The Next Everything

Stephen P. Williams

130 pages March 2019 copies in English Original publisher: ScribnerNon Fiction

Blockchain will change your life. Prepare for the digital revolution with this highly readable guide to the newest life-altering technology.

Blockchain technology is rolling through our culture, with no sign of stopping. Though most associate blockchain with bitcoin, blockchain is expanding from its roots in cryptocurrency to radically transform staid bastions of world culture and commerce. Goldman Sachs committed to trading in blockchain-based securities. BMW, Ford and GM formed a blockchain coalition to develop the technology for the auto industry. Blockchain is even making waves in the art world.

And yet, very few people understand how it works − or what’s at stake. Stephen P. Williams renders this impenetrable technology accessible for all readers in this captivating exploration of blockchain’s potential.


“Finally: a book that engagingly and entertainingly tells you what blockchain is and how it works. It makes clear why it’s so important for our future, showing how this technology can help with everything from voting rights to economic inequality to corporate transparency to climate change. Stephen P. Williams’ Blockchain: The Next Everything is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand where the world is headed.”
–Hunter Lovins, author of Natural Capitalism and President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions

“Shakespeare famously advised readers to be on watch for tides in human history. Now we have blockchain. If you are curious about it, read this book. Stephen P. Williams has created a remarkable and remarkably accessible piece of work on one of the most important topics of our time.””
– Rye Barcott, author of It Happened on the Way to War and co-founder of Double Time Capital

“An astonishing, illuminating tour of a mind-bending new economic model–written with the verve and page-turning appeal of a novel. A book for the nerd but especially for the rest of us scratching our tech-terrified heads. And–how did he do this?–it’s inspiring and fun.”
– Patricia Hampl, author of The Art of the Wasted Day”

“Stephen P. Williams has created a small miracle – a book about blockchain that helps the rest of us understand what it is, how it works and what the implications are for the future of our world. From the first page to the last, just when you think you know what this book is, it surprises you. By turns poetic, philosophical, explanatory and provocative, Blockchain: The Next Everything is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered what all the hype is about, and why they should care.””
– Ty Montague, author of True Story and Founder of Co:Collective