Winds of change, technologically and geopolitically, are sweeping across the world. Institutions respond by remaining rigid, eroding. This has far-reaching consequences, touching even democracy itself. Blockchain-based identity could turn the tide. Arwen Smit founded several blockchain companies, including DOVU and MintBit. She believes that decentralised technologies will be the foundation of new economic and political models. She writes and speaks about blockchain internationally, is an advisor to Tomorrow’s Journey, and mentor to female entrepreneurs at Rotterdam School of Management, London Business School and Berkeley University.