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Hello Crowdholders,

Today we would love to introduce ourselves. We are SM@RT. 

SM@RT is an acronym for "Sustainability Management @top Revolutionary Technology".

Blockchain is the revolutionary technology we believe to be the best foundation upon which to build a world class sustainability management ecosystem. Founded in Q3, 2016, currently we are still in a relatively early stage with initial revenue. We look forward to work more with you to test our assumptions and improve our value propositions.

No doubt you're wondering what we're all about, so let me tell you about our vision and mission.

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WHY WE EXIST

FACT #1: The extensive burning of fossil fuels (aviation fuel, gasoline, diesel, coal, natural gas, etc), have been having a major negative impact on planet earth over time, greatly increasing the level of "greenhouse gases" in the earth's atmosphere, which has resulted in a significant warming of the planet, which in turn has manifested as "climate change", a major increase in the severity of the earth's weather patterns and phenomena, causing major casualties, destruction of property and nature, destruction of animal life, human homelessness, starvation, disease outbreaks and economic losses measured in the trillions of dollars.

FACT #2: Plastics are one of the most pervasive materials made and used by man today. They are also harmful to our planet because plastics do not biodegrade and so stay in landfills indefinitely and greatly pollute our oceans, killing sea creatures by the tens of thousands. Again, fossil fuels are the culprit here, as plastics are made from them

These two issues alone, seriously threaten the viability/sustainability of life on the planet earth for future generations. Those of us who care about the kind of environment (environmental, social and economic) that our children and their children will be faced with as their reality, should want to be part of the solution, and not continue to be part of the problem through old negative prctices.

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We've set out to build an entire ecosystem of resources focused on accelerating sustainability transformation globally, by allowing small businesses, corporations, municipalities, governments, non-profits and everyday citizes, to find and obtain everything they need to implement sustainability initiatives - Talent, Technology Solutions, Research Papers, Impact Measurement Tools, and Funding.

Ultimately, everything we're building is centered around using premium cryptocurrency to INCENTIVIZE and REWARD individuals and organizations for taking HUNDREDS OF PRO-SUSTAINABILITY actions that are good for the future of the planet:

  • like buying an electric car instead of a gasoline or diesel vehicle and getting 100% CryptoCashBack™ for making that pro-sustainability purchase choice/action
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  • like converting to solar to power your home instead of power from fossil fuels and getting 100% CryptoCashBack™ for making that pro-sustainability purchase choice/action

In the end, it is all one BIG LOYALTY PROGRAM for Planet Earth, allowing people and organizations to save the planet while being empowered economically. It's somewhat like airline miles but far more valuable.

We'd love to hear your initial thoughts on our venture Purpose and ecosystem/loyalty program Approach.

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NARROW FOCUS

We're not looking for feedback on our company website usability, or that of any of our platforms for this first task. Please keep your feedback focused just on the idea/concept of addressing the global sustainability and climate change problem  through

A) providing a one-stop ecosystem of integrated, sustainability-focused platforms for all stakeholder groups

B) building that "atop" a blockchain/cryptocurrency based loyalty program of economic incentive/rewards.

 

So, what are your first impressions?

Looking forward to hearing your feedback.

The SM@RT Team

 

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SM@RT INC is a Blockchain and Sustainability Focused, Business/Economic Development Company, working to accelerate sustainability transformation globally. This is being pursued within the ambit of our corporate mandate and mission as follows:

"Financing and Accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals"

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Hello. 

A:  Creating a one-stop ecosystem has its upside but also a big downside. The ease of use, availability, and choice is always a plus. For a shareholder, having all of those assets in one location can be very stressful. The failure of that foundation, its changes, and adaptations can all greatly negatively impact the fundamentals.

B:  Basing a reward program on a highly volatile base may be too risky for a vast majority or potential users. One day the rewards are bringing in lookers, information seekers, and new users while the base is high. When the bottom falls, those same people will keep their distance. The investment for those enviromentally conscious changes can be quite significant. When offset by some recoop, the borderline people will be incentivised to take part. This will more than likely not bring in anyone not already close to or actually considering those changes already. And making a homeowner's association or developers profits larger, isn't all that appealing to the person bying the home, etc.

 

3 days ago

Thanks for sharing your perspective Stephen.
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There is no system or solution ever created that will be considered ideal by everyone, and that's okay. What's important in our view, is that we do not allow that fact to prevent us from stepping up and making an effort to create a solution... and equally important that as we go along, we change what isn't working and do more of what IS working.
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Thanks again for taking the time to provide feedback.

3 days ago

I understand that part of the project to support green energy initiatives. It is one of the parties that will most benefit from the irruption of the blockchain in current technology. However, that is global in nature and there are a lot of places around the world who aren't willing to cooperate even though its clear to them that your intention is the best way to advance human activity.

5 days ago

Thanks for commenting Anna.
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We agree that there are lots of places and people who are not willing to change/cooperate. However, that is their position NOW/TODAY. That is not a reason for us to do nothing.
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All those places and people need, is a POWERFUL INCENTIVE to "change their mind". Our job is to create that powerful incentive and get it right in front of them. That is doable. For a country that stubbornly does not want to change, the incentive may be thousands of their young people, best minds leaving the country. For a stubborn company, the incentive could be a mass boycott of their products and services.
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Bottom line, there is always a way to incentivize action for good of society. We just have to be committed to take the time necessary to build those incentives to the degree of potency necessary for people to be motivated to take action. A 20-mile per hour wind may not be enough to convince a stubborn resident to get out of the path of a hurricane that's coming, but when that wind reaches 100 miles per hour and blows off his roof, then he'll be on his phone trying to get someone to come and help him get out.
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Our job, is to understand what it will take to change the minds of the stubborn "places and people" and patiently build up the conditions needed to motivate them to CHANGE/COOPERATE wilfully.
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Thanks again for your contribution.

5 days ago

Its pretty easy to use and navigate through. Nothing better than staying in control of your crupto assets at all times! Best of luck! 

5 days ago

Chie Castle new user

So, what are your first impressions? a pretty ambitious project, most of the industries we have right now are carbon-based and convincing them to switch sustainable energy is a tall order.

6 days ago

Thanks for commenting Chie.
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Certainly is a tall order, but we think its worth the climb.

5 days ago

Karen M guru

You never know what you can achieve if you don't try!

4 days ago

This is a great Idea I sees here and it will really help world out of problem of climate change that has already bewildered us, daily I do ask myself whether this is the way things will be going, everyday we witness bad whether climate change gas burning carbon monoxide and chemical challenges,coming with this idea is a way out if its achieved but my question and concern is that this project will be capital intensive and I'm not sure if you will be able to push it through considering your start period and up till now much has not been achieved. Nevertheless I will love to see this project succeed and I wish you best.

6 days ago

Thanks Michael for your comment and well wishes.

5 days ago

A nice project on a very important issue. Global warming and climate change is real and it's a lot closer to home every day. I couldn't help but think electric cars are not a solution in places where electricity is generated from burning fossil fuel. Just because it's clean energy does not always mean it is green energy. Other than that, I support the concept of Sm@rt.

1 week ago

There is no other doubt that when a new project is launching they present their idea in a way which always seems good and attractive and the same case is in your project. If you have watched some documentaries related to the environment you will notice that they always end up with the conclusion that we have to stop polluting the world or the consequences will be worst.

The two examples of the burning of fossil fuels and plastic are truly concern in nowadays and this is one of the reasons the automotive industry trying to introduce an electric car which at the moment everyone thinks is more environment-friendly, but it needs more time to have a good result that is more friendly to the environment.

