Lots of people are talking about Bitcoin these days. Mostly it seems pretty terrible, but is there hope for the underlying technology "blockchain" to be used in the development of utopian projects? Can we develop systems of exchange and participation that are more equitable using these software tools or is it all smoke, mirrors and pyramid schemes. Though I am not an expert by any means, I will share my research on these technologies, as well as their social and environmental impact. With a high level understanding of the functions of blockchain and cryptocurrency the group will then discuss hypothetical and actual projects that use it.