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The Human Tales of Ethereum – Meet the Subsequent Billion Fellows Cohort 3

As we have a look at our world, evidently particular person people are more and more on the sides and within the margins of the massive tales that play out on our scrolling screens. The narratives that captivate and resonate with atypical people appear to exist at a scale past the attain of any one in every of us — These huge tales about economies, international locations, and corporations weave a story that may appear dire at occasions, or too huge for a person human to alter in a significant method. However this isn’t the true narrative of the world, neither is it the best technique to perceive our personal potential as people.

Many who learn this weblog are inclined to consider that the Ethereum protocol will play a job (possibly even a serious one) in that huge narrative within the sky. If that is the case, then we must always ask ourselves: Who’re the characters in our story?

We search to know Ethereum via the lens of the person people that use it as a protocol for coordination. By searching for out the context and nuance of human tales, we will higher orient ourselves towards a collective imaginative and prescient of the long run, and higher put together ourselves to enact it.

In the present day, we would wish to introduce 5 people with tales to inform, who might be beginning their Subsequent Billion Fellowship on the Ethereum Basis. These people are extremely certified, however signify solely a small slice of the succesful folks on the market working to unravel a few of humanity’s deepest coordination issues. We hope that their tales can function each a mirrored image of the true character of the Ethereum community-at-large, and an inspiration for a way this open protocol may but positively affect the lives of billions.

Fellows Cohort #3


Brian Limiardi builds for monetary inclusion in Indonesia as co-founder of Copra Finance. Whereas entry to non-public loans is obtainable via banks, there are lots of contexts wherein the one technique to get a mortgage for enterprise is thru casual lenders (learn: mortgage sharks). For people that select to work and bill in cryptocurrency, entry to even easy legacy monetary instruments like private or small enterprise loans may be an impediment. For his Fellowship, Brian will deal with researching the wants and realities of the rising demographic of employees and small companies who use crypto as a major technique of invoicing and bookkeeping.


Devansh Mehta, co-founder of VoiceDeck, is interested by mapping out public good affect area. Affect methodologies and markets for environmental use instances are well-documented mechanisms, however generally ‘affect’ wanders into extra subjective territory: Investigative journalism, for instance, is undoubtedly a public good. How can the actual work of journalists be documented and valued in a method that matches into the best funding mechanism? Devansh will work with citizen journalism newsrooms to discover methodologies of affect documentation utilizing the hypercerts normal, with an purpose to discover a good mechanism of retroactive funding for constructive social outcomes.


Masahiro “Masa” Fukuhara needs to unfold the spirit of ONGAESHI, (恩返し, “To return a favor”) on the earth of schooling. ONGAESHI DAO is exploring mechanisms of retroactive solidarity funds in schooling and employment. For his Fellowship, Masa and different ONGAESHI DAO crew members will study from pilot packages wherein contributors to the general public good of schooling like funders and lecturers are rewarded when companies rent their college students.


Mulenga Kapwepwe is co-founder of the Ladies’s Historical past Museum of Zambia. There are lots of African artifacts in museums around the globe, however not often do these objects have a tangible connection to the folks and communities who created them. For her Fellowship, Mulenga is working with the Zambian web3 group to create a tokenized artifact registry, experimenting with museum income sharing for group documentation of artwork, customs, and crafting methodologies nonetheless practiced by the descendants of these objects on show in museums around the globe. Even when the objects received’t return to their locations of origin within the close to future, it’s a small step towards bridging a spot of possession that spans centuries.


Valeriia “Ria” Panina is a person expertise specialist and an advisor to the Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation. The struggle in Ukraine has proven that ingenuity and tenacity in human coordination is crucial. When understanding the potential of protocols like Ethereum to be helpful in such a time, pragmatism is smart. Throughout her Fellowship, Ria will analysis the actual drivers and blockers of adoption of cryptocurrencies and different decentralized purposes for atypical customers to map emergent use instances and behaviors in Ukraine.

(dev)Join with Fellows

Over the subsequent six months, every fellow will drive ahead a small venture that works towards bigger targets of their story. Fellowship tales might be printed over the course of 2023 on this weblog, however there are extra alternatives to fulfill and find out about their tasks. When you, pricey reader, are interested by studying in regards to the fellows and their tasks, take into account attending devconnect in Istanbul and specifically the Subsequent Billion World Café occasion, and join with us in individual!

To the various candidates to the Subsequent Billion Fellowship cohort 3 not chosen, we thanks for sharing your story with us, and are glad to know that you simply’re on the market tinkering, constructing, researching, and creating the way forward for human coordination.

Signal as much as updates in regards to the Subsequent Billion Fellowship right here!

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