A social activist/entrepreneur's utopia of educational reform and communal living.
Hoàng Đức Minh has over the last few years made a name for himself in the world of social and environmental activism and was selected by Forbes Vietnam as one of their 30 under 30s.
We visited him to talk about his start up Wake It Up, how seeing people cry has decided his career path and being a child with many questions and few answers.
Nhà hoạt động xã hội/doanh nhân với ước mơ về cải tổ giáo dục và cuộc sống cộng đồng.
Hoàng Đức Minh đã gây dựng được tên tuổi trong giới hoạt động xã hội và môi trường. Anh được tạp chí Forbes Việt Nam lựa chọn là một trong số 30 gương mặt nổi bật dưới tuổi 30.
Câu chuyện của chúng tôi xoay quanh công ty khởi nghiệp Wake It Up của anh, việc nước mắt của những người xung quanh đã quyết định con đường sự nghiệp của anh thế nào và về tuổi thơ với nhiều câu hỏi mà chỉ có rất ít câu trả lời.
Wake It Up
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This is Vietnam’s Renovation Generation. Sonic portraits of young minds re-shaping the country’s future.
In episode 14 we visit the entrepreneur Hoàng Đức Minh who was selected by Forbes