P2145 Blockchain Governance Standards Working Group

Blockchain / DLT Governance is a complex topic. The topic is made more difficult by a lack of a shared language. This Working Group exists to identify and share a common vocabulary for discussing the governance of shared ledgers, and to create standards for DLT governance vocabulary, for governance activities (a Process Model), and possibly for defining the maturity of a governance regime (a Maturity Model).

About Our Working Group

Scope: IEEE P2145™ Standard for Framework and Definitions for Blockchain Governance provides a common nomenclature and framework for describing and building blockchain/DLT governance across all use cases and contexts, including public, private, permissioned, permissionless, and hybrid.

The standard is only normative regarding terminology. It is non-normative with respect to the design of particular blockchain protocols and systems. Where two terms are in common use for one concept, the standard shall define both terms and elaborate on any meaningful distinctions between them.

Let’s Collaborate

P2145 actively seeks participation from individuals plus other standards organizations, blockchain ecosystems, consortia, and other entities in pursuit of our holistic and collaborative approach to standards development.  If you represent an organization with an interest in DLT governance standards, please contact us by emailing one of the officers.

To register to attend meetings, please fill out this form to be added to our mailing list and receive meeting invitations.

You can choose to join the main group, join one or more subgroups, or both. Subgroup meeting details are shared in the main meetings. Some subgroups are also described elsewhere on this website.

When you attend, you can either actively participate or observe, as you choose.


Current and proposed subgroups include:

  • Lexical Standards (creating a shared vocabulary) Chaired by Kirsten Pomales Langenbrunner – CONFIRMED
  • Governance and Interoperability – Chaired by Denise McCurdy, PhD – CONFIRMED
  • Governance Maturity Model Sub-working Group – Will Groah offered to organize – PROPOSED
  • Governance Process Model Sub-working Group – Thomas Cox offered to organize – PROPOSED
  • Reputation Sub-working Group – Chaired by Wulf Kaal – CONFIRMED
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences – Led by Thomas Cox – LIAISON GROUP to P2418.6
  • Group to study the World Economic Forum (WEF) Blockchain Toolkit – COMPLETED

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Meeting Schedule for 2020

The Working Group generally meets on the 3rd Friday of each month at 1400 UTC. Specific meetings are only confirmed as scheduled when the Working Group, usually during the prior month’s meeting.

WG Officers



Thomas B. Cox


Vice Chair

Kirsten Pomales Langenbrunner



Hayley Howe


Deputy to the Vice Chair

Robin Roy Thomas