experts on various kinds of systems. As of March 2018, I had 30,000 podcast listens and I just joined the Bitcoin Podcast Network. Here are my patrons favorite episodes:
- #14 Albert Wenger, USV: A Blockchain World After Capital
- #18 Mike Goldin, AdChain: Token-Curated Registries, An Emerging Cryptoeconomic Primitive
- #25 Trent McConaghy, Ocean Protocol: Cryptoeconomic Primitives + Mapping Humanity’s Plan To Self-Actualization
- #31 Pia Mancini, DemocracyEarth and OpenCollective: Evolving to a System of #NewPower
2. SpeakI'm beginning to receive substantial inbound interest to speak on "using blockchain to systemically shape our collective future". Here are some proto examples of this:
- Here's a talk I regularly give about cryptocurrency-based universal basic income.
- Here's me on other podcasts chatting about cryptocurrency: The Bayesian Conspiracy and StartupCTO.io.
- I attend many major blockchain conferences (DevCon, Consenus, Ethereal, Token Summit) as a member of the press.
3. WriteMy work has been featured in publications like the Token Economy and This Week in Ethereum. Some examples:
- Macro Blockchain #1: The End of Aggregation Theory
- Co-evolving the Phase Shift to Crypto Capitalism by Founding The Ethereum Commons Co-op
- Meditations on “Meditations on Moloch”
4. Build Community
- I co-organized the ETHDenver Hackathon, the largest Ethereum hackathon to date. We hosted over 1500 attendees from 23 countries over 4 days, including top folks from the Ethereum community, and set a new precedent for blockchain community gatherings.
- I organized and moderated the primary blockchain talk at Denver Startup Week.
- I am a co-steward of ETHCommons. I facilitate various cross-project initiatives, like hosting cross-project calls (see this one on Cryptoeconomic Primitives).
"Playing Right" and My Commitment to The Decentralization of PowerThere are really two parts to my Patreon: the work I'm doing above and my commitments to decentralize power. I'm doing this in two ways. First, I'm committing to interview no less than 33% women. Second, I'm self-imposing a "tax" on myself to give money to charity after I can support my basic needs. Hopefully these two initiatives can help us overcome the "imperialist white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy" (Bell Hooks). Let's look at them!
Podcast Diversity Pledge
Right now, power is still centralized in people like me (American white straight cis males born upper class). This centralization leads to a less resilient macro system. If it's all people like me holding power and making the decisions, we're more likely to "miss" important perspectives that could've led to better outcomes (or prevented catastrophes). In addition to thinking about others we're helping (as objects), we need to think about who is doing the help (which subjects).
To start, I'm committing to interview at least 33% women on my show. (For reference, I interviewed 5/18 = 28% women in Season 1.) This may seem low, but it's actually high given my topic area (blockchain has about 17% women) and the current status of other gender-based pledges (pledge to not be on 100% male panels). In addition to producing content, I'm going to consume content from diverse perspectives by following at least 33% women on Twitter (I currently follow 53%!). In the future I will expand this pledge to other forms of diversity as well (race, class, nationality, sexual orientation, political association). Also, I'll begin to synthesize the perspective of the "Intellectual Dark Web" with my kind of SJW identity politics.
Committing to a Self-Imposed Income Tax: #CryptoPledge, #TITHE, #SlefTax
The 8 richest people have as much money as the bottom 50%. This centralization is especially an issue because money is highly correlated with happiness (until $4,000/month). Bluntly put, here's the opportunity: If we could "redistribute" money from those earning more than 45k to the 750 million people living in extreme poverty, the "amount of happiness" in the world would increase dramatically. (Clearly, it's not quite that simple. But it's not far away. See GiveDirectly's impact.) Traditionally, people have redistributed their wealth retroactively. Create lots of value, get billions of dollars for that value, then make a foundation and give that money away (see The Giving Pledge). But why can't we redistribute money back to the system as it comes in?
I'm committing to give large percentages of my income back to the system (to effective charity and infrastructure).
- For all income from $0-$4000, I will be taking 100% of my income.
- For all income after $4000+, I will be donating 50% of it back to the system. I think of this as: "Get to a point where additional income has little effect on my happiness". This was inspired by the Giving What We Can Pledge and Scott Santens' Patreon pledge.
A couple final notes on the above:
- Both of these "pledges for decentralization" are designed to be memes that can spread through podcasting and Twitter communities.
- Self-imposed transparency is a trend within blockchain (see Project Transparency and disclosing crypto holdings). I think it's a great way to crowdsource diligence on your actions.
- In addition to my Patreon income, I have a small sponsorship from Shapeshift that helps support my expenses.
FAQ(If you're interested in any of the FAQ below, please reach me at rhyslindmark [at] gmail [dot] com.)
Can My Company Sponsor the Show?
Yes! If you would like to increase your company's reach by supporting the podcast, please reach out.
Can I Bring You To My Conference?
- I can speak at your conference.
- I can cover your conference as a member of the press.
- I can moderate panels at your conference.
Can I Pledge Cryptocurrency?
Yes! However, I can only accept one-time payments, not subscription pledges.
If you still have questions, I'd love to talk—please email me at rhyslindmark [at] gmail [dot] com. If you're tempted but not interested in supporting yet, you can sign up for weekly updates here.
Thank you all again so much for your support!
1. I own less than $1000 of any given cryptocurrency, so my monetary incentive is not directly aligned with Bitcoin, Ethereum, etc. Over time, we may be able to create an InfiniteGameBCoin and I would align my incentives with that.
2. This page is an experiment in variations on how to do a self-imposed tax. I may change my allocation percentages (to self vs. Effective Altruism) over time. In general, I will try to let my patrons know if I am changing the percentages and give them time to change their pledge amount.
3. Credit for the cover photo goes to http://one-europe.net/law-of-humanity Credit for my podcast logo goes to John Lindmark lindmarkdesign.com.