Women in Blockchain | The GIVE Nation Finance Education for Children
How the Women in the Blockchain Industry can help foster ideas with reality to ensure financial freedom under a protected environment, through education.
People, where I’m from just, don’t understand Blockchain or maybe don’t want to or don’t see the relevance or the tangible physical contribution Blockchain would make or impact on in a career or salary.
I am a husband and a father to two boys 12 and 14. I started out my idea on how to bring Blockchain Education closer to the “normal” person with a vision of an article, combining several well-respected Women in the Blockchain world to assist. The reaction was overwhelming, so I decided to turn my article into a series and maybe even a book.
My contribution to the Blockchain Industry — Writing, Creativity & Marketing: I love it and I’m passionate about the prospects of a new financial system where wealth distribution will be more equal and individual opportunities to succeed or build a better future is more accessible.
My newly discovered passion came at the right time. Blockchain is a technological advancement for the world, these kinds of advancements only come around every so often, if you think the
- NET’s entrepreneurial stages started in 1993.
- Web 2 was realized when the Internet became a social hub of activity in 2005.
- Today 2019 we have Web 3 & 4 in development.
Writing as a medium has evolved from day 1 as a form of Communication and Education. From the Printing Revolution in 1450 through Newspaper & Magazines in the 17/1800’s to the evolution of Social Media content during the1900’s to the Internet today. Writing is an endless art form that will always evolve.
My lesson here: Writing can be a career for anyone in this or any other space, but not necessarily one you would think about or that your parents might agree with, after all, how much can a writer really make? Would the dedicated hours content creators sacrifice, justify a hard day’s work in comparison?
“The truth is yes, it would and if you carefully read through my content, you’ll spot the ‘Gem’s’ that will trigger your imagination”.
This is my point and what these articles for GIVE Nation will be all about. All my interviews are with people from vastly different backgrounds and they perform a vast array of business functions within the Blockchain Industry. This writing contribution in conjunction with GIVE Nation is here to help you see the various options and potential in getting your career started in an industry that is in itself just in its infancy.
The Important part to remember!
“I would rather be entering a career path in an industry that is about to start, than one that is stagnant or on its way out”
The Bigger Picture: In my vision forward I set myself a goal. Educating children and students about Blockchain. In the process of development and organic growth, my path crossed GIVE Nation
A start-up Platform re-creating financial governance for children on the Blockchain with several new features.
GIVE Nation is a global movement that teaches kids financial literacy, powered by giving. Its citizens are united by the blockchain-powered stable GIVE coin, within a decentralized and curated ecosystem of parents, schools and community partners.
Kids learn how and when to SAVE, INVEST, EARN, SPEND & GIVE.”
With this in mind let’s find out what Sam Shrager | Head of Marketing BCB Group has for us. BCB Group
I ‘love Sam :) thank you
Sam works for NKB Group Financial Services Investment banking for the digital world.
Q & A
Q 1 Give us a summary of your background and how you got into Blockchain & Digital Currency / Cryptocurrency?
A 1 I’d been working with a start-up who had moved into the blockchain and crypto space as a result of re-working a global content app to a model supporting crypto payment options. One of the investors was also founding a blockchain investment bank and recruited me to run digital marketing and learn more about the space alongside the team. I started to work with the Advisory team with ICO projects and advising them around PR, marketing and as the ICO market has dwindled, I’ve focused more on content creation, profile and community building for the main NKB brand.
Q 2 Tell us about your current position, responsibilities and some day to day activities that you look forward to?
A 2 I love checking in on the news flow every day and seeing what angle we can comment on, via the usual channels as well as on the great community (WhatsApp / Telegram) channels out there. It’s very exciting seeing the developments in the space and getting out there to wave the flag for the NKB team and our services.
Q 3 If you had to be critical about yourself, which part of your career would you like to improve on?
A 3 I wish I’d had the opportunity to use my German language more in roles and worked abroad for longer.
Q 4 What advice do you have for children/youth (10–18 years) today especially young women about the Blockchain world? How do we nurture interest in this new Technology?
