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    Mike at Blockchain Summit, 2015

    Hosted by the Bitfury Group and Maitai Global on Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island

    Photo courtesy of John Dill.

  • About (becoming a blockchain pathfinder)

    From WSJ columnist to author, blockchain and cryptocurrency expert, Senior Advisor at MIT Media Lab, public speaker, and entrepreneur

    Over 25 years working mostly as a journalist in Perth, London, Bangkok, Jakarta,

    Buenos Aires and New York, I've acquired an eclectic, internationalist set of

    interests. Most recently, they've coalesced around studying the social and economic

    phenomena unleashed by digital technology and globalization.

     

    When I recognized the social benefits promised by the blockchain technology that

    underpins bitcoin, I decided I wanted to be a part of the movement to bring it to

    practical implementation.

     

    So, having closed the curtain on 18 years at The Wall Street Journal, where I mostly

    covered global economic and financial trends as a senior columnist,

    my new home is the nascent Digital Currency Initiative at MIT Media Lab. There, our

    team is working on blockchain-based solutions for everything from financial

    inclusion and welfare payments to voting and identity.

     

    In the meantime, I've authored/co-authored four books (soon to be five), all with top publishing houses and released to critical acclaim. Their topics are eclectic but share the common thread of exploring the nature of our seemingly globalized world, even in the face of forces that continue to encourage parochialism and fragmentation.

     

    I also work as a consultant to financial institutions and other businesses looking to understand the challenges and opportunities posed by this disruptive new technology.

     

    And I do a lot of public speaking at events of all sizes and themes.

    photo courtesy of Tim Lofthouse

  • Speaking

    I am an accomplished public speaker with vast experience before audiences of different sizes and backgrounds. I present on a range of topics, from blockchain technology and disruption, to finance and economics, to globalization and social media. My specialty is taking a topic that might seem too technical or esoteric for the non-expert to grasp, and artfully explaining its relevance, intelligibility, and impact. Speaking has becoming a critical part of what I do, and it is an ideal medium for articulating how I believe our world is changing and why that's critically important to understand.

     

     

    Inquiries for engagements can be made to the Lavin Speakers Bureau.

    A few select videos:

    Bitcoin: Finding the Critical Path to Mass Adoption (Consensus 2015, Panel Moderator)

  • Books

    I've written four books -- all highly acclaimed -- and am working on others.

    My literary agent is the Gillian MacKenzie Agency.

    The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything (working title)

    with Paul Vigna

     

    The sequel to The Age of Cryptocurrency will be published by St. Martin's Press in 2017.

     

    The Social Organism: A Radical Understanding of Social Media to Transform Your Business and Life

    with Oliver Luckett

    A groundbreaking, must-read theory of social media -- how it works, how it's changing human life, and how we can master it for good

    and for profit.

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    The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order

    with Paul Vigna

    Written during my assignment as WSJ's Buenos Aires bureau chief, Che's Afterlife explores the history, economics and cultural dimensions of the global social phenomenon surrounding the most reproduced photo in history: Alberto Korda's famous image of Ernesto "Che" Guevara.

    Buy@ AMAZON.com.

    The Unfair Trade: How Our Broken Financial System is Destroying the Middle Class

    "A well-reported, deeply serious appraisal of the exceptional damage a dysfunctional system inflicts.” Kirkus

    A globetrotting journey to discover the interconnected, international lines of finance, trade and labor in which lay the root cause of our recent economic meltdown.

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    Che's Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image

    “Fascinating. . . . Bracing and keenly observed. . . . Not only a cultural history of an image, but also a sociopolitical study of the mechanisms of fame.”
    –Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

    A globetrotting journey to discover the interconnected, international lines of finance, trade and labor in which lay the root cause of our recent economic meltdown.

    Buy@ AMAZON.com.

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    Journalism

    Most of my career was spent at Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal, though I have been widely published in other news outlets as well, including The Washington Post, Foreign Policy Magazine, Foreign Affairs and many other publications.

     

    I began my career at The West Australian newspaper in Perth, Western Australia. Stints in Indonesia, the US and Argentina followed with various news agencies. I ended my career as a full-time journo in New York City with the Wall Street Journal, where I wrote a weekly column on global financial and economic affairs for various WSJ and Dow Jones platforms. I was also the lead and coordinating editor responsible for a published daily newsletter on economic and political developments around the world. I contributed to WSJ's Moneybeat blog and regularly hosted the morning News Hub, one of WSJ Live's daily video shows.

     

    A collection of my work at WSJ, including my regular Horizons column on global economic affairs, the daily Macro Horizons roundup, Paul Vigna's and my Bitbeat, and posts on the comings and goings of bitcoinworld, can be found here.

    Here is a selection of my more noteworthy recent columns and articles:

  • MIT Media Lab

    The world's premier institution for technological innovation, and a place that oozes tech cool.

    The Lab's Digital Currency Initiative

    I closed the curtain on a 23-year journalism career, something that I could not have done if I hadn’t felt very excited about the opportunities ahead. The blockchain technology behind bitcoin and other digital currencies has enormous potential to disrupt the global financial system, in particular to forge financial inclusion and give people power over their assets and identity that until now has, for too many, been lacking. We are at a moment, I believe, like that of the dawn of the Internet. We're only scratching the surface on how this technology could change the structure of our financial and economic institutions.

     

    In this context, I help the Media Lab's new Digital Currency Initiative to incubate blockchain-related projects that are uniquely seen to have a social impact, with a particular focus on the developing world. I see my role continuing as a communicator and an explainer, helping to boost awareness generally about the potential ingrained in this technology. Getting people's heads around this stuff is still a challenge and I enjoy taking it up on behalf of MIT, just as I saw education around bitcoin as a key part of my job at WSJ.

     

    I also advise senior managers and executives from organizations of varying size on the broad implications, challenges and opportunities posed by the many applications of blockchain technology, the distributed ledger software on which bitcoin and other digital currencies are based. I draw upon the broad knowledge and contacts I developed during my period as a journalist at the world's finest financial news organization, where I covered this technology and the industry developing around it and co-authored a book on the subject. Now, my insights are also formed by employment in this field at MIT, the world's leading technology research institution. I believe blockchain technology, whether it takes the form of pure decentralized applications like bitcoin or private "permissioned" ledgers, will ultimately have a sweeping, disruptive impact on our economy. Financial firms of all definition will especially need to come to terms with it, but the ramifications go far wider than banking, payments and credit. Lawyers, manufacturers of "Internet of Things"-linked appliances and multinational supply-chain managers are just some of those whose roles are likely to be profoundly affected by this technology.

     

    Please have a look at the Lab and DCI websites for more in-depth information about my colleagues, advisees, and their boundary-testing projects:

  • Agentic Group

    I'm excited to work with Rik Willard (founder) and Nii Nortei Lokko as Managing Partners in the Agentic Group, a platform for developing a collaborative ecosystem around blockchain technology.

  • Contact Mike

    Send me an email at: michael@michaeljcasey.com

     

    For speaking inquiries, please contact the Lavin Speakers Bureau

    My literary agent: The Gillian MacKenzie Agency

     

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