Lesson 16: Dogecoin (DOGE), The Power of Community in Cryptocurrency 

Prison Professors Masterclass Digital Economy-: Lesson 16 - Dogecoin (DOGE)

Explore Dogecoin’s journey from meme to mainstream, its role in community-driven charity, and its potential in reintegration efforts. #DogecoinCommunity #CryptoReintegration #DigitalEconomySuccess

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Dogecoin (DOGE) – The Power of Community in Cryptocurrency

Several years ago, the well-known innovator, Elon Musk, revealed his interest in Dogecoin. As a result of interest, the altcoin soared in price–going from less than 5 cents to more than 70 cents a coin. 

As the founder of Tesla, Elon announced that Tesla would accept Dogecoin (DOGE) as payment. This decision by Tesla and Musk, known for his influential presence in the cryptocurrency world, significantly boosted the visibility and utility of Dogecoin. It marked a notable instance of a major company adopting a cryptocurrency, particularly a “meme coin” like Dogecoin, for real-world transactions. This move highlighted the growing acceptance of cryptocurrencies in the commercial and retail sectors, demonstrating the potential for digital currencies to be used in everyday transactions. It’s one of the unique stories in the cryptocurrency world.

Known for its Shiba Inu dog mascot, Dogecoin started as a joke but has since captured the hearts of millions, highlighting the impact of community and humor in the blockchain space.

Origins of Dogecoin:

Two programmers, Billy Markus and Jackson Palmer introduced Dogecoin in December 2013. Reports suggest that they began Dogecoin “to create a fun and more accessible cryptocurrency.” They used a mascot, the Shiba Inu dog from the popular “Doge” meme to bring attention to their efforts.

Purpose: Unlike Bitcoin’s aim to revolutionize financial systems, Dogecoin’s initial purpose was to foster a sense of community and spread goodwill within the cryptocurrency world.

The Role of Dogecoin in the Digital Economy:

Community and Charity: Dogecoin’s most significant contributions have been its community-driven projects and charitable donations. From funding Olympic athletes to building wells in Africa, the Dogecoin community has shown how cryptocurrency can be a force for good.

Tipping and Transactions: While it may not have the technological advancements of other altcoins, Dogecoin has become a popular choice for online tipping and microtransactions, thanks to its low transaction fees and fast confirmation times.

Practical Application: Reintegration Through Dogecoin

As with all lessons for altcoins, I try to imagine a scenario where the Prison Professors charitable corporation could leverage Dogecoin’s community spirit to support individuals transitioning from incarceration. Here’s how it could work:

  1. Community Support Fund: Launch a Dogecoin wallet to collect donations from the Dogecoin community to support reintegration programs.
  2. Microgrants for Reentrants: Use Dogecoin to provide microgrants to individuals who have completed the “Preparing for Success after Prison” course, assisting them with education, housing, or starting their own businesses.
  3. Recognition and Incentives: Reward course participants with Dogecoin for achieving milestones, fostering a sense of achievement and community belonging.

To bring these ideas into reality, we’d have to follow the same practical steps that we teach in our introductory course: Preparing for Success after Prison. We could take the following steps:

To implement a “Reintegration through Dogecoin” initiative, focusing on supporting individuals transitioning from incarceration with the community spirit of Dogecoin, you can follow these practical steps:

Establish a Clear Program Structure
  • Define Objectives: Clearly outline the goals of the reintegration program, such as providing financial support for education, housing, or starting businesses.
  • Program Criteria:** Set specific criteria for individuals to qualify for assistance, such as completing the “Preparing for Success after Prison” course.
Set Up a Dogecoin Wallet for Donations
  • Create a Wallet: Use a reputable cryptocurrency wallet service to create a Dogecoin wallet specifically for the program.
  • Promote the Wallet: Share the wallet address on our website, social media, and other platforms to encourage donations from the Dogecoin community.
Engage with the Dogecoin Community
  • Social Media: Utilize platforms like Reddit, Twitter, and Telegram, where the Dogecoin community is active, to share our program and its goals.
  • Partnerships: Reach out to prominent figures in the Dogecoin community for support and collaboration to raise awareness and funds.
Develop a Transparent Tracking and Distribution System
  • Transparency: Use blockchain’s inherent transparency to publicly track received donations and distributions to ensure donor confidence.
  • Distribution Plan: Develop a fair and efficient system for distributing Dogecoin microgrants to qualified individuals, including criteria for how the funds can be used.
Implement Microgrant Application and Review Process
  • Application: Create a simple, accessible application process for individuals to apply for microgrants, outlining how they plan to use the funds.
  • Review Committee: Form a committee to review applications based on the program criteria and select recipients.
Offer Financial Literacy and Cryptocurrency Education
  • Workshops: Provide workshops or resources on financial literacy, focusing on managing cryptocurrency, to ensure recipients can responsibly use and benefit from their Dogecoin microgrants.
Monitor Progress and Collect Feedback
  • Follow-Up: Keep in touch with microgrant recipients to monitor their progress and gather feedback on the impact of the assistance.
  • Adjustments: Use feedback to continuously improve the program, making it more effective and responsive to the needs of participants.
Document and Share Success Stories
  • Success Stories: Highlight the positive outcomes and stories of individuals who have been helped by the program to inspire further community support and participation.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Ensure that our program complies with all relevant laws and regulations concerning charitable giving and cryptocurrency transactions.

The Impact of Dogecoin:

Despite its humorous beginnings, Dogecoin has demonstrated the power of community and the potential for cryptocurrencies to support charitable causes and create positive social impact.

As Dogecoin continues to evolve, its journey reminds us of the importance of community in the digital age. While it may not replace traditional financial systems, Dogecoin represents a vibrant and supportive community within the cryptocurrency space.

In the next lesson, we’ll learn about Litecoin.


On Friday, February 23, 2024, at 2:46 pm Pacific time, the price of Bitcoin continued trading in a range when I looked on Coinbase: $50,832.00

  • Total investment in BTC at end of day, February 19, 2024: $192,202.76.
  • Total holdings: 4 BTC
  • Total value: $203,328
  • Gain or Loss: $11,125.24

The value of my holdings surpassed the total amount that I had paid by $11,125.24 since I began investing in cryptocurrency, on January 31, 2024.

Separately, I purchased 1 ETH. It was valued at $2,954.74 and Coinbase charged me a fee of $66.48. My total investment: $3,021.22. Value of ETH at end of day: $2,937.63. 

  • Value of Link today: $18.06
  • Value of ADA today: $0.5869
  • Value of ATOM today: $9.95
  • Value of DOGE today: $.0847


For full transparency, I am not an investment advisor. Our nonprofit, Prison Professors, offers these lessons for the singular purpose of helping people learn more about the digital economy. I provide information on my personal investments to show that even a person who served 26 years can participate in the digital economy. I am an investor and a speculator, understanding the risks. No one should invest in any asset class without a strategy and a plan, as shown through our introductory course: Preparing for Success after Prison. Always develop an  understanding of investment risks—especially with cryptocurrency.

Accompanying Video Lesson: Dogecoin (DOGE), The Power of Community in Cryptocurrency

Critical Thinking Questions:

  1. How does Dogecoin’s community-driven approach differentiate it from other cryptocurrencies?
  2. In what ways can Dogecoin be leveraged to support reintegration efforts for individuals leaving incarceration?
  3. What role can humor and a strong community play in the broader cryptocurrency ecosystem?

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