Episodes about:

Education

Kieran Nolan
Kieran Nolan
Kieran Nolan
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67
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March 11, 2024

Building Open-Source and Decentralised Classrooms with Kieran Nolan

I talk with Kieran Nolan about his work combining Bitcoin, teaching, and open-source technology. Kieran’s official role is STEM Wizard, teaching at a primary school in Melbourne, Australia. He has been able to bring tech and learning together into the classroom, including helping kids to run Bitcoin nodes, building projects on Nostr, setting up Minecraft servers with other schools, and more. We discuss teaching and learning, and how kids can be better equiped for our rapidly changing world as well as the challenges with bureaucracy and standards-based education in government schools. Kieran is involved in a huge range of other Bitcoin and education projects including the Mornington Peninsula Bitcoin Group, The School of Bitcoin, the Digital Playhouse Foundation, and more.

Andrew Begin
Andrew Begin
Andrew Begin
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70
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February 12, 2024

Building Bitcoin-Native Banking Infrastructure at Galoy with Andrew Begin

Andrew Begin is Director of Marketing at Galoy, a company building Bitcoin-native banking infrastructure for organisations. We talk about Galoy’s Bitcoin projects including the open-source Blink Wallet, made popular through Bitcoin Beach in El Salvador. I learn about the vision for the product as well as its Stablesats functionality and how this work. We discuss the power of communities taking ownership of their financial infrastructure, and the opportunities for grassroots Bitcoin adoption in Africa and Latin America. Finally we talk briefly about permaculture and regenerative farming and the connections with Bitcoin thinking.‍

Brandon Bucher
Brandon Bucher
Brandon Bucher
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56
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December 30, 2023

High Fees, Rough Consensus, and Bitcoin Self-Custody with Brandon Bucher

Brandon Bucher is a Bitcoiner based in New Zealand working on several Bitcoin-related projects and an important figure in the local Kiwi Bitcoin community. We zoom out to discuss the recent high on-chain transaction fees, and what we can expect from discussions about scaling solutions moving forward. We talk about how rough consensus works for making changes to Bitcoin and what the situation was like during the period of the Blocksize Wars and SegWit activation from 2015 to 2017. Finally we discuss the importance of education and support for self-custody of bitcoin.

Nathan Seiuli
Nathan Seiuli
Nathan Seiuli
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50
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November 10, 2023

Protecting Free Speech in New Zealand with Nathan Seiuli of Free Speech Union

I talk with Nathan Seiuli, Outreach and Events Coordinator at the Free Speech Union in New Zealand. Over the past few years, it’s become evident that many New Zealanders are both unaware of how vital freedom of speech is, and how dangerous some of the moves are to exclude its protections. We talk about the work the Free Speech Union is doing in New Zealand, including campaigns to promote debate and critical thinking in schools, providing feedback and advice to government, and calling out actions that infringe upon freedom of speech. We also talk about how technology such as Bitcoin and Nostr can provide protection for Freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

Zed
Zed
Zed
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75
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November 3, 2023

Czech Communism, Gypsies, Bitcoin Art, and Climbing Mountains with Zed

Zed is a Bitcoiner originally from the Czech Republic, but now living in Wellington, New Zealand, where he organises a Local Bitcoin meetup.We dive into Zed’s story, leaving the Czech Republic to go to London around the time of the occupy movement where he first discovered Bitcoin.We talk about Bitcoin art and the role of popular culture in sharing new ways of thinking, as well as the cultural background that Zed brings to Bitcoin, having being born into a communist system. We also talk about how people such as the Gypsies of Europe or the New Zealand Māori represent a different kind of relationship to the state that we can learn a lot from.

Rob Clarkson
Rob Clarkson
Rob Clarkson
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80
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October 13, 2023

Overview of Eltoo, Covenants, and Vaults on Bitcoin with Rob Clarkson

I talk with Rob Clarkson about scaling Bitcoin’s Layer 2 Lightning protocol, and how changes happen to Bitcoin more generally. Rob provides a technical introduction to some of the proposals such as ELTOO, APO, CTV, and we talk a bit about what covenants and vaults mean in Bitcoin.

Rigel Walshe
Rigel Walshe
Rigel Walshe
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64
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September 29, 2023

Bitcoin as a Religious Phenomenon with Rigel Walshe

I talk with Rigel Walshe, who gave a speech at the Baltic Honeybadger conference this year titled “Bitcoin as a Religious Phenomenon”. We explore this topic and how in many ways Bitcoin provides meaning and purpose in a chaotic world. Whether it is the rapid growth in local bitcoin meetups post-covid, the spread of ideas such as self-sovereignty and rules for moral action, or the state of Bitcoin Culture on Twitter, the development of the social layer of Bitcoin is undeniable in recent years. 

Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
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66
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September 8, 2023

Focussing on Proof of Work in Your Personal Life and Unplugging the Distractions with Bitkiwi Paul

I talk with Paul from Bitkiwi, who are organising New Zealand’s premiere Bitcoin meetup events. We talk about focussing on Proof of Work in your personal life, unplugging from the utter distraction of legacy media, and really asking fundamental questions about the future state of government and society.

