Solutions papers 


How can Blockchain support a sustainable future?

What happened so far? 

June 2017

Our first conference took place at the Think Tank Hub. The topic:  Employment in the light of automation. 

Speakers included an expert from the International Labour Organisation (ILO).  

The results of the discussion were the basis of our first Solutions Paper.

April 2018

We presented our first Solutions Paper at The Impact Hub, Geneva. 

40 participants stayed with us for three hours and discussed with our experts.

March 2019

Encouraged to think bigger, we  organized a round-table event at the Geneva Press Club together with our partner Beyond CSR. The topic:  How Blockchain can help the SDGs. 

70 people attended in person and over 300 followed our live stream. 

The success of this event led to a collaboration with the UN for our next conference at the Palais des Nations.

September 2019

Blockchain 4 impact  was organised by the Geneva Macro Labs and co-hosted by the United Nations' JIU in partnership with Diginex, the Crypto Valley Association, JustJobsNetwork and the Swiss Finance + Technology Association (SFTA).

Blockchain 4 impact aimed at offering a new space for information exchange, debate and critical reflection on opportunities and limitations of the Blockchain technology in achieving Sustainable Development Goals. 1,5 conference days attracted around 300 participants from the public and private sector as well as from civil society plus 25 speakers (Keynote by Libra Association).

January 2020

Geneva Blockchain Congress

The Geneva Macro Labs where invited by Palexpo to participate in the Geneva Blockchain Congress 2020. We moderated two panels and five of our speakers talked about eidentity resp. social & humanitarian applications.

January 2020

Side Event at the WEF in Davos

The Geneva Macro Labs organized a Lunch Event during the World Economic Forum 2020. Around 40 participants attended our panel discussion, thinkathon and networking session. Our speakers introduced us to their projects of developing sustainable solutions for green investment in order to address climate change.

The event was kicked off by a message from Eva Kaili, Member of the European Parliament, followed by a welcome note of Dr. Petru Dumitriu, UN JIU.

Dr. Ralph Chami (IMF) and the former professional tennis player Michael Fishbach showed us how valueable the whales are to save our planet.  Leonardo Barrionuevo, CEO and Founder of the Amacoin discussed the first ever green ICO.

Saving the planet or greenwashing asked our speaker from the University of Geneva, Jörn Erbguth. He helped us better understand the field of sustainable finance.

A thinkaton with an engaged audience made our event a true interactive experience and brought valueable solutions that the Geneva Macro Labs will use to inform guidelines for sustainable development.

Our partners Consensus Capital, DizzItUp and WDIA were present during an animated networking session.

Weekly "lockdown" Online Talks

How to deal with uncertainty in times of COVID-19?

26 participants discussed this topic with us on 08.04.2020. Our speakers showed how far Risk-Management principles can provide guidelines to manage the current pandemic and how to define risk. Also what new boundaries and narratives are emerging and how ResilientSocieties can be a future role model.

How to deal with uncertainty in times of COVID-19?

We discussed with Global Health Sociologist Marianne T. Schoerling (PhD) our search for resilience when managing risks. She highlighted sociology's contribution to identify risk inequalities and to inform specific measures for protecting high vulnerable groups. In our interconnected and global world, many risks are not constrained by locality. In fact, climatechange or pandemics such as COVID19 challenge every country. However, vulnerability to such threats varies drastically, within and across national borders. That's why risks management needs to address diversity, leaving no one behind.

COVID-19: Where do we stand regarding Antibody testing

Antibody testing will be key to easing Covid-19 lockdowns so that cities can reopen and people can go back to their leisure and workplace safely. However, there are still not enough tests on the market. How reliable is antibodytesting? Can we expect immunity after infection? Why is herdimmunity a dangerous path? What does COVID19 do to the body? 32 participants discussed this with us in our online talk on 15.04.2020.

COVID-19: Where do we stand regarding Antibody testing

The HerdImmunity concept would lead to too many deaths and an overwhelmed health care system . At the same time, protective immunity after Infection might not last, reinfections might occur.

· Loosening COVID19 restrictions requires aggressive testing, otherwise there will be resurgence.
· Good antibody tests can show us if we have been infected or not. But they are not easy to interpret.
· A positive antibody test does not guarantee #protective immunity.
· Life can not return normal until there is a therapy or a vaccine.

Brave new (Corona-) World

Massive challenges for policymakers lay ahead of us - especially in the post COVID-19 world. New technologies could help ease the pandemic.

Eva A. Kaili, Member of the European Parliament, presented during the Online Talk with the Geneva Macro Labs several ways for the EU to support its member countries without overlapping the national systems. She urged the international community to leverage digital ecosystems, in particular when it comes to collaborating across supply chains.

