Sunsetting ConsenSys Social Impact

Ending ConsenSys’s social sector journey and beginning anew

Evolution of ConsenSys Social Impact

ConsenSys iterated through four generations of social impact work from 2017 to 2020, the Blockchain Social Impact Coalition (BSIC), ConsenSys Social Impact (CSI), the BSIC Foundation, and, most recently, Social Impact @ ConsenSys (SIC). Such changes not only reflect cultural fluctuations across the lifetime of ConsenSys as a startup, but also how the social sector is maturing its understanding and use of the technology.

Figure 1: The History of Social Impact at ConsenSys

Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition (BSIC)

  1. Facilitating an international hackathon and conference to materialize some of the ideas shared amongst the BSIC community

ConsenSys Social Impact (CSI)

Moving Forward

As CSI is wound down, I now begin a new journey within the blockchain ecosystem. In an effort to continue supporting many of CSI’s former partners and clients, I am developing Emerging Impact (EI), which will be the first nonprofit corporation that supports NGOs and government agencies leverage emerging technologies (e.g. blockchain) as a tool for humanitarian initiatives and welfare programming. I still see a great need for technologists, social impact practitioners, and policy makers to solve problems together using the newest technology — stumbling and learning along the way. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven that capitalism alone can work, but not during a crisis, and that it is more important that ever to collaborate across sectors to survive and strive as a global community. Now, being the Former Head and Co-Founder of ConsenSys Social Impact, I leave this chapter with the following insight and an immutable reference of a new beginning.

“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.” — Michelle Obama

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Robert Greenfield IV

CEO of Umoja Labs, Former Head of ConsenSys Social Impact, @Goldman Alum, @Cisco Alum, @TFA Alum, Activist, Intense Autodidact