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.


Learning about the surrounding world, emerging trends and technologies is a prerequisite to making sound judgements, on your own field of work and the broader environment. Having worked in many fields before settling on governance innovation, I have often observed daunting silos in areas that are intrinsically connected – particularly when it comes to the social vs. the technological side of progress. This is why I decided to create a live-in-hackspace, sharing it with other individuals devoted to becoming effective agents of value-aligned-change. Commune style living has helped individuals discipline themselves for thousands of years, and the humans of today are not much different when it comes to the way that structures of accountability and peer pressure affect us. 

The space is called Neurora and hosts events on a regular basis to allow for cross-pollination of expertise and perspectives. Our events range from knowledge-feasts to focused workshops, getting-things-done-sessions and dinners with particularly knowledgeable individuals as honorary guests/interviewees. To join the community and get access to our events, tell us who you are and why you are interested in joining us on the request form here.



The Sci-Fi Agenda is an ongoing curated collection of notable science fiction films. Not only has science fiction predicted the future better than most scientific disciplines, but it also provides myriads of intuition pumps for interpreting contemporary currents in science and technology. The approximately 50 films on the agenda are presented at these pseudo-weekly screenings with follow-up discussions on the themes in each.