From 1988 until 2012 i know that i will never paint in my life. I just don’t have the talent i remember saying to myself.
In 2012, i participated in Lithuania in a European project where we had learned how to paint using graffiti spray painting.
It was a eye opening experience for me, because i know that i will never be able to paint because i do not had talent, or this is what i believed until i discover spray painting.But using this method i was able to produce visually pleasant paintings .I liked the technique and when i returned back in Romania i started learning more about the method and learning how to paint.
Is always good to break your own stereotype, so i decided that i will start learning other people too how to paint using this method. I found this method empowering, i remember when i first learned how to paint and i was wondering, what else i can do, but i am too afraid to try/i know that i cannot do it.
From 2012 until now i had teached over 1000 people how to paint using this method, with participants as young as 3 years old or old as 70+ years old.
I did a workshop for British Council where we had 30 deaf children that learned how to paint using this method. Being a visual method, you can apply this technique in situations where you don`t share a common language.
This methods works also with persons with autism.
2 of my apprentices are still holding workshops and trainings in Bucharest, where they further disseminate this useful and beautiful method.
I first discovered investigative journalism when I was at a 3 day training with rise project,as a activist and computer science expert.
Most of the data that the reporters at rise project deal with is received in scanned pdf or in word documents.
(Casa journalistului) The journalism house
One of the first task in that I got involved was with a word document 3500 pages long, with the list of all the betting firms in Romania.
From this I had to convert the document into a excel file, using different formulas and custom scripts that I had written.
Out of this resulted a map with all the betting places in Bucharest,crosses referenced with all the public schools in Bucharest, data obtained from openstreetmap.
With this map we were able to show that al least a dozen of the betting places were not respecting the 100 meters distance rule all betting activities have to respect, according to Romanian legislation.
For 5 years i am in charge of developing the worldwide project OpenStreetMap in Romania, via a facebook page that now have over 1300 likes and a facebook group that have over 300 members and active community.
In 2015 i had moved to Cluj-Napoca to work as a Map Analyst for Telenav, a US firm that uses OSM data.
I worked as a consultant for the World Bank, as a OpenStreetMap expert.
Why is so cool OSM ? Because it is Open-Source. We are a community of over 3 million persons from all around the globe that we want to make a free and open source map of the world.
Q: What you can do with it ?
You can find out what shop is open at 3 in the morning near you, or what pharmacy you can find open on sunday morning, at 4 am.
Over 650,000 locations have also the accessibility informations, so that if a person that is in a wheelchair want to come to Cluj-Napoca and needs to know exactly n what hotel they should check-in that is accessible for them, they can find out directly from the internet. They can see also where they can find a accessible restaurant for them, a club, etc.
You can try to see how this map looks here : http://osm24.eu/