Embassy Review #02
Here comes round two of our virtual tour through Bitnation’s embassies and consulates around the world. This time we’ll be covering spaces provided by fellow Bitnation citizens in Amsterdam, Bogotá, Gorenja vas (Slovenia) and Gothenburg.
Embassies are places where you can both live and work, whereas consulates allow you to work or organize a meetup in their facilities. Naturally, you should always contact the owners of each space before visiting them.
BitcoinEmbassy – Amsterdam
This Bitnation consulate is located on the edge of the red light district of Amsterdam. You can come anytime and just order a drink, but feel free to contact Martijn Wismeijer if you want to organize a meeting or an event. Keep in mind that the work space is closed on Mondays, and check their info page before visiting. The space already hosted the first Bitcoin ATM in Amsterdam in 2013 thanks to the owner Lex and gave birth to the official Bitcoin Embassy Amsterdam in November 2014. It became a Bitnation consulate thanks to Bitnation Ambassador Amin Raffie, who wanted to use the Embassy location for a cryptography hackathon in March 2015.
Martijn told us about his personal background:
I’ve been a supporter of alternative digital cash since the mid-90’s. Most notably DigiCash in the early 90’s and e-gold in the early 00’s. There where some others at the time, but they all folded because of the centralized nature of their systems. In 2010, when browsing my LinkedIn network, I found that some of the people behind DigiCash moved on to Bitcoin, a new form of distributed digital money at the time. Having witnessed the problems we have seen with centralization in earlier systems I was immediately attracted to the decentralized nature of the network (as in Napster for cash) and the innovative way the issuance of new coins was handled (miners), and once I properly understood the technology, I began to actively promote Bitcoin to the masses.
When asked about upcoming plans for the location he remarked:
For the near future I think we like the space as it is. It is a great place to get a coffee and use the Wi-Fi to work or meet others at one of the many meet-ups we organize. It’s on the edge of the red-light district, but because of it’s courtyard it is a really peaceful and quiet place. Even if there are no meet-ups the restaurant is open daily from 18:00 and all drinks and bytes can be paid for with Bitcoin.
If you feel like becoming a member of the Bitcoin Embassy Amsterdam or want to subscribe to their newsletter, go here.
AUXO – Bogotá
Your contact for this consulate is Juan Pablo Calderon. The work space is located in the central district Chico and is open 24/7 for anyone interested in Blockchain. AUXO specializes in developing front-end software, hybrid mobile apps and data visualization.
Juan Pablo explained his decision to share his work space to us:
I have space, I love to share and I like Bitnation. I believe that if someone has become a Bitnation citizen, they are cool. I want people that bring ideas. Who are curious and want the world to become a better place.
He delved into the world of crypto several years ago and is curious and anarchist by nature. He is working towards a micro nation independently from this space, as AUXO is already a coworking/hacker/maker space.
Prjurnck – Gorenja vas, Slovenia
This embassy can be used for both, working and living. It is hosted by Aleš Ferlan, who lives in a small village 40 km away from Ljubljana. He first heard about Bitnation on an OpenBazaar or Bitcoin Subreddit and is using BTC for a few years now. He doesn’t mind sharing his apartment with Bitnation citizens and showing his home town to them. In case his father comes back from nursing home, he would only be able to offer a working space, but “if everything works out, it should be a great place to hang out with Bitnation citizens and share ideas and continue our growth”.
RavensInn – Gothenburg
The last stop on our virtual tour this time, will be in the Nordic climates of Sweden. RavensInn is a Bitnation embassy hosted by Petter Joelson and is located close to the old town of Gothenburg, with lots of cafés, bars and restaurants around. Let him know a few weeks before staying at his place (max. 2 nights) and keep in mind that you should bring something to give a toast with!
Peter works as a web consultant for several NGOs and progressive organizations. He took note of all things crypto already a while ago, but only realized the full potential for good causes when he heard about Bitnation.
When asked about what kind of people he would like to host, Peter told us:
It would be great to meet people who are using new technology to work for social change. As I am experienced in web design and strategy, but not really in back-end programming, I see it as a potential way to find people with different skill sets to network and potentially cooperate with.
He is open for suggestions regarding the future of his Bitnation embassy, but has only limited resources as it is just a guest room in his flat.
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