Welcome to "Finding Common Ground" - your gateway to the digital revolution in community building, cooperative governance, and collective ownership! Join us as we explore the future of humankind in the 21st century, with thought-provoking conversations featuring innovators, pioneers, and visionaries from around the globe. Let's embark on this journey together, bridging divides and reimagining our collective future. Get ready to be inspired, informed, and ignited.
Florian Glatz is a german author, lawyer, software developer and entrepreneur. Among other things, he is responsible for the fact that the topic of blockchain was included in the coalition agreement between two parties in Germany and is one of the first lawyers who have researched and published on the topic of Smart Contracts worldwide.
Also he is the co-founder of the platform Common Ground, a fair and social app with the goal to give communities a new home in the World Wide Web.
Let's find Common Ground!
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Redefining Wealth in Web3: Philosophical thoughts with Andy Tudhope
Join us on this philosophically rich journey as host Florian Glatz delves deep into the mind of our guest, Andy Tudhope. Based in Africa and introduced to the world of Web3 by his father in 2011, Andy takes us along his unexpected path from a prospective teacher to a pioneer of Web3, a realm where redefining wealth isn't a goal, but a reality.
In this episode, we explore the stark contrast between Andy's initial expectations of Web3 and the reality it has evolved into today. We examine the complexities of regulations, particularly highlighting the role of Ethereum and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) within the crypto ecosystem.
As an African native, Andy holds a passionate and optimistic belief in Africa's vital role in advancing the crypto world. He shares his vision of a promising future where Africans craft Web3 solutions tailored specifically for their fellow Africans.
Public goods and the concept of beauty are focal points of our conversation, as we probe into how these abstract ideas impact Andy's work. The discussion expands into Andy's literary contribution, "The Blue Book," a work he fondly refers to as his "proof of love."
We also explore the Kernel community, a brainchild of Andy built for those intrigued by Web3 and keen to develop their skills. We follow Florian's journey of founding the Common Ground-project, reflecting on its beginnings when the hopeful mission to bring a gift to this world led to the formation of 'The Fellowship.'
Wrapping up the episode, Andy imparts invaluable advice for Web3 novices, providing insights on how to effectively navigate and discover the burgeoning scene. Tune in for a conversation that combines idealistic philosophies, technology, and the concept of beauty in a world teetering on the edge of the digital revolution.
00:00:00 Welcome to Finding Common Ground
00:00:37 Introduction to the podcast
00:01:22 Do you already know Common Ground?
00:01:36 What is Web3 for Andy?
00:08:11 Expectation vs. Reality
00:20:39 Web3 in Africa
00:25:12 Public goods
00:34:29 The concept of beauty
00:43:28 The Blue Book
00:51:58 Kernel community
01:06:55 Tips to discover the Web3-Worlds
Master of Data: Blockchain, Crypto, and AI - with Antonius Gress, Blockbrain
Join us for this episode of Finding Common Ground where your host, Florian Glatz, engages in a thoughtful conversation with Antonius Gress, the Co-founder of Blockbrain and often referred to as the “Master of Data”. Dive into Antonius' journey as he talks about co-founding a social platform in 2014 and his shift towards the blockchain technology from last year.
Get an insider's perspective on the current stage of the Web3 revolution and the complexities of mass adoption. Listen as Florian and Antonius discuss the exciting potential and the hurdles encountered when creating blockchain use cases for big companies, and their thoughts on why many promising ideas haven't yet reached fruition.
Explore the vital dialog between industry and regulators in the web3 and crypto arena, where experts from industries and start-ups join forces with politicians and government, working towards a common goal.
Unearth what Blockbrain is all about, how the idea came to be, and its mission to protect investors and their portfolios through innovative methods such as deep wallet analytics. Find out how traditional finance metrics are utilized within a crypto context.
Antonius takes us through the debate between custodial and self-custodial wallets and shares his personal views on this complex issue. The episode also ventures into the exciting intersection of AI and crypto, discussing how AI tools like natural language processing are used to identify potentially malicious smart contracts, while also touching on the potential for AI-driven fraud.
