Meet the DDC Team

We are fun-loving idealists who
love to make an impact.

Seth emoji
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CEO/Founder
Superpowers Storytelling, design, systems
Spirit EmojiSeth emoji
Secret Identity American ninja warrior
Seth
Seth
That smiley dude is Seth Blaustein. He's a filmmaker, designer, futurist and the prime mover at DDC. His journalistic storytelling has raised millions for good causes. He previously founded a theatrical futurism conference about reimagining the world for the better and a creative agency dedicated to social impact. He once swam with an octopus attached to his shoulder for 3 hours in the Pacific Ocean, rescued someone from a Great White Shark attack in the Atlantic Ocean and placed 7th in the American Ninja Warrior semi-finals. His favorite bird is the Titmouse and his preferred form of exercise is climbing trees.
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Bibi emoji
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Fundraising
Superpowers Polyglot, charm, bluntness, cooking
Spirit EmojiBibi emoji
Secret Identity Harvard cookin' girl
Bibi
Bibi
That's Bibi Kasrai. How should we put this...Bibi's kind of a badass. Once she negotiated her way out of a plane hijacking (true story), is fluent in 8 languages, and her father was a famous poet in Iran. She's a former Major Donations Executive with XPrize, Scripps and the Venter Institute. She also started her own cooking school in San Diego. At DDC she leads the major gifts strategy, because some people's version of "$1" is pretty big!
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John emoji
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CFO
Superpowers Spreadsheets, exploding Seth's brain
Spirit EmojiJohn emoji
Secret Identity Philoso-father-gizer, farmer
John
John
That's John Zdanowski. He's really good at numbers. He wrote the world's first program to solve the Rubik's cube when we was 12 and held the pole vaulting record at his high school for 20 years. He was previously the CFO of Second Life, the world's largest virtual world (with the largest virtual economy on the planet), and General Assembly (acquired in 2018). He's been married for 24 years and is a philoso-father-gizer to 4 children and 37 animals on their farm in San Diego. The miniature cows are absurdly cute.
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Harmon
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CMO
Superpowers Generating giggles, good posture
Spirit EmojiHarmon
 Brothers emoji
Secret Identity That's a secret.
Harmon Brothers
Harmon Brothers
These guys are a riot. Creators of viral ads that'll make you giggle til' you poop your pants (like Squatty Potty, Poo-Pouri and Purple Mattress). They make sure we put the "fun" in funding. Ha! See what they did there? And yes, the animatronic unicorn does attend all of our weekly meetings and makes sure Brooke brushes her teeth. He gets real concerned about that. It's weird.
Linkedin
Nick emoji
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Payments
Superpowers Team building, crypto, hugs
Spirit EmojiNick emoji
Secret Identity Techno-romantic
Nick
Nick
That's Nick Sullivan. Nick's a heart-centered innovator. By age 4 he had 23 kids. Or maybe it's at age 23 he had 4 kids 🤔. By age 14 he was a world class mountain biker. He was integral to building Krux, acquired by Salesforce, and created the world's first crypto-based tipping tool called ChangeTip (dubbed "the love button for the internet"), which was acquired by Airbnb. Nick is passionate about making an impact as effectively as possible.
Linkedin
Brooke emoji
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Partnerships
Superpowers Sailing, vetting, getting bit by animals
Spirit EmojiBrooke emoji
Secret Identity Mermaid
Brooke
Brooke
That’s Brooke Darshana. Don’t even get us started on Brooke. It’s stupid how awesome she is. She spent 17 years living at sea (really). She's a marine biologist, diver, global sailor, author and indigenous rights advocate. She's been bitten by the world's most venomous caterpillar, bungee jumped off hot air balloons, boogie boarded with Piranhas in the Amazon river, and dodged exploding lava from an erupting volcano. When she's not identifying and vetting DDC's planetary solutions, Brooke is wandering barefoot with binoculars or floating upside down to peek under the coral head. She loves noodles, dancing and climbing trees.
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Giancarllo emoji
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Lead Developer
Superpowers Coding, logic, full stack engineering
Spirit EmojiGiancarllo emoji
Secret Identity Hacker, gamer
Giancarllo
Giancarllo
That's Giancarllo Rojas, AKA the Leopard. Born and raised in the Amazon Rainforest. He wrote his first game program when he was 10. At age 12 he hacked his ISP in Brazil to give him unlimited wifi data and speed (he got busted), and at one point was a top Starcraft player in the world. If you're having fun in DDC, it's probably because those pixels were blessed by The Leopard.
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Brian Gray emoji
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CPA
Superpowers Taxes, hugs
Spirit EmojiBrian Gray emoji
Secret Identity Animal lover
Brian Gray
Brian Gray
