“SurveyStack has now become this amazing, deeply thought Open Source framework for interoperable data. Through SurveyStack we are able to say with confidence ‘Yes, those quote unquote regenerative practices do connect with increased soil carbon as well as do connect with nutrient levels in food being increased’,” says Dan Kittredge, Founder and Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association.
“Citizen participation and community co-ownership schemes play an increasingly societal role by fostering citizens’ participation in energy matters and raising acceptance of renewable energy. They can bring tremendous benefits for citizens and communities by placing them closer to the energy transition and fulfilling Europe’s decarbonisation goals,” says Dr. Athanasios Chassiakos as we speak with him, Dr. Stylianos Karatzas and Vasiliki Lazari about their transformative project TwinERGY.
“Most data collection software is built to serve the desires of the person who built the survey. SurveyStack is built to serve the community collecting the data. In our agricultural applications, we have learned that there is immense value and a strong need for judgement free, transparent, effective tools for producers to benchmark their operations with their peers,” says Greg Austic, Cofounder of Our Sci.
“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,” says Javier Creus, 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.