A 4 There are a few things that women should be aware of in the blockchain space to thrive. If you are not of a technical background, do not get discouraged thinking that in this space you can only become successful if you are a developer. There are a lot of roles evolving in the ecosystem that can suit a variety of backgrounds and skill sets well.
Broader advocacy initiatives around the sector will also help. University efforts are particularly important — There are some amazing efforts coming out of Oxford Blockchain Group and hope other universities can catch up. In addition, I think secondary schools in the UK are really addressing this area — for instance, I was recently approached by my daughter’s IT teacher to give a talk and information about blockchain to her A’Level students who were studying a module on this. Even for kids as young as 12 and 13, the schools are addressing blockchain and cryptocurrency in their IT lessons, which is extremely encouraging.
Q 5 What kind of skill set would you be looking at in job applicants?
A 5 Ability to learn fast, adapt and pivot to new opportunities and openings and an understanding of the importance of networking and digital.
Q 6 Blockchain to me is a forward-thinking force of snowballing Technology, but where I’m from a lot of people still see Bitcoin as a scam.
How do we bridge the gap between Technology and people that are skeptical about it?
A 6 This space is still very immature, which means that there is a risk of participants who do not necessarily operate ethically. As the market matures, I think it will become more and more important that individuals from traditional capital market backgrounds, with the right governance experience, come and join the market to raise standards around investing in blockchain and crypto projects.
Q 7 Can you please provide the details of an educational facility that is in your area or country if anyone reading this article decides to find out more about Blockchain.
Q 8 What is your current opinion on the Digital Assets, (Cryptocurrency) market and share with us your opinion on where you think this Technology will take us?
A 8 The wild fluctuations in 2018 — that was a classic bubble scenario. On the positive side, it brought a lot of interest and broader awareness into this space. On the negative side, the excesses of the bull market inevitably meant perhaps overly negative sentiment that we found ourselves in at the end of last year. This is nothing new though, and over history, this has played out many times with various assets.
The gradual building of the infrastructure continues, and so does the arrival of institutions into this space which is very encouraging.
I think there will be mass adoption of the technology but I do think, however, that most likely it will take much longer than we think. We are probably talking over three-five years, rather than one-two. But in ten years’ time, I’m sure that most of us will have various assets on the chain — from property to art and more.
Q 9 What new exciting projects are you currently working on or planning?
A 9 We’re running our inaugural Blockchain Investor Forum early next month, which will bring together investor and innovative blockchain companies, where a small number of hand-picked projects will present to a panel of investors, viewed by a larger audience from the industry. This is very exciting and we hope to roll this out to a series of such events across the year.
Q 10 What is your favorite Blockchain project and why?
A 10 Nebula Genomics, who are building a better world within healthcare by allowing individuals to take control of their health data by collecting and owning it, and being able to securely share it for a reward, which allows the acceleration of medical research and contribution to science, all while getting unique insights into our health.
“Thank you, Sam, that is amazing! Your Investor Forum sounds like a solid approach for Education within a safe environment. We will follow your post closely to find out how they go. I also find it very encouraging that the U.K. schools are so open about sharing Blockchain Information with the children, certainly, something South African schools where I’m from can take note of!”
With my ambition to educate children and students to on-board Blockchain Technology in combination with GIVE Nation’s Platform, a collaboration was born. My articles here about the lives of Women in Blockchain will hopefully point out opportunities, careers you might not have thought of and insight into a Global Change in the financial system as we know it. The principle of this change will be embedded in the GIVE Nation’s APP.
Please visit the website here.
Help GIVE foster generosity and sustainable financial literacy in kids by joining our #GiveNation revolution on social media!
GIVE Nation’s incubator retains features for our children within a safe ecosystem that’s been scientifically proven to not only generate massive business opportunities, but more importantly; GIVE Nation improves our planet and fosters entrepreneurship, imagination, and altruism
Ask questions on their Social Media and prepare with your children, how the future of money will look like.
Morne Olivier | on LinkedIn