Last week, I visited London to address the Virtual Currencies Working Group of the Commonwealth on bitcoin and other digital currencies. Digital currencies are interesting to me because they are new and infused with potential. Remember when social media was new, or when the internet was new? Or if you are a bit older, when space travel was new or even televisions were new? There are many new ideas that come to life everyday. However, sometimes you get a good feeling about a new idea. It’s how I feel about digital currencies.
Here you can see a press release issued by the Commonwealth Secretariat on this meeting and its outcomes. I was quoted in the concluding paragraphs, and a picture of me hand-stitching the finishing of an Afefe bag was used as the cover photo for the story. There was much more going on at the three-day meetings than a handful of startups and companies declaring the awesomeness of digital currencies and the blockchain; the working group was convened to form legislative guidelines for digital currencies to gain legitimacy in the many Commonwealth countries that are still on the fence/mute on the topic.