As for plastic, low process degradation is a concern which is dangerous and It also depends on how we use it. As you said " greatly pollute our oceans", it is because of use that pollutes the oceans because we are the one who knows that they degrade slowly but still throw it away here and there which is not good for anyone.

As I was watching a documentary that was held on a tv channel in which try tried a different tactic to stop people from buying the plastic bags and instead promote people to use the paper bags. They use different approaches like they reduced the price of paper bad and higher the price of plastic bag but still most of the people still used to buy plastic bags, then they removed the plastic bags and just left with the paper bags so in this technique people rather tried to bring there own plastic bags and didn't try to buy the paper bag and at the end of the program when they asked them why did they prefer to use plastic bags and they responded that it is easy and when they are home they can throw as they like.

So, I think we need a good way to introduced environment healthy system but at the same time try to educate people and divert the people or stop the people from using those stuff that is less healthy to our environment and I think this is not just the government job but also it is the job of those big companies, like this project, that wants to do some good for  the environment so do it in a better way by introducing a system at the same time educating our people to do so.

1 week ago

Thanks for your feedback Muhammad, we definitely all need to play our part with developing solutions and educating people.

1 week ago

Karen M guru

O remember back when there were no plastic bags, only paper. The reason for plastic bags was to save the trees to help the environment. Apparently, no one looked far enough to see the harm plastic bags has caused. Going back to paper bags isn't the answer.. Reusable bags that the shopper brings to the store (made from recycled materials) is the way to go.

4 days ago

Yes you are right but I was just telling a survey that they did and the purpose of it was that how much we are addicted to the plastic. And if i am not wrong i think recycling system is more expensive and time consuming then making a new one.

4 days ago

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Karen M guru

Yes recycling, sadly, is expensive. All the more reason I hope Sm@rt is a success!

4 days ago

If Smart want to be successful they need to develop some in research and during that time impelement the education programs in whole world and specially in third world countries and then come up with a solid alternate to the plastic that is more friend to envirnment. Hoping they dont get stuck in middle and then vanish but run in long long term.

4 days ago

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SM@RT is a very interesting project to me, but since you are based in the US, I have my doubts, but to that later. First of all, I agree completely with you, we have to DO something to provide a livable world to our children. So far it seems, that it is not going into the right direction, yes the awareness of people in regard to this problem increases (mostly in western countries, in developing countries sadly people want still the western lifestyle, not seeing the negative impact on the environment of the consumerism, most sought after is for example fast fashion, brand new cars, heavily packaged products, beef consumption, bottled water etc. And since the population in the developing world is increasing while just part of a shrinking western countries population is adopting a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, the degradation of the environment will undoubtedly increase.

Now why for you as an US based company I think it will be difficult to improve things. 1. Trump. Seriously. 2. The US is based on car usage, suburban sprawl, public transportation is not to consider as an alternative in most places. What a difference does it make to reduce let's say plastic by buying in bulk but to drive for miles every day. Possibly in a V8 Pickup Truck. But since we are talking about incentives for electric cars, let's assume you are electric car owners. But even this is not a viable solution, the best option would be shared car ownership in combination with efficient public transportation, last mile transport options like bikes or short walking distances and cities designed pedestrian and bike friendly.

I suggest you consider especially offering crypto-cashback for European countries, since there are already lots of government incentives for electric cars, solar power production, energy saving construction and renovation, so if cumulated with crypto-cashback for example, the incentives should be really strong. And by having financial as well as conscious incentives, this could really help to motivate people to take environmentally friendly decisions. Looking forward to seeing more from you.

 

1 week ago

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and doubts Thomas.
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Currently SM@RT is a US based company but we are globally focused in our operations and will be using multiple subsidiary companies in different jurisdictions. We see Trump's views and policies regarding climate change, environment etc. as a non-issue because (a), in the context of our global mission and execution time span, his time in office is like a shooting star, very fleeting... and (b), we are building the psychological/mindshare equivalent of a tsunami wave of change, coming from the everyday citizens and the companies they choose to buy from... there will come a day when any presidential candidate in the US who tries to dismiss the impacts of climate change and environmental management, simply will not get elected.
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This mission we are on is not a 3-year or 5-year mission, it is an 80-YEAR MISSION to restore the earth's atmosphere, land and oceans to as close a state of equilibrium as possible by January 1, 2100 (from Jan 1 2020 to Jan 1 2100). This 80-year mission is embodied in our "AGENDA 2100 AD" Sustainable Development Master Plan, which goes beyond the scope of the United Nation's "2030 Agenda", that simply seeks to achieve their 17 sustainable development goals by the year 2030. A nice ideal, but totally unrealistic timeframe. We are not knocking the UN's ambition, we are simply applying long term strategic business and economic development thinking and planning to what is the one challenge which we as humans absolutely have to get right. There are no shortcuts and quick fixes. We have to start with MIND transformation - change the attitudes and behaviors of everyday citizens, then do the same for managers of businesses and organizations, and the same for officials of municipalities and governments. It's a war against "negligent self-destruction" and the battlefield, is the human mind.
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Our loyalty program and sustainability ecosystem approach, is a GAMIFIED, INCENTIVE based psychological strategy to win the minds and ultimately the hearts of the aforementioned different stakeholder groups over the next 2 to 3 decades, by 2050, so that from there to year 2100, we can have an intense and focused sustainability transformation wave of change at global scale, with the majority of humans on the planet having fully embraced the sustainability movement at both mind and heart level. The gamification component makes it fun for people to "take notice and initially engage"... the incentive component captures their imagination about the potential for them to achieve major economic growth by committing to deeper more impactful engagement in the movement.
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While the "best/IDEAL option" as you put it may indeed be "shared car ownership in combination with efficient public transportation, last mile transport options like bikes", you have to understand that you do not get from the ground floor of the world's tallest building without having to pass through the many other floors on the way to the top. You don't get to the ideal scenario as soon as you start... you engage people where they are, with the small "non-ideal" but still meaningful "baby sustainability steps", until their understanding is expanded and they begin to make more informed decisions until they finally arrive at the place where they say to themselves, "I don't really need to own an electric car, I can carpool via "Sm@rtRide" ridesharing service". You have to get people started with basic sustainability thinking and actions, then continually help them move up to the next level of sustainability thinking and actions, all the time rewarding them whenever they "level up". Its like schooling, you don't try to force the typical 10 year old to do PhD level course work. I'm not trying to put you down or belittle your comments, I'm merely articulating the strategic approach we are taking with this project for the long haul.
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Regarding your "rewarding Europeans" remark, we are happy to tell you that any citizen or organization anywhere on planet earth, is eligible to earn our cryptocurrency incentive rewards once they join our sustainability ecosystem.
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Thanks again Thomas for your thoughtful and sincere contribution here.

1 week ago

Thank you for your extensive reply and I like your visionary thinking. Looking forward to hearing more from you I wish you good luck.

6 days ago

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Karen M guru

It is hard to take Trump seriously! I am in the US. We do have lots of public transportation, ride sharing programs & bike lanes. Here where I live in Pittsburgh PA we also are one of the five cities in the country testing autonomous cars. Everything has to start somewhere then with success, grow & expand to other parts of the world.

4 days ago

Lily Panter expert

I'm sugar, spice and everything nice

A nice project on a very important issue. Global warming and climate change is real and it's a lot closer to home every day. I couldn't help but think electric cars are not a solution in places where electricity is generated from burning fossil fuel. Just because it's clean energy does not always mean it is green energy. Other than that, I support the concept of Sm@rt.

1 week ago

Thanks for your support as expressed Lily.

