Motivation

I consider that each of us should show interest in the political part of things which are happening in our countries, and that we should get involved, either by direct or indirect actions. The idea is that if we don’t get involved, other persons will. And we, who have good principles and values, an open source, and a decentralised mentality, can apply these innovations in the public space, in politics

We don`t have a leader, we are the internet.

Following the 2015 tragedy at Colectiv, a nighclub were over 60 people lost their life because of corruption, people took to the streets and gathered, with accounts putting the total number at over 35,000 protesters, the largest protest since the 1989 revolution that ended communism in Romania.  

In the aftermath of the protest, the government and the corrupt mayor that made the tragedy possible resigned, and it was time to put a new government in place.

When the president of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, wanted to consult the very next day with 20 people who got to act as the representatives of civil society, all hell went loose.

People started to fight and to take sides. Some were saying that nobody should go. A lot of people were saying that they should go. Others were saying that everybody should go. People whowere friends the day before started accusing each other and saying that X should not go, because Y.

It was chaos and it was dividing people in a never before seen fashion.

In total, 5,520 persons applied to go to the consultations.

What i really disliked about this is that the consultations were first of all missing the point, and, second, that they were excluding everybody who was not living in Bucharest, meaning that 90 % of the population of Romania and all of the diaspora community would be excluded from this private meeting.

My solution was to send instead only one thing: a laptop.

“In this laptop we will have a summary of all our opinions.

Regarding the political parties, the things are clear. We don’t want any of the old political parties which are in power at the moment, and until we will organise, this will require some time”. Step by step, as somebody was saying (step by step is a book written by our president)

From our point of view, the stake of these negotiations is not in throwing one corrupt government and changing it with another. All the old political parties are the same crap”

http://www.romanialibera.ro/actualitate/eveniment/protestatarii-ii-raspund-lui-klaus-iohannis–nu-exista-lideri-ai-strazii–398669

In the end, our solution was not adopted, but at least myself and 62 other people ended up not falling into the trap and mindset of having to choose a leader.

http://www.nineoclock.ro/presidential-consultations-20-civil-society-leaders-discuss-with-president-iohannis/

In the end, i will attach a translated version of the letter we have sent to the president.

Dear president  Klaus Iohannis,

Allow me to speak on behalf of the next 62 persons :

Florin Badita Alexandru,vlasceanu theodora,Diana Luppa,Camelia Tanase,Rosca Georgiana,Adriana Florescu,Adriana Florescu,Marilena Nicolaescu,ramona dochia,stefan nosec,Mihai,IONESCU MIHAELA-CARMEN,Luana Dragu,Pop Stefan,DAVID IONUT,Lorena,Adina Lionte,butnariu constantin,Nicolae,Serban Popescu,Popescu Ionel Claudiu,Iliescu Costin,Cosmin Chirpereanu,Ovidiu,Ionut Puiu,avram ionut,Iolanda Marasescu,Florescu Maria,Peter Catalin,Calin,Sabina,EUGENIA FILIP,Mihaela Pana,Albu Mircea,Corina Tudorache,Alexandru Bradescu-Popa,Radu Marinescu,roxana alexandra popa,banica razvan,Andreea,Rusu Cristian,Eduard Volff,Nicu,Nitu Florin-Adrian,ciuntuc daniel,Diaconescu Olivian,Beatrice,Florescu Florin,Alexandru-Calin Graur,blinda flavia,BARAONECI,Tudor,Robitu,Daniel Chiriac,Mara Marnas,Isabela Tripon,Tiganciuc Ciprian,kovacs gabriela mariana,Cristina Rentea

 

These people have signed this form, after reading our proposal  https://www.facebook.com/coruptia.ucide/photos/a.417087058480205.1073741828.417077815147796/417877638401147/?type=3&theater , and decided that they wanted to be represented in the talks which will happen tomorrow afternoon by an object :

A laptop

 

Some of the people want this because of the physical distance to Bucharest (Cluj, the diaspora community), a thing that, for good motives, is a discrimination, limiting access to Romanian people who don’t live close to Bucharest.

[…]

There is a lot to talk about, we have time tomorrow, we have already started writing here :

 

https://cevremcolectiv.yrpri.org/

 

By allowing tomorrow a bike courier to deliver a laptop to the presidential palace, you will allow the people from the list above to express their opinion.

 

Have a good day,

Florin Badita  

Antibody against corruption

The project is called ANTICOR(u)P(tie).

In Romanian it can mean antibody or anti-corruption.

The aim of the group is simple, and can be seen best from the description of the group :

“We are the antibody that can spread a message, fast.

We act as an antibody, and we activate when we will see an unpopular, mean spirited or corrupt initiative that will affect the large percent of the Romanian people. We are talking only of the big, sistemic things that will produce an impact on the world. We don’t create poststhat are limited to just a particular geographic area or class of people.

After we will activate, we will write a message and everybody in the group will spread the message to their peers.

To become part of the group, you need to have at least 1000 facebook friends. At the moment, the group has 109 members.
https://www.facebook.com/coruptia.ucide/posts/418552465000331

Efficiency / process improvement

I found it really interesting when I was at a 2 days course held by Petre Bica, about process improvement. It was a course that should have cost over 1000 euros, but fortunately for me, he needed/was in need of one more participant and so I got the opportunity to participate for free when he asked the guys from CROS – Universitatea Alternativa if they could find somebody that would be interested in joining.

It was interesting that I already knew and was already doing in an intuitive manner many of the things that he mentioned there. I was not thinking them logically. After I started to also understand the logic behind, it was like I got an upgrade to my system.

I like to be efficient, I don’t like to waste time. If I have to do a repetitive task, I will try to figure out how I can automate some of the processes, how I could finish this task quicker

For example, I was hired by a company that is doing training to help them create a database with all the clients they had. The data was from 2009-2011, and we were in 2015.

It was a mammoth task, updating the data for over 7000 contacts. Almost all  the people from that list were CEO, CTO, and HR managers of the biggest companies in Romania (it will be relevant why this is important in a second)

Almost anybody who is anybody in the corporate world has a LinkedIn profile.

This means, instead of manually searching each person to see if they work at the same firm, a thing that was taking around 5 minutes per each contact, meaning 72 man days of work for all of the contacts.

So i built a program to search directly into google for the name of the person + the old workplace + the position the person held + the email address + the word “linkedin”

Then, for each person, the program extracted the first result in google, and, in 65% of the cases, it was the real linkedin profile that i was looking for, and it was extracting the updated work place of the person and the position he had now.

As an additional benefit, in the database i now also had the linkedin address for each profile that i could use in the future if i needed to further update, and that the firm could use before calling to research, so that it can do a warm approach.