Glen Weyl

Research Lead, Decentralized Social Technology Collaboratory, Microsoft Research Special Projects, RadicalxChange Founder

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Web 3, the metaverse, artificial intelligence and social networks are transforming our society and economy. However, too often these technologies undermine our shared values of democratic freedom and pluralistic cooperation. Glen Weyl is the world’s leading expert on how to harness these emerging tools to advance those values.

As the primary intellectual collaborator of Vitalik Buterin (Founder of Ethereum) and Audrey Tang (Digital Minister of Taiwan), Glen has shaped the world’s most vibrant digital decentralized ecosystem and national democracy respectively. As co-author of Radical Markets, Glen invented social technologies like Quadratic Voting that have become the gold standard for democratic innovation.

As an advisor on geopolitics and macroeconomics to Microsoft’s senior leaders, Glen has helped companies navigate the intersection of an unsettled world with exponential technical progress. As Founder of RadicalxChange and technical co-lead of the Committee for Pandemic Testing, Glen has built a global social movement across civil, academic, public and private sectors to tackle the most pressing and enduring social challenges.

Recognized by WIRED as one of the 25 people shaping the next 25 years of technology, Glen’s guidance is a must-have for anyone looking to shape their digital future.

Glen opened my mind to the importance of data integrity and ownership under the lens of a truly democratic spirit.”

Andrew Fai, CEO (Asia Blockchain Summit)


“We were delighted to have Glen speak on our panel titled ‘Digital rights’ at this year’s Trust Conference. His thought-provoking point about data production being a form of work is paradigm-shifting and will form the basis of many future discussion we host”

Antonio Zappulla, CEO (Thomson Reuters)

Sample Talks

Glen Weyl is one of the leading intellectual thought leaders in the blockchain space, being named one of Coindesk’s 10 most influential in the space in 2018 and one of WIRED’s 25 people defining the next 25 years of technology. Yet unlike most thinkers in the space, Glen has a balanced perspective that integrates the role of existing businesses, financial and governmental institutions, seeking to drive innovation towards more decentralized power by cooperation rather than disruption.  His talk highlights how innovations in the decentralization and Web 3 space can transformatively strengthen rather than replace our social institutions, helping free societies meet the challenge of authoritarianism with stronger markets, democracies and digital infrastructure.  If, like so many institutions, you have been watching the development of blockchain with a mix of fear and hope, Glen’s talk will show you a path through the quagmire to help you benefit from the coming decentralization revolution.

Glen Weyl is the co-inventor of Quadratic Funding, the hottest new approach to supporting social entrepreneurship and cross silo-collaboration within companies, is Microsoft’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer Political Economist and Social Technologist and Founder of the RadicalxChange Foundation.  Glen will tell you how QF works, how it has been mathematically proven as the optimal way to support public goods and how it is transforming open source software, the blockchain, media and social service provision.  Whether you’re looking to tap the wisdom of your employees to catalyze new cross-company entrepreneurship or catalyze effective charitable giving, QF is one of the most powerful tools available today and there’s no one better to learn about it from than its pioneer.

Glen helps businesses see how to use emerging technologies to expand opportunities for all stakeholders, increasing productivity while improving employee and customer satisfaction.

Glen Weyl, a former professor of economics at the University of Chicago, developed the economic theory behind many recent advances in antitrust policy, from the 2010 US merger guidelines to the use of antitrust to protect workers.  As Microsoft’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer Political Economist and Social Technologist, he is today at the forefront of technology competition and regulatory policy.  His talk will cover some of the most innovative approaches to addressing the problems of technology monopoly platforms, including treating data as labor, forming collective bargaining institutions such as data coalitions, the democratization or utilization of platforms and the use of new open protocols to facilitate meaningful portability.  Today every company is a digital company and we all depend on the infrastructure controlled by a few dominant technology platforms.  Here is a clear glimpse into the future that will determine the fate of your business and how you can shape it.