What The Block
What The Block brings together the best of Design and Blockchain. Starting out as a game to make learning about Blockchain fun and accessible, it has blossomed to become a wider platform. We run workshops to help participants discover the potential of Blockchain, host events with inspirational speakers, and use speculative design methods to help clients create meaningful, well considered concepts which employ the technology in imaginative and value-oriented ways.Our core activity is now a workshop known as Designing with Blockchain - a customisable workshop aimed at anyone looking to understand the potential of Blockchain, or get started with a Blockchain project. Participants explore Blockchain through hands-on learning, playing a specially designed game, over 4 rounds, covering all the major concepts of Blockchain from blocks and mining, and tokens to smart contracts.
Our approach was to create an analog game format which inspires curiosity and allows people to learn without any prerequisite knowledge, in a fun and fast-paced manner. Through top-down learning, we immerse participants in the world of Blockchain, build their vocabulary and knowledge, and allow them to start asking relevant and insightful questions, which often evolves into a group discussion. This is facilitated by us, using tools like lectures, slides and stories to reinforce knowledge.Our workshops range from half a day to five day sessions. In longer sessions we run a full design workshop, in order to help people come up with robust concepts which employ the features of Blockchain – facilitating value transfer, in transparent systems, where trust is a feature. You can read more about the overall process in this blog post.
Thus far more than 100 people have played the game and been trained through the workshop. The feedback has been great. We’ve heard from many people that they’d struggled for months trying to grasp even the basics of Blockchain, but by playing our game, in just a few hours they not only could understand what Blockchain is, but could begin to craft their own concepts. Many of our workshop participants work within NGOs or large public sector organizations and they’ve told us that our approach has helped them uncover a world of new opportunities.
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