Earn a living while working for a cause
A cause in this context is a motivation or an ideal or goal that a person or group is working together to achieve as part of the job.
In a sense, it is an ideal situation when people who work and earn their living while evangelizing a cause they passionate about.
Example of a cause
In 1863, The International Red Cross was founded by a Swiss businessman Henry Dunant who, during a business trip, passed by a battle field and witnessed thousands of people on both side suffering and needed urgent care. The cause in this case related to an ideal Compassion Beyond Discrimination. Some people might argue, and in fact many have argued that by providing care for “the other side” would prolong the war and thus cause more sufferings long term. However, there was enough people who took the idea of Compassion Beyond Discrimination as the cause that’s worth pursuing and therefore, The International Red Cross was materialized.
The title of this article is inspired by the story of Henry Dunant who earned his honest living while evangelizing the Compassion Beyond Discrimination cause.
A process and a tool
The three-steps below is an example process to start a cause. We will cover one unique tool for this process.
- Convince yourself the worthiness of the cause (i.e., worth your time and resource solving it.)
- Reach out to as many people as you can to get feedback on the significance of the cause and your initial set of solutions. The more you can convince yourself in step 1, the more people you should be able to reach out.
- Find a first “co-founder” for the cause.
After step 3 you would repeat the process with your co-founder to find a next co-founder, a team member, a customer, or an investor, etc. You get the idea.
I will walk through an example cause — Achilles Heel — with some screenshots of how to install and setup the tool together with some reasonings why the tool is chosen.
The cause I am using is an example. It might or might not make any sense to you.
This is a landing page for the tool.
Some notes about the technologies
Engrams is a server with an IP address which acts like a connector for many devices to connect. Behind the scene, it uses secure Scuttlebutt gossip protocol. Your device gossips to another devices in “your cause peer to peer network”, the co-founder(s) and supporters of your cause are up-to-date with posts or messages. There is a subtle yet very important difference here when we compare this model to the traditional client-server and the pure P2P model.
You would need to install Manyverse app to connect to the engrams.net’s connecting server.
When you install the app on your device, it generates a pair of public and private keys, a 24 words seed-phrase. The app uses the public key to encrypt a message and the private key to decrypt the message. You’d use the 24 seed-phrase to recover the account (i.e., when the device is lost or stollen.) It works the same way like many crypto wallet apps out there. The private key never leaves your device.
The reason why privacy is important for this use case because it might take many anonymous connections and chats for the “engrams” to be in-sync before deciding to team up for the cause. Anonymous engrams are free to address their opinions about the problems/solutions related to the cause without any digital privacy concern.
With that said, engrams.net server is only a connector, no user data like posts or private messages are stored in the server. Instead, data are stored on your devices.
Invite yourself and your potential co-founders
You should test the tool yourself first to have a sense of how this technology works.
A social network for a cause
Engrams.net can be a connector for many devices and for many causes.
However, it is best that each cause when reaches a certain scale, i.e.,1000 connected peers, should have a separate connecting server with its own domain name.
For now, you can use engrams.net connecting server and its invite feature to invite yourself (i.e., connect to your other device) to learn more about the tool. After that you can send invite to your potential co-founder(s).
If you need further support to setup your own “cause connecting server,” you can connect to an Engrams Admin Peer and ask for advices.
This work and further works (i.e., assisting the materialization of other noble causes) is for the purpose of addressing The Achilles Heel phenomenon, its significations, and the solving of the many problems related to the Achilles Heel phenomenon.
If you want to involve, support, or want to know more about the first set of solutions to solve the Achilles Heel problem, the best way is to connect with an Engrams Admin via the engrams.net server and to send a private message on the Manyverse app on iOS , Manyverse app on Google Play, or a desktop app.
Since I decided to tackle the Achille Heel problem, many meaningful ideas and solutions have emerged. Even just testing out this tool, I have had so much joy syncing up scattering information and ideas between devices. I hope through the process of finding the right co-founders, team members, and supporters for your noble cause, many rewarding and blissful experience will come to you.