Brave new (Corona-) World

Massive challenges for policymakers lay ahead of us; especially in the post SARS-CoV2 world! How can we address the failure of hierarchical systems - both in the private and the public realms? How to support Sustainable Development in the future? 42 participants discussed with us in the Geneva Macro Labs online talk on Wednesday 22.04.2020 with Eva A. Kaili, Member of the European Parliament and Cédric Dupont,

𝗣𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗰𝘆 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵

We currently face massive uncertainty regarding privacy in the PublicHealth sector. Contact-tracing apps are supposed to stop the spread of COVID19. But, how far could these services impact our privacy? 32 participants discussed on 29.04.2020.

Main takeaways:
- The infected patient's data should be protected because of the possible #stigma that comes with it.
- Even anonymized data gets in the public domain and people can draw association between what they think they see and what they believe.
- Stigmatizing assumptions can be the fatal consequence.

𝗣𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗰𝘆 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵
Key takeaways from Jörn Erbguth's presentation:

- Contact Tracing is only effective when a large portion of contacts and transmissions are traced. Both sides of an encounter need to use the app.
- If you want to be able to trace 50% of contacts, more than 70% of the population needs to use the app.
- The main privacy impact of COVID-19 tracing is: How do we deal with the #alerts? Alerts only indicate a risk and in the majority of cases do not mean infection.

Global Health response at the Crossroads

COVID-19 is currently number six on the list when comparing the average disease death per day worldwide (1647 cases) - preceded by Tuberculosis, HepatitisB, Pneunomia, HIV/AIDS and Malaria. GlobalHealth actors have joined forces to combat COVID-19 trough the new Sustainable Finance Health Accelerator. Among them: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in a core partnership with the other three largest multi-lateral health financing agencies, the WHO, the World Bank and GAVI. 30 participants joined our online talk on 06.05.2020.

Global Health response at the Crossroads

How to support the most vulnerable ones affected by COVID19? The measures taken by national governments to contain the pandemic and their economic consequences are likely to hurt countries more than the virus itself. People in Emerging Markets are likely to be further pushed into poverty and hunger. How to support the most vulnerable ones? We discussed best practices with David Verboom, CEO of the humanitarian organisation Medair. 

A virus hits the Labour Market

Who is most affected by the economic costs of COVID-19? People with low-wage occupations. They are at a higher risk on the labour market while those with high-wage occupations are relatively resistant regarding adverse supply and demand-side shocks. 40 participants discussed that with us on 13.05.2020.

Combining two indices - job type and wage - provides striking evidence for unequal vulnerability to economic disruption. In addition, workers in essential jobs cannot work from home and are more exposed to the virus.

A virus hits the Labour Market

COVID19 has caused the highest economic contraction of the century: Unemployment claims in the US are still at record levels, with female rates being higher than men's.
👉 Industries like the garment or apparel sector are subject to order cancellations and the failure of buyers to pay for a withdrawal.
👉 The economic burden falls especially hard on women both in the US and in EmergingMarket countries.

👉 Lessons to be learnt from the pandemic: Prepare for disasters, rely on experts, restructure global valuechains. Introduce appropriate ways to support both, workers with long run effects, and economic development in emerging markets.

A virus hits the Financial Markets

The world economy is devastated due to COVID19. Companies have lost considerable revenue due to the lockdown while they still had expenditures. 

Economies are now opening up and some stimulus might be appropriate. Some major central banks like the SNB have already cut interest rates into negative leaving less space for maneuver. Hence, there's not much that monetary policy can do to save the global economy. 50 participants joined us online. 

A virus hits the Financial Markets 

Migrants help to combat global poverty but COVID19 makes them struggle to send money home.
👉 What could migrant host countries do to mitigate the issue?
- Protect migrant workers like other citizens (paycheck, employment and social protection)
- Improve accommodations of migrants
- Help reduce high cost of remitting
👉 What can International Financial Institutions IFIs do?
- Provide assistance in adopting new technologies for money transfers
- Shore up fiscal and balance of payment needs
- Support testing of returned migrants

Scenarion building to deal with uncertainty

COVID-19 has been impacting many industry sectors and its influence will be multifaceted depending on the economic scenario. Key takeaways:

- Industries like Agriculture and Telecommunications might be less heavily effected.
- Supply Chains are very likely to become more regional as we'll produce things closer to us. Insuring security along the chains will be more important than just cost of production.
- The Pharma industry is on an upswing and so are FMCG and Retail as food is one of the basic human needs. 

COVID-19 shows how fake news can quickly spread on social media. How can we trust the information that we read? Could we possibly increase the trust by using blockchain technology?

Ernst & Young (EY) has teamed up with one of the top ten news agencies, Italy's ANSA news, to fight fake news on all of its platforms. With a blockchain solution called ANSA check, readers can verify the origin of the news that is published on its platforms, affiliated publications, and also third parties in social media.

Tomorrow@work: A better normal for labour markets?

Key takeaways:
- Bullshit jobs (meaningless work under poor conditions) will fuel inequality and polarization. It's not the number of jobs that is at stake, but their quality and earnings
- Artificial Intelligence AI and robotics are an accelerator for profit
- They threaten white collar jobs, but many new workplaces in administration, compliance and personal services will arise.
- AI can help policy makers in implementing and monitoring new policies for sustainable economies.

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