That’s Brian J Gray, CPA. Brian loves numbers, but he is far from your typical accountant. In January 2020, at a Tony Robbins seminar, Brian helped lead a significant fundraising effort for the animals killed in the Australian bushfire. His vision was that a billion people would to unify to raise $1 billion dollars for the billion animals that had perished. With his passion for numbers and his 20 year experience with the Internal Revenue Code, Brian helps keep us in line!
Linkedin
Seth emoji
CEO/Founder
Superpowers Storytelling, design, systems
Spirit EmojiSeth emoji
Secret Identity American ninja warrior
Seth
Seth
X
That smiley dude is Seth Blaustein. He's a filmmaker, designer, futurist and the prime mover at DDC. His journalistic storytelling has raised millions for good causes. He previously founded a theatrical futurism conference about reimagining the world for the better and a creative agency dedicated to social impact. He once swam with an octopus attached to his shoulder for 3 hours in the Pacific Ocean, rescued someone from a Great White Shark attack in the Atlantic Ocean and placed 7th in the American Ninja Warrior semi-finals. His favorite bird is the Titmouse and his preferred form of exercise is climbing trees.
Linkedin
Bibi emoji
Fundraising
Superpowers Polyglot, charm, bluntness, cooking
Spirit EmojiBibi emoji
Secret Identity Harvard cookin' girl
Bibi
Bibi
X
That's Bibi Kasrai. How should we put this...Bibi's kind of a badass. Once she negotiated her way out of a plane hijacking (true story), is fluent in 8 languages, and her father was a famous poet in Iran. She's a former Major Donations Executive with XPrize, Scripps and the Venter Institute. She also started her own cooking school in San Diego. At DDC she leads the major gifts strategy, because some people's version of "$1" is pretty big!
Linkedin
John emoji
CFO
Superpowers Spreadsheets, exploding Seth's brain
Spirit EmojiJohn emoji
Secret Identity Philoso-father-gizer, farmer
John
John
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That's John Zdanowski. He's really good at numbers. He wrote the world's first program to solve the Rubik's cube when we was 12 and held the pole vaulting record at his high school for 20 years. He was previously the CFO of Second Life, the world's largest virtual world (with the largest virtual economy on the planet), and General Assembly (acquired in 2018). He's been married for 24 years and is a philoso-father-gizer to 4 children and 37 animals on their farm in San Diego. The miniature cows are absurdly cute.
Linkedin
Harmon
 Brothers emoji
CMO
Superpowers Generating giggles, good posture
Spirit EmojiHarmon
 Brothers emoji
Secret Identity That's a secret.
Harmon Brothers
Harmon Brothers
X
These guys are a riot. Creators of viral ads that'll make you giggle til' you poop your pants (like Squatty Potty, Poo-Pouri and Purple Mattress). They make sure we put the "fun" in funding. Ha! See what they did there? And yes, the animatronic unicorn does attend all of our weekly meetings and makes sure Brooke brushes her teeth. He gets real concerned about that. It's weird.
Linkedin
Nick emoji
Payments
Superpowers Team building, crypto, hugs
Spirit EmojiNick emoji
Secret Identity Techno-romantic
Nick
Nick
X
That's Nick Sullivan. Nick's a heart-centered innovator. By age 4 he had 23 kids. Or maybe it's at age 23 he had 4 kids 🤔. By age 14 he was a world class mountain biker. He was integral to building Krux, acquired by Salesforce, and created the world's first crypto-based tipping tool called ChangeTip (dubbed "the love button for the internet"), which was acquired by Airbnb. Nick is passionate about making an impact as effectively as possible.
Linkedin
Brooke emoji
Partnerships
Superpowers Sailing, vetting, getting bit by animals
Spirit EmojiBrooke emoji
Secret Identity Mermaid
Brooke
Brooke
X
That’s Brooke Darshana. Don’t even get us started on Brooke. It’s stupid how awesome she is. She spent 17 years living at sea (really). She's a marine biologist, diver, global sailor, author and indigenous rights advocate. She's been bitten by the world's most venomous caterpillar, bungee jumped off hot air balloons, boogie boarded with Piranhas in the Amazon river, and dodged exploding lava from an erupting volcano. When she's not identifying and vetting DDC's planetary solutions, Brooke is wandering barefoot with binoculars or floating upside down to peek under the coral head. She loves noodles, dancing and climbing trees.
Linkedin
Giancarllo emoji
Lead Developer
Superpowers Coding, logic, full stack engineering
Spirit EmojiGiancarllo emoji
Secret Identity Hacker, gamer
Giancarllo
Giancarllo
X
That's Giancarllo Rojas, AKA the Leopard. Born and raised in the Amazon Rainforest. He wrote his first game program when he was 10. At age 12 he hacked his ISP in Brazil to give him unlimited wifi data and speed (he got busted), and at one point was a top Starcraft player in the world. If you're having fun in DDC, it's probably because those pixels were blessed by The Leopard.
Linkedin
Brian Gray emoji
CPA
Superpowers Taxes, hugs
Spirit EmojiBrian Gray emoji
Secret Identity Animal lover
Brian Gray
Brian Gray
X
That’s Brian J Gray, CPA. Brian loves numbers, but he is far from your typical accountant. In January 2020, at a Tony Robbins seminar, Brian helped lead a significant fundraising effort for the animals killed in the Australian bushfire. His vision was that a billion people would to unify to raise $1 billion dollars for the billion animals that had perished. With his passion for numbers and his 20 year experience with the Internal Revenue Code, Brian helps keep us in line!
Linkedin

