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"The future is already here; it's just not evenly distributed"
William Gibson 

Distributed Futures was created as a forum for senior people to meet and network with a group of their peers four times a year and share intelligence on mutual distributed ledgers, cyrptocurrencies, blockchains, FinTech, RegTech, and other interesting topics where disruptive technology meets finance.  Membership is by invitation only and limited to a select number of senior people. Each meeting starts early afternoon and concludes with a dinner.

The group's mission is to focus on issues related to new ways of doing business, including analysing how new technology affects finance and society and identifying ways in which organisations can make better decisions that enhance rewards, reduce risks, or increase certainty.  The Group addresses a critical need for pragmatic, sensible solutions, based on unbiased assessments.  The Programme Chairman is Vinay Gupta, assisted by Professor Michael Mainelli, who serves as Senior Advisor.  The Group monitors strategic developments globally and helps Members frame the business perspective and identify pragmatic corporate solutions for both business and technology transformation.  The Group is cross-sector and open to Members based anywhere in the world. The Group provides Members with access to the information and resources they need to address today’s fast-changing political, economic, social, and technical challenges in a timely and cost-effective manner.

All discussion takes place under the Chatham House rule. The annual fee for membership and four private meetings a year is £3,000 to include afternoon sessions with two guest speakers, a 'top of the in-trays' discussion, and dinner.  UK Digital Currency Association members have a special relationship with the Group.  

VINAY GUPTA - Programme Chairman

Vinay is one of the world's most exciting advocates of using technology to address social problems.  He is perhaps most famous for Hexayurt – the world’s cheapest, most durable emergency shelter - and other projects  associated with STAR-TIDES – US National Defense University humanitarian technology program, of which he was a co-founder.  His work included Defense Horizons #70 STAR-TIDES and Starfish Networks: Supporting Stressed Populations with Distributed Talent, or Six Ways To Die / Simple Critical Infrastructure Maps – a simple and coherent model for mapping critical situations, from individual survival to state failure. One particularly relevant approach for InterChainZ is his CheapID – the “State in a Box – Identity Services Architecture”, a genocide-resistant biometrics standard particularly suitable for implementation in failed states.


A qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist, and management consultant, educated at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin, Michael gained his PhD at London School of Economics where he was also a Visiting Professor.  He co-founded Z/Yen in 1994, the City of London’s leading think-tank, to promote societal advance through better finance and technology after a career as a research scientist in aerospace & cartography, then accountancy-firm partner and director of Ministry of Defence research.  He is a non-executive and trustee of several listed firms and charities.  Michael is Emeritus Professor & Trustee at Gresham College where he leads the Long Finance initiative asking “when would we know our financial system is working?”  His third book, The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions, co-authored with Ian Harris, won the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize.

Future Fora

  • September 2017, City of London - topic: Immutable Timestamping - Contradictions In Chronology

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Distributed Futures Blogs

The Forum traces distributed ledger work back to at least Amatino Manucci, the oldest known practitioner of double entry book-keeping. Manucci was a partner in Giovanni Farolfi & Company, a merchant partnership based in Florence. Ledgers that he kept for the firm's branch in Salon, Provence, survive from 1299-1300. Manucci featured in a 2008 symposium at Gresham College – Topics In The History Of Financial Mathematics: Early Commerce To Chaos In Modern Stock Markets.

"I libri contabili dovrebbero venir chiusi ogni anno, specialmente in una società di persone poiché un controllo contabile frequente mantiene l'amicizia."
"The books should be closed every year, especially in a partnership, because frequent audit maintains friendship."

Luca Pacioli (1445-1517), Summa de Arithmetica et Geometrica, Proportioni et Proportionalita (1494)