1. What is the Blockchain Research Institute?
The Blockchain Research Institute is a global, independent think-tank organized to study the strategic implications of blockchain for business, government and society.
Our syndicated research program aims to close the knowledge which currently exists among business and government leaders regarding this second era of the internet.
2. Who founded the Blockchain Research Institute?
In 2016, Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott published Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World,which remains the best-selling book on blockchain. However, they found that the book in many ways created just as many questions as it did answers.
In 2017, Don and Alex founded the Institute to create a network of experts to study the strategic opportunities and implementation challenges discussed in Blockchain Revolution. They envisioned a rigorous research program that would explore such core strategic questions as:
- How will this technology affect various industries?
- How will it change the nature of competitiveness?
- How will it change the nature of corporations and the management of companies?
- What will it mean for government architecture and the creation of public value?
- How could it help to solve such global problems as climate change?
3. What exactly are you researching?
We are conducting over 70 research projects. Each paper will come with such digestible extras as infographics and accompanying videos.
The Institute’s program focuses on eight key sectors expected to be disrupted by blockchain:
- Financial Services
- Media & Telecommunications
- Energy & Resources
The Institute is also examining how blockchain will change these corporate roles:
- Chief executive officer (CEO)
- Chief financial officer (CFO)
- Chief information officer, chief technology officer (CIO, CTO)
- Chief human resources officer (CHRO)
- Chief strategy officer (CSO)
- Chief legal officer (CLO)
- Chief operations officer (COO)
We are also studying around 20 blockchain pilots underway. We call them “lighthouse case studies” for their luminary character: they shed light on the way forward. Only 3,000 to 4,000 words in length, each case will spotlight how a company or network of collaborators has deployed blockchain technology to solve a particular problem, and what its leaders learned from the implementation. We expect these cases to offer insights and practical takeaways not available elsewhere in previously published work.
4. Who’s conducting the research?
We have brought together a world class network of experts in their respective fields. Our contributors span from academics to business leaders and former government officials. You can learn more about our research directors and faculty members HERE.
5. What happens when I join the program?
Each member organization assigns a project liaison as its contact. This liaison should be someone who thinks strategically and has at least one day per month to interact with our team, review materials, and ensure that the organization takes full advantage of all deliverables. That person will reach out to people in the organization and let them know about the program, how to access the member portal and who should attend our all-member summits. They will also collaborate with other executives to assemble the right group and venue for the private and custom executive briefing.
6. Why should organizations join?
The Blockchain Research Institute is the only organization of its kind, bringing together nearly 40 globally recognized leaders producing intellectual property worth over $4 million.
We also dedicate significant time to assuring your organization extracts the most possible value from the research we provide. We have a strong member experience team that will work closely with you to ensure that the right people in your company are influenced by this work and have the ability to act on it. The program will culminate with a specialized executive briefing, detailing key research areas and relevant experts, builders and potential partners for your organization in this field.
Finally, we work to bridge the gap between enterprise leaders and the pioneers in the blockchain community. The BRI’s knowledge network includes leaders not just in enterprise and government, but a world-class faculty and network of builders and pioneers in blockchain. Our all-member summits are an opportunity to bring these groups together and find opportunities for collaboration.
7. What’s your relationship with blockchain startups?
The BRI includes a special membership category reserved specifically for pioneers in the blockchain space. These pioneer organizations pay a significantly reduced fee for access to the research. Before being accepted as pioneer members, organizations are screened by the BRI’s in-house research team to assure only leading start-ups are accepted.
These pioneer members also serve as a crucial added value to our other member organizations, who are given access to a network of builders vetted by our independent team.
8. The project list looks impossibly comprehensive. How can you conduct all of these in such a short period of time?
This is at least the tenth time our Executive Chairman Don Tapscott has undertaken a massive syndicated program of this kind. Over the years, the Tapscott Group has developed processes and institutional knowledge to succeed in this field. The organization’s track record of success on such programs as the Global Solutions Network speaks for itself.
9. Where is the research hosted?
Each member is given access to a customized web portal, and anyone who has a valid email address from one of our member organizations will be able to access their own private portal simply by entering their email address. If you have any problems logging into your private portal, please contact our Member Services Executive Genia Mikhalchenko to resolve the issue.
10. What is the relationship of the BRI to The Tapscott Group?
The BRI is a division of the Tapscott Group, a company incorporated in the Province of Ontario, Canada. This division of the Tapscott Group is run on a cost-recovery basis and all funds raised are allocated to conducting the BRI’s research.
11. How big is your team?
Our core team is small, with roughly 10 full-time staff orchestrating the program. However our network of project leaders and experts is vast. We have contracted with roughly 40 global authorities on different topics. We are building a network for obvious reasons – we have found that the global expert in each industry vertical or horizontal is active in the blockchain space already, and so naturally work with a number of organizations around the world.
We hire our faculty on a contract basis to write on their specific subject of expertise, and give them the platform and audience to bring their ideas come to life.