How Blockchain Technology is Applied in Transparency-first Business Models

Blockchain technology has many more applications than cryptocurrency and industry leaders have already re-imagined this technology for other transparency- first business models.

Whether tracking how and where fish are caught, processed, and land on your plate or following the life cycle of medical cannabis from seed to your home, blockchain technology has an array of applications. Hollywood is eyeing blockchain technology to “discover and support underrepresented filmmakers using a blockchain-powered web platform.”

Global accounting giant EY has developed a blockchain-enabled platform TaxGrid, hailed as a new solution for global investors. Its “zero-knowledge proof element of the system ensures that sensitive data is private and verifiable.” It reduces paper costs and fraud while speeding processing.

Trade in Space uses satellite images to solve problems in the coffee farming sector, applying machine learning algorithms to detect the area of the farm and the number of bags of coffee in each field. It uses blockchain technology to add those bags of coffee to a digital ledger, allowing players at any point in the supply chain to trace the coffee back to the field.

The first blockchain-based real estate company is reported to be “streamlining the entire house hunting and property management experience for prospective homeowners and tenants, while gradually exposing them to the blockchain via an intuitive UX and its wide range of features conducted in the background, making the process not only cheaper through disintermediation, but also safer.”

A recent article in Cryptopolitan featured “notable blockchain projects that have had massive real-world impacts.” From healthcare and education to travel, energy management, and smart cities, blockchain is enabling businesses, individuals, and nations to develop effective transparent solutions.

Where Do We Go from Here?

We all want to stare into the crystal ball and see the future. But the crystal ball does not exist. Nonetheless, our questions remain.

When it comes to the future, transformation specialist Rishad Tobaccowala says there are four questions that most companies and individuals would like answered:

1) The Future: How will the future be?
2) Change Management: How does one navigate change?
3) Modern Leadership: How to lead in today’s landscape?
4) Purposeful Growth: How does one grow/remain relevant?
He argues that “organisations grow and change only when people grow and change.” Old management styles need to transform. People must be willing to adapt and change. An unwillingness to embrace change will lead to failure.
The old days of corporate opacity and standard operating procedures are gone. Now, more than ever, transparency, corporate purpose, and ethics are essential. Clearly defining what your brand stands for and opening to public accountability increases trust – which leads to a stronger bottom line.
Blockchain-based technologies set new standards in terms of how we will conduct and evaluate a business. Transparency ensures our ability to see corporate statements turned into actions. Without traceability, consumers cannot use our collective purchasing power to drive and reward more responsible production.
Organizational growth does not happen without personal growth, which results from exploring new ideas, embracing creativity, and applying technological advances to improve systems and outcomes.
Tech companies, once seen as breaking the rules, are now making the rules – new rules based on change that evolve and are rewritten continually.
Regardless of the sector you work in, there has never been a better time to transform and grow your brand. People who use your products want to know where it came from, if it is responsibly produced, and safe. Technologies like blockchain offer solutions to strengthen core capabilities, demonstrate a commitment to transparency, and grow. Combined with other smart technologies like AI and deep learning algorithms, data insights emerge that benefit your business.

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