1 week ago

My first impression is .. That S.M.A.R.T is a positive addition in the blockchain industry..because at the same time they have these concern in preserving our mother nature thru crypto incentive program and by using nature friendly materials

1 week ago

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Dusty.

1 week ago

TOM STEEL guru

This is a very good project, looking at the main reason why we say that the world is dying is simply that we are using it to the last strength if all the energy-producing machines were doing it conservatively then we would not have any problem with the world as it is.

I will say that this is the future of innovation and making companies go green is simply the best way to go. But ways also has to be put in place to convince the existing business and companies the greater benefits that will be attained by using these go green products because many wills or might not want to invest more into changing what they re already using.

I will say that this project will be successful because many people are looking forward to a better way of life, better planets and jobs that don't help to kill the planet.

1 week ago

Thanks Tom, for your comments.
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We believe that even those companies that are reluctant to change, will eventually find that they are losing market share, as consumers and other environmentally conscious businesses will more and more be demanding that the businesses they buy from be conformed to certain minimum sustainability standards. So the businesses who refuse to change and adopt sustainability best practices, will go out of business over time. They either board the sustainability transformation train, or get buried underneath it.

1 week ago

This project is going to be very he lpful , because as technology increase and the formation of more manufacturing industries , the earth tends to suffer because.these industry's produce a lot of waste products which at time may not be biodegradable, there by polluting the earth. So if this ideal goes through it will benefit the earth in many ways

1 week ago

Thanks for your feedback Melvin.

1 week ago

I think in this age we really need to have a great concern for the changing climate. This is a great way to get a lot of people involved due to the incentives it provides. I also think it will increase the image of cryptocurrency (which many people look down upon- yes! I know people who don't believe in cryptocurrency). Overall, this is a great idea and I hope it will contribute to a better planet :)

1 week ago

Thanks Abdullah for taking the time to share your support.

1 week ago

I am impressed. I have always said I support all projects which focus on the conservation of the environment. I love what you doing and would love to be involved.

1 week ago

Thanks Kaaba for your comments and interest.
There will be many opportunities to get involved going forward.

1 week ago

Abdul Salihu new user

This indeed is a profound philosophy /ideology which i staunchly believe will have a great impact on the lives of mankind, more so the idea of making crypto currency as an incentive will serve as an impetus for more recognition of the crypto world and also a great motivation for for those involved in one way or the other in this project. keep it up guys! the sky is your limit

1 week ago

Many thanks for your comments and encouragement Abdul.

1 week ago

Ejay Dario guru

I'm more experience and know the circulation in this Blockchain Industry.

Truly, everybody ought to be supportive of decent training and individuals staying alert this is the situation. A standout amongst the best activities to change the world and improve (even with what is coming) is support natural approaches and environmentally friendly power vitality. One of the ways would remunerate those individuals who in their everyday, contribute their bit. 

Then again, the best thing that could happen is that, to the drifters/poor, they could be given a wide range of endowments with the goal that they could live in a situation as economical as would be prudent, in this manner urging more individuals to team up for the reason. 

In what manner would this be able to be accomplished? All things considered, I believe it's in the hands of the administrations, which would need to do governmental issues on this and begin making laws that support this. Along these lines, everybody will get the batteries. Also, I don't think it is so troublesome, one way could be, as recently referenced, making laws that empower a wide range of activities that support this kind of conjunction. 

With respect to the idea of your ICO SM@RT, I think that its intriguing. It is the subject of things to come and I accept that it is one of the gatherings that will most profit by the irruption of the blockchain in current innovation. So I trust that you anticipate a decent future!

1 week ago

Thanks for your comments Ejay.

1 week ago

Well, I have to admit, you put some effort into copy-pasting content of others. Why not write your own content in the first place?

1 week ago

You might be getting 100% cash back with solar panels.  It sounds to good to be true because of the 100% nature of it.  I would think you already have cash back apps out there where you could give money however you wished.  Based on the initial discription I am skeptical.  I could see benefits of selling excess solar or charging extra for an item so that it goes into an investment.  

1 week ago

Thanks for your comment Eric.
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Please note that we did NOT say we were giving anyone 100% cash back.
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We said 100% "CRYPTOCashBack™". So if you spend US$5,000 on solar panels, no-one will then cut you a check for US$5,000. If the purchase qualified, you would receive the equivalent value of US$5k PAID TO YOU IN OUR CRYPTOCURRENCY, not in USD or any FIAT currency. Hope that clarifies your misunderstanding. We can afford to do that because we don't have to go and buy $5000 worth of Bitcoin or Ether to reward you in those cryptocurrencies.

1 week ago

Teresita Tayanes new user

Experienced researcher, writer, and college librarian.

The idea of using cryptocurrency to give incentives to people for using clean energy other than those that can harm our environment is commendable. But i wish the concept will not limit on giving incentives so the project will be sustainable and viable.

1 week ago

Thanks for commenting Teresita,
Rest assured the project concept and plans goes well beyond "giving incentives".

1 week ago

First of all, good topic guys! Yes, everyone should be in favour of a good education and people being aware that this is the case. One of the best initiatives to change the world and do better (in the face of what is coming) would be to encourage environmental policies and green energy. One of the ways would be rewarding those people who in their day to day, contribute their bit.

On the other hand, the best thing that could happen is that, to the vagabonds/poor, they could be given all kinds of gifts so that they could live in an environment as sustainable as possible, thus encouraging more people to collaborate for the cause.

How can this be achieved? Well, I think it's in the hands of the governments, which would have to do politics on this and start making laws that favour this. In this way, everyone will get the batteries. And I do not think it is so difficult, one way could be, as previously mentioned, creating laws that encourage all kinds of actions that favour this type of coexistence.


As for the concept of your ICO SM@RT, I find it fascinating. It is the theme of the future and I believe that it is one of the parties that will most benefit from the irruption of the blockchain in current technology. So I hope that you predict a good future!

1 week ago

Karen M guru

Our government is taking away more than giving to the poor or those in need. Sadly, relying on the government will not work

1 week ago

We agree that depending on government for supporting the poor and needy. This human aspect of sustainability is deeply embedded into our ecosystem operating business model.

1 week ago

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Thanks for your contribution Adrià.
Please note that SM@RT is not doing an ICO. We curently plan to do an STO in 2020.

1 week ago

Yes, sorry for the mistake!

1 week ago

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Abdul Salihu new user

This is quite an impressive and well written statement

1 week ago

Teresita Tayanes new user

Experienced researcher, writer, and college librarian.

I understand that part of the project to support green energy initiatives, but that is global in nature and there are a lot of places around the world who aren't willing to cooperate even though its clear to them that your intention is the best way to advance human activity. I agree, however, that those problems have to be solved by a general consensus among the governments of the world or there will be a lot of problems that will evolve from it.

1 week ago

I am agree with you

5 days ago

Anto puljic new user

I stopped reading after "plastics" are not degradable. That's Simply wrong. First you should inform yourself before writing stuff like this and do your homework. What you are writing is pure populism. Polylactate for example is biodegradable (it takes some time) and there are plenty of other polymeric material (I'm not a fan od the word plastics as it can be everything) that are as well. So please stop treating polymeric material as it would come straight out of hell. There are good materials but also bad one...

1 week ago

Thanks for sharing your criticism Anto.

1 week ago

TOM STEEL guru

"I stopped reading after "plastics" are not degradable..." if you know the reason why petroleum is regarded as a non renewable mineral you will understand the reason why it is called so, do you know how long it will take a plastic cup; to degrade... hope you really know how to do your maths.

1 week ago

Yo Yo senior

Don't forget to use your upvotes. You will earn from that too.

