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Certificate Program in
Crypto-Economics: Blockchains and Decentralised Governance

This certificate is awarded by the world's only degree granting institute of higher education founded and operated by intellectuals and change-makers, GCAS Research Institute Ireland


Director, Tere Vadén, PhD
is a philosopher and full professor at GCAS Ireland. He has published widely in philosophy and is co-founder of Economic Space Agency (https://economicspace.agency/). He is a member of the multidisciplinary research unit Bios.fi that focuses on anticipation of
deep socio-ecological transformations.


Assistant Director, Petra Paulic holds a degrees in economics, project management and also cultural heritage management and sustainable development. For years she worked as a researcher in a field of creativity, cultural/creative industries, social innovations and social entrepreneurship. She is now a PhD student at GCAS Ireland. Her field of research and dissertation topic is social-economic change in era of crypto-economics.   

The Program will Start Saturday April 28 (orientation meet-up)

1 PM Eastern Standard Time (New York Time)

Description of the Program

Life in industrialised societies is often described by a situation of monoeconomy -- all values and valuations are reduced to one, the dollar, the euro, the yuan, and so on. Only a high-priesthood of finacial elite has the keys to the operating system of the economy. However, things are quickly changing. Open and peer-to-peer forms of production are creating new expectations for collaboration. New subjectivities expect new types of economic relations. Production of value happens in horizontal networks, even if it is monetised by vertical companies. Bitcoin has broken the taboo on money creation, and blockchain technologies promise further decentralised tools of governance. The economic world that was created during the age of paper (contracts on paper, stock certificates, passports) is challenged by a natively digital economic world. The program explores the emerging possibilities of crypto-economics, where blockchains are not just a new technology, but one tool for reconfiguring production, modes of value, governance and co-operation.


The seminars are led by professor Tere Vadén, and include guest lectures by

Dick Bryan (Prof. of Political Economy, University of Sydney)

Erik Bordeleau PhD, researcher at the SenseLab (Concordia University) and part of the Economic Space Agency (ECSA)

For more information email the Assistant Director, Petra Paulic (PhD Researcher, GCAS) @ <petra.paulic@gcas.ie>

or <contact@gcas.ie> 

Prerequisites:  None

Completion Requirements:

1. Complete three seminars

Two seminars are live in our on-line platform

One seminar has pre-existing materials (with some options)

2. Complete a project


Costs & Fees:  $315 (includes PDF copy of Certificate). If you would prefer to have a hardcopy of the certificate you will need to pay for the costs of shipping and handling, which will vary depending on where you live.

Obligatory Seminars:

Seminar 1

“Economy at the time of its digital re-designability”, Professor Tere Vaden, PhD (lectured)

DATES:  May 5, 12, 18

Seminar 1 description LINK

You may enroll into this seminar here. If you are enrolled in the Certificate Program you are automatically enrolled into this seminar and do not have to pay for it.

Seminar 2

“Blockchains; the technology, the sociology, the politics”, Professor Tere Vaden, PhD (lectured)

DATES:  June 16, 23, 30

Seminar description LINK

You may enroll into this seminar here. If you are enrolled in the Certificate Program you are automatically enrolled into this seminar and do not have to pay for it.

Seminar 3

“Blockchain ecosystems and experiments”, Professor Tere Vadén (pre-existing material sent to you a week before the program starts)


April 28-- Orientation Session 

April 28-- GCAS Crypto-Forum Released (Those enrolled will be invited to participate in this forum)

May 5-- Seminar 1 Starts 

May 5 -- Seminar 3 Materials released

June 16-- Seminar 2 Starts