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Xavier Damman

Posted on January 23, 2020

Thanks for joining our collective! We can certainly use your help.
Please use this space to introduce yourself. Where are you from, what do you love doing, how much time you can dedicate to contribute to this collective and whether or not you are already part of a local group for climate.
Looking forward to get to know you!

Xavier Damman

Posted on January 23, 2020

Starting with myself, I'm Xavier Damman, I'm an engineer in computer science and an entrepreneur now based in Brussels and involved with Extinction Rebellion and #FridaysForFuture. My skills are product development, UX, coding (as in prototyping), fundraising.

I've started Storify back in 2010 in San Francisco where I lived for 7 years (it was a platform for enabling journalists to tell stories using social media, see wikipedia).
I then created Open Collective as a way to help communities collect and disburse money transparently in 2015 and moved to NYC. I now live in Brussels. I have a 7 year old daughter and I've been very active within the Extinction Rebellion movement (I was in the early days of XR Belgium, I participated in the October rebellion in London, got arrested twice already in Brussels) and more recently with the #FridaysForFuture movement.

I now want to dedicate my full attention to the climate emergency. That means helping those different movements for the climate but also helping society prepare for deep adaptation by recreating local communities to increase our resilience. Through my experience with various movements for the climate and citizen initiatives, I realize how much we need to build new software to help them. That's what I want to do, in open source, together and as a non profit.

Daniel Sum

Posted on January 23, 2020

Hi everyone, I'm Daniel Sum. I am the Co-Founder of Cherry Pulp a digital agency in Brussels and the CTO in charge of the development. I'm also a citizen hacktivist involved in different civic movements like the local currency of Brussels (Zinne.brussels), the elected civic party that create a deliberative democracy based on sortition (Agora.brussels) and many others through our non-profit association www.co-labs.be.

We started a project called www.callup.io an online platform designed to help organizations and individuals to develop, join or finance projects with social impact. 

As a dad, my principal motivation is to boost all the civic movements that can improve the world and potentially solve the climate crisis or the global sustainable goals in order to let a better future for my kid. 

That's why I dedicated all my energy to boost civic projects who will reinvent a new form of organisations and build a better future for everyone. That means helping civic movements and Open-Collective Community in the technical part so they can focus in changing the world - it's clearly my "Ikigai". Every revolutions in the history has been made possible by new disruptive tools. Open Collective Community could definitely be one of them and I'm pretty excited to collaborate in reinventing this new way of collaborating together for a better future.

Jah Mali

Posted on January 24, 2020

Hi everyone! 🙌 I'm Michael Hulet and I live in the Belgian countryside. I am the dad of 3 kids aged 10, 8 and 6. They build their own future at l'École Démocratique de l'Orneau. You can find more about me on my LinkedIn profile or by looking at my tweets on Twitter, even if I don't tweet that much. 
 
I have been involved in my local Transition Town group for a few years, and joined Extinction Rebellion last year, launching a local group, setting up IT services and tools for coordinators and now onboarding a team of rebellious IT enthusiasts. 
 
I am living the adventure of our time, that Joanna Macy calls the Great Turning: the shift from the Industrial Growth Society to a life-sustaining civilization. This is what I’m dreaming about for years, and we have the opportunity (and we NEED to!) to make it happen. 
 
I have the feeling that computers can help many follow this path, and the Community project has the potential to make it happen - finally. This is the platform we are all looking for as activists, citizens, neighbours or parents. 
 
When I’m not coding, I’m on the road to deep adaptation at home and I’m studying to become an edible forest designer. I have the secret project to turn all gardens into delicious food stocks. 

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