Jason Maier
Jason Maier
Jason Maier
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44
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August 18, 2023

A Progressive's Case for Bitcoin with Jason Maier

Jason Maier is the author of A Progressive's Case for Bitcoin: A Path Toward a More Just, Equitable, and Peaceful World. The book introduces Bitcoin to a progressive audience focussed primarily on the United States. Jason talks about how Bitcoin can actually help bring about positive social change, and he also dispels some of the common misconceptions about Bitcoin that would otherwise slow adoption among those who need it most.

Kieran Nolan
Kieran Nolan
Chris Pollard
Kieran Nolan
Chris Pollard
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64
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July 28, 2023

Melbourne Bitcoiners: Education, Meetups, Projects, and Spaces with Kieran Nolan & Chris Pollard

I talk with Kieran Nolan and Chris Pollard, two Bitcoiners based in Melbourne, Australia. Kieran Nolan is a Bitcoin educator. He is the technology specialist at a primary school in Australia, teaching Bitcoin and STEM topics, including getting Andreas Antonopoulos to do a video lesson with his students Kieran is also part of the theschoolofbitcoin.com, blockchain academy international, and other projects. Chris Pollard join us a little bit later on the episode and is active in helping organise the Bitcoin meetups in Melbourne, running bitcoinonly.store, as well leading a new project to create a permanent bitcoin space: unspent.space. With both my guests I was blown away by the range of impactful projects they are working on.

Evan Lin
Evan Lin
Evan Lin
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45
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July 7, 2023

Working on Bitcoin Dev Kit and Living in Taiwan with Evan Lin

Evan Lin is a New Zealand software engineer currently working on the Bitcoin Dev Kit (BDK). We talk about Evan’s journey to get funded by Spiral to work full-time on open-source Bitcoin projects, his experience working and living in Taiwan, and how we can encourage emerging developers to put their time and effort into Bitcoin.

Faris Mali
Faris Mali
Faris Mali
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71
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June 16, 2023

Bitcoin Begins: From the Street Markets of the Middle East to Gotham City with Faris Mali

In this episode I talk with Faris Mali about his journey growing up in the Middle East and North Africa, working in the academic world in Australia, and his upcoming book ‘Bitcoin Begins, beginner's guide to money, currency and Bitcoin’. Faris is the co-host of ⁠The Bitcoin Basics Podcast⁠, based out of Nelson, New Zealand and he also runs a company providing info about Bitcoin risk mitigation.

Niko Lamanen
Niko Lamanen
Niko Lamanen
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52
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June 2, 2023

Sharing Bitcoin Knowledge via Konsensus Network with Niko Laamanen

Niko Laamanen is the founder of Konsensus Network, a company that focuses on localising and distributing important literature about bitcoin, Austrian economics, and sovereignty. Niko recognised the importance of being able to convey the Bitcoin message into other languages.

Jeff Nijsse
Jeff Nijsse
Jeff Nijsse
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65
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May 12, 2023

Teaching Bitcoin at Auckland University of Technology with Jeff Nijsse

Jeff is a Senior Lecturer for Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. He is also a Bitcoiner, and we discuss how he has been teaching Bitcoin to his students, including sharing Satoshi’s White Paper and exploring the technology of the lightning network.

Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
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60
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March 17, 2023

Growing Up With Bitcoin: How Kids Learn About Money and Value with Bitkiwi Paul

I talk with Paul from Bitkiwi, who organise New Zealand's premiere bitcoin events. In this episode we talk about how children and young people learn about and interact with money, and how these early experiences can shape their world-view and their understanding of value.

Roberto Osegueda
Roberto Osegueda
Roberto Osegueda
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89
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March 10, 2023

The Success and Challenges of Bitcoin in El Salvador with Roberto Osegueda

I talk with Roberto Osegueda, a Salvadorian living here in New Zealand. We talk about Roberto's experience growing up in El Salvador among the backdrop of the civil war and gang violence, and how the country has managed to massively change its image over the last few years for the better. El Salvador adopted Bitcoin as legal tender in September 2021 and Roberto shares a very

Hanoz Bilia
Hanoz Bilia
Hanoz Bilia
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66
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February 3, 2023

The Altruist: NZ's First Dedicated Bitcoin Community Space in Auckland with Hanoz Bilia

I talk with Hanoz Bilia, the founder of The Altruist, a new Bitcoin education and community space based in the Auckland CBD. The Altruist is NZ's first dedicated Bitcoin space and is a great project helping connect Bitcoiners and people interested about Bitcoin in real life! We discuss Hanoz's motivation to start the space, the importance of providing resources for people to learn and

Rob Clarkson
Rob Clarkson
Rob Clarkson
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67
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January 6, 2023

Bitcoin Education and New Zealand Merchant Adoption with Rob Clarkson

I talk with Rob Clarkson, a Bitcoin Educator and Merchant Adoption Facilitator based in Queenstown, New Zealand. We talk about Rob's work running workshops, helping people get their first sats and even buying their first coffee with Bitcoin. We also discuss merchant adoption and what the opportunities are for this in New Zealand.