“So far, I have focused on making a positive impact through my career because it is how I spend most of my time and have the most influence. That is a key reason why I work for a consultancy. Rather than impacting just the company I work for, I have the opportunity to work with clients to affect a network if enterprises. I’m really at the beginning of my journey, and I will continue working to find practical ways to influence and teach people about the opportunity of creating value with fewer consequences along the way.”
I had the pleasure of interviewing Danielle Stanko from Tata Consultancy Services. As a blockchain business analyst, Danielle is passionate about the intersection of blockchain and sustainability. She has a unique perspective on how we can make significant progress with business to global sustainability initiatives if we apply the right motivational tools (e.g. money!). She is working to design decentralized models that create economic incentives and allow companies, organizations, communities or individuals to profit from doing social good.
I’ve been concerned about the world around me since I was little. First, I wanted to help animals, which expanded to people as I realized we were vulnerable too. Following my passion for sustainability, I joined a council during college that advised Penn State University executives on sustainability strategies. In making recommendations, I found that money was the common denominator of implementation.
Solutions that made sense from both a sustainability standpoint and economically frequently got implemented, but not the other way around. This got me interested in the connection between incentives and sustainability. When I started learning about blockchain and its ties to economic incentives, I got excited because, until that point, policy seemed to be the only way to make sustainability profitable for business. That energy and excitement led me to explore blockchain’s ability to create new incentives for sustainability in business and for individuals.
The most interesting project I am working on is coming up with an organization and token structure that could incent people to care for the “commons”. The commons are the land and the resources we all share. They are often taken for granted, like the water that comes out of the faucet, the air we breathe, or free information on the internet.
Unless sufficient incentives are in place, people will, and have, degraded them to dangerous levels. I want to determine if it’s possible to create a stable token model that pays people or organizations for their contribution to a commons, underpinned by blockchain. I’m collaborating with my colleagues David Kish and Andreas Freund at TCS to develop this, and plan to start testing key assumptions as our next step.
I have been helped, influenced, and encouraged by a lot of people throughout my life. In my professional journey, I am incredibly grateful for my coworker, friend, and mentor David Kish. He is responsible for recruiting me into TCS, and has opened my mind to many new ways of thinking. To be truthful, I think all of his coworkers can say the same, and I am one of the lucky ones to cross his path. His mentorship and advice got me into blockchain in the first place, and since then we’ve worked together to create unique perspectives on how to apply blockchain and ecosystem thinking to business.
So far, I have focused on making a positive impact through my career because it is how I spend most of my time and have the most influence. That is a key reason why I work for a consultancy. Rather than impacting just the company I work for, I have the opportunity to work with clients to affect a network if enterprises. I’m really at the beginning of my journey, and I will continue working to find practical ways to influence and teach people about the opportunity of creating value with fewer consequences along the way.
There has never been a single person that I really wanted to meet; it changes over time, and right now it would be Michel Bauwens. You can probably pick up a common theme in my viewpoints, and I am really interested in economic models and preserving the commons. Bauwens is one of the experts and practitioners in the field, and I would love to talk with him about his experiences and insights.
Originally published at medium.com