Nataliya Hearn of Crypto Chicks on Crypto Clothesline
This week, in our interview with the dynamic and ground-breaking Nataliya Hearn of Cryptochicks, we learn about the myriad of ways that Nataliya and her committed female (and male) crew, are bringing blockchain technology and related technologies to the front for women all over the world from the US and Canada, where Cryptochicks first started, to Hackathons for women from Asia, Africa and beyond.
No Questions Too Dumb
WE spoke about the importance of feeling confident to ask questions, something many women don’t feel at ease doing in a male-dominated scene, since they can easily (and are often) perceived as stupid, unimportant and/or irrelevant.
Both a mamma and an engineer, Nataliya realised from teaching at university, the importance of distilling information so that it’s made available to students in a form that they can understand. Many people who have become deeply involved in technology of the crypto-space today, forget that they were once beginners, and the only way they were able to learn was also through simpler terms.
There’s nothing truer than that by teaching something you confirm and learn the actual content yourself. It’s important to have that sideways movement from technical language into laypersons’ terms so that while not compromising the information, you are making it digestible for everyone.
In addition, says Nataliya, somebody may have kind a new angle on something that you may have not thought about and actually makes you think about some aspects of the content again. We all learn content in a different way, and as a teacher or somebody who has a particular knowledge in a subject, you’ve got to find a way of transmitting that knowledge to others.
It could be from 5000 years of conditioning, and I’m certainly not playing the victim, but I think as women we often feel that it’s really risky to ask questions even in regular sort of context. If we don’t understand something we have to fake it and pretend that we do and kind of make it up along the way.
Given that most of us need a touch point to new information a number of times before acutally ‘getting it’, can you imagine as a woman, feeling already like a dumb-dumb, asking the same question 20 times until you get it? That’s also part of education: transmission of knowledge through effective repetition.
New York Block Chain Hackathon Conference
The whole idea really started from basic Blockchain 101 to how to open a wallet in different currencies, and then expanded into something that could provide women a foundation to build a new career or build on their existing knowledge.
“The Hackathon was a really kind of a burst of educational energy where you could actually create a plan for women.”
So there’s other kind of a technology transfers that goes on and that’s the whole idea of teaching and learning in the process.
There’s 50000 women that are members of the codes in Israel and they are now starting to launch Blockchain divisions of coding, as well as looking to expand their social platform. It really is wonderful at the end of the weekend you see the progress and you know women present what they’ve done in a sort of a feminine version of Shark Tank.
Krypto for Kids
Krypto and Kids started with the fact that there’s a large percentage of kids who would not consider themselves ‘techies’ probably 30 percent of 70 would see themselves as technically-oriented.
“How do we reach the techie ones and teach new technologies because that’s not part of your regular education. You know it’s really hard you know legacy schools and universities to keep up with new technology.”
It’s all about ‘foundational technology’ of blockchain which will allow us to have trust without borders. It’s the first time that we even have those two words in one sentence, and that’s really exciting for humanity.
Privacy And Ownership Of Our Information
Blockchain has useability affecting not just the developers and their knowledge sector in the finance sector, but also it has the ability to transform lots of personal things that now we’re starting to take less and less for granted like privacy and ownership of our information and ownership of data and how that is used.
“Right now, we’re happy to sell all our data for free accounts. That’s how much we value our data…”
And oftentimes the non-techies don’t have an alternate solution. They just feel something’s not fair or right. So general education about Blockchain as a technology should not just focus on developers (and… coming back to kids) also focus on what you can give you as a solution to current issues that you know young people feel.
Cryptocurrencies And Blockchain Becoming Mainstream
People really don’t trust money, especially in countries like Russia where the (re) valuation of money has happened several times in the last hundred years. It’s also happening in Argentina today. And Venezuela.
Nataliya claims that part of it is understanding what that means – afterall, we’re just still in the very early stages, in the beginning of this technology. We don’t have all the answers.
“And because I think the next generation is the generation that’s really going to develop the aspects of this technology…The answers will come from our children and their children.”
Nataliya says they have to have a stepping stone on which they can build those answers. Instead of approaching the issues from a technical level, in education with kids she’s approaching them from a philosophical-spiritual level.
“…it’s a feeling that you have… when we talk about fairness we all know what’s fair and what isn’t.
“She’s trying to make it less technical and more global knowledge to fit in to that feeling and make it sound. Making sure that people have something simple layman’s terms.
“…look, it’s not a coincidence that Bitcoin really was launched at that time because there was loss of trust in institutions that we thought were unbreakable…”
I think we can see loud and clear that the banks are not necessarily trust vehicles however we’re so used to habits that are deeply etched into the minds of human beings, it really takes time to move those thought processes to something new.
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