Hi, well to start with i will reply to your intro.
A future for our kids... I am one the small group of people that are called Generation X. Well ive heard about 30 years ago about the polution and the climate change and that there was not much time left to be able to turn or even hold those changes. Because of the laziness of the generations before mine, my parents generation (called the babyboomers and before them the silent generation.) we are in deep shit now. They were with many about the same amount as the 2 generations after me (millenials and Z) And well, what would you expect from people that are called the silent generation? Not much huh. Its also the financial lifestyle of those generations that brought us the crisis in 2008. Well to stay get back ontopic, there is still a chance. But we need to hurry. But unfortunately, society has pushed the millenials into an individual mindset in general. There never have been so much single person households as now. The hard job is to get those people back to reallity and get back some empathy, and caring for other people otherwise this will never work. Since ive always been a realistic person i never saw the world getting any better soon and neither would i see people and in general governments and companies willing to do anything about the health of the earth. They are so greedy that their comment is always that things cost too much money. Idiots, like what do you want to do with your money when the salt water has risen till neck hight??

In your intrpo i see you make 2 examples: drive electric, which is one of the biggest mistakes people make to think they live green now. The electricity is still created on the same way as before. Ok, ok. Your car doesnt spit out NOX that causes cancer, but the energy plant still is polluting as never before.

Your other example was making your house more green. Here in the Netherlands everyone is forced to do that before 2030 something. They will simply stop providing gas to houses. The cost to change your house? Pay it yourself. Well most people cant, so how they gonne live there in the wintrer? I would agree with this plan when they also made plans for the industries that are way worse then all households together. But you know what they get? CO2 tax.... In other words they can do what they always did and if they make too much CO2, the government will tax them. And we all know that that will never stop them or reduce their CO2 production. They will simply add the extra tax to the price of their products so not only have an expensive change of our houses, but also everything getting much more expensive because we pay the tax fines of the companies too. And in the end the world will not get any better from this. Companies must be closed. Many of them we dont even need. The people that were working there can have another job in environmental improving projects, such as cleaning the oceans of plastic..

Still need to finish this but got tired. Will do later today.

1 week ago

Karen M guru

Generation X is not a small group. Also, to blame the generations before yours for the problems today is quite narrow minded. The older folks didn't have much of what is available today & many still don't use it. Also, I've seen younger generations waste more, be less careful about the environment & in general use more disposable items because some want what they want, now! Convenience comes at a cost in many cases. It's going to take everyone, regardless of age, to make the world greener & cleaner!

1 week ago

Yes, no generation is perfect in their use of resources... this is definitely something that needs "all hands on deck".

1 week ago

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Thanks Yo Yo for your contribution.

1 week ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

If I get you guys clearly, you will be some sort of central coordination unit (using your ecosystem) for corporations, municipalities, governments, small businesses and everyday citizens, with the aim of achieving sustainable development. If that is the plan then I'm in full support of SM@RT.

First of all the earth is deteriorating at a fast rate and as you said, the earlier the adoption of sustainability measures, the better. Your idea of using blockchain technology to enhance sustainable development via the creation of an ecosystem is quite new to me. All the same, I think this project is going to take off (though not very sharply) because it isn't just a game or token or coin for mining. This ecosystem, I believe, is going to interconnect buyers and sellers, learners and educators. I'm sure the only purpose of a token/coin over here will be for the purpose of rewards (If I am mistaken please point it out to me in the reply section). 

That being said, I want to state that I have a very vague idea of how the SM@RT will actually be like. Will the ecosystem be tailored towards sustainable development problems in general? Or will it be geared towards problems more pressing than others? For example, according to the Business Insider, the quantity of plastic in the ocean will outweigh the number of fish by 2050. That is monstrous! So will SM@RT be geared towards more issues like this compared to something like the negative effects of deforestation? Or will the attention be general? 

As a Sustainable Development Goals advocate, issues of climate change, water pollution, land degradation, air pollution and threats to human life bother me and I take a keen interest in them. I await SM@RT to know how far they are going to go with this. All the best.

1 week ago

Hi De Gem, thanks for your feedback.
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Re: "I'm sure the only purpose of a token/coin over here will be for the purpose of rewards"
Our ecosystem is an economy, and therefore, must reflect the diversity of economic constructs in the current world economy, if people are to take it seriously and embrace it fully. We therefore have 7 different classes of tokens within our ecosystem model, one of which is the loyalty/rewards "Currency" token. Other classes are economic prerequisites like Bond, Equity, Fund and Right tokens to name a few. A "Right" token confers asset ownership or temporary access/usage of an asset, like a house for example.
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The ecosystem will be tailored towards sustainable development problems in general, using the 17 SDGs as a frame of reference. If we want to throw significant support behind a specific issue, we would likely create and offer greater action reward incentives for that focus issue for a period of time. Ignoring less urgent issues is a guarantee of significantly degraded efficacy of our overall sustainability impact, as sustainabilty is about "ecosystems", not just one or two challenged organisms.

1 week ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

Thanks for answering those questions. I must say, however, that 7 different tokens are quite ambitious and mesmerizing at the same time. All that aside, I'm in full support.

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SM@RT is in-line with what I have been looking for as a combination of blockchain and environmental sustainability. That is, a blockchain eco-system that is generally focused on evidence-based sustainability. In other words, it's not one coin focused on one solution in one sector.

Instead I'd prefer to see a blockchain set a foundation. Too many coins focused on too many factors of sustainability is an unsustainable approach. It also becomes far to complex to verify the value of the coins based on what they measure and the "environmentally-friendly" product, service, or behavior it represents. Too many projects are promoting "environmentally-friendly" consumer products for the sake of marketing, but who knows the total ecological footprint of the supply chain and manufacturing processes?

Therefore, a more far-sighted approach would be more effective for overall environmental stewardship. In my mind, that means to set forth a framework that has governance that creates algorithms and codes smart contracts for evidence-based environmentally-friendly practices, and distributes coins proportionate to the value created by business practices, products, and individuals behaviors. Therefore, the value of the coin would be based on the social value of the environmental benefit of what it incentivizes, not arbitrarily but with well researched evidence of environmental and economic benefit.

At the time of writing, I'm not sure if that's what SM@RT is doing, in fact, I feel more confused the more I read. So far I've gathered - 30-something companies that will have a "distributed management system" (on board with principle, but to do what?), a social media community where you can earn tokens (okay, but what's the guiding theme for participation?), and an incubator/investment firm to distribute capital to the most effective new technologies for sustainability.

I read statements like, "While its very important to accelerate the introduction of new and advanced sustainability solutions, it is equally important to get those new more powerful solutions deployed globally as quickly as possible," and wonder if the effect of all this sustainability talk will be primarily to continue to accelerate consumerism. Does the resources utilized to design, test,  Suddenly, I'm not sure that I'm as onboard as I initially thought.

From my perspective, I'd rather see a project jump in to incentivize actions already taking place. It would take enough work and technology to accurately measure, track, record to blockchain, and distribute tokens proportionately to the respective value of sustainability actions already happening. The value add here is being able to move more nimbly than government subsidies and incentivize individuals, not just corporate (interests).

Of course, I get we don't all share the same vision for how to move forward toward comprehensive sustainability. As long as that is authentically the goal, I look forward to seeing how this project progresses, and wish it to be effective.

2 weeks ago

Oops, unfinished sentence in the fifth paragraph "Does the resources utilized to design..." Should read: How much ecological footprint will occur in the design, prototype, test, marketing, and distributing the new technologies that SM@RT will invest in? How long will it take to net environmental benefit after going to market? Are these questions SM@RT is already asking?

2 weeks ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

I'm glad you saw that SM@RT isn't a one-coin or one-token project. If what they're saying is anything to go by, it will be a whole different community on its own.

