GreenStand consists of volunteers who are convinced that technology and scientific data can have a major impact on environmental issues and extreme poverty. We believe that poverty and other environmental effects can be countered with a technology/data driven platform that offers opportunity in rebuilding and improving the environmental.
Tom founded GreenStand because “it’s a really cool idea”. In Tom-ese, that means it combines his passion for science and technology with life-changing and world-changing work. His love for big data, research and complex/challenging applications of technology make him the perfect fit as our visionary, organizational leader, data monitor, chief of biodiversity… and several other titles we invented to make him feel as special and integral as he is.
Alicia has extensive experience in remote parts of East Africa. She has planted trees and worked on social/environmental issues all over the world. Her passion and expertise in ecology, cultural anthropology, and dragon-suit technology (yes, really) are invaluable asset to our mission. Besides her role in long term planning, she keeps us realistic about the social and environmental impact of this project, zeroing in on strengths and weaknesses in our processes and vision. “Nurture nature and social welfare from the roots up” is her mode of operation. She specializes in issues related to environment, conservation, gender and livelihoods primarily in East Africa.
David has spent a decade working in developing countries in the public health sector. He sees this project as "a sustainable way to address extreme poverty and starvation." He believes this project can counter many poverty-driven environmental issues by providing widespread environmentally-sound employment. He looks forward to seeing Greenstand obviate the devastation of landscapes by clear-cutting trees for charcoal and subsistence agriculture. He loves to defy gravity.
Zaven is order, reason and the structured development of this project. If it is awesome new tech he knows about it. With a masters degree in environmental science, he is an experienced full-stack developer with a passion for GIS, water, plants, and music. He volunteers on the project because he is driven to create tech that "solves real-world problems." If you stumble across sloppy code it is pre-Zaven. He makes statements like, “The problem is not in the database structure, it is in the structure of reality.”
Sebastian plants trees and does yoga. With a background in environmental sciences and software engineering, he works on GreenStand because he understands that a digital link to trees is what we need to empower a massive social movement. He envisions this project as a mechanism for carbon balancing and keeps talking about using the blockchain to trade tree tokens. His yogic experience and lifestyle allow for "deep focused visioning" that normally ends in statements like "trees are the answer!" Sebastian also has a big idea to fund tree planting by linking this system to a gaming app for virtual (or not so virtual) farming.