Advisors

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Tom Chi

Co-Founder, Google-X, At One Ventures

That's Tom Chi. He co-founded Google-X, is the Chairman of the Buckminister Fuller Institute, and is renowned around the world for his innovations. Tom is actively involved in creating drones that plant trees and regenerate coral reefs.
Linkedin
X

Frank Dukes

Grammy-nominated Music Producer (Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Post Malone, Adele)

That's Frank Dukes. He's a 6-time Grammy-nominated music producer. Frank has worked with artists including Camila Cabello, Post Malone, and The Weeknd. Many of his samples have been used in songs for major artists including Drake, Travis Scott, Taylor Swift, and Kanye West. Frank is passionate about directing attention to creating the biggest possible impact.
X

Kunal Sood

Xfellows, X Impact Group,Novus, TED resident, Singularity University

That ridiculously epic guy is Kunal Sood, an internationally renowned social impact strategist, investor, and entrepreneur. As the founder of We The Planet, X Fellows & NOVUS, Kunal is focused on making the impossible possible by positively disrupting the human experience. He does this by designing deeply immersive and transformational experiences partnering with iconic leaders and organizations worldwide that are focused on solving humanity's global grand challenges. His summits often include heads of state, celebrities, and fortune 50 companies.
Linkedin
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Magatte Wade

20 power women of Africa - Forbes, Skin is Skin

Magatte Wade is passionate about entrepreneurship and changing the perception of Africa.  She was born in Senegal, educated in France, and launched her entrepreneurial career in San Francisco. Magatte is the founder and CEO of Tiossan, a high-end skin care products line based on indigenous Senegalese recipes and ingredients. She was named a Young Global Leader by the Davos Global Economic Forum as well as one of the “20 Youngest Power Women in Africa” by Forbes in 2011. In 2014 she was featured on the cover of Forbes Afrique for being the person in Francophone Africa having the greatest positive impact on the future. She also serve on the Advisory Board of the Whole Planet Foundation, the private foundation of Whole Foods Market.
Linkedin
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Jordan Lejuwaan

