Philémon’s work demonstrates that the benefits of blockchains can be maximized for the governance of common-pool resources such as the land commons in Sub-Saharan Africa. He proposes the use of blockchain-based tools in cases where traditional commons governance has failed. For his ICDE fellowship, Philémon will investigate whether democratically owned organizations at the Bottom of the Pyramid can benefit from blockchains’ transparency, automation, and resilience when organizing for legitimacy. One goal of this research, linked to a platform co-op of fisheries in Mexico, is to learn how blockchain-based tools can help social cooperative organizations.

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