Increase people’s capacity for empathy, both online and offline.
The founders, team, and advisors have launched and continue to support global charitable initiatives focused on some of society’s most urgent challenges.
We’ve collaborated with
internationally renowned change agents including Jane Goodall, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Malala Yousafzai.
Projects we’ve supported
in developing countries, our efforts have included ensuring clean drinking water, preserve wildlife habitats, promote education for girls, protect endangered species and support entrepreneurship through micro-financing.
In the USA, Team WIRD collaborates with
A number of charities that are tackling the growing epidemic of homelessness, as well as addressing the issues of food insecurity, sustainable development, and climate change.
We actively seek out philanthropic and pro-social good NGOs, non-profits and foundations to support whose work has demonstrated actionable results, with a specific focus on those organizations that are led by and support women and girls.
WIRD (pronounced weird) was conceived out of the notion that people want to do good for themselves, for their communities and around the world.
We stand apart in distinct ways, primarily by fostering engaged community and providing a means for people to get involved in real-world causes, powered by the immutability of distributed ledger technologies.
WIRD encourages community-led initiatives to incentivize participation and generate a positive impact.
We Are W(e)IRD.
Gregory Kennedy, Co-Founder
Gregory is a Blockchain Architect, Consultant, Former Silicon Valley Co Unix & Linux Systems Engineering manager, Commodities + Options arbitrage and Broker (CBOT) and Educator.
He is the creator of the Social Benefit Blockchain Protocol Stack and the Undiscovered Story “Earn and Learn” Cryptocurrency Game currently in Beta as of May 2019.
Undiscovered Story celebrates the achievements of Girls and Women throughout history and is an On-Chain and Off-Chain Progressive Web Application built utilizing Stellar Smart Contracts, Heroku and Firebase.
He is a Blockchain/Cryptocurrency advisor to Adsana.io (Canine Cancer Research) to Bridgit.io (Decentralized Search) and is developing a World Refugee App for Reboot and Fiddler On The Roof-Yiddish NY to be released in Aug 2019.
Gregory has also developed and managed media, technology, and education projects in Uganda, Tanzania, and Europe with and for the incredible Dr. Jane Goodall, and for and with the world renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in France, Germany, and the USA.
He is an award-winning filmmaker who has been invited to speak on United Nations panels in New York and Vienna, at Stanford University and at the Googleplex in Mountainview Calif.
Gregory also developed a Civic Journalism, Media Literacy and Global / Environmental Education program for NGO´s and The Jane Goodall Institute. The program trained thousands of students to utilize technology and media to educate the public about social, environmental and geopolitical issues.
Undiscovered Story App https://undiscoveredstory.com/
Linkedin Gregory Aka Blockchaindude
Ayman Afzal, Senior Lead Backend Developer
Melissa Sutor, Advisor
Nikita Mittal, Senior Lead Clientside Developer
Ayshwarya Shyam, Senior Lead UI/UX Developer
Uday Seethamsetty, Senior Blockchain Solution Architect
Shantel Brooks, Marketing Manager (USA Social Media)
Colin Stewart, Advisor & Holochain Architecture
Colin is a respected member of the Holochain regenerative agriculture team, who has ported the DH Market Maker app to Holochain over two days in July 2018. He is an Blockchain (DLT), and Holochain (DHT) expert, and an Agriculturalist with academic experience in genetics and agricultural economics.
He has an extensive network of influencers in organic agriculture communities in the Midwest, West Coast, and Pacific Northwest as well as in the technical community.
Dave Room, Advisor
Specialties: Distributed ledger technology, Blockchain, Wisdom Tech, Collective Intelligence, Augmented reality, transformational entertainment, applied storytelling, story sculpting, narrative analysis, breathing, improvisation, inspiration, resilience, sustainability, performance measurement, process improvement.
Jason Huffnagle, Content Manager
Jay Williams, Advisor
He has a proven track record, having overseen over 200 well known theatrical marketing campaigns (including the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and many others) with box office totals of several billion dollars.
He previously served as the President of KO Paper Products, the production company founded by mega writer/producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci who launched the Transformers and Star Trek franchises in addition to numerous leading films and television programs.
LOC’s recently produced episodes for the “Walking Dead” franchise , has earned them an Emmy Award nomination in July 2018.
Jorge Rodriquez, Smart Contract Security
Justin Smith PHD, CTO Blockchain / AI Developer
He has spent the last 20 years working to address issues related to social justice and climate change using and now is combining blockchain, DLT and artificial intelligence to construct a new financial system, one that values people, the environment, and scientific advancement.
He holds a Masters degree in International Development Economics from St. Marys University. Justin completed his PhD in 2013 at WSU. His doctoral research focused on the influence of ethical value in driving consumer decision making. Justin was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University funded by the EPA.
Kiran Paturi, Software Engineer
Rachel Jim, Advisor
In a nutshell, Rachel is a reverse growth hacker. She identifies a problem or process that is causing pain to customers, then helps companies become better versions of themselves by offering services from startups or individuals who can provide a solution.
She is an advocate for developing TRUST with transparency for the “right” reasons, and encourages “SMART” people to create VALUE with their relationship capital (if mobile phones can do it, so can people!).
Rachel is a “Human API” and actively collaborates with Web 3.0 platforms and marketplaces to fractionalize the trade of digital proprietary. Her aim is to culture a micro-segment of society who co-create delightful experiences by activating digital tokens as assets.
She adopts the cooperative framework as a core foundation for developing decentralized economies of frictionless transactions when engaging with trusted brands. She supports ventures by curating mutually beneficial partnerships, product design, research and market scoping, visual creative, crowdfunding campaigns, journalism and content writing.
Vivek Chaturvedi, Chief Innovation Officer
Yusuph Masanja, Advisor
For years Yusuph worked as the Regional Coordinator for the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, facilitating cross-cultural programs with International Volunteer program by working closely with volunteers coming from the United States, Canada, the UK, Germany and Australia.
Yusuph earned his Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the Association of Business Executives, focusing on Project Management. Yusuph is also a graduate of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), the Shift Network – Peace Ambassador Program and the Creative Enterprise (a program by the British Council and Nesta).
Shay Awogbile, Graphic Designer
Visual design is his expertise, and that is what he brings to the table at WIRD. Since studying architecture and industrial design, Shay has worked in different design positions and is now a design and brand strategy consultant for startups in the New York area.
When he is not working on a branding or web design project, you can find him designing children’s books, playing billiards or reading about cutting-edge technology, innovation, and novel business practices.
Azhar Bahrainwala, UI/UX/PM (WIRD World)
Clifford Chapman III, Advisor
He’s responsible for investor relations, strategic partnerships, and corporate partnerships with sports franchises (FIFA, FIBA, LA LIGA, CBA) across Asia and Europe. Clifford began his IT & Professional Services Consulting career with Kirloskar Inc. a 6-Billion-dollar offshore Software Engineering Company out of Bangalore India, where he quickly rose through the ranks and became VP US Operations. He co-launched two tech companies/incubators investing in woman owned SaaS startups.
Wild Idea Research and Development (WIRD) is a public benefit company focused on building products that enable the creation of positive, community-led initiatives and content. Using decentralized technologies, we seek to create real connections between people and are achieving this through community-geared products, including our trivia game, social benefit token, various protocols, and a planned social good, social media platform.