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Gabi Skoff

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In a year as turbulent as 2020, it’s no surprise that the launch of the United Nations (UN) Decade of Action didn’t exactly begin with a bang. We now find ourselves well into 2021 — with just eight and a half years left to find and apply sustainable solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. The pressure is mounting to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Luckily, enabling technologies and a growing social and environmental consciousness across the globe hold promise for progress across each of the 17 goals.

A comprehensive 2020…


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Project Q’s main objective is to bring a multidisciplinary lens to quantum technologies, investigating the impacts these emerging technologies will have on our world. The exploration and engineering of our quantum future is, of course, not just the work of scientists. It is brought to life through a web of influence encompassing the countries that collaborate and compete to achieve a quantum advantage, the organisations and corporations that pour money into developing quantum industries, as well as the philosophers, policymakers, military specialists and international relations experts whose ideas and advice shape the way we engage with quantum concepts. …


How blockchain-powered supply chains can facilitate carbon credit markets (Part II)

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Did you know that fashion production releases 10% of the world’s carbon emissions, second only to the oil industry, and more than the impact of international flights and maritime shipping combined? The fashion industry is also the second biggest polluter of water globally. As such, it is an industry with one of the most detrimental ecological impacts in the world. …


How blockchain-powered supply chains can facilitate carbon credit markets (Part I)

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The carbon credits market is currently comprised of a cacophony of competing approaches. You may have heard of carbon credits when asked while booking a flight if you would like to offset your carbon footprint through a donation. Perhaps you have heard of the international emissions trading scheme and the 1997 Kyoto protocol. Possibly, you may be aware of the vast diversity of carbon offset projects being executed across the Global South, or of land management and agroforestry carbon capture schemes popular in the Global North. …


How a misstep in the balancing act between China and the U.S. could dull Australia’s technological edge

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For the past decade, Australia has strived to maintain a balance of influence between its largest economic partner in the east, China, and its political ally in the west, the U.S. Since Trump came to power, however, this equilibrium has become more difficult for Australia to maintain. From the dispute over the South China Sea to Huawei and 5G, Australia has precariously juggled opposing priorities in an effort to maintain strong ties with both superpowers. Now, as tensions between the U.S. and China amplify in the wake of COVID-19, Australia again finds itself in troubled waters. …


How blockchain-powered supply chains can provide an infrastructure for responsible financial inclusion

“Women in Agriculture” by Filipino activist and painter Federico (‘Boy’) Dominguez

The last fifty years have witnessed a tremendous transformation in the agri-food sector. As globalization swept across emerging markets, agricultural development became a centrepiece of the movement to fight poverty and increase employment opportunities for rural populations in low-income countries. A new focus on sustainability and ethics has begun to shine a light on small-holder farmer’s participation in global value chains (GVCs).

Today’s growing population of conscious consumers is invested in knowing who produces their items, what they are paid, the conditions they work in, and how these items are produced. However, the value of this interest for small-holder farmers…


A brief quantum reality check

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It is perhaps the greatest irony of quantum computing that the very qualities that make it unique also present the biggest barriers to scaling up. The reality of just how developed today’s quantum computing capabilities are is often obscured by the hype around the technology’s budding applications. I have reported on such applications regularly, in an effort to explore their potentiality for both positive and negative impacts on society and the environment. …


How blockchain technology will empower supply chains to come out stronger on the other side of COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the adaptability and resilience of both individuals and businesses around the globe. It has revealed deep fissures in our healthcare systems and the inequalities in access that we can normally ignore — laying them bare as the impacts from the virus continue to ripple through every corner of our lives. However, while governmental regulations and restrictions have forced a near-total shut down of life as we knew it, facing these changes presents us with new opportunities for transformation.

As a “new normal” develops in the wake of the virus, nearly every individual and company has…


Breaking out of the general-purpose toolbox to create an impact-specific blockchain

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) — marked by a fusion of the physical, digital and biological worlds — has brought fresh, technological innovation to a vast number of sectors. This revolution has been defined by the rapid growth and development of emerging and converging technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of things, cloud computing, quantum and blockchain, which disrupt and moderate how we interact with the world around us. These technologies have had major impacts on governments and in civil society but have found especially profound embrace in business.

This technological revolution has incited an evolution of three…


Blockchain technology has much to offer for the world of sustainability, profit-for-purpose and ethics. The power of blockchain is quickly outgrowing a narrow association with its first application of bitcoin and is increasingly developing a critical use-value in the impact space. Blockchains offer a unique tool, providing an infrastructure for anyone to transparently make and verify provable claims. As the impact sector blooms, this capability is of critical value for demonstrating that real, equitable impact-and not just a claim to it-is made. This is the bottom-line value of blockchains in the impact space, but it is only just the beginning.

Alternative credit systems powered by blockchain

Gabi Skoff

Content specialist & impact consultant serving purpose-driven individuals and companies in innovation and responsible tech.

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