“For the first time in my working career my age and gender is an advantage. I’m a woman and I’m in my fifties (early).”
Jillian Godsil is co founder of Blockleaders.io with David Atkinson of Holochain. She is on theboard of EOS Dublin. She has been named one of the top 50 women globally in blockchain as well as a crypto queen and last year she was shortlisted for two Women of the Year awards in Ireland.
She has been featured in Al Jazeera, Russia Today, BBC2 Newsnight, UK Telegraph, RTE, TV3, Huffington Post, New York Times The Irish Times, Vogue Italia and the Irish Independentamongst others.
She is a freelance journalist for the Irish Times, the Irish Independent and many more broadsheets and business publications.
She is an advisor for a number companies working in the Blockchain industry. She travels the world speaking and chairing Blockchain conferences and has been to Kiev, Austin, Muscat, Columbo. Dublin, Burgundy and London so far this year.
She hosts two weekly terrestrial radio shows, DubinCityFM and East CoastFM, as well as a regular youtube show called the CryptoDivas.
However, two years ago she was evicted from her rented accommodation with her two adult children. She had no job and no income. She found a tiny cottage for her two girls to rent and went couchsurfing with a friend.
What on earth? Let me tell you a story...
In 2008 Jillian had hit divorce and recession. She could not cope with both. Previously she had travelled the world (London, Sydney and Singapore) for work before relocating to the Irish countryside with her family. She ran a successful PR business. There had a large mortgage on her country house (half the value of the house). With the divorce, her ex husband went back to the UK and went bankrupt, thereby giving the entire mortgage debt to Jillian and her two girls.
In 2008 there was a hard crash happening in property prices. She tried to sell the house and made a video that went viral. She got a cash offer of €500,000 but the bank refused consent to sell as the mortgage was more. They preferred to repossess the home and sell it for €165,000 the following year. (It is now back on the market three years later at €550,000)
In the interim she became politicised. She lost her business and it collapsed, bailiffs called tothe door and she lost everything. But she also became aware of the false narrative that began to take shape - “that people were gaming the system and messing with moral hazard”. There were also a rising number of financially inspired suicides. She got angry.She got very angry.
So she started ranting and raving at every opportunity - and she had a lot. This was around 2012 and most people were still ‘shamed’ at failing financially. She went loud and proud and said that while it hurt a lot to lose everything that she had done nothing wrong and was not ashamed.
In the end, she was the first female bankrupt under the new insolvency laws in 2014. She was not allowed to run for public office under archaic Victorian law. She then took the Irish government to the High Court and all the way to the Supreme Court claiming that her constitutional rights were being infringed. She won.
Then she had to run - after all she had won the right.
So, Jillian ran in the European Parliamentary elections in 2014 and while she did not win a seat she earned 11,500 votes. This is where blockchain came in. She thought that life could offer me no more. She was at a standstill - or worse a personal recession. Then she met blockchain in September 2017 and she said to herself – “Mama I’ve come home. Now is my time to shine.’And so it has been. She’s had an amazing year - travelling the world, speaking and chairing at blockchain conferences and she has hope again. Not just for her alone but for humanity. Go blockchain.
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