Forbes 30 under 30. Founder Futurism.com, Gravity Blanket

That radical dude is Jordan Lejuwaaan. Forbes named him 30 Under 30 in 2017. He dropped out of college in 2009 and immediately got into the business of creating amazing things at the intersection of social impact and technology. He's the Co-founder of Futurism.com, Gravity Blankets, ZeroSpace, Slash and HighExistence. Dreamer, lover, coder, designer, believer in the potential of mankind
Linkedin
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Andy Orgel

Founding Exec @ MTV, CBS, A&E, Nickolodeon, Kadelyst

That's the one and only Andy Orgel. Andy is a highly regarded media and entertainment executive and thought leader, known for his deep start-up experience, creation of disruptive, global content brands, building best-in-class teams and scaling businesses through on- and off-line marketing and distribution channels. He possesses a keen understanding of the relationship of technology and consumer behavior. And, he is a pioneer and architect of interactive and digital media and the evolving, multi-screen universe.
Linkedin
X

Christopher Schenk Ph.D.

Onnit, OPUS, WizKru Agency

Christopher has been the “wizard behind the curtain” that helps brands turn ideas into impact with visual storytelling and a proven, repeatable manufactured virality process. With over 14 years experience in marketing, branding, content, and storytelling, and having generated over $150M in sales for his clients, Christopher knows how to take brands from ideation to a fully built-out online presence and revenue generating machine. He has worked with notable projects including Onnit Labs, Flow Genome Project, Joe Rogan, Gary Vaynerchuk, JP Sears, Envision Festival, PlayAlchemist, and others.
Linkedin
X

Nancy Giordano

World renowned FuturistPlayBig, Inc, KungF AI, Holo

That's Nancy Giordano! Nancy is recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists, she has spent her career building, shaping and guiding a portfolio of $50 billion worth of major global brands. With growing conviction of what will (and needs to) shift, executives value her unique abilities to sense and synthesize the terrain ahead and guide those ready to build more relevant and sustainable solutions.
Linkedin
X

George Orbelian

Buckminster Fuller Institute,Walter Munk Institute

That's George! George Orbelian is an artist / creative, lifelong motorcyclist, masters swimmer, lifelong surfer, surfboard design expert, author, environmentalist and recipient of the Google Earth Hero recognition. George is an active member of the board of the Buckminster Fuller Institute and is passionate about identifying and sharing comprehensive solutions that allow us to regenerate the eco systems that sustain all life on this planet.
Linkedin
X

Dr. Tia Kansara

Replenish Earth, Advisor to The Economic Times

That's Dr. Tia Kansara. She's worked with some of the most prestigious companies and governments across 90 countries implementing sustainability practices that actually work. Tia is the youngest person to ever receive the Royal Institute British Architects honorary fellowship, and is an advisor to The Economic Times.
Linkedin
X

Chad Frischmann

Lead Researcher, Project Drawdown

That's Chad Frischmann. He was the lead research director for Project Drawdown, a compilation of the most substantive and data-driven solutions to climate change, integrating insights from more than 200 scholars, scientists, policymakers, business leaders, and activists.
Linkedin
X

Lauren Fletcher Ph.D.

NASA, Singularity University

That's Lauren Fletcher. She invented drone tree planting 🤯. He’s a former NASA / Lockheed Martin engineer with a PhD in Physics from Oxford. He was also a founding faculty member at Singularity University. No big deal.
Linkedin
X

Capt. Charles Moore

Discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

That’s Captain Charles Moore. He’s the oceanographer and researcher that literally discovered the North Pacific Trash Gyre, known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” His 1999 study showed that there was six times more plastic in this part of the ocean than the zooplankton that feeds ocean life.
Linkedin
X

Jeremy McKane

OCN.ai, Artist, Aerobotics

That epic dude is Jeremy McKane. He's a prolific artist, innovator and the CEO of OCN.ai, an autonomous network of marine robots that automate enforcement and protection of the seas. Jeremy's work is dedicated to protecting 30% of the world's oceans by 2030.
Linkedin
X

Christopher Verlinden Ph.D.