1 week ago

Thanks for your substantive and thoughtful feedback Thew.
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You make some valid points and I can't address them all thoroughly here, but will try to touch on most.
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The first thing to understand is that this is a self-financed project, because we need to maintain the integrity of our vision and not be "steered" down any conflicting path by the potentially narrow, fast profit agenda of "traditional" large individual or institutional investors. That means we will not be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars developing a sophisticated algorithmic system of smart contract controlled impact validation and reward token distribution right out of the gate. It also means that while we are mindful of the deep sustainability metrics of new solutions we help bring to market, we cannot optimize those things from day one. We have to walk before we run.
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We are also quite conscious of the fact that some businesses greenwash their businesses for marketing and short term profit motives. Likewise, we understand the concern of the project having the effect of accelerating consumerism. While those are both valid concerns, we believe the correct approach is not to try to focus on addressing such practices as a "first" objective. Both of those "less than desirable activities" still contribute to further awareness among everyday consumers, of the subject of sustainability.
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In our view, there must be a phased "purification" of the sustainability agenda. We don't think for example that it makes sense for every country to to instantly ban the use of gasolene, diesel and other fossil fuels tomorrow, when there is not yet the degree of renewable energy access necessary to completely replace the fossil fuels overnight. So likewise, we see our project developing layer by layer, iteration by iteration, during which process, the disingenuous greenwashing and threat of runaway consumerism will be addressed more and more. It's like how Google will update their search algorithm every once in a while, to weed out undesirable practices. So we hear you loud and clear, but are committed to a "progressive" addressing of these inherent "sub-issues" that exist within the overall sustainability transformation movement.
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Essentially, our top two priorities are:
1) Driving fundamental Behavior Change through simple sustainability-based rewards, using the universally familiar "cash back" model for easy understanding and thus adoption.
2) Providing sustainability solution startups with access to accelerated market entry and growth on one hand... and on the other hand, providing communities, municipalities and governments with easy, integrated access to ALL of the key sustainability inputs they need to implement said sustainability solutions in their jurisdictions sooner rather than later.
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We accept the fact that a large percentage of people will respond to our rewards initially purely or mostly for the economic empowerment benefit, as opposed to a deeply held desire to make the planet more sustainable. We're fine with that as a starting point, because as we grow and reach a certain mass, we will be be able to upgrade the rewards system to more significantly reward sustainability actions that our (by then automated) rewards system, will discern via AI/ML to be consistent with a pattern of authentic sustainability concern and commitment (perhaps referencing social posts and blog articles the user puts out for example). We are nowhere near there yet and these are the kinds of fine tuning challenges we will seek input on from relevant experts and where appropriate, the general community.
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So what I'm really saying is that we have a reasonably well thought out blueprint for our blockchain/sustainability ecosystem and as an analogy, are merely at the stage of preparing the "development site" for the building of the initial foundation. This involves a number of MVP implementations so that our target audiences can more readily understand what we mean by a sustainability resources ecosystem and start to better grasp the value and positive implications of such an ecosystem.
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We intend to get to the stage of an advanced system of "Sustainability Management @top Revolutionary Technology (blockchain, AI et al) as you would like to see, be we have much preliminary and foundational work to do before we get there. Don't get me wrong, our business model and business development strategy is designed to get us largely there by 2026 if not sooner.
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Regarding incentivizing sustainability actions already taking place, the two example actions we referenced are both sustainability actions that are already taking place, albeit not the ones you apparently have in mind. We could not list a hundred different incentivized sustainability actions, as that is not the focus of this "first" task. We appreciate that the "light overview" provided, begs a million and one questions and a desire for concrete details, from persons like yourself who have a genuine interest in seeing this type of project not just succeed, but have the degree of efficacy you rightly think it should have. We initially wrote a very long, more detailed introduction task and were asked by the Crowdholding team to make it quite short. So the details will come over time.
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For both individuals and organizations/companies, whether it is our social media community (LinkedIn for Sustainability), or our e-commerce marketplace (Amazon for Sustainability), or any of the other strategic resources on our integrated ecosystem blueprint, the "guiding theme for participation" is
CONTRIBUTING VALUE that supports the overall SM@RT project's sustainability transformation agenda and other ecosystem participants in a meaningful way. This could be:
- content creation/sharing; purchasing fractional or complete sustainability products and services; making new sustainability solutions available; providing feedback to sustainability solution startups and established companies (similar to what happens here on CH); helping to drive greater awareness of the SM@RT project as a credible, value-rich, sustainability transformation catalyst; educating oneself about the subject of sustainability transformation; companies collaborating and joint-venturing on specific developing world sustainable development projects; and more.
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We most definitely incentivize individuals, not just corporates.
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We believe trying to "directly" convert the legacy world economy to a pro-sustainability economy is an exercise in futility. Our strategy is to build out an ecosystem that effectively creates and nourishes a parallel crypto-centric global economy that is pro-sustainability from day one; one that over time becomes so attractive and makes so much sense, that any individual or organization that is "ECONOMICALLY MARGINALIZED" to some degree by the current world economic system (commercial banking obstacles and more), upon hearing of our "alternative economic environment", will want to be a part of it. Eventually, the "economic migration" would reach a tipping point where more people want to operate within our alternative, more fair and equitable economic environment, than those that want to stay with the old system... assuming we the promoters of this new sustainability-optimized economic environment (economy) do not mysteriously disappear for threatening the status quo. Hopefully, with a solid blockchain foundation, there would still be no stopping the transition to a "smarter" world for all. This, by the way, is not a libertarian endeavor - we have every intention of engaging and complying with applicable regulatory oversight.
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Why the heavy "economy" talk? Sustainability of the planet is not an "environmental" problem... the environmental issues are merely "symptoms" - Sustainability of the planet is 100% an ECONOMIC problem, rooted in the legacy world economic system (our view and the basis for our strategic long tail approach to solving the problem).
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Thanks again for your contribution Thew, I wrote much more than I set out to, but hope it has some degree of value for you and others. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. We hope we can count on you to help illuminate the path ahead of us with continued feedback and insight.
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PS. We don't want to reinvent the wheel if not necessary; we hope to collaborate with projects like https://ixo.foundation/ if their impact measurement blockchain solution proves to be highly potent.

1 week ago

Great reply actually. I feel more reassured knowing that you have both a broad and long term vision, as well as a short term execution plan. This is exactly the kind of project that I feel have the greatest potential for blockchain in the future. Admittedly not knowing all the ins and outs of blockchain technology, I see it as a tool for recording, tracking, analyzing, evaluating and ascribing value to (trans)actions. In an increasingly data and evidence-based driven society, blockchain is the technology that (hopefully) will be the most nonbiased in tracking outcomes of various actions.

I recently came across Commons Engine (https://commonsengine.org/) who seem like-minded with your approach. A professor of mine from the past received a grant from them to develop a "value accounting" software on "holochain." I do not know much about the project, but am happy to make an introduction if someone on your team is interested.

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Thanks for the heads up re CommonsEngine Thew, we will look into it over the coming week and if we do wish to engage them, we will come back to you for that intro.

1 week ago

In my opinion you have to narrow down the prospect, and build upon realistic goals that are achieved through a solid business. 

2 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing your perspective Tom, appreciate it.

1 week ago

KIRAN BENNY new user

Actually I love this topic. Even I've done a project about sustainable energy back at my college. Sustainable development is a pattern of economical development in which resource use aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for the generations to come. How do you come up with cryptocurrency?

