NBA merch designer using blockchain to help fight world hunger

NBA merch designer using blockchain to help fight world hunger


Shawn Kurz, who alternates between designing merch for the NBA and supplying coffee to big retailers, has expressed prospects of fighting world hunger with the help of blockchain technology. 


Kurz spoke about the shortcomings of traditional charity systems and, in response to the same, has established FoodChain Global (FCG). 


FCG is an organization that uses a blockchain-based ecosystem for supporting charitable initiatives that target global hunger. 


At present, Kurz has enlisted Cody Boyd, a former military systems engineer, as his co-lead in the blockchain development team of the FCG. The firm has recently launched digital asset products like FoodChain Global token (FOOD) and nonfungible tokens (NFT) and is currently utilizing the profits for supplying the needful to food banks. 


Kurz has told the media that the project is aimed at bringing the fight against global hunger towards the younger generations. The team is continuously providing digital products that would speak to Millennials and GenZ and involve them through the content into fighting world hunger.


Kurz said that the younger generation especially needs to “relate and provide products to future generations” in continuing to tackle the global hunger crisis and, at the same time, make these incoming products “engaging and interactive.” 


According to Kurz, several currently running blockchain projects, particularly meme coins, are making little to no contribution to the real world. He has urged the community to move past the trivial things and encouraged “strong business leaders” to “showcase the good side of the technology.”


Most recently, the FCG has released Polygon-based FOOD tokens, NFTs and crypto merchandise clothing stores, the proceeds of which have been used to supply food to the Daily Bread Food Bank and Haven on the Queensway.


Kurz was heard saying that most people who are donating to charity just donate and never get to see tangible proof of their money actually being spent. However, the FCG does this differently in that it would allow people who purchase FOOD tokens to easily track where their money goes, thanks to Polygon’s blockchain explorer.


Donors who give out to FCG would be able to access the publicly available transactions on Polyscan, and they can see the movements of their assets within FCG’s ecosystem. This would ensure better tracking for the amount that goes to charity, and as Kurz believes, this would also enable the public to hold the firm accountable. 


Although Kurz has strongly voiced the role of crypto and NFTs in world problems, crypto charities have been dedicatedly working towards various causes. Many blockchain-based projects have been reported to have contributed to philanthropic initiatives, often raising millions of dollars. 


Crypto donations platform The Giving Block has more lately reported in February 2022 that its crypto donations had multiplied by 16 times in the year 2021.

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