Ambassador interview: Jason Colby

Part five of our interview series with Bitnation’s international ambassadors, this time with Jason Colby.



Erik: Hi Jason, first tell us a bit about yourself, how did you get into crypto and liberty?


Jason: So, I really wasn’t doing anything too exciting. I was just working online and I ended up running into a guy who introduced me to Bitcoin, and  I’ve heard about it before on the radio a few times in New Hampshire. So I got interested in the philosophical and political aspects of Bitcoin, what it can do for the global economy and to bring people together.

So I started reading blogs on what it is and how to use it, just to get started. This guy then introduced me to Ethereum and I started learning more about Blockchain technology and now I better understand its capabilities. And that’s what got me interested in Bitnation.

I realized you can use it for more than just money, you can bring together communities and automate alot of things that otherwise need representatives that you need to give trust to. The idea that you can give trust to a robot rather than give trust to a person is a really attractive idea to me. That’s why I’m into Bitnation.


Erik: What was your first point of contact with Bitnation? And what motivated you to become an ambassador?


Jason: I actually don’t remember the moment where I discovered Bitnation, but I started getting into the Skype channels and got to see what everybody else got to say and felt like, WOW, this is really down to earth and its a bunch of people all around the world who have smaller projects and it’s greater than the sum of its parts.

You know all these people who had all these ideas would have originally never met each other. But now they have this sort of a broader group to rencounter. My own specific interests were in self-sufficiency, like permaculture, I was really interested in the idea of making your own food, water and power. They are the three essential things that everybody needs, and so far really only governments give to people.

So I’ve seen this as a great opportunity to use blockchain technology and connect people and perhaps do more research into how we can distribute the power to make food, water and power for yourself. And then anything that would really be left for people who have this, is the legal stuff like arbitration and financing and things like that, which Bitnation can also handle. That’s really my biggest interest in Bitnation.


Erik: Another question, how do you think could Bitnation and Ethereum work together?


Jason: So, I guess that I don’t have a huge amount of technical understanding, but it seems like DApps, decentralized applications, are open-source and everybody can use these different adherent ideas to work with each other.

The only logical direction I see it going is online banking, just for average people who may or may not trust each other, like anonymous people online who want to make a deal or sell something, and that’s a big part of why governments exists. You need a third party for these kinds of interactions that people can trust, and if that third party can be a robot that’s just awesome.


Erik: And do you have some more ideas for food and water and that kind of stuff? Could that be decentralized, maybe even through the blockchain? Do you have any ideas in that direction?


Jason: Yeah, one of the big hurdles in distributing these is that they are very limited to geography. You need professionals who are into permaculture and self-sufficiency, people who understand weather and soil and all these things that change from location to location.

But if you had a blockchain where you could store information like this, individuals could experiment and find out the best methods to getting these things. So it would just really be a matter of creating kits or even blueprints that are specific to their location, so it could just be hammered out over time, using the blockchain and free information flow.


Erik: So it would basically be like open-source, where you can put all your research on the blockchain?


Jason: Yeah, exactly. There could even be weather balloons that collect information and put it on the blockchain. Having very detailed information will be much easier, for scientists and researchers, and for common people who might need some of this information to supply themselves with this kind of stuff and make the best decisions without having to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars to professionals. The professionals could probably still make money on this, but their knowledge would be more distributed. I think that would help everybody, really.


Erik: Yeah, that sounds great. And do you want to tell us a bit more about your future projects, what kind of stuff can we expect from you in the future?


Jason: Right now I’m pretty far away from home, currently working for Ethereum in Berlin, Germany, so I haven’t done anything really with Bitnation yet.

But when I go back to New Hampshire, that’s when I want to start doing this kind of research and networking with professionals in the self-sufficiency and permaculture space, just seeing what I can pull together. So I don’t have a really concrete plan, but I know what my end goal would look like, which is people being able to just go on the blockchain and look up information that they need about how to supply themselves with food, water and power.

I’m not entirely sure how we’re gonna get there, but I know some of the initial steps I’m taking and I know what the end would look like. And I’m pretty excited about it.


Erik: Alright, thanks alot for your time Jason and we hope to hear more from you in the future.


Jason: Yeah, and I hope the same too :)



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Erik Vollstädt

Bitnation Lead Ambassador and Community Director. Born 1993, aspiring entrepreneur and champion of voluntary societies & private property ethics. Proponent of counter-economics and competing market currencies, such as cryptocurrencies. Represented Bitnation as Lead Ambassador since 2015 at the Riga Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies Meetup, the iBGEk basic income stage discussion in Klagenfurt (Austria), the Cointelegraph Blockchain Conference in Helsinki, the Zündfunk Netzkongress in Munich, at itnig for the Barcelona Bitcoin Community during the Mobile World Congress 2017 and at the Bitnation DevCon 2017 in Amsterdam. Author of the Bitnation blog. Media appearances include Shift (Deutsche Welle), Der Fehlende Part (RT Germany) and Zündfunk (BR2). Coordinates Bitnation's ambassador network globally and organizes meetups all over Europe. Graduated in Business Innovation & Technology Management (M.Sc.) in Girona (Catalunya, Spain). Wants to live an international lifestyle.

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