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What you are going to LEARN in this episode:

The Problem:

Over 50% of the world’s population lives on less than $5/day. Governments can’t possibly take care of the hungry and poor. With the money the gov doesn’t steal from us, we donate to various charities, but they are very inefficient and waste the donated money. Instead of going towards the cause which we donate for, the funds go into the hands of politicians and “well-connected” individuals. #notcool

DonorSee’s Solution:

Build an smartphone app that competes with the major charities, but give a better user experience, much higher % payout to the cause and more instant gratification with a community vibe.

Background:

While living in Africa, Gret Glyer saw a huge problem. Extreme poverty was a way of life and the current charity model simply wasn’t working. He had an idea, instead of joining the Red Cross and try to fix it from within, Gret decided to develop an app which allowed volunteers (such as himself) more easily raise money to fund their humanitarian projects. He calls it DonorSee.

He was dedicated to creating a new type of charity that didn’t pad the pockets of the government and their friends (like the Clinton Foundation) but instead would give the majority of the proceeds to those in need.

The difference with DonorSee is that it’s basically based on the Uber model of crowdsourcing and the sharing economy which leads to more transparency rather than giving to some huge, monolithic organization where funds tend to get “lost”.

Think about the following use-case:

You’re living in a place where people need financial assistance. Log in to the DonorSee app to help raise $ for a very detailed caused which YOU think needs attention. Take pictures and videos to show post them to the app and let the world decide if you cause deserves funding based on what you are looking to accomplish.

Gret says it’s easier to post a project (and image) on DonorDee than it is on instagram. **I haven’t currently used the app, but I’ll report back once I do**

There’s an obvious problem here…how do you know that someone is legitimate and “raising money for a mule” isn’t actually “send me money for beer”. Gret has already thought of this and added a reputation system (like Uber) to the app. If you have a good or bad experience, then report it directly in the app. Also, if you aren’t sure what cause to donate to, you can choose one of the “staff picks” which are even more pre-vetted. #problemsolved

DonorSee is already available and Gret has raised >$25k using it to help people directly. You can easily find him as a user after installing the app.

You don’t want to miss the conversation towards the end where we chat about the Clinton Foundation and how the Liberty Community has come out strong for the cause.

Bitcoin and Blockchain?

Blockchain tech not currently being used in DonorSee, but if YOU see an opportunity that Gret is missing, leave a comment on our Facebook and/or Twitter feeds (links below)!

Gret’s Advice

It’s never been easier to get your ideas out on the internet, but know that you need to work really hard to get people’s attention. There’s a lot of competition out there, but also plenty of social problems to solve.

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Meet the hosts

Ashe Whitener is the founder and host of the Liberty Entrepreneurs Podcast which aims to provide an alternative perspective to achieving individual freedom through the creative, entrepreneurial process rather than through the tried and failed process of politics. Ashe has two BS degrees in Engineering and is also an original member of Peter Schiff’s Euro Pacific Bank where he is currently the Head of Business Development. Much of Ashe’s experience has come during his time living in Panama and he continues to consult global teams on various projects including tech startups and offshore asset protection.

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  • I love the idea for the group. I just wanted to mention my list of charities/organizations that I put together on my LRD website. You can find it here.

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  • Liberty in North Korea: Bitcoin.com, /r/GoldAndBlack Team Up for Worthy Cause People Over Politics North Korean refugees need help. Reddit /r/BTC users were alerted to a new crowdfunding campaign. With various ways offered to spend bitcoin, rarely is there a chance to literally rescue hostages. Real life. Human hostages. Liberty in North Korea (”Link”) works directly with refugees, and was chosen by a sister Reddit community, /r/GoldAndBlack, for that very reason. “It costs 3,000 dollars to get them across that 3,000 miles. If we all can raise 3,000 dollars, we can rescue one refugee,” the post claimed, urging readers to understand North Koreans who take the unbelievable risk are by no means safe in China. Read More Donate

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  • Or should there be prisons? There was one video I saw on You tube but I cant find it, stating “No prisons in a Free society.” If everyone carried guns, would we even need State/Federal prisons? I believe you should have private institutions like extended care living facilities that could be charity based, to look after so called, “criminals.” My idea, was that you can have one that looks after each-type-of-crime. Such as, having one facility for violent criminals, another for sex criminals, and another for theft. That way, each category can be examined separately instead of throwing them in all-together which is a festering danger. If any of you can help me find information on no prisons in a free society., please let me know. Videos are always great and easy.

