Blockchain in the cultural sector
This is my first post in this group. I got redirected to here via the P2P Foundation (Stacco Troncoso) where I asked a question about the possibilities P2P and blockchain may generate in the non-profit / social / cultural sectors. I hope it's okay to make a separate thread for it.
My main interests are film distribution on an entrepreneurial level and bringing about a more anarchic world on an ideological level. I have started a non-profit film platform (Cinarchy Films) a few months ago and want to use this platform to organize (film) events, bring not-seen films to Belgium / Ghent and create a space to talk about different ways of organizing the cultural sector and even society at large, but from the perspective of the local level. Now I also try to connect with the tech sector since I'm convinced a lot of possibilities can be found there to make the cultural sector more vivid and vital again. Innovation (if not appropriated by capital) is key, I think.
I'm not very tech-savvy, so maybe I'm overestimating things. I see blockchain as a means to make the cultural sector more connected with each other. Producers, distributors and exploiters in every branch of the cultural sector (be it film, music, theater, dance, painting, sculpture, multimedial art, literature, photography and so on) could be downsized to individuals. Big companies, middle men and the thousands of accountants and notaries making cultural products more and more like commodities instead of co-owned products, can be bypassed. This goes even for the more commercial cultural sector, like the entertainment business.
My questions for you:
1. Are there any people from Ghent (or Belgium) on here, who want to meet up and talk about this? I actually want to start a Meet Up group about P2P, commons and blockchain, specifically directed towards the cultural sector.
2. Have any of you got examples, experiences, articels, thoughts or critiques concerning blockchain technology in the cultural / non-profit / social sectors? If so, please share!
3. Since this is, of course, a platform to talk about commons, I have a wider (more theoretical) question as well: how do you see blockchain technology playing a part in the creation of a post-capitalist, more common-based society? Is this something to experiment with, or is it already too late because of the appropriation by the fintech sector?
4. Finally, is anyone from here going to the OuiShare Fest in July this year? It would be nice to meet up!