1. What is the Blockchain Research Institute?

The Blockchain Research Institute is a knowledge network organized to study the strategic implications of blockchain. Our syndicated research program aims to fill a large gap in the global understanding of the second era of the internet and its impact on business, government, and society.

2. Who founded the Blockchain Research Institute?

Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott founded the Institute to create a network of expertise on the strategic opportunities and implementation challenges discussed in their bestselling book, Blockchain Revolution. They envisioned a rigorous research program that would explore in depth 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 50 research projects, each of them culminating in a white paper of 10,000 to 20,000 words in length. Each paper will come with such digestible extras as infographics, videos, and Slideshares.

The Institute is investigating how blockchain will transform these verticals:

  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Media & Telecommunications
  • Government
  • Energy & Resources
  • Transportation
  • Regulation

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 (CS)
  • Chief counsel, chief legal officer
  • Chief of supply chain logistics and asset management

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.

We have also asked some of the world’s leading thinkers to share their points of view on controversial topics in a way that is deeper than the current public discourse.

We are accepting new members and will continue to do so for the rest of 2017; however, companies and governments that join now receive a number of additional benefits – including the opportunity to customize the research.

4. Who’s conducting the research?

We have a world class faculty of experts in their respective fields.  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 your own custom web platform and who should attend our all-member events. These events are occurring in the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018. They will also collaborate with other executives to assemble the right group and venue for the private and custom executive briefing.

6. I’m not affiliated with a member organization but I consider myself a blockchain expert. I’d like to contribute to your program – can I do this?

We’re interested in speaking with anyone who wants to help. We screen research candidates carefully and review each proposal according to our members’ needs and our editorial standards.

7. Are you building blockchain apps?

No, we are doing strategic research and providing actionable thought leadership – we leave it to others to build technology standards and products based on our research. Upon completion of the program, we are happy to connect larger organizations with companies whose sole purpose is to build blockchain infrastructure.

8. Why should organizations join?

There are many reasons.

First, no other entity can pull together a team of 80 of the world’s leading thinkers on 80 different topics. Members receive millions of dollars’ worth of research for a relatively small investment.

Second, we spend a lot of time ensuring that we not only deliver fresh new insights and results, but also help bring about positive organizational change. 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.

Third, there are many branding benefits of participation with this extraordinary group of individuals, including the association with Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott – the primary thought leaders on the impact of blockchain technology on business and society. We have an elite press team that ensure this program will be high profile.

Fourth, we will influence government policy makers (through membership) so they have the tools to make decisions that affect the ecosystem positively. We will also open new markets by releasing our research after a proprietary period of 6 months following the completion of each project. These results will be distributed widely, as we believe that a rising tide  lifts all boats. This concept addresses one of the biggest problems in the blockchain space and the confusion of this technology and the opportunities surrounding it. We also provide an opportunity for collaboration among members through our website and through webinars and other vehicles.

9. What’s your relationship with blockchain startups?

Some of our members are blockchain pioneers who pay a much lower fee to join. We’re interested in ensuring that these progressive members have access to our IP and can use it to help them better understand the marketplace and how to build their companies. Needless to say we are approached by other entrepreneurs who want to tell us about their companies. We’re interested in knowing about every single one, and have a team that screens them to find a golden nugget in the pile. However, as an organization we do not invest in early stage companies.

10. How is the BRI different from other consortiums, like the Enterprise Ethereum alliance, R3, Hyperledger etc.

To begin we are not a consortium, we are a think tank. These organizations are not our competitors, they are our partners. We created a new level of membership called “Affiliate Members” for such cases as R3, Hyperledger, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, Coala.io, and the Chamber of Digital Commerce. We work with them to ensure we do not duplicate any work.. Every piece of research we produce fills a knowledge gap and is additive to the general intelligent base.

11. Won’t this take up a lot of our time?

It’s like the lyric, “The love you take is equal to the love you make.” Our goal is to save your organization time, resources, and know-how by enabling you to ‘outsource’ research that you should be doing anyway. We arevery protective of our client’s time and we work hard to ensure that every interaction with us is super high value and additive to them. That said, members should expect to give about one day per month of one employee’s time to diseminate the information within the organization. The more you put in, the more you receive.

12. 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 co-Executive Director Don Tapscott has undertaken a massive syndicated program like this. Over the years, we’ve developed processes and institutional knowledge to pull something like this off, and our record speaks for itself.

13. How long does the program run for?

The program kicked off in March 2017 and will be active through to the end of 2018.

14. How do I get to customize research?

We hold an onboarding meeting for each member, to explain the process and how to take full advantage of it. Members who join the program before September 2017 have rights to suggest specific questions to be answered in any one of the projects, or to suggest a new project that is not on the list. Our experience indicates that our members are very reasonable, and over the years it’s a rare thing for us to say that a project is outside our scope or would not be of interest to other members.

15. Where is the research hosted?

We have a public website, www.blockchainresearchinstitute.org (the one you are currently browsing) where we will be sharing the high-level findings. Each member also has 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.

16. 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. 

17. How big is your team?

Our core team is small, with 10 or so staff orchestrating the program, however our network of project leaders and experts is vast. We have contracted with 60+ global authorities on different topics, bringing our full team numbers to well over 100 people. 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 they have many things on the go. We hire our faculty on a contract basis to write on their specific subject of expertise, and give them the platform and audience to make the idea come to life.