2 weeks ago

Hi Kiran, thanks fo engaging.
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Glad to hear you've been involved in a sustainability project. Hopefully you'll get involved in others or even start a few of your own in the future. We minted our loyalty/rewards/community cryptocurrency on the Ethereum blockchain as an ERC-20 token.

2 weeks ago

Obviously I'm pro education, awereness and action for a better world. But I fail to understand how a "for-profit Blockchain humanitarian enterprise", fits into this. I've read this page and the visited the website... I still don't get it: i.e. What's your business model? And what gives value to this "premium cryptocurrency" you speak of? 

A small note on incentivising people who buy an electric car; or put solar panels on their roofs -> in most cases these aren't the people that need the funding/rewards. It's actually the people that don't have the money to invest in those improvements that need it the most; to do exactly that: invest in the future.

2 weeks ago

Thanks for the feedback Jefferson,
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How it fits in is as follows:
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1. All actions have consequences and we reward the actions which have positive consequences in relation to sustainability. Every action a human or organization takes is an "IMPACT INVESTMENT", whether an investment of time, an investment of water resources, investment of labor, money etc. Each of those "action-based impact investments" either have a pro-sustainability impact or an anti-sustainability impact. Our business is many things, but one core aspect is about rewarding people and organizations for taking pro-sustainability actions instead of anti-sustainability actions. We call that being loyal to the planet that sustains our lives, hence its a loyalty/rewards play to incentivize actions that are in the best interest of the planet.
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2. In order to motivate people and organizations/companies in particular to take more and more significant pro-sustainability actions, adopt sustainable tech solutions etc, we are creating a sustainability ecosystem for companies, organizations and citizens who make a conscious commitment to live/operate more sustainably. The benefits of joining and participating in the ecosystem for organizations, is access to the best new sustainability technology solutions, consultants, talent, faster/alternative funding access for development or scaling, accelerated market entry facilitation, more cost effective sales development, strategic joint venturing opportunities and more. Organizations and companies which really desire to access the value on offer within our ecosystem, would need to make a commitment to embrace sustainability going forward. Our sustainability ecosystem is like a "parallel world economy", where the prejudices and economic limitations facing companies operating within the legacy and highly inequitable world economic system, are removed to significant degree. The impact investors (HNWIs and Funds) we attract will get to a point where they will only care to fund projects and companies within our ecosystem, as we will provide a degree of transparency and ethical management of investments and project execution that they have not had before with impact investments. Think of the ecosystem as one large "accelerator program" for ALL entities (individuals and organizations) that are focused on sustainability transformation.
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Our business model is multi-faceted with many revenue streams: Consortium membership somewhat similar to the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance but delivering greater value; ecommerce marketplace commission income like Amazon; revenue from sustainability focused real estate and infrastructure projects, to name a few. We are not a typical startup just narrowly focused on offering a simple software tool or platform; we are the equivalent of an "enterprise startup" in terms of our operations structure, where we have different sustainability platforms/touch points right out of the gate, which are like "divisional operations" of an enterprise company. We're not putting down narrowly focused startups. This "enterprise" approach is necessary for us because we are not merely seeking to "make money". We are tackling the biggest problem on earth and time is of the essence, so we have to build a comprehensive sustainability impact capacity as quickly as possible. We can't afford to say that we'll start of with "consulting", then in a few years time we'll maybe add a sustainability community, and so on. No, due to the size and urgency of the need for sustainability transformation adoption at global scale, we have to think and act as BIG as the problem is.
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We'll get into details of what we call our "premium cryptocurrency" in a later task but I do not want to appear to ignore that part of your comment, so I will say that the inherent value of our cryptocurrency is tied "IN PART" to what it can be redeemed for/spent on "WITHIN OUR SUSTAINABILITY ECOSYSTEM", not what "crypto speculators" are willing to pay for it on exchanges. By inherent value I am not talking about "exchange rate/price". We use a completely different economic model than any token that is traded and called a "cryptocurrency" in the global crypto marketplace today. Many will probably ridicule our crypto economic model here and elsewhere and that's okay. Thomas Edison had at least 1000 failed attempts on the way to inventing the light bulb, but he persevered and achieved his objective of "lighting up the world", despite the considerable ridicule. Our economic model may not be perfect right off the bat, but we're not afraid of the ridicule and attacks that will inevitably come our way because we dare to deviate greatly from "conventional cryptoeconomic wisdom". We have a vision and a purpose much bigger than ourselves and we will pursue it relentlessly to deliver the value to humanity we believe we can in the end.
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To your last point, we say EVERYONE needs our economic rewards. Whether you're making $150k a year or just $1000 a year, you have a right to seek further economic growth and so you are welcome to engage and earn our economic crypto rewards. You don't have to be able to buy an electric car or buy solar panels. We make sure that we provide a broad spectrum of "Sm@rtActions" as we call them, for which anyone can earn our crypto rewards. We just happened to mention two that people can quickly relate to in terms of economic reward value. For those facing extreme poverty and lack of basic clothing, food and shelter, the revenue we generate will be used to meet their needs (more direct humanitarian engagement) through different economic empowerment and intervention programs. We will not be handing over millions of dollars to third party agencies in the hope that it gets deployed as intended; we will be handling the interventions ourselves, sometimes independently, sometimes in collaboration with others, but we will control the capital deployment.

Thanks again Jefferson for your valued contribution.

2 weeks ago

NARUTO RAPHEAL guru

I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

I like the idea and the vibe behind this project, have a couple of others like this put there but among all, there is something always unique in all the different projects something that always stands out from the rest. 

1. When building projects like this attention should be placed more on the policy surrounding those projects because this is really what will affect its sustainability rather than if investors come or not.

2. When people hear blockchain the first thing that comes to their mind is the aspect of anonymity so can this achieved.

3. And also care has to be taken when creating and talking about incentive because people might turn it into a referral program and forget the main aim for which it was created.

Creating programs like this need more resourecs than an average person can think of, and from your motto that says financing and accelerating the sustainability of projects does it mean that you guys will provide the necessary fundings needs for a full stop. or what.

2 weeks ago

Thanks Naruto for your feedback.

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What type of policy are you referring to exactly? We have a lot of operating policy defined around this project regarding implementation structures, fiscal transparency and so on but I am unclear as to specifically the type of policy you are referring to. Based on the brief we were given by CH, we did not feel that our “introductory” task was the place to present matters of policy, but rather just to articulate vision, purpose and strategic plan.

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While we are aware that a number of blockchain projects focus on anonymity, including the first Bitcoin, we are not focused on anonymity. Privacy, to a degree, anonymity, no. We believe that honest upright citizens and organizations of the world should be willing to engage in our ecosystem identifying themselves legitimately, just as most do on LinkedIn or Facebook. If an individual or organization cannot afford to be “known/identified” by the operators of the ecosystem and its network resources, then they will be obliged not to directly participate. Blockchain for us is purely an ideal economics management and facilitation framework.

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Our overall model actually includes “referral program” and “affiliate program” components to fuel rapid awareness and ecosystem membership growth. We do not see that as negatively impacting the “incentivizing of pro-sustainability actions”, once people and organizations have joined the ecosystem.

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With respect to funding, we will be providing a compelling framework to attract the required quantum of financial resources necessary to execute pro-sustainability projects globally. We engage with Family Office and other Investment Fund Managers, building relationships with them, to invite their future support from a financial investment perspective. We will utilise security token offerings for accredited investors in conjunction with other private capital arrangements, to fund specific sustainable development projects. So yes, funding for companies and projects is very much a key focus for us, but it is not our own capital that will be deployed in the first few years.

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Thanks again for your feedback.

