Third Annual Better World Day - Blockchain for a Better World

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Stuart O. Smith, Jr.

Third Annual Better World Day - Blockchain for a Better World
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Better World Day is brought to you by Leading Hands Through Technology and Workmen's Circle Educational Center of Ohio. The conference focuses on technology to arm non-profits with the knowledge to continue their fight for a better world.

Blockchain for a Better World
Better World Day
Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

Blockchain for a Better World
(How Non-Profits Can Successfully Apply Blockchain)
At our third annual event, we're excited to bring together researchers, technology experts, non-profit leaders and fund-raising professionals to develop innovative solutions that combine technology and compassion to improve our world.

I am grateful that Marc Majers (@MarcMajers) knew of my interest in technology solutions for nonprofits, and thus invited me to this year's Better World Day (@BetterWorldDay) educational event. This panel discussion and keynote address on how nonprofits can use blockchain technologies took place on October 17, 2019, at the Cuyahoga County Public Library Parma Branch (@CuyahogaLib).

On November 11, 2018, I had written a blog post entitled Cleveland Foundation #CtrlAltCLE Convenes: Tech & Digital Equity/Blockchain for Social Good which featured an excellent introduction to blockchain by Cleveland Foundation's (@CleveFoundation) Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer Leon Wilson (@Leon_CleveFdn). I was excited to learn more from Leon Wilson and the other members of the panel, as well as the keynote presenter.

The purpose of this blog post is to capture some of what I learned, and share it with others.


Pre-Better World Day Announcements


Better World Day!

a panel of local experts will share experiences and best practices. Join Leon Wilson, Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer of the Cleveland Foundation, Lorraine Schuchart, Founder and CEO of Prosper for Purpose, Michael Hudak, Project Manager at BlueBridge Networks, and Randy Cole, Exec VP & Chief Solutions Officer of Ownum!

The event will also feature a networking session with demos, poster presentations and vendor tables.

The panel presentation built on what I had learned from attending the November 11, 2018, Blockchain for Social Good. Marc Majers had arranged for an audio recording of the panel presentation, but unfortunately, there were technical problems, so I can't share it with you in this blog post.

The most important takeaway is that nonprofit leaders need to be open to technical advances that can impact their services, so that their organizations can be ready to use the technology at the time it is ready.

Thank you to Leading Hands Through Technology and Workmen's Circle Educational Center of Ohio for sponsoring Better World Day. The material presented by the panel is just what is needed to help nonprofit leaders be prepared for when blockchain technology will be available for their use.


Blockland Cleveland

During the Better World Day event, I shared some information about a Blockland Cleveland workshop. As you can see in the following tweet, what I shared was used by one of my Twitter followers to pass on to her daughter. I love when that happens -- useful information about resources in our community passed on to benefit others.


Keynote Speaker - Amy Neumann

One of the main reasons that I wanted to write this blog post is to share some of the resources that I tweeted out during the presentation by Amy Neumann (@CharityIdeas). Please look at the links in the following tweets, and retweet those that you think would be useful to others.


SlideShare: Blockchain for Nonprofits and Social Impact: How Can We Use It Right Now?

I want to thank Amy Neumann for sending me the slides from her talk, so that I can share them with you in my blog post. They provide additional information about nonprofits using blockchain:


See more of Amy Neumann's slides from her past presentations on the Good Plus Tech SlideShare at: SlideShare.NET/AmyNeumann


Good + Tech/Free Tech for Nonprofits

Good Plus Tech, or Good + Tech, is about using the best aspects of social good marketing and smart technology to get the right message to the right audience, in the right way, at the right time, to influence positive action.
Founded in 2016, Free Tech for Nonprofits, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, leverages technology to free up human time, for things only humans can do. Missions are met because people help people. Freeing up precious human time helps nonprofits meet missions.

Amy Neumann (@CharityIdeas) provides the following websites to help nonprofits:


Black Girl in the CLE

I want to give a shout-out to the Black Girl in the CLE collaborative Blog, since they often share interesting happenings in Cleveland on Twitter as @BlackGirlinCLE.


Thank You!


Blockland Solutions


"Stuart my daughter got her email acceptance! Thank you!"

Good news for Lisa's daughter from Blockland Solutions!


Business Volunteers Unlimited/Cleveland GiveCamp

Please share the Business Volunteers Unlimited (@BVUVolunteers) and Cleveland GiveCamp (@CleGiveCamp) nonprofit resources:


Hyland Outreach Programs!

Please share information about Hyland Outreach Programs by retweeting these tweets:


Related Blog Posts

Here are my blog posts that relate to this blog post about Better World Day.

These first two blog posts feature two of the Better World Day panel members:

The following is a blog post that lists many tech resources for nonprofits:

Please let nonprofits know about the FREE tech solutions provided at Cleveland GiveCamp (@CleGiveCamp). You can read about my sons' and my experiences at Cleveland GiveCamp in my GiveCamp blog posts here. I have served on the steering committee for the past nine years, and attended all ten weekend events.

If you want to see all my blog posts tagged "nonprofits," click here.

Hyland blog post:


Announcing Better World Day 2020!

Mark your calendar for Better World Day 2020 at the Cleveland Sight Center (@ClevelandSight) on October 15, 2020. The theme will be Social Media for a Better World!


Be sure to watch for updated information by going to the Better World Day website - - and watching the @BetterWorldDay Twitter feed for announcements! I look forward to learning more about the best use of Social Media for nonprofits at Better World Day 2020!