Blockchain for Sustainable Development (B4SD) is a registered 501(c)3 Colorado nonprofit corporation operating exclusively for the educational and charitable purposes of advancing the development, use, and application of blockchain technology, distributed ledger technology, and emerging technologies for positive social and environmental impact, and in furtherance of UN Sustainable Development Goal attainment.
We advance opportunities for SDG attainment by: advocating for emerging technology companies addressing goals or targets; advising entities in the public and private sector; and educating all stakeholders on the relevant issues and technologies at the intersection of global impact and emerging technologies.
We assist national, state, and local governments, agencies, and organizations in navigating the rapidly-changing emerging technology space. We advise public sector entities on integrating incentives for digital solutions into national development planning and researching relevant policy issues. We identify, plan, and architect technical solutions to address social and environmental issues and connect entities with key stakeholders and operators needed to turn digital opportunity into goal attainment.
We provide a wide-range of impact consulting and advisory services to public and private sector entities. We identify potential opportunities for social or environmental impact, and assist companies in develping impact and sustainabilty goals aligned with the SDGs. This alignment assists companies in: identifying partners, including civil society organizations, UN agencies, and governments; engaging on issues important to impact investors; and, conducting the due dilligence necessary for many impact grants.
We work with startups and medium-size enterprises to develop technology-specific corporate responsibility policies and impact planning to guide goal attainment. Businesses which take concrete steps early in their growth to solidify their corporate promise to people and the environment through a policy and review mechanism are much better suited to acheive the impact results they seek, and much less likely to engage in irresponsible corporate behavior during development.
Well-researched, innovative impact planning is vital to the success of a small business or tech product with direct social or environmental focus. Great impact planning can open doorways to civil society and philanthropic organizations, UN agencies, IGOs, governments, and other private operators. It can also create new pathways to funding from impact investors, through grants, and increased general investment.
We conduct internal Impact Monitoring and Evaluation (IIME) for public and private sector entities on pilot projects, product rollouts, and ongoing programs. Our IME processes are periodic and continuous, conducted after program initiation and during the duration of that program. The data acquired is input and output focused, and the consisted reporting, including analytical focus, can be used to determine efficiency of implementation and develop and ongoing strategy.
We assist businesses in identifying opportunities for improved impact and efficiency through the use of emerging technologies. We work with planning and development teams to design potential use cases, and manage pilot projects.
We are honored to work with the ETHDenver Buildathon + Community Gathering, the largest Ethereum hackathon in the world, each year to develop and organize their SDG Impact Track. In 2019, in collaboration with UNICEF ventures and Bounties Network, 5 projects were awarded a total of $15,000 to build projects with a potential social or environmental impact.
B4SD team and advisors are pleased to participate in education and innovaiton outreach on issues relevant to impact and technology with universities and other educational institutions, intergovernmental entities, and nonprofits. We are proud to have worked in the past with the United Nations, University of Denver, University of Colorado, Colorado Blockchain, Government Blockchain Association, CEMS, DISCON, Denver Startup Week, Boulder Startup Week, and others.
We are proud to work with the Blockchain Commission, Blockchain for Impact (BFI), and PVBLIC to develop and manage the SDG Technology Innovation Government Challenge (TIG-C) at the 2019 UN BFI Summit: Frontier Technologies for Social Impact, June 4, 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The 2019 SDG TIG-C is sponsored by the Government of Uganda and is based on a real-world development pilot in Uganda, the Buikwe Project.
Learn more at: blockchainforimpact.org
We host a frequent meetup in partnerhsip with Crypto Tuesday for Social Good, where we provide educational seminars, host panels, and conduct discussion sessions on issues at the intersection of the SDGs and emerging tech. We also provide booze. Join us at: meetup.com/Blockchain-for-Sustainable-Development/
We conduct independent research and reporting on the use, development, and application of emerging technologies for SDG attainment. We publish academic and media materials on various outlets, highlighting issues relevant to the SDGs and emerging technology.
We have developed a strong network of professionals, thought-leaders and academics in areas relevant to our mission: emerging technology, climate change, human rights, tech development, blockchain interoperability, environmental law, agriculture, farming, international relations, and others.
We host frequent networking events, often surrounding larger conferences relevant to our mission. Our events bring together the right people for the right cause to spur innovation.