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  • Perhaps you will find this magnificent BBC documentary interesting. It tells the story of the ancient city of Caral, a little north of Lima on the coast of Peru, which is arguably the oldest city in and the beginning of civilization in the Americas. The Lost Pyramids Of Caral There are two points I would like to make about the story told therein of Caral which I think are relevant to libertarians. 1) The early civilization of Caral apparently arose purely out of commerce. This confirms the insights of the Austrian school of economics. And it may be an example of a commercially organized cooperative human society that antedates the rise of any state. 2) This contradicts the presumptions brought to the study by the archaeologists. For one example, at 7:20 one states the following. You can’t build … on the basis of consensus. You have to have leaders and followers. You have to have specialists. You have to have people who are in charge. People who can tell individual groups, alright, today you will be doing this. This group you are going to be doing something different. In other words, in his academic world, the possibility is inconceivable of that human cooperation could be organized by trade — the marketplace — rather than authority.

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  • Dear fellow liberty advocates, Mantrailer SAR DOG Bilbo scents missing trekker 11 days before the earthquake struck Nepal I’m an American friend of Search And Rescue (SAR) DOGS Nepal and a member of liberty.me. SAR DOGS Nepal is a private nonprofit in one of the poorest nations in the world (where 25% Of the people live on $1.25/day!) and they have rescued and come to the aid of countless people in the aftermath of the recent earthquake (and 300+ aftershocks). Here is a slideshow I created of their Search and Rescue work leading up to the major earthquake in late April (the biggest disaster ever recorded in Nepal) and their relief work in the aftermath of the quake. Some of the images are breathtaking, as they work in the largest mountain range in the world – the Himalayas: http://lapdogwebdesign.com/sardogs-nepal/slideshow/ I ardently believe that voluntarily helping the poorest of the poor is a key factor in the success of any Libertarian Paradise, and I also want to dispel the mainstream notion that liberty lovers are selfish, so I created a crowdfunding campaign for them. I’m trying to raise the last $300 to meet a funding goal of $3000 (although the web page states $3500 – the real goal is $3000). I’m reaching out to you to ask if you might consider supporting them in their disaster response efforts. If we don’t help them, who will? The American news media has forgotten about Nepal, and it seems like it’s not on most Americans’ radar. But there are still hundreds of thousands of Nepalies now homeless, living under tarps during monsoon season (which is right now) and at risk of being swept away by landslides that are prevelant since the terrain was loosened by the quake and aftershocks. My crowdfunding campaign is here: http://www.youcaring.com/emergency-fundraiser/nepal-earthquake-relief-reaching-smaller-forgotten-villages/355694 Donations of any size helps – even the contents of a coin jar (sorry, not bitcoin – Youcaring.com doesn’t accept bitcoin at the moment). SAR DOGS Nepal medical relief team in Kharibot a week and a half after the quake. SAR DOGS Nepal scrambles to keep their organization afloat and they face many challenges that American SAR organizations don’t, including the fact that they have just one vehicle for the whole team – a motorbike(!) because the Nepal government taxes vehicle imports 100%. So the off-road 4WD they need for their work in the rugged terrain of the Himalayas, especially during landslides and monsoon flooding, would cost them double the normal price. (See this YouTube video of them driving on a treacherous mountain road, straight out of an Indiana Jones movie – skip to mid-video to view most harrowing portions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MefNEV6IBcs) And on June 4th the Nepal government began enforcing an end to relief operations by anyone other than themselves despite the fact that many folks still need help and the government of Nepal does not have the infrastructure to deliver the aid needed. (Plus, they are considered to be one of the most corrupt governments in the world.) You would not believe many of the challenges SAR DOGS Nepal faces – not only from government, but they also had to deal with a Maoist insurgency and a 10-year civil war that ended in 2008, which affected them directly. I could go on and on about the hardships and obstacles this group has faced, some of it tragic, but I want to keep this relatively brief. I’m also a dog lover and I love that SAR DOGS Nepal uses clicker-training (an effective form of positive reinforcement training) to train their dogs. I think this is important in a country where dogs do not generally enjoy the same status as dogs in the US. I hope to go to Nepal in the next few years to visit SAR DOGS Nepal and will be interested to see if there is any liberty movement to speak of in the areas I visit. The last time I was there, the country was ruled by a monarch! Thanks in advance if you are able to help this extraordinary group of men and dogs. 🙂

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