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Join us for our 10th Funding the Commons conference in Tokyo Summer 2024!

In a program curated by our partners from DeSci Tokyo and Plurality Tokyo, we’ll explore organizations and research projects revitalizing communities and civic infrastructures by defining new forms of support for public goods.

In the midst of complex interdependent global challenges, and regional issues like declining population, defining needs, mechanisms, and coordination pathways around shared common resources can provide hope and tangible solutions.

Amidst Japan's environmental and demographic shifts, this conference emerges as a crucial platform for inspiring new strategies in public goods support and presenting a regenerative vision from the cosmopolitan city of Tokyo. Over two days, engage, share, and collaborate to forge paths toward effectively funding and sustaining public goods in our dynamic world.

This event is held in close partnership with DeSci Tokyo at the United Nations University Center in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Ethereum EDCON Tokyo begins the day following our conference, allowing for cross-pollination of ideas within a larger international blockchain conversation, as well as the attendance of influential speakers, sponsors and guests in a hyper-relevant context.

Themes explored will include: ​

  • Innovation in Support for Public Goods in Japan

  • Mechanisms for Design of Public Goods

  • AI Alignment

  • Learning from Population Decline & Urgency of Public Goods Reinvention

  • Regional Development Cases for Global Replicability

  • Open Source Culture

What to expect? 

Funding the Commons Tokyo 2024 brings together presentations, panel discussions, and collaborative sessions, welcoming both in-person and virtual participants. It's a chance for builders, protocol developers, academics, and funders to talk, create, and share new ways to fund public goods. Whether you're looking to add your knowledge, learn from the experts, or meet others in the field, this event is where you can help shape the future of public goods funding.

Previous conferences included public goods thought-leaders such as Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum), Juan Benet (Protocol Labs), Kevin Owocki (Gitcoin), Karl Floersch (Optimism),  Sarah Horowitz (Freelancers Union), Jaan Tallinn (Skype, Future of Life Institute & Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, CSER, at Cambridge University), Isabela Fernandes (Tor Project), Tom Kalil (Schmidt Ventures), and many more.

Register now to secure your spot at Funding the Commons Tokyo 2024.

United Nations University
5-chōme-53-70 Jingūmae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-8925, Japan
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