New course: The Promise of Decentralisation

DePsy, DeFi, DAOs and Dandelion

Hi friends,

I’ve just launched a new course: The Promise of Decentralisation: DePsy, DeFi, DAOs and Dandelion, limited to 30 places.

It’s a four-week deep dive into decentralised systems, with a particular focus on decentralised finance (DeFi), decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs) and decentralised psychedelia (DePsy).

The course is filled with practical exercises to help embed the ideas. It will take place 5pm-7pm UK time via Zoom on:

  • Thursday 6th May 2021

  • Thursday 13th May 2021

  • Tuesday 18th May 2021 (note: Tuesday not Thursday this week)

  • Thursday 27th May 2021

Sessions will be recorded and shared (so you can catch up if you're late/miss one).

Course schedule

Session 1: Introduction to Decentralisation

  • What is decentralisation?

  • Decentralised v distributed systems

  • Why decentralise?

  • History of decentralisation

  • Decentralisation in nature

  • Decentralised food, energy and connectivity

Session 2: DeFi

  • What is money?

  • What is cryptocurrency?

  • What is DeFi (decentralised finance)?

  • Key projects

    • Automated Market Makers: Uniswap, Sushiswap, Pancakeswap, THORChain & Curve

    • Oracles: Chainlink, UMA, Band Protocol and API3

    • TeFi and synthetics: Terra, Mirror, Anchor and Synthetix

    • Money markets: Maker, Aave and Compound

  • Parallels to platform co-operativism

  • Beyond DeFi: ReFi (regenerative finance)?

Session 3: DAOs

  • DAOs (decentralised autonomous organisations)

  • DISCOs (distributed co-operative organisations)

  • Parallels with steward ownership

  • Relationship to Teal, holocracy and sociocracy

  • BBLLCs (blockchain-based limited liability companies)

Session 4: DePsy & Dandelion Gatherings

  • 'DePsy': Decentralised Psychedelia

    • An antidote to psychedelic capitalism?

  • Dark Net marketplaces

  • Mushroom growing

  • Nowhere and the Borderland: European Burner Culture

  • Dandelion gatherings

Read more and book your place

Best,
Stephen