Beyond Blockchain – The Social and Economic Impacts of Distributed Ledger Technology

Beyond Blockchain – The Social and Economic Impacts of Distributed Ledger Technology

Beyond Blockchain – The Social and Economic Impacts of Distributed Ledger Technology

Manuel Stagars has released his latest documentary, The Blockchain and Us, that focuses on non-technical implications of distributed ledger technology. Manuel and John discuss the new film, social disruption, the implications of distributed ledger technology outside of finance and the importance of “future-proofing” in the age of disruption.


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In this episode:

  • Why Manuel makes films focused on FinTech.
  • The motivations behind making The Blockchain and Us, including why Manuel chose to not focus on technology.
  • The similarities between airplanes and blockchains.
  • Why it’s time to stop using the term blockchain, with some helpful analogies.
  • Why distributed ledger disruption extends beyond finance, and why it is generating interest across industries and generations.
  • Trust, identity, and the Internet of things.
  • The important soft-skills needed to ensure success in a future driven by new technologies.

The Blockchain and Us is available to view at and on YouTube at You can also contact Manuel on Twitter @manuelstagars.

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