This is my introduction post straight outta SteemFest !
Hi fellow Steemians !
Day 4 of Steem Fest and it's finally time to introduce myself !
My name is Jordan, i'm a 26 years old impact driven entrepreneur working as COO of @ETHLend, a fully decentralized P2P lending dApp running on the Ethereum main net.
Currently living in Paris, i studied International political sociology and entered blockchain through the decentralization aspect of it during my time in college, having a economy depending on communities instead of governments seemed pretty attractive as a political science student.
After finishing my first master degree, we created with a group of friends a web app for NGO's that allowed them to send directly translated text messages to the refugees they accompany.
Last year i did another master degree in innovation management at La Sorbonne and then worked with UNHCR and Simplon coding school to create a coding curriculum in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp. You may don't know it but Za'atari is one of the biggest camp in Jordan and more than 80000 people are living there without access to proper higher education.
My focus is now on ETHLend and making our dApp really useful, not only to crypto savvy users, but by allowing it to reach it's potential and providing the world with a fair and global lending market where loan conditions are chosen on a P2P basis, with no central entity to dictate interest rates.
This will certainly takes time and commitment but we all share the same values within our team and I don't think we would consider ourselves accomplished as long as some people are still suffering from high interest rates.
Even though the Addis Ababa Action Agenda settle financial inclusion as part of the solution to reach the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and World Bank Group has called for Universal Financial Access for 2020, we have to wonder how those goals will be reached and what the world would look like if power isn't distributed and we simply provide more customers for the corporations acting as "middle men" in the financial world instead of truly empowering people using blockchain, smart contracts and co creation.
Currently attending Steem Fest with @Martin-Wichmann where i met the most interesting and diverse crowd you could meet in any event! Either i never go to the right events or Steem Fest is just something else (I lean towards the second option)!
I had the chance to exchange on a large range of topics going from culture, travels and food to social impact, migrations and film directing... all of that with a common underlying value, blockchain based co-creation. I think this is what we are about, and Steem is the best example out there!
My future posts will certainly revolve around financial inclusion, blockchain and prospective. Waiting for the next post, I'd like to thanks some of amazing people i met during those few days... So big shout out to @shogo, @maa, @surfermarly, @Chris4210, @walterjay, @siavach, @siersod, @hilarski, @lindseylambz, @dougkarr, @cryptofunk, @wolfcat, @roadscape, @nanzo-scoop, @brightbrained, @oleg326756, @heiditravels, @nessie, @tobydaniel2, @lukestokes, @juanmiguelsalas and a lot of others
PS: I've been told "don't forget to put some pics in your post" so here is a relaxing view from our surfing trip to Peniche: