The apps, books, movies, music, TV shows, and art are inspiring our some of the most creative people in business this month The struggles and triumphs of prominent women in leadership positions The major tech ecosystems that battle for our attention and dollars What’s next for hardware, software, and services Our annual guide to the businesses that matter the most Leaders who are shaping the future of business in creative ways New workplaces, new food sources, new medicine–even an entirely new economic system Celebrating the best ideas in business An award-winning team of journalists, designers, and videographers who tell brand stories through Fast Company’s distinctive lens While cryptocurrencies are rocking the whole world at the moment, you can make a case that the impact of the underlying technology–blockchain–may be felt more in emerging nations than developed ones. At least in the next year or so.

In New York or Singapore, it’s easy to buy a toaster with a credit card. It’s simple for most people to get a loan.

Your identity is known to government and relatively secure. Getting around doesn’t require a crypto version of Uber.

We already have the conventional version of Uber. That’s not the case in the poorest parts of Africa, Latin America, and South Asia, where people lack basic services in finance, energy, government, and much else, potentially opening the way for new technologies.

The ability of decentralized ledgers to offer better record-keeping and personal identity management (to name two areas) may be true game-changers, according to development experts. Indeed, the promise of blockchain was in full evidence at the Davos World Economic Forum recently, according to multiple reports from that shindig. Read more from…

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