Further into the episode, Antonius opens up about Blockbrain's collaborations with academics and universities, shedding light on the complexities of building and preparing data in the research field.
To cap off the episode, Florian and Antonius gaze into the future of crypto, contemplating the potential of a new bull market.
Whether you're a blockchain enthusiast, an investor, or just curious about the intersection of tech and finance, this episode is a must-listen. Tune in to deepen your understanding and stay updated on the latest in the crypto world.
00:01:04 Introduction of Antonius Gress
00:03:50 Do you already know Common Ground?
00:04:52 Antonius’ ideas about Web3
00:07:36 Building a social network
00:11:05 Blockchain use cases in big companies
00:23:01 What is Blockbrain about?
00:34:35 Custodial vs. self-custodial wallets
00:37:55 The future of AI and crypto
00:50:29 Working with university and researchers
00:54:36 Coming up bull market?!
Decentralized Governance and the Future of Work - with Juan, MakerDAO
Welcome to another episode of "Finding Common Ground"! In this captivating conversation, your host Florian Glatz, the visionary founder of Common Ground, sits down with a special guest, Juan, a remarkable facilitator at MakerDAO. Juan's role as an intermediary between the team and governance allows him to delve into the fascinating world of governance design, a crucial component of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs). While Juan prefers to remain anonymous due to his work with a DAO, his insights are anything but hidden.
Juan's journey into the realm of Web3 technologies began with his serendipitous encounter at a Berlin conference exploring Ethereum. This encounter served as the gateway to his unquenchable curiosity for Web3, a space that amalgamates various disciplines into a cohesive package.
In their engaging conversation, Florian and Juan explore the path to achieving mass adoption of Web3. Juan posits that for widespread adoption, we must create something superior to our existing reality. They delve into the inner workings of MakerDAO, shedding light on its mission to empower individuals by challenging the conventional financial system. With Dai as its foundation, MakerDAO aims to forge a better world by giving power back to the people.
As they unravel the intricacies of DAOs, Florian and Juan ponder the defining characteristics of such organizations and how MakerDAO's DAO aspect bolsters its resilience. To illustrate the concept of a DAO, Juan draws a parallel to Alcoholics Anonymous, emphasizing the shared decision-making and collaboration that define both.
Florian raises thought-provoking questions, contemplating whether a DAO should always prioritize the public good. They also delve into the realm of influential figures within DAOs, examining the enigmatic leadership of Bitcoin and its potential impact on decentralized organizations.
Juan provides valuable insights into the organizational structure of MakerDAO, elucidating how processes are defined and knowledge is preserved. The conversation also explores the pros and cons of working within a DAO, including the significance of titles and the primacy of reputation in such dynamic environments. Juan underscores the importance of an entrepreneurial mindset within a DAO ecosystem.
The dialogue extends to personal considerations, as Florian inquires about the compatibility of family life with DAO involvement, and whether DAOs represent the future of work.
In the closing moments, Florian and Juan delve into the realm of DAO tooling, discussing Common Ground as a viable alternative to platforms like Discord, and how it aligns with the ethos of decentralized collaboration.
Join Florian and Juan in this enlightening episode as they navigate the intricacies of Web3, DAOs, and the profound potential they hold for reshaping our world. Tune in to "Finding Common Ground" and prepare to broaden your understanding of the future of decentralized organizations.
00:00:55 Introduction of Juan
00:01:57 The journey into Web3
00:05:12 How will Web3 reach mass adoption?
00:07:26 The future of AI
00:09:11 What does MakerDAO do?
00:11:41 Do you already know Common Ground?
00:11:56 The difference between Dia and Fiat
00:14:19 System of values
00:17:03 What makes a DAO a DAO?
