“I feel that enabling more people to leave their jobs in the capitalist paradigm and work full time on solidarity and justice movements while building the commons is a huge lever for change. The same goes for combining the power of multiple diverse groups through the use of a shared open platform. Through collectivising resources—technical, financial, and structural—we can achieve so much,” says Alanna Irving, COO of Open Collective and Executive Director of Open Collective Foundation.
“Acren will for the first time enable implementation of citizen-funded agro-environmental projects in a fully transparent and unambiguous way. It opens up the possibility for citizens to clearly and securely track the positive effect that each project has on the environment, and the ability to attribute the direct positive impact – such as CO2 saved, reduced pesticides – to their participation,” says Dr. Nikola Markovic, Cofounder of Social Impact Network.
“This is why I admire the Pentagrowth method, it fully embraces and applies our human selves and the way we interact with one another. It enables success because it establishes human realities in business,” says Areti Kampyli, COO of Alice.si.
“This masterclass subject was relevant to me as it questioned centralized finance. It allowed me to widen my understanding of finance beyond the banking system. I realized that there were new possibilities in accessing finance that were global and inclusive,” says Kadidiatou Dem Tangara, who together with Kognouman Fofana and Talhata Zourkarneini Toure is among the learners of the CryptoMasters series at Kabakoo Academies.
“The higher the goals that an organization sets, and climate mitigation is undoubtedly one of the most ambitious we can now think about, the more energizing the process becomes. We have observed that backcasting from the future to today, imagining breakthrough solutions rather than incremental gains which build from the present, allows all sorts of organizations to free themselves from historical constraints and fears towards the existing ‘immunological systems’ that resist structural change,” says Javier Creus, Founder and CEO of Ideas for Change, and the creator of the Pentagrowth methodology.
“Blockchain and cryptos are often considered as leapfrogging solutions for the African continent so it is important for Kabakoo to train young Africans and open much-needed debates about the economic, social and environmental issues related to these technologies,” says Leïla Keita in our interview. Leïla Keita, Partnership Officer at Kabakoo Academies.
“Social Impact Network has identified a way to inject liquidity into Least Developed Countries by creating a new breed of impact investors. Social Impact Network leverages the rapid growth of Decentralized Finance (DeFi), a market valued at $100B. By using blockchain, the ecosystem addresses many of the challenges faced by the traditional impact investing sector, which over time will serve to introduce DeFi to a whole new cohort of investors,” says Nadja Bester who heads up marketing and communications at Social Impact Network.
“The most effective factor in obtaining a fund is to recognize the main needs of the policy area related to each sector and then develop solutions and projects in response to those needs. In my approach I evaluate the projects of a company to find out its KPIs as well as its potential impacts and then match them with the goals of relevant policies,” says Bahman Morteza Etezadibehzadi in our interview.
In our recent member meeting, Karolina Gorna from KRYPTOSPHERE® provided insights into her latest engagement for a Crypto4Good event as well as into her ongoing project about a Sustainability DAO.
In his recurring column, Bahman Morteza Etezadibehzadi helps you to maintain an overview of funding instruments, to put the informative puzzle together properly and to identify factors that can make proposal applications successful. In the end, EU funding programmes hold great opportunities.