Cryptocurrencies: Computing Foundations, Risks and Socioeconomic Impacts


Join us as we discuss the nature of cryptocurrencies, their technical risks, and their place in economics including impacts within society.

With the rise of a new class of speculative, alternative, and unregulated monetary offerings, referred to as cryptocurrencies, numerous questions arise relating to societal benefits and risks of these instruments. The recent collapse of FTX and the subsequent arrest of its leader highlights some of these risks and prompts a discussion of this phenomenon.

The Henry George School of Social Science (New York City) presents this panel bringing together experts in software, technology, cybersecurity, economics, monetary theory, and social science.

The panel will present:

  • The foundational technology allowing for cryptocurrencies to exist
  • The security and data privacy risks of this technology
  • The rise of cryptocurrencies in the context of monetary systems, regulation, and the role of established versus speculative currency models within society including a highlight on the Georgist perspective on the downstream social effects


Gabi Zodik, Director of Blockchain and Web3 at IBM Research

Gabi works on strategy to transform the fascinating ideas of IBM Research scientists around the world into new blockchain solutions such as CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency) that brings value to clients around the world. Gabi’s vision is to harness blockchain technology for new and existing processes and transactions so they execute in seconds instead of days or weeks, increase privacy so individuals own and manage their digital identities, and build applications that have more transparency for all the stakeholders involved. He also manages the Blockchain and AI Technologies department at IBM Research – Haifa. In this role, he oversees the lab’s R&D efforts in blockchain, Business Automation, Drone solutions. Gabi has an MSc and BSc in electrical engineering from the Technion, and an MBA from the University of Haifa. He is a frequent speaker on the challenges and opportunities in blockchain and the future of AI and IoT systems.

Prof. Eerke Boiten, Professor of Cyber Security & Head of the School of Computer Science and Informatics, De Montfort University, Leicester UK

After obtaining Computer Science degrees at the Universities of Twente and Nijmegen in the Netherlands, Eerke Boiten moved to the University of Kent, UK in 1995. He spent some 20 years working in the area of formal methods, in particular viewpoint consistency and refinement. On the latter topic, he published two textbooks and some 50 peer reviewed papers. His research has since moved mainly towards cyber security and privacy. He set up and led Kent’s interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security from 2012 to 2017. Looking beyond just his own discipline, Eerke developed an interest in the policy sides of data, from a technical realism perspective, which often lands him at odds with current hype as well as with politicians’ proposals. He engages in public debate in this area, including on privacy in general, with frequent quotes and contributions in the press and on radio and TV.  In 2017, he moved to De Montfort University to lead the Cyber Technology Institute, which obtained NCSC/EPSRC Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research status in 2019 and Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education (Gold) in 2021. He became Head of the School of Computer Science and Informatics in 2019. His current research projects are in privacy impact assessment, refinement, anonymisation, and cyber intelligence sharing.

Dr. Raphaële Chappe, Defi Economist and Director of R&D and Strategy at DeVol Network

Raphaële Chappe is Defi Economist and Director of R&D and Strategy at DeVol Network. Previously, she was Assistant Professor of Economics at Drew University where she taught courses on macroeconomics and money and banking. Dr. Chappe is also an economic advisor for The Predistribution Initiative, a non-profit that supports investors in creating investment structures that share more economics with workers and communities (and align internal investment governance and financial analysis practices with the principles of system-level investing, universal ownership and systematic stewardship). Raphaële’s research interests include monetary policy and shadow banking. In 2019, Dr. Chappe received a Research Fellowship from the Open Society Foundations. She has also worked as a tax attorney at Goldman Sachs. Raphaële received her doctorate in economics from The New School for Social Research and an LL.M. from New York University.

Ed Dodson, Lecturer at HGSSS

Ed Dodson is a Senior Researcher and long-time member of the Henry George School of Social Science’s faculty. Since his retirement in 2005 from Fannie Mae, where he held various management and analyst positions in the Housing & Community Development group, he has lectured and taught courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Philadelphia. Beginning in the Fall of 2014 he joined the faculty of the Learning Is For Everyone program at Burlington County College in New Jersey. Ed is a graduate of Shippensburg and Temple Universities in Pennsylvania. Since 1997 he has directed the online education and research project called the School of Cooperative Individualism. He is author of the three-volume work, “The Discovery of First Principles” and is a contributor to several publications promoting the perspectives of Henry George.