00:20:24 DAOs and public goods
00:27:33 Leaders and DAOs
00:32:50 Organization of MakerDAO
00:42:24 Working in a DAO
00:49:35 The future of work
00:51:51 DAO tooling
00:54:44 Common Ground as alternative to Discord
01:02:22 A look in the future
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Cracking the Code of Cryptocurrencies and Proof of Humanity - Tiago Sada, Worldcoin
In this enlightening episode of "Finding Common Ground," host Florian Glatz, founder of Common Ground, engages in an in-depth conversation with Tiago Sada, head of product engineering and design at Tools for Humanity and key contributor to Worldcoin. Tiago, a computer science and robotics enthusiast, unfolds his journey into the world of Web3 and his thoughts on the impending boom in cryptocurrency usage.
This episode delves into the importance of stablecoins, the potential of bootstrapping networks, and the controversial but ground-breaking project, Worldcoin. Co-founded by Sam Altman of OpenAI, Worldcoin strives to democratize AI systems and tackle issues of online identity authentication. Tiago breaks down the driving forces behind Worldcoin, the intricacies of the biometric identification system it developed, and the challenges they faced in distinguishing real people from bots.
We delve deep into the mechanisms of the Worldcoin system, including the 'Orb' device, the World ID protocol, and their application, all while addressing the criticism and ethical concerns regarding the use of biometrics.
Tiago candidly discusses Worldcoin's funding and vision as a public good, parallels to Common Ground's mission, and explains the use and security of data within the system. The conversation culminates with a discussion on their white hat program, designed to test the hackability of their technology, and an overview of Worldcoin's network bootstrapping and project phases.
Join us for a compelling discussion that traverses the intersections of crypto, AI, and identity in the Web3 era.
00:01:17 Introduction of Tiago Sada
00:02:44 Tiago’s journey into Web3
00:05:39 Do you already know Common Ground?
00:05:53 The breakthrough of Crypto
00:10:41 The vision of Common Ground
00:12:15 The use case of Crypto
00:22:11 Use cases of Worldcoin
00:24:00 Proof of humanity
00:28:05 The protocol of Worldcoin
00:29:29 Protocol governance
00:32:22 Mistakes and controversy
00:35:06 Verification opportunities
00:37:12 Public good
00:42:18 Data collected
00:50:31 Good heart’s law
00:53:16 Hacking an orb?!
00:54:53 Bootstrapping the network
01:00:12 White hat program
Between Fact and Fiction: Understanding Web3, Bitcoin, and Media Literacy - with Katharina Klimkeit
In this episode, Florian is joined by Katharina Klimkeit, Co-Founder of the fact-checking platform Facts for Friends and the driving force behind the budding Blockchain industry agency, Orange Society.
As the duo navigates the nebulous realm of Web3, they ponder the potential pitfalls and rewards that this new phase of the internet brings, discussing its current state of maturation, emerging use cases, and the challenges faced by Bitcoin and the broader crypto world.
Katharina sheds light on the common misconceptions surrounding Bitcoin and crypto, addressing the governance system of Bitcoin, its standing in the face of criticism, and the balance between freedom, accountability, and responsibility that it mandates.
In an intriguing turn, they also touch upon the prospects of Bitcoin as a contender for the new world reserve currency, and the importance of centralized governance in DAOs.
Katharina takes us on a journey through her entrepreneurial endeavors, sharing her experience of founding Facts for Friends amidst the global pandemic. Unravel how this platform, initially built during a hackathon, combats misinformation with 'fact snacks', videos on TikTok, and a robust fact-checking network.
Together, they tackle the daunting challenges posed by AI and deep fake technologies, emphasizing the urgency for media literacy in educational institutions. Discussions about censorship, Sam Altman's pursuit of a biometric identity for citizens, and the intricacies of leading an autonomous life fill the conversation.
They reflect on their privileged position to pave their own paths, and then shift focus towards envisioning a future that isn’t censored and centralized. Katharina then introduces her latest venture, "Orange Society," aiming to revamp Bitcoin's branding, push it into the mainstream, and make it more appealing for mass adoption.
Concluding with an honest discussion about the image problem that Bitcoin faces, they address the critical factors that could simplify its adoption. The episode wraps with Florian seeking Katharina's insights for aspiring founders, especially women, making this an episode you won't want to miss.
