February 19th, 2020 – The Blockchain Research Institute ™ (BRI) today announced a new Coursera specialization, Blockchain Revolution in Financial Services, developed in partnership with INSEAD.

Taught by BRI co-founders Alex Tapscott and Don Tapscott, the specialization introduces students/professionals in the world of money, markets, and banking to blockchain’s key principles, and its specific impact on the finance sector. The courses are designed to appeal to a wide variety of experience levels, and there is no blockchain or coding experience required.

The new specialization builds on the success of the Blockchain Revolution specialization, first launched in 2019,  which introduces learners to the basic principles of blockchain and its strategic implications for business leaders. The MOOC, developed in partnership with INSEAD, has been taken by nearly 20,000 learners and is the highest-rated blockchain specialization on Coursera, with an average rating of 4.7/5 based on over 900 reviews.

“With the success of blockchain revolution, we wanted to design an online specialization catering to professionals in specific industries,” said Alex Tapscott, course instructor. “Given the unprecedented transformations made possible by blockchain in banking and finance, it made good sense to start with financial services.”

The course’s learners will be introduced to the ways blockchain is transforming the economy and society at large—redefining workflows, global payments, and prosperity. As an outcome of this specialization, students will produce a Strategic Action Plan wherein they identify and evaluate a promising application of blockchain technology within the financial services industry.

The new course accompanies the release of the BRI’s first research compendium, Financial Services Revolution, edited and with a foreword by course instructor Alex Tapscott.

“The BRI’s new books and courses are our way of making the world-class thought leadership network we’ve compiled accessible to the broader public,” said Don Tapscott, course instructor and executive chairman of the BRI. “In Blockchain Revolution in Financial Services, we bring together insights from some of the world’s leading experts, designed so that any student or professional can understand and add value.”

Blockchain was named the most in-demand hard skill for employees of 2020 in a LinkedIn report released earlier this year. As with Blockchain Revolution, upon completion of each module learners will receive a certificate from INSEAD which can be added to their LinkedIn profile.

About the Blockchain Research Institute ™

The Blockchain Research Institute ™ is an independent, global think-tank dedicated to inspiring and preparing private- and public-sector leaders to be the catalysts of the blockchain transformation. Funded by international corporations and government agencies, the BRI brings together the world’s leading thinkers to undertake ground-breaking research on the strategic implications of blockchain technology, producing practical insights to help its member organizations succeed.

The Institute has 100+ research projects underway in the areas of financial services, manufacturing, retail, energy and resources, technology/media, healthcare and government; as well as how this nascent technology is changing the way companies are managed.  To complement the research, the BRI offers a suite of services to its members, including monthly webinars, executive briefings, all-member summits, and other exclusive activities.

For more information, contact:

Luke Bradley

Director of Communications

Blockchain Research Institute ™


BRI Europe