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

As we take a look at our world, evidently particular person people are more and more on the perimeters and within the margins of the large tales that play out on our scrolling screens. The narratives that captivate and resonate with abnormal people appear to exist at a scale past the attain of any one in all us — These massive tales about economies, nations, and firms weave a story that may appear dire at instances, or too massive for a person human to alter in a significant approach. However this isn’t the true narrative of the world, neither is it the precise method to perceive our personal potential as people.

Many who learn this weblog are inclined to consider that the Ethereum protocol will play a job (perhaps even a significant one) in that massive narrative within the sky. If this is so, 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.

At the moment, we would wish to introduce 5 people with tales to inform, who will probably be beginning their Subsequent Billion Fellowship on the Ethereum Basis. These people are extremely certified, however characterize solely a small slice of the succesful individuals on the market working to resolve 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 the way this open protocol would possibly but positively impression the lives of billions.

Fellows Cohort #3


Brian Limiardi builds for monetary inclusion in Indonesia as co-founder of Copra Finance. Whereas entry to private loans is on the market via banks, there are a lot of contexts through which the one method 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 could be an impediment. For his Fellowship, Brian will give attention to researching the wants and realities of the rising demographic of staff and small companies who use crypto as a major technique of invoicing and bookkeeping.


Devansh Mehta, co-founder of VoiceDeck, is fascinated about mapping out public good impression area. Affect methodologies and markets for environmental use instances are well-documented mechanisms, however generally ‘impression’ wanders into extra subjective territory: Investigative journalism, for instance, is undoubtedly a public good. How can the true work of journalists be documented and valued in a approach that matches into the precise funding mechanism? Devansh will work with citizen journalism newsrooms to discover methodologies of impression documentation utilizing the hypercerts customary, with an goal 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 this planet of schooling. ONGAESHI DAO is exploring mechanisms of retroactive solidarity funds in schooling and employment. For his Fellowship, Masa and different ONGAESHI DAO group members will study from pilot applications through which contributors to the general public good of schooling like funders and academics are rewarded when companies rent their college students.


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


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

(dev)Join with Fellows

Over the following six months, every fellow will drive ahead a small challenge that works towards bigger targets of their story. Fellowship tales will probably be printed over the course of 2023 on this weblog, however there are extra alternatives to satisfy and find out about their initiatives. When you, expensive reader, are fascinated about studying concerning the fellows and their initiatives, contemplate attending devconnect in Istanbul and specifically the Subsequent Billion World Café occasion, and join with us in particular person!

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 just’re on the market tinkering, constructing, researching, and creating the way forward for human coordination.

Signal as much as updates concerning the Subsequent Billion Fellowship right here!

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