U.S Costal Guard, Applied Ocean Sciences

That's Christopher Verlinden. He knows a lot about the ocean. Christopher is a Ph.D. in Oceanography and an expert in geospatial information systems, remote sensing, environmental response planning, and ocean acoustics, including novel sonar techniques and methods. He was a professor of marine science and geospatial science at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. He managed joint government research initiatives with the U.S. Navy, NOAA, and NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency) and also taught seamanship and navigation aboard the Academy’s coastal sail training vessels.
Linkedin

Tom Chi

Co-Founder, Google-X, At One Ventures

X
That's Tom Chi. He co-founded Google-X, is the Chairman of the Buckminister Fuller Institute, and is renowned around the world for his innovations. Tom is actively involved in creating drones that plant trees and regenerate coral reefs.
Linkedin

Frank Dukes

Grammy-nominated Music Producer (Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Post Malone, Adele)

X
That's Frank Dukes. He's a 6-time Grammy-nominated music producer. Frank has worked with artists including Camila Cabello, Post Malone, and The Weeknd. Many of his samples have been used in songs for major artists including Drake, Travis Scott, Taylor Swift, and Kanye West. Frank is passionate about directing attention to creating the biggest possible impact.
Linkedin

Kunal Sood

Xfellows, X Impact Group,Novus, TED resident, Singularity University

X
That ridiculously epic guy is Kunal Sood, an internationally renowned social impact strategist, investor, and entrepreneur. As the founder of We The Planet, X Fellows & NOVUS, Kunal is focused on making the impossible possible by positively disrupting the human experience. He does this by designing deeply immersive and transformational experiences partnering with iconic leaders and organizations worldwide that are focused on solving humanity's global grand challenges. His summits often include heads of state, celebrities, and fortune 50 companies.
Linkedin

Magatte Wade

20 power women of Africa - Forbes, Skin is Skin

X
Magatte Wade is passionate about entrepreneurship and changing the perception of Africa.  She was born in Senegal, educated in France, and launched her entrepreneurial career in San Francisco. Magatte is the founder and CEO of Tiossan, a high-end skin care products line based on indigenous Senegalese recipes and ingredients. She was named a Young Global Leader by the Davos Global Economic Forum as well as one of the “20 Youngest Power Women in Africa” by Forbes in 2011. In 2014 she was featured on the cover of Forbes Afrique for being the person in Francophone Africa having the greatest positive impact on the future. She also serve on the Advisory Board of the Whole Planet Foundation, the private foundation of Whole Foods Market.
Linkedin

Jordan Lejuwaan

Forbes 30 under 30. Founder Futurism.com, Gravity Blanket

X
That radical dude is Jordan Lejuwaaan. Forbes named him 30 Under 30 in 2017. He dropped out of college in 2009 and immediately got into the business of creating amazing things at the intersection of social impact and technology. He's the Co-founder of Futurism.com, Gravity Blankets, ZeroSpace, Slash and HighExistence. Dreamer, lover, coder, designer, believer in the potential of mankind
Linkedin

Andy Orgel

Founding Exec @ MTV, CBS, A&E, Nickolodeon, Kadelyst

X
That's the one and only Andy Orgel. Andy is a highly regarded media and entertainment executive and thought leader, known for his deep start-up experience, creation of disruptive, global content brands, building best-in-class teams and scaling businesses through on- and off-line marketing and distribution channels. He possesses a keen understanding of the relationship of technology and consumer behavior. And, he is a pioneer and architect of interactive and digital media and the evolving, multi-screen universe.
Linkedin

Christopher Schenk Ph.D.