00:00:56 Introduction of Katharina Klimkeit
00:02:13 Is Web3 the right path to take?
00:05:06 Where is the breakthrough for Web3?
00:09:58 The difference between Bitcoin and Crypto
00:13:36 Do you already know Common Ground?
00:13:49 Better governance system of Bitcoin?
00:19:06 Bitcoin as the new world reserve currency
00:23:37 Fact checking of information
00:27:44 Attention span-problem
00:28:31 How Facts for Friends works
00:33:07 Trustworthiness of AI
00:39:34 Censorship vs. Disinformation
00:44:44 Autonomy and courage
00:49:21 Can all people become autonomous?
00:53:31 A privileged position to be autonomous
00:58:28 Orange society
01:04:58 Branding or technology for Bitcoin
01:10:25 Top Tips for founders
Web3 Innovations and Collaborative Protocols - with Andreas Fauler, Rocketstar Foundation
In this episode, Florian sits down with Andreas Fauler, the Founder of Rocketstar Foundation. With over two decades of experience in the tech industry, Andreas brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Having already made the transition from Web1 to Web3, he offers unique insights into the evolving landscape.
Andreas kickstarts the conversation by sharing his journey and passion for innovation. From his early days, Andreas has consistently embraced cutting-edge concepts.
Florian and Andreas explore the exciting world of Web3 and the rise of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs). They delve into the concept of DAOs, highlighting how one can be created on the blockchain within 20 minutes, allowing individuals to coordinate their efforts around a common purpose without even knowing each other.
The discussion then shifts to the strengths of DAOs, particularly their ability to facilitate creative hierarchy and decentralized decision-making. Andreas highlights the importance of learning from enterprises when it comes to project management, expressing his concern about the gap between DAOs and traditional organizations and their lack of collaboration.
Andreas introduces Rocketstar Foundation, a pioneering initiative aiming to bridge the gap between Web3 and enterprises through collaborative protocols. As one of the eight founding members, he explains the mission of Rocketstar Foundation and their formation as a European co-operative. The conversation explores the unique approach of the foundation, where members have the autonomy to determine their level of contribution to the DAO, shaping a new way of work.
Further, Andreas discusses the exciting projects that Rocketstar Foundation is currently engaged in, offering a glimpse into their impactful work at the forefront of Web3 technologies.
Florian and Andreas also dive into the topic of cooperatives, reflecting on Florian's own platform, Common Ground, and its ongoing journey to establish a European cooperative. Andreas shares the perspectives of the Rocketstar Foundation founders on cooperatives and elaborates on their own cooperative's formation.
The episode takes an intriguing turn as Florian asks Andreas about the superpower that emerges from the marriage of Web3 DAOs and governance. Andreas passionately explains the advantages of this combination and reveals his seven data segments, each holding unique value for different types of organizations.
Lastly, Florian and Andreas engage in a discussion on their predictions for 2023, exploring the major trends and future directions within the Web3 landscape. This insightful conversation concludes with a glimpse into the exciting possibilities that lie ahead.
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► Common Ground: www.commonground.cg
► Twitter: https://twitter.com/CommonGround_cg
► Florian’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/florianglatz/
► Rocketstar Foundation: https://rocketstar.foundation/
► Andreas' LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fauler/
00:00:00 Introduction of Finding Common Ground
00:00:46 Introduction of Andreas Fauler
00:01:28 How Andreas got into Web3
00:04:00 Are Web1 and Web3 rooted in the same idea?
00:06:53 Platforms are changing
00:10:22 What DAOs can learn from the enterprise world
00:13:07 The creation of Rocketstar Foundation
00:18:30 These projects Rocketstar Foundation is working with
00:22:35 What kind of cooperative to choose?
00:26:54 The vision of Rocketstar Foundation regarding cooperatives
00:29:25 The marriage of Web3 DAOS and governance
00:32:38 The first movers
00:36:59 Definition of people Data
00:38:45 Web3 regulation
00:42:49 Predictions to 2023
00:48:36 Crypto culture