Jonas Di Gregorio

Jonas Di Gregorio

Jonas Di Gregorio has a degree in Philosophy from La Sapienza University of Rome.

He worked for several years for a harm reduction project financed by the Italian government and volunteered at several festivals with the Zendo Project and other psychedelic harm reduction services.

In 2015 he did an internship for the International Drug Policy Consortium.

He participated in the 57th Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna.

He is the founder the Cognitive Freedom Alliance, a non-profit organization envisioning a post-prohibition world where psychedelics are safely integrated in our culture.

He currently works as Communication Officer for the Mandali Foundation.

Psychedelics, Democracy and Civil Society Empowerment: challenges and opportunities of drug policy activism

The goal of this presentation is to bring the voice of those advocating for drug policy reform about psychedelics into the international debate of United Nations and other international institution as the European Parliament.

With this presentation I would like to:

  • present some ideas regarding international drug policy activism and the challenges of understanding different roles that policy activists can have within the same social movement;
  • share some information about the creation of the Global Psychedelic Network;
  • speak about the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs that takes place every year in Vienna and the Civil Society Task Force aiming at bringing the voice of NGOs into the UN international debate;
  • introduce the concept of Right to Science and share the outcomes of the 5th Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research that took place at the European Parliament in April 2018

Psychedelic Research and Crypto-currency Community

In December 2017 a generous benefactor known as “Pine” donated 1 million dollars to MAPS through bitcoin, to support psychedelic research. A few days after, another donor gave the same amount through bitcoin. We are facing a new era of philanthropy based on cryptocurrencies and this trend is raising a lot of interest in the psychedelic community. In January 2018 took place the first summit on psychedelics and cryptocurrencies, entitled CryptoPsychedelics. Among the speakers there were many experts in blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies and psychedelic research. We are facing a scenario where psychedelic research might boost incredibly thanks to the support of the cryptocurrency network. With this presentation I would like to share the most relevant news on this subject, providing a basic understanding of cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology and crypto-philanthropy.