The Blockchain and Us (2017)

A film by Manuel Stagars

For more interviews about the brave new world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, see Manuel’s podcast:

In 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto invented bitcoin and the blockchain. For the first time in history, his invention made it possible to send money around the globe without banks, governments or any other intermediaries. The concept of the blockchain isn’t very intuitive. But still, many people believe it is a game changer.

Economist and filmmaker Manuel Stagars portrays this exciting technology in interviews with software developers, cryptologists, researchers, entrepreneurs, consultants, VCs, authors, politicians, and futurists from the United States, Canada, Switzerland, the UK, and Australia.

The Blockchain and Us is no explainer video of the technology. It gives a view on the topic, makes it accessible and starts a conversation about its potential wider implications in a non-technical way. The film deliberately poses more questions than it answers.

For a deep dive, see all full-length interviews from the film here:


Conversations with (in alphabetical order)

David Birch
Director of Innovation, Consult Hyperion
Guildford, UK

Perianne Boring
Founder & President, Chamber of Digital Commerce
Washington, USA

Christian Decker
Core Tech Engineer, Blockstream
Zurich, Switzerland

Taylor Gerring
Co-Founder, Ethereum
Zug, Switzerland

Marco Carlo Grossi
Director Audit & Risk Advisory, Deloitte Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland

Caitlin Long
Chairman of the Board & President at
New York, USA

R. Jesse McWaters
Financial Innovation Lead, World Economic Forum
New York, USA

Paul Meeusen
Head Finance and Treasury Services, Swiss Re
Zurich, Switzerland

Dolfi Müller
Mayor of the City of Zug
Zug, Switzerland

Matthew Roszak
Co-Founder & Chairman, Bloq
Chicago, USA

Guido Rudolphi
Founder, Cryptocash
Uster, Switzerland

Jan Seffinga
Partner, Deloitte Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland

Elizabeth Stark
Co-Founder & CEO, Lightning
San Francisco, USA

Alex Tapscott
Founder & CEO, Northwest Passage Ventures
Co-Author “Blockchain Revolution”
Toronto, Canada

Lars Thomsen
Chief Futurist & Founder, Future Matters
Zurich, Switzerland

Eric Van der Kleij
Founder Adeptra, London Tech City, Level39. Adviser UK Govt, Kickstart Accelerator
London, UK

Roger Wattenhofer
Professor, Distributed Computing Group, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
Zurich, Switzerland

Rik Willard
Founder & Managing Director, Agentic Group
New York, USA

Steve Wilson
Digital Identity Innovator & Analyst
Sydney, Australia

Additional conversations and special thanks (in alphabetical order): Iris Belle, Ben Bledsoe, Thomas Bromehead, Richard Cheng, Dario Duran, Marie Farrar Knowles, Olga Feldmeier, Sony Fricker, Daniel Gasteiger, Daniel Grassinger, Johs. Hoehener, Richard Kastelein, Leanne Kemp, Thomas Kern, Francine Klopfenstein, Veronica Lange, Claire LaRocca, Adriano B. Lucatelli, Christian Mäder, Ruedi Maeder, Luzius Meisser, Michael Monceaux, Martin Müller, Mia Mutic, Ian Petchenik, Nathaniel Popper, Ramon Quesada, Kamesh Raghavendra, Brian Rogers, Jouko Salonen, Vadim Shamigulov, Raffaela Stelzer, Don Tapscott, Elizabeth Wesson

Many thanks to all conversation partners and all others who made this film possible

Additional thanks (in alphabetical order): Agentic Group, Blockchain News, Blockstream, Bloq, Chamber of Digital Commerce, Constellation Research, Consult Hyperion, Cryptocash, Deloitte Switzerland, Ethereum Foundation, Everledger, Flightradar24, Future Matters,, Lightning, Lockstep Consulting, Municipality of Zug, nexussquared, Northwest Passage Ventures, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Swiss Re, Symbiont, World Economic Forum (WEF), Zurich Airport

Recording of live air traffic courtesy of Flightradar24

Chinese subtitles: Richard Cheng
Dutch subtitles: Rein Jonkman
French translation: Thomas Bromehead
Portuguese subtitles: Caio Rearte
Russian subtitles: Vadim Shamigulov, Sergey Sevantsyan
Spanish subtitles: Jose Felip Daras and team

Many thanks to all individuals and teams who contributed additional subtitles and translations.

Cinematography, Editing, Music, Narration & Sound Design by Manuel Stagars

© 2017 Manuel Stagars

The goal of this film is to encourage the conversation about the economic and social impacts of blockchain technology. Participate in the comments and subscribe to the channel to stay in the loop.

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