Advance praise for Billion Books Baby:
--Peter H. Diamandis, Exec Chairman - Singularity University, CEO - X PRIZE
"Great idea. It would be cool to have a country by country list of what was most needed and where to deliver it."
--Kevin Kelly - Senior Maverick at WIRED
"Billion Books Baby is a great idea. It may allow an ordinary person to facilitate an effective, low cost alternative for transporting high impact goods around the world."
--Bjoern Lasse Hermann - Founder, CEO at Startup Genome
"Changing the world one traveler at a time - Billion Books Baby is one phenomenal and long overdue big idea!
--Steven Kotler - Co-Author of "Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think"
"What a generous and creative idea! Worth a billion kudos! Good luck in implementing and transforming it into inspiring reality!"
--Simona Miculescu - Ambassador at United Nations
"With Billion Books Baby, Alexandru brings to the table a radically new method to help transform the lives of the 'rising billion' and I can't wait to see it work!"
--Jason Dunn - Founder Made in Space
Hi, my name is Alexandru Celac and I am a graduate of the Singularity University, funded by Google and NASA and based in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Billion Books Baby is a non-profit that will incentivize COMPANIES to donate physical objects like: books, HIV-tests, small solar panels, vaccines, clothes, medical supplies, and will incentivize TOURISTS to transport the stuff when they travel from the developed to the developing world.
We're going to use one of the most untapped resource of humanity to make the world a better place: TOURISTS. In short, there were 1 billion tourists in 2012 travelling around the world. That's 1,000 times the city of San Francisco. These tourists are allowed to carry 30 kg of their personal stuff when they travel from point A to point B.
What if we will convince them to donate 1 kg of their capabilities to carry something useful for locals in need, when they travel from America to India or from Europe to Africa?
What if we will convince a fraction of all the tourists in the world to donate 1 kg when they travel from the developed to the developing world? What if we'll efectively transport this way millions of books, HIV tests, pens, clothes, even toy pianos? Can you imagine how powerful the crowdsourced peer to peer transportation could be? Can you imagine how stupid we would be not to use this surplus resource? Ladies and gentlemen, lets give it a try!
So, let's found an organization that uses this abundant resource: 1 Billion tourists per year that combined can improve the life of the least fortunate of our fellow humans. Let's crowdsource and crowdfund this way the transportation of millions of books, HIV tests, clothes or medical supplies.
We've done a great job so far here at Singularity University, NASA Ames. Our colleagues already found help to fund astounding world-changing companies and organizations: Getaround that changed how we use cars and transportation, Matternet that will transport medicines with small drones in Africa, Made In Space - that will manufacture stuff in space and many more.
Of course, this project can be easily funded by organizations like World Bank, United Nations or Bill Gates Foundation, but this will mean losing our independence and liberty of lean, quick actions.
That's why we are giving the crowd the chance to contribute on Indiegogo only for a short time (7 weeks). We are raising only $165,000, more than enough to set up a small office here in San Francisco, hire a professional PR, have an amazing online presence, build an Minimum Viable Product, partner with an airline, iterate and change the world.
Please contribute now and become an official Billion Books Baby supporter!
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