I last updated my portfolio 15years ago. Decided to spiffy it up for 2021. We’re almost there.
I was so glad to finally tell my story about Humanwire to The Principal Post. If you are not familiar with their model, have a look, they are designed to give people a fair chance to tell their story. I can not tell you how excited I was to learn that such a group exists, the world needs this in a big way.
In 2003 I pitched the idea of publishing a blog to New School’s Parsons. “Ok.”, said Sven Travis. I invited Josh Kinberg, Alison Lewis and Frank-Yu Lin. We started posting on November 11, 2003. I believe it was the first university blog in the U.S. if not the world. It takes some effort but you can find all the posts via a.parons.edu/~juliaset and juliaset.com on the way back machine. See: Juliaset on the Wayback Machine
10 Years later and we’re still waiting.
See the original Twitter Down Art Collection from 2008 at https://www.dembot.net/2008/02/01/twitter-down-art-collection/
Friday was a big turning point in my life. I spent two years working on an incredible humanitarian effort called Humanwire. I started with an idea and it quickly grew to help some of the most persecuted people in the world providing direct financial assistance, health, education and love through a unique peer to peer platform.
Based on various misunderstood factors, I was accused of converting over $130,000 from the very refugees I was working so hard to help. Humanwire was forced to stop for a government investigation. I should and could have done better.
Forensic accountants followed every single penny – checked and double checked – to find that more money went out the door towards the causes than ever came in. I worked with little to no salary save my austere living expenses for two years. As the overhead factor and accounting became clear to everyone, and even as the theft charges were dropped, I also strived to pay for losses created by unexpected hurdles in this humanitarian effort. I should have better anticipated some of the difficulties this type of international effort would entail.
I am so sad and disappointed that some people were let down. For my part, I was wearing too many hats and the growth of the company outpaced my ability to bring on sincere partners and members to scale the company up. If I could go back, I would slow things down, get better advice, do better record-keeping, and seek out partners who were better than myself at wearing those hats I was wearing out of necessity.
People who used the Humanwire platform to its fullest potential changed the world for thousands of people and their future generations which should have an exponential positive effect for our world.
From the inception of an idea to the platform it became, in two short years Humanwire hosts and donors literally saved people’s lives, got people asylum, found work and education, became like family members for people who had nothing and nowhere to go. Displaced human beings were touched with one-to-one, personalized support. I believe this will be a blueprint for others to help the otherwise helpless.
Perhaps most impactful through Humanwire was the establishment of a brick and mortar school which helped hundreds of children enter the formal public education system where otherwise they would have grown up without any education at all.
My skill set is identifying a solution for a cultural problem, building the solution from scratch, testing it on the market, and making it a success. Whatever I do next, I promise I will continue to grow, learn from this experience and follow my heart
Today we celebrate the successful entrance of 250 Syrian students into the public school system in Lebanon. Humanwire’s brick-and-mortar Butterfly Effect in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon prepares children to enter school for the first time in their lives.
Humanwire Report, October 2017 by Andrew Baron. Almost a year old as a non-profit, here is a look at where we are today as a company, and our plans for the future. View video on Vimeo.
Facebook has dramatically changed their algorithms over the last couple of weeks which affects reach. When someone signs up for our Humanwire page on Facebook, that’s a way of saying, “I want to see Humanwire posts”. But as you prob know by now, FB will not let that happen for the vast majority, and throttles … Continue reading Facebook Further Limits Reach
Today we are as excited as ever to announce that Humanwire’s brick-and-mortar Butterfly Effect Center for displaced children in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon has been awarded a $50,000 USD grant from the Royal China Round Table Foundation (RCRT) based in the United Kingdom. RCRT is a charity which originates and finances impactful projects around the world focused … Continue reading Humanwire’s Butterfly Effect Awarded $50,000
Overview The Butterfly Effect Center is a solution for refugee children growing up in a world without education. The majority of displaced children around the Earth have no access to educational offerings and after three years out of school, statistically, it will be too late: the majority will never go back. The Butterfly Effect Center, … Continue reading The Butterfly Effect Center 2017