Onnit, OPUS, WizKru Agency

X
Christopher has been the “wizard behind the curtain” that helps brands turn ideas into impact with visual storytelling and a proven, repeatable manufactured virality process. With over 14 years experience in marketing, branding, content, and storytelling, and having generated over $150M in sales for his clients, Christopher knows how to take brands from ideation to a fully built-out online presence and revenue generating machine. He has worked with notable projects including Onnit Labs, Flow Genome Project, Joe Rogan, Gary Vaynerchuk, JP Sears, Envision Festival, PlayAlchemist, and others.
Linkedin

Nancy Giordano

World renowned FuturistPlayBig, Inc, KungF AI, Holo

X
That's Nancy Giordano! Nancy is recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists, she has spent her career building, shaping and guiding a portfolio of $50 billion worth of major global brands. With growing conviction of what will (and needs to) shift, executives value her unique abilities to sense and synthesize the terrain ahead and guide those ready to build more relevant and sustainable solutions.
Linkedin

George Orbelian

Buckminster Fuller Institute,Walter Munk Institute

X
That's George! George Orbelian is an artist / creative, lifelong motorcyclist, masters swimmer, lifelong surfer, surfboard design expert, author, environmentalist and recipient of the Google Earth Hero recognition. George is an active member of the board of the Buckminster Fuller Institute and is passionate about identifying and sharing comprehensive solutions that allow us to regenerate the eco systems that sustain all life on this planet.
Linkedin

Dr. Tia Kansara

Replenish Earth, Advisor to The Economic Times

X
That's Dr. Tia Kansara. She's worked with some of the most prestigious companies and governments across 90 countries implementing sustainability practices that actually work. Tia is the youngest person to ever receive the Royal Institute British Architects honorary fellowship, and is an advisor to The Economic Times.
Linkedin

Chad Frischmann

Lead Researcher, Project Drawdown

X
That's Chad Frischmann. He was the lead research director for Project Drawdown, a compilation of the most substantive and data-driven solutions to climate change, integrating insights from more than 200 scholars, scientists, policymakers, business leaders, and activists.
Linkedin

Lauren Fletcher Ph.D.

NASA, Singularity University

X
That's Lauren Fletcher. She invented drone tree planting 🤯. He’s a former NASA / Lockheed Martin engineer with a PhD in Physics from Oxford. He was also a founding faculty member at Singularity University. No big deal.
Linkedin

Capt. Charles Moore

Discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

X
That’s Captain Charles Moore. He’s the oceanographer and researcher that literally discovered the North Pacific Trash Gyre, known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” His 1999 study showed that there was six times more plastic in this part of the ocean than the zooplankton that feeds ocean life.
Linkedin

Jeremy McKane

OCN.ai, Artist, Aerobotics

X
That epic dude is Jeremy McKane. He's a prolific artist, innovator and the CEO of OCN.ai, an autonomous network of marine robots that automate enforcement and protection of the seas. Jeremy's work is dedicated to protecting 30% of the world's oceans by 2030.
Linkedin

Christopher Verlinden Ph.D.

U.S Costal Guard, Applied Ocean Sciences

X
That's Christopher Verlinden. He knows a lot about the ocean. Christopher is a Ph.D. in Oceanography and an expert in geospatial information systems, remote sensing, environmental response planning, and ocean acoustics, including novel sonar techniques and methods. He was a professor of marine science and geospatial science at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. He managed joint government research initiatives with the U.S. Navy, NOAA, and NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency) and also taught seamanship and navigation aboard the Academy’s coastal sail training vessels.
Linkedin

We keep the trains running, but the real team is you...

How it all started...

In 2016 Futurist & Producer Seth Blaustein created a video that garnered 28 milllion views and raised $900,000 for charity. Ever since then he wondered: "What if we had asked all of those viewers for just $1 and made it really easy to give?".

Then, in late 2019 Seth was producing a conference when a speakerʼs laptop was accidentally run over by a car. Seth created a QR code and made a short announcement on stage that if everyone donated just $1 we could buy her a new laptop.

Within an hour over $1,200 was raised and a new and better laptop was purchased without any financial burden on those who donated.

Seth was convinced that micro-donations at a larger scale could be a powerful tool for accomplishing BIG goals for all of humanity.

Dollar Donation Club was born to harness the full potential of micro-giving at scale!

If we all give a litte, we can do the "impossible" and make pigs fly!

Founder & CEO,
Seth Blaustein