dGen is a Dutch non-profit founded in 2019 through a generous initiation grant from Beyond Ventures, a venture studio in Berlin, Germany.
We are a non-profit think tank for the responsible, inclusive, and accessible adoption of technology. We believe that technological change has the power to transform the distribution of power, money, and ownership. We convene communities, technology users, and industry to discuss how technology can be a decentralising force in society and the economy.
dGen is led by Reid Yager, Managing Director along with Hebah Issa, Public Funding Director; Francisco Rodríguez, Marketing and Partnerships; Maggie Clarendon, Editor; and Evelyne Buzziol, Project Coordinator.
dGen operates as a non-profit foundation. We are dependent on outside funding to sustain our programmes and initiatives. The initiation grant from Beyond Ventures expires in May 2021. dGen is currently seeking sponsors and long-term partners to secure and sustain the organisation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request additional financial information or inquire about supporting dGen.
We believe that a society is the sum of the norms, values, and ideals of the individuals within a connected, ordered environment. Whether that environment is bound by sovereign borders, political identity, or internet community, there exists a social responsibility between each member to one another.
Technology is not apolitical. Code, terms, and users all impact how technology functions, who has access to, and who benefits from different technologies. To ensure that decentralised technologies do not lead to greater social stratification for the decentralised generation, we find it imperative to hold a strong focus on inclusion and bring a diverse array of voices into discussions around emerging, decentralised technologies throughout their development.
We believe it is imperative that our work reflects this core value. The technology driving decentralism must be responsibly adopted. The decentralised generation should uphold social values of a modern, progressive connected community that embraces access. While better user experience is driving forward greater accessibility in decentralised technologies, this must remain a central focus for the entire industry.
dGen stands for 'decentralised generation'. The British economist E.F. Schumacher said, 'any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction'.
We are in an era of great consolidation. Identity, ownership, money, and power has consolidated around organizations and individuals destined for endless accession. The versions of capitalism, democracy, and monetary order that have caused this great consolidation are sick. It is time for evolution.
In his writing, Thomas Paine spoke not only of common sense generally, but also the idea of a common, sense. He defined it as a common purpose that unites all people across all ideologies, despite divisions or differences. He wrote, 'common sense will tell us that the power which hath endeavored to subdue us, is of all others the most improper to defend us'.
We believe there exists a common purpose in all people to continually build toward a better future. We believe that common purpose, not centralised power or billionaires alone, can solve the world's greatest challenges.
We are committed to a decentralised future. A future where new generations will grow up with ownership over their digital selves, access to inclusive and fair markets, and opportunities that are not limited by borders or creed.
We believe that decentralism as a social and political movement, combined with the advancement and adoption of decentralised technology can change the world. Capitalism needs rejuvenation. Democracy needs an update. Power needs a shake up.
Together, we can create a better world through the responsible, accessible, and inclusive adoption of decentralised principles and technology for the decentralised generation.