Ambassador interview: Amin Rafiee (Evok3d)

 

Part seven of our interview series with Bitnation’s international ambassadors, this time with Amin Rafiee AKA Evok3d.

 

Erik: Hi Amin, tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from and how did you get into crypto and liberty?

 

Evok3d: I have been following the Bitcoin movement since April 2013. At first it was a movement that I saw from a financial perspective and due to this, my involvement was very limited. By November 2013, my involvement started to increase and with it my heart became attached to the power that this technology could and will unleash onto the world.

From there on I spent more than 16 hours a day – or as much as I physically could – researching, chatting and participating within Altcoin and Bitcoin networks. This dedication did not come without a cost – in turn I lost over 10kg in body weight and disconnected from most of my existing networks.

Though here I found like minded individuals who understand the true nature of the world with an overview of the effects that the financial systems has on the masses. This is where I found my home, a place of peace that I could go into at any moment.

 

Erik: When did you first get in touch with Bitnation and what has motivated you to become an ambassador?

 

Evok3d: I first saw Bitnation on the Keiser Report and thought straight away that this is an amazing idea. I wanted to get in touch with Susanne to understand how she came up with this and to express my great support. Upon doing so, I was able to get in touch with Susanne and interviewed her via Skype for an article that I was working on for Coins Source. After speaking to Susanne and gaining a better understanding of her mentality, direction, support and overall enthusiasm for decentralized governance, I fell in love with the project and wanted to do everything I could to represent this revolutionary idea.

 

Erik: Can you explain us a bit more in detail what’s so revolutionary about this project? What do you do to represent it?

 

Evok3d: It represents values that take into account a more lateral perspective rather than the current, one-size-fits-all model. It allows individuals to govern themselves based on what is important to them, and it does it in a way that is empowering, rather than containing a great deal of superfluous bureaucracy, decreasing the efficiency and evolution of the worlds’ economies. It is a great attempt at removing current barriers that do not represent the true global structure provided by the internet and its networks.

I have represented Bitnation in London as a speaker during the LondonExpo 2015 and several times in Amsterdam during events such as the recently hosted Bitcoinference 2015. I enjoy portraying the project, its aims and it goes to show many of the other possibilities enabled by blockchain technology, rather than just the financial aspect. It also opens peoples minds to what the blockchain can really do for the many regions that are unbanked and are yet to be empowered.

 

 

Erik: What can we expect from you in the future? Do you want to share anything else with us?

 

Evok3d: My aim is to help spread the overall p2p movement and its reflection through Bitcoin and similar technologies. BitNation represents that very idea in a diverse and versatile manner that not only empowers individuals – the very thing Bitcoin was designed to do – but also entire nations who have been left without a voice.

I will be attending as many conferences as possible to speak about this unique platform and its aims as well as other similar technologies that capture the true philosophies of our modern world. I want to help people see the future, a place where people are helping each other, a place where mediators become obsolete and the choice remains with the individuals. A world ran by the people for the people, as the governing authorities were suppose to be prior to their abandonment of the very thing that placed them there; Us, the people.

I want to share one thing in particular. Some people may come to doubt this movement and its power to have an impact on our society. Some people may doubt its authority over existing instituations and their forced methods of gaining power. I want to point out a few reflective factors to them and others in similar doubts. There was a time where Hotels could dictate the price of a room, where taxi drivers could charge as they liked and resturant owners price their foods as they pleased. A time where money was goverened by the banks and the individuals had very little to say about this.

Well now, in 2015 we approach a world where P2P websites such as AirBnB and couchsurfing have come to show hotels that they are not needed, that individuals can help and even expand the experience of one by hosting others. A place where BlaBlaCar has set the way for car sharing, a time where we can store our hard earnt money on a thumb drive, our phones and other similar technologies that give us the power to be our own banks. A place where there are no operating hours, no bureaucracy or third parties taking advantage of our choices. Now imagine this evolving a further 10 years. Welcome to the world of P2P, a place where you decide how to live, move, spend and share.

 

Erik: Thanks for your time and thoughts!

  Evok3d_01  

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Erik Vollstädt

Bitnation Lead Ambassador and Community Director. Born 1993, aspiring entrepreneur and champion of voluntary societies & private property ethics. Proponent of counter-economics and competing market currencies, such as cryptocurrencies. Represented Bitnation as Lead Ambassador since 2015 at the Riga Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies Meetup, the iBGEk basic income stage discussion in Klagenfurt (Austria), the Cointelegraph Blockchain Conference in Helsinki, the Zündfunk Netzkongress in Munich, at itnig for the Barcelona Bitcoin Community during the Mobile World Congress 2017 and at the Bitnation DevCon 2017 in Amsterdam. Author of the Bitnation blog. Media appearances include Shift (Deutsche Welle), Der Fehlende Part (RT Germany) and Zündfunk (BR2). Coordinates Bitnation's ambassador network globally and organizes meetups all over Europe. Graduated in Business Innovation & Technology Management (M.Sc.) in Girona (Catalunya, Spain). Wants to live an international lifestyle.

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