2 weeks ago

Obviously I'm pro education, awereness and action for a better world. But I fail to understand how a "for-profit Blockchain humanitarian enterprise", fits into this. I've read this page and the visited the website... I still don't get it: i.e. What's your business model? And what gives value to this "premium cryptocurrency" you speak of? 

A small note on incentivising people who buy an electric car; or put solar panels on their roofs -> in most cases these aren't the people that need the funding/rewards. It's actually the people that don't have the money to invest in those improvements that need it the most; to do exactly that: invest in the future.

Also; I believe the main problem isn't situated on the consumer level; but on the higher levels of government policy and manufacturing laws & regulations. Currently these companies don't have a strong enough incentive to adapt. For this reason I believe that sadly the most realistic approach to global action is simply to increase fines, tax tarifs and so on, such that it wouldn't make sense for a company not to invest in greener alternatives. The incentive could be implimented as a tax cut: the higher the ecological footprint of the manufacturing/product; the higher the taxes and vice versa. The market will regulate towards greener stuff real fast. The practical downside: this law would have to be upheld globally; otherwise the manufacturers just move/find loopholes. 

Best of luck. 

2 weeks ago

Thanks Steven for taking the time to candidy share your thoughts. We actually agree that the main problem isn't on the consumer level; however, we are very close to a lot of government political machinery in different jurisdictions (visibility not involvement) and we see that the political campaigns get funded by the large corporates and that most politicians are too concerned about re-election to brazenly "bite the hands that fed their election machine to get them elected", by rapidly implementing the fines and tariffs you speak of.

So we see the kind of fast effective policy/tax changes by governments you speak of as being a non-starter at global scale, without a mass consumer boycott of anti-sustainability products and mass "tolerance shift" to drive it... ie., the people who actually cast the majority of votes. In our view, no amount of corporate money can turn back an angry army of majority of voters bent on change. Recent history proves that. NB. We do not advocate uprisings.

We will address business model and cryptocurrency value in further tasks, but I will say that we do not consider the price that people pay for "most" crypto assets listed on crypto exchanges, to be a reflection of true inherent "value" to a user in obtaining meaningful beneficial utility. Its just a price which many people with "get rich quick/soon" motives are willing to pay, to buy what amounts to a "crypto lottery ticket" of one flavor or another. Value for us is about the power of a currency to significantly improve human lifestyle or business performance.

Thanks again for sharing your perspective.

2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to reply on comments :). Looking forward to learning more about how Sm@rt will go about things to make this world a better place.

2 weeks ago

Karen M guru

There will definitely be challenges in what you hope to accomplish. Being that you're a strategic business development professional, I'm sure you will look at the whole picture. Those who cnn least afford things, often need those things the most. Keeping that in mind will go a long way toward making the world better. Thanks for all of your responses, not only to me but others on here. It shows you are engaged & really care.

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The downside of fines or more taxes is the companies pass those expenses back to the little guy (us) who can least afford it. I don't know if there is an answer to this global problem, bit we need more people to try to solve it. It takes a village!

2 weeks ago

Arguable you could say that consumers vote with their wallets; so if prices increase to much, people will look for alternatives. Given that the alternatives are taxed way less, this could be an incentive for people to buy those. But knowing the world we live in; reality will probably be that the greener alternatives are priced higher because they can (since all other alternatives that are less green are more expensive as well)...

2 weeks ago

Karen, keeping track of the comment threads is becoming a challenge :)
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You wrote: [["Those who can least afford things, often need those things the most. Keeping that in mind will go a long way toward making the world better. Thanks for all of your responses, not only to me but others on here. It shows you are engaged & really care."]]
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We will certainly continue to keep that fact in mind, as it is a driving tenet of our corporate mission and mandate as a "for profit humanitarian blockchain enterprise". Thank you so much for your kind comments.

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One example is back in 2009 in the US, then president Obama started a 'cash for clunkers' program where they were buying older cars that weren't fuel efficient & offering financial incentives for trading them in on newer fuel efficient cars. Those old cars were then destroyed. The problem was, low income people couldn't afford those newer cars, now the cheaper used cars they could afford no longer existed. While the program did help environmentally, it was a burden for many Americans.

2 weeks ago

That's a very interesting case study, thanks for sharing. Makes me wonder if that program had a positive (more expensive) impact on the prices for used cars. I'd assume with a lower supply, and equal demand that it would make the cars more expensive; thus even worsening the situation for the majority of the people. Really appreciate you sharing this little interesting fact

2 weeks ago

Interesting... thanks for sharing that Karen. These are the kinds of economic marginalization challenges we love to tackle as part of our venture. Obama is a politician, not a strategic business development professional; his aides are cut from the same cloth. Therefore, they did not anticipate the economic marginalization problem that arose and when it surfaced, apparently did not know how to address it effectively (not an overnight fix). That problem is solvable via "economies of scale" business models such as SM@RT's is, and at some point we will shed more light on the immense value of such a business model design for our sustainability acceleration venture.

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I've actually checked into putting solar panels on my roof. I'm middle income & even with the tax break, it is cost prohibitive.

2 weeks ago

Again, this is a classic economic marginalization issue of the legacy economy, one will that we solve as part of our mid to long term "ecosystem" venture strategy. Wish we were already there.

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The number of used cars that were not destroyed dwindled, so what was left were newer used cars that were more expensive.(about double the price) making it very difficult for not only low income people but also young people buying their first car( like my kids at the time). The people who could least afford this 'green' program were the most negatively impacted.

2 weeks ago

A project to satisfy stakeholders group? Then it may not get well with the community as a whole. To save planet earth it's more than that. Like banning plastic or cut emissions. It's not only a personal or a group affair. It involves the whole population on earth to comes together for this noble cause which I see extremely hard to achieve. 

The aren't enough cooperation among us that makes it a failure and thus kind of project are not new. Numerous company try to do what stated here but in the end nothing prevail actually. It's easy to say, plan or dictate but the main thing is us,the humanity just let it passed as time passed by

2 weeks ago

Thanks Raiyan, when we say stakeholders, we refer to all humans and all organizations.

The way we see things, past failures of others is not an excuse or reason for us not to engage and seek to do things a bit differently. Nothing worth accomplishing is ever easy. We don't have a problem with that reality, in fact it drives us; if we have moved the needle a bit by the time we close our eyes, that is a stepping stone for the next group to use to move things further forward. Cheers.

2 weeks ago

A concept to save the planet? To satisfy all stakeholder groups, taking economic abandonment? 

I think that can not be obtained. However, if we make the concept of saving the earth for the majority and put it first, it will gradually get its effects and it will be supported by the public.
Funding for this should be supported by the United Nations and the world's largest conglomerates, and should be pursued under fair scrutiny by a third party. To do this, we can emphasize the necessity of cryptography based on block chains.

 

2 weeks ago

Thanks for your feedback Changsung.

We do put the focus on saving the planet for the majority. It seems that to some people, the term "stakeholders" implies some kind of special interests. Taking note of this.

We are mindful that many will think X or Y can't be done, but history is full of people saying things can't be done, yet those things are now part of the fabric of everyday life. So we set out to accomplish the impossible anyway.

The UN does their bit but they are an organization dependent on governments of the world to fund them annually. Their budget cannot even begin to address the scale of the problem unfortunately. We are working to implement our plan to get the world's largest companies to fill the funding gap, but it is not an overnight accomplishment. As the old saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Thanks again for taking the time to share your thoughts Changsung.

