Creating a Global Movement That Combines Technology, Markets and Citizenship to Solve the World’s Biggest Problems
Despite advancements in the last few decades — from health care to communication technologies, progress has not been uniform and many challenges, both specific and systemic, remain.
Billions of people still lack access to drinkable water, sanitation, proper schooling, health services, or modern energy services. Contrary to popular belief, these problems are not exclusive to developing countries. Many areas in developed countries also have citizens unable to meet many of their basic human rights.
Systemic challenges include climate change, loss of biodiversity, and precarious conditions in the world’s oceans. These issues pose fundamental risks to all of us and often require a global solution.
There is no shortage of ideas and goodwill to solve these problems. In fact, there is so much understanding of the problems and motivation to tackle them, that 193 countries agreed in 2015 under the auspices of the United Nations on the Sustainable Development Goals — the so-called SDGs. The SDGs include 17 objectives to be met by 2030 across a range of areas — from poverty reduction and improvements in education to climate change mitigation and greater gender equality. In practice, the SDGs created a global roadmap to guide our collective actions to solve our world’s biggest problems.
Yet, good ideas and goodwill are not enough. It costs real money to implement real solutions. Lasting solutions often require multi-year actions, and therefore, require a sustained flow of funds. A sustained flow of funds is only possible if there is a true, long-term partnership between those that can and want to finance and those that need the funds to implement world-changing solutions.
We are currently falling short on building those kinds of long-term partnerships and mobilizing that kind of large-scale funding to organisations on the frontlines. No other metric speaks as loud about such a problem than the fact that, according to the United Nations, the funding shortfall for the SDGs is no less than $2.5 trillion per year.
Is it possible to find new ways to build the kind of long-term partnerships that are needed to create and direct large-scale recurrent funding to organisations implementing solutions to advance the SDGs?
At Givv, we believe we can.
Our answer combines technology, markets, and citizenship towards solving the world’s biggest problems.
Our starting point is one of the most underutilized resources in the world today – the 1.5 billion of computers, in homes and offices, that sit idle for the majority of the hours in any given day. If all such idle capacity was sold in cloud computing markets to process data for large corporations, gaming enterprises, 3D rendering, and other sectors, each computer would earn up to US$10 per month or US$120 per year. Depending on the application and availability, some applications may enable a higher revenue than that per computer. In other words, the idle capacity in computers around the world represents a potential source of up to US$ 180 billion per year in revenue.
To put that into perspective, that is three times more than the total annual private donations today to developing countries and nearly 30% more than all government aid transferred to help other countries each year. It is about three times the total annual flow of funds to developing countries supplied by the World Bank Group, the largest international financier to developing countries. It is roughly 90 times larger than the largest “impact” private equity fund in the world today, TPG’s US$2 Billion Rise Fund. These numbers give us some perspective on the immense opportunity in front of us all.
Yet, an important question remains: if we were to aggregate and sell such individual computational power as cloud computing services, could we really get customers? The answer is yes.
For starters, decentralized cloud computing service will be cheaper than centralized, mainstream services such as Microsoft, Google or Apple. There is no infrastructure investment since the individual computers are already in operation. The computational capacity would be enormous and many times larger than the total computational capacity available in the market today. Lastly, it would be more secure and resilient because it is decentralized. In short, a well operated, large-scale decentralized cloud computing service can offer a superior and cost-competitive solution to companies demanding computational capacity.
Such a model could capture a large share of the cloud computing market, which grows at 20% per year and by some accounts will exceed US$400 billion by 2020. Therefore, a successful, decentralized cloud computing services platform could eventually earn revenues of tens of billions per year.
Here is where we at Givv see the opportunity: what if all of us supplied the idle capacity of our computers to a tech platform that could aggregate all that capacity, market it successfully as cloud computing services, and then direct all those revenues earned to non-profits of our choosing that are implementing solutions to the problems targeted by the SDGs?
If we do that, we will build something truly ambitious and unprecedented: a global community of cause-minded citizens, coming together to build one the largest cloud computing service enterprises and at the same time one of the largest sources of funding to the solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
Welcome to Givv!
Givv’s technology aggregates idle capacity from individual computers, and markets that as cloud computing services. The revenues all go to non-profit organisations working on causes aligned with the UN-backed SDGs. As you supply your idle capacity, you can choose up to 5 non-profit organisations, anywhere in the world, working on causes that matter to you. As the non-profits are advancing priority areas set forth by the UN-backed SDGs, you know that your support is part of a larger, international movement involving 193 countries and people all over the world to address some of the biggest international development challenges. Now you don’t have any cash cost to contribute, and the contribution earned by your computer will greatly matter as it is an integral part of our global, collective, sustained effort.
Our tech provides several tools for you to stay informed and in touch with your causes and other like-minded individuals around the world. You can see how much you and those supporting the same cause are donating in real-time to your chosen causes. You can select new causes from time to time. You can receive information from the organisations you are supporting their projects and achievements.
There is absolutely no cost to you or to the non-profit receiving your funds. The only party that pays is the purchaser of computational capacity, a large company for instance. Givv charges a transaction fee to cover its operations and fund growth. We aim to attract individuals willing to supply their computers’ idle capacity and partner with organisations such as universities or corporations that can mobilize their staff and students to supply the idle time in their computers to Givv’s platform.
We believe our model can be transformational, offering a realistic example of how new technology, if well aligned with market trends and citizens’ motivations, can create lasting social impact. All this in an open, transparent and inclusive community where everyone, regardless of financial conditions, can engage and remain engaged for years to come.
To deliver on that, our leadership team combines senior individuals each with 20 years of experience in building global businesses, executing complex technology projects, and creating global social programs. We have the experience that it takes to build this ambitious but very worthwhile social business venture.
We have been working relentlessly in developing the technology. We launched an operational demo app in October 2018. We are currently refining and testing our product. In preparation for a beta launch in early 2019, we will soon start onboarding individuals, corporate and university partners and non-profit organisations interested in testing Givv’s technology. If you register on our website, you will be able to use it, test it, criticize and provide feedback to help us make it better. After a few tests and refinements, we aim to have a global roll-out when anyone can use the platform.
We hope you share our vision and ambition! Visit our site and engage with us in one of our social media channels!
Whether you are an individual, university, corporation or non-profit organisation, together we can power solutions to the world’s biggest problems. Join the Movement!
How Can You Participate?
For individuals interested in learning more on how to supply idle capacity, please register here: https://givv.io/join-the-movement/users/
For universities and businesses interested in partnering with your idle capacity, please register here: https://givv.io/join-the-movement/corporate-partners/
For non-profits interested in joining the list of approved entities to receive funds, please register here: https://givv.io/join-the-movement/nonprofits-ngos/
You can also reach out us to firstname.lastname@example.org.