Causes

I am interested in many, many things, but the following causes are very dear to me.

Basic Income or Creating a Real Meritocracy

In 2015, we started Revenu de Base Québec to advocate for Basic Income.

Transparency

The possibility to change institutions is only possible if we can mobilize people. To mobilize people, we need to demonstrate the true inner-workings of certain institutions – corruption, manipulation and a desire to retain power. That is why government and corporate transparency are so important.

In Canada, we are largely behind the united states and britain with regards to government transparency. Montreal in particular is behind other canadian cities, that is why I will be lending some support to pushing Montreal towards open-data. From August 2010 – 2014, we started and ran Montréal Ouvert a citizens’ action group to push for open data in Montreal. I am on the board of Open North, which works to improve government transparency and citizen engagement.

banksy on west bank wall

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The conflict started in the late 19th century with the influx of Jewish settlers, hoping to start a better life outside of (mainly) Europe. The flow of immigrants increased and shortly after the second world war, in 1948, the Jewish immigrants declared themselves to be an independent state, Israel. Ever since, conflict with both the local Palestinian people and neighbouring nations has threatened the lives of all involved.

Education

educationH.G. Wells once said, “Human history has become more than ever a race between education and destruction”. I firmly agree. The question has become whether we can educate the world about civil liberties, agriculture, technology, infrastructure and education fast enough to remove dictators, solve environmental problems and remove the oppression of woman and minorities.

Ted Talk: Clifford Stoll on Education

TED Talk: Ken Robinson on how schools kill creativity