2 weeks ago

Karen M guru

My first impression is anything or anyone making our planet more green is definitely worth looking into. I'm not sure if this can be accomplished though. Here in US, electric cars haven't caught on as hoped. Our recycling program took a nosedive at the start of this year. We're back to throwing our glass in the garbage instead of recycling it. Many communities don't even have mandatory recycling because of the cost. Electronics are extremely hard to get rid of & I don't see the planet doing away with electronics anytime soon. Your idea is to be commended, but implementation is another story. Maybe a crypto/block chain loyalty program will be an incentive but it's going to take a lot from everyone to make our planet green.

2 weeks ago

Thanks Karen, good points.
Appreciate you sharing the reality on the ground in the US.
Our view is that meaningful positive change takes time and requires strong incentives to drive that change. The current "lack of traction" you speak of is not an indication of "impossibility" - it is merely an indication, in our view, of a lack of strong enough value benefit offered to incentivize adoption of electric vehicles. I'm sure there are good reasons why the recycling effort tanked as well that have a similar cause.

Cost is always a factor but it just takes a more strategic approach to economic modelling, to effectively address such issues. Ultimately, we completely agree with you that it is going to take a lot from everyone to make our planet green. The think to understand is this - we're not presenting ourselves and our plan as the savior of the planet; we are trying to be the tiny little spark in the middle of summer, that turns 100 acres of forest into ashes.

We are the little tremor on the top of a snow covered mountain that sets of a massive avalanche. In other words, we are seeking to be a "catalyst" for progressively escalating pro-sustainability action on the part on the world's citizens and organizations, using "crypto-based economic incentives" as the fuel to light the fire.

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Karen M guru

I hope your little spark is a success, then others can follow suit. It will take massive effort & work on all of our parts to see big change. I try to do what I can on an individual level. We have to start somewhere.

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De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

Do you follow the SDGs Karen? If you do, which ones are you very keen on?

1 week ago

Karen M guru

Sorry to say I never heard of the SDG's until you asked. So I looked it up & did some reading. Not sure why I never came across this as I believe in everything that it's about. I do plan to follow it now. Thanks for introducing me to it. What are your thoughts on SDG's?

1 week ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

Haha. I have a new convert! I believe the SDGs form part of the solutions to most of the problems facing mankind (or should I say, mankind has created). Almost all governments worldwide have it (or some of it) in their national development plans now. The problem is adherence - especially the climate change-related goals. Most of these first world countries don't want to comply when it comes to such goals because it affects their economies in the long run. I think a solution has to be found for issues like this. SM@RT is on the right track though. In some 7-15 years, we might be heading somewhere.

1 week ago

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mike dmann expert

I am excited about the future of all crypto currency.

A solution to saving the world! Incentives for being green! I am all about it. Plus I wanna get paid in crypto. I do not like the comparison to airline miles. I want to see bigger incentives for people that go out of their way. The more you can afford to be green, the bigger the pay out seems to be most companies models. Can't wait to see this Utopia happen.

2 weeks ago

Thanks Mike,

What in particular don't you like about the comparison to airline miles. We used that only to convey that our loyalty program is intended to be a global scale program that is also leveraged by large companies in the way airline miles are purchased by banks. Everyone knows the concept of airline miles loyalty programs, so felt it was a reasonable frame of reference to help people grasp what we are setting out to do.

We will indeed provide bigger economic incentives/rewards to people that go out of their way in terms of the pro-sustainability actions they take, but it is not our desire for this to be done in a way that penalises the poorer members of society who can't afford to buy an electric car for example. It will take time and trial and error to get the right formula balance but we have to start somewhere.

The key is for us to remain humble and not discount the value of the contributions/opinions expressed by the average citizens of the world in forums such as this. We commend Crowdholding for having the vision to provide such a valuable facility for the constructive co-development of meaningful ideas and projects.

2 weeks ago

Karen M guru

I got the comparison to airline miles. I thought it was a good analogy.

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Dean Walsh guru

Don't listen to me because of who I am, I'm nobody like everone else.

I like the idea of loyalty programs which are used by multiple different businesses but all within the same niche or with similar ideaology. There should be more of that in many different areas I think so I am definitely with you on that one.

Also adding in all the other stuff with an acceletor and fund to be a one-stop-shop for capitalist solutions to environmental issues is interesting and I think it has potential. Building a really engaged community may be hard as people who really care might prefer to engage with non-profits and people who actively participate may be more interested in the rewards than in really engaging with the cause, but even without high engagement community building will probably help if it makes people more likely to pay attention to offers from companies that are part of the rewards program or things like that.

You've gone some way to showing that its not just about climate change but I would like to see even more focus on other issues because climate change is somewhat controversial. For example, I personally care about environment issues such as plastic waste, deforestation, loss of biodiversity etc but I am very skeptical about thepopular narrative around man-made global warming and specifically the role of greenhouse gases in that and the desirability of reducing them. This skepticism makes it impossible for me to support almost any environment cause even if it is something I would otherwise support because they always jump on the climate change bandwagon. Obviously you disagree and I'm not trying to change your mind, just saying that making the environment rather than the climate your headline cause may win you more support from people with a similar perspective.

2 weeks ago

Hi Dean,

Thanks for the thoughtful feedback.

We share your view that loyalty programs involving multiple businesses with the same idealogy is a good thing. In our case, we hope that one day, ALL businesses will share the idealogy of planet first, people second, profit third. Our loyalty program model sets nothing less than this as the ultimate level of adoption.


Yes we believe that an "ecosystem" approach with multiple resources is key. It's important to make it as easy as possible for organizations in particular to "plug in" to the movement and quickly access what they need to engage.


We hear you on the point that people who really care may prefer to engage with non-profits/charities. However, we've fully included those non-profits as economic beneficiaries, whereby the transactional activity on our blockchain network by "people who really care", will automatically result in a steady stream of block rewards and transaction fees flowing to those non-profits/charities, not to miners as an "elite class of earners" due to their technical proficiency compared to the average person. So we expect the charities and non-profits to proactively encourage the "people who really care" to use our blockchain platform and select their charity as the only beneficiary (or at least one of them) that will receive the transaction fees from their network activity.

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Technical people who like crypto mining will in the future be able to mine our "protocol" token, but their reward would not be the protocol tokens they mined; those would go to one or more charities which they pre-determined, as all mining rewards and transaction fees on our network will go to "participating" charities/non-profits only; instead the technical people who participate in mining (crypto benefactors) will be compensated with our loyalty currency (if they opt in for it), for the value they add to the ecosystem as a whole. So to clarify, while our current focus is on a crypto loyalty/rewards/community currency, that is separate and distinct from the protocol token which will in the future be implemented once we build our own blockchain. We are well aware that crypto purists do not consider ERC-20 tokens to be a legitimate cryptocurrency and that's okay. We're not seeking to satisfy such perspectives. We are focused on optimal ecosystem function, not "philosophical conformity", while fully respecting the crypto community's general collective philosophy.


Finally, the "climate change" lead focus call out is a valid point indeed. We founded our company with a mandate of accelerating and financing the achievement of the sustainable development goals, not on "solving climate change". There are 16 other SDGs that are important. We did however deliberately choose to lead with climate change based on the technical reports we have read that indicate that it merited the most urgent action. I do believe however that there is wisdom in your recommendation not to make climate change too big a standard bearer for our mission and mandate as a whole, if it doing so would repel a large number of people. I readily admit that it never occurred to me that a "very large" segment of the global population may be "strongly averse" to movements with a heavy emphasis on climate change, so thanks for pointing that out. I won't debate the validity of the "man-made climate change" issue as I'm not one of the scientists who conducted scientific tests and analysis and so cannot speak to it with absolute personal conviction, but I certainly respect your skepticism on the matter as it provides a counter-balance and sensitivity to the possibility of exaggerated claims re humanity's hand climate change.

2 weeks ago