Carin Ism

I work on governance innovation, on updating the tools available to distribute power and make/enforce decisions. I am the Director of Research at Bitnation, where I direct the Bitnation Future Governance Expedition, I am faculty in the future of governance at the Nordic branch of Singularity U. Before that I was Executive Director of the Global Challenges Foundation, I give talks on power and governance-related issues and offer advisory services to governments and IGOs. I am the chairman of Effective Altruism Sweden and run a live-in hackerspace in Stockholm and one in Amsterdam, both heavily informed by effective altruism. My current work emphasises applications of emerging tools for governance, ranging from algorithmic regulation to the power of escrow/multisignatories, reputation systems and what needs to be in place to get distributed autonomous organisations to actually work. If you do anything in the space of reimagining governance and power, do reach out. I am always interested in learning about new projects and perspectives.

Beyond this, my brain tends to ideate far outside of these specific domains. Apparently, it is yet to receive the memo stating that people should act like siloed entities and simplistic brands. Sometimes I indulge in these impulses and create art, lamps and literature. I publish some of the results here.


The future of energy
Jul
7
5:00 PM17:00

The future of energy

Fusion, wind turbines, cordlessness, distributed grids, and the 1.3 billion individuals living in darkness. A leading physicist joins us for an enlightening dinner where many aspects of the future of energy supply are expanded upon. A good opportunity to ask about if's of fission, the how's of fusion, and what goes on at ITER – the experimental fusion reactor currently being built in France.

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Longevity workshop
Jul
1
1:00 PM13:00

Longevity workshop

What options are available for the post-mortem human body? We separate facts from fictions in this workshop on writing your last will, strategies for life insurance, and the possibilities and practicalities of cryonics. Biologist Victor Björk guides us through the cryonic preservation process, its current state, and the latest scientific updates from the emerging field of longevity research.

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Universal basic income
Jun
27
5:00 PM17:00

Universal basic income

A basic income is a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement. What are the arguments for and against its feasibility and desirability? This walkthrough introduces the main concepts, details on possible implementations, and examples from around the world where basic income has been on trial for shorter or longer periods, and what the learnings were.

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Applied rationality – The 101 on how to improve your brain
Jun
10
1:00 PM13:00

Applied rationality – The 101 on how to improve your brain

Or rather, improve how well you use your brain. The Center for Applied Rationality holds exclusive and quite life-altering workshops. We build on their methodology and provide a crash course on how to understand the biases and fallacies that trip up our thinking, along with the intuition pumps and complementary tools to let your mind reach more of its potential.

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Privacy workshop
Jun
3
1:00 PM13:00

Privacy workshop

A workshop and crash course on privacy and security, covering best practices, strategies, and the philosophy of maintaining your integrity in the digital landscape. Learn what tools to use for private browsing and communication even in high-surveillance environments, the dos and don'ts of public networks, how to secure your computer while travelling, how to store sensitive data, and more.

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Doing Good Better – Book circle
May
1
to Jun 30

Doing Good Better – Book circle

Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference is a 2015 book by William MacAskill. The reader is provided with core tools on how to improve the world by applying the scientific method and systematically determine where your marginal utility is the greatest. We read it together and discuss its implications for our own choices and ideals within the development sector, philanthropy, and development at large.

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Knowledge feast
Apr
21
to Apr 22

Knowledge feast

A concept where all participants go through their knowledge reserves and offer up a subject they can enlighten others about. The experience is curated with mingle exercises and culminates in a classic quiz.

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