Moderator: Dr. Ibrahima Dramé, Director of Education, HGSSS

Organizer: James Cusick, Board Trustee, HGSSS

The panel presentations will be followed by a community Q&A.

Date: Tuesday, February 21st, 2023

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

ONLINE via Zoom

Note: Access information for Zoom will be made the day of the event.

The Political Economy of Martin Luther King, Jr.


In this webinar, Edward Dodson examines the evolution in King’s thinking on how to address the issue of extreme poverty and the major ideas and events that influenced his life and work.
Speaker: Edward J. Dodson

Date: Mon, January 16, 2023
Time: 6:30 PM — 8:00 PM ET

A link to join the webinar will be provided via email before the start of the session.

Housing in New York City – What it takes to tackle the Affordability Crisis


The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the housing affordability crisis affecting many American households, especially those living in large metropolitan cities like New York.  Although the federal and local governments have enacted various emergency responses, these were, at best, stop-gap measures.

This panel aims to identify the root causes of the problem and present alternative pathways to a more enduring solution.

Our panelists:

  • Hailie Kim: Housing Organizer for the Minkwon Center
  • William Spisak: Senior Program Associate at New Economy Project; Professor at Queens College
  • Celeste Hornbach: Senior Policy Advisor at Office of the New York City Comptroller
  • Marty Rowland: Senior Fellow at the Asset Leadership Network

Date: Thursday, December 15th, 2022 – Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30PM ET

Location: Online via Zoom

Note: Access information for Zoom will be made available after registration.


Congestion Pricing is Coming to New York City – Is it Fair? Can it Work?


How will you be affected by New York’s new congestion pricing scheme? Join our November 9th interactive webinar.

The congestion pricing policy is now in the fast lane. Although not expected to go into effect before late 2023, many are already questioning the wisdom behind it.  Others are touting its potential for ushering in a new era of urban sustainability.

Join us for a lively discussion of the challenges facing the first experiment of its kind in the U.S.

Our panelists:

  • Denise Favorule, Licensed Real Estate Broker, Corcoran Group
  • Dan Sullivan, Director, Saving Communities
  • Dr. Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan, Professor of Economics, St. John’s University
  • Dr. Marty Rowland, Senior Fellow, Asset Leadership Network

The panel presentations will be followed by a community Q&A.

Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2022

Time: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET


IN-PERSON: 149 East 38th St., New York, NY 10016

If you would like to attend in-person, please register and send an email to:


Note: Access information for Zoom will be made available after registration.



Could Land Value Tax be the Achilles Heel of Corporate Rule?


Join us for a panel discussion on how grass-root organized resistance can hold corporate power in check.

What happens when a multi-billion dollar transnational corporation faces organized resistance from residents in the city where it operates a major oil refinery? Richmond, California is a working class, lower income city, populated by majority people of color, and has been home to Chevron’s biggest refinery for over 100 years. For decades, the corporation used its ample financial resources to capture local government and regulatory agencies, allowing it to pollute surrounding neighborhoods while minimizing its tax payments. Marilyn Langlois will tell us how coordinated grassroots efforts by the Richmond Progressive Alliance and allied organizations have propelled people power in promoting health, fair taxation and democracy for their community. This will be followed by Joshua Vincent’s take on efforts by Chevron to undermine the movement for land value taxation in Philadelphia and what would have been needed to overcome them.


Marilyn Langlois is a member of TRANSCEND, an international network for peace through education, and guest editorialist for Transcend Media Service. She is also a community organizer and solidarity activist in Richmond, California.

Joshua Vincent joined the Center for the Study of Economics (CSE) as Associate Director in 1993 and has served as Executive Director since 1997. At CSE, he has worked as a consultant to over 75 municipalities, counties, NGOs, and national governments. He has testified as an expert witness on the impact of land taxation, from the municipal level up to state legislatures in Texas, Connecticut, Maryland, Indiana and Ohio. Since 2000, Vincent and CSE have conducted over 50 land tax impact studies for cities all over the US.


Alanna Hartzok is transpersonal psychotherapist and a Tax Shift Projects Admin, twice US Congressional Candidate (Democrat and Green Parties), and author of The Earth Belongs to Everyone (Radical Middle Book Award). She was instrumental in the passage of tax reform legislations in Pennsylvania and administers the International Union for Land Value Taxation.

Note: This is an online event. Access information will be made available after registration.

Date: Mon, July 11, 2022
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT


A link to join the online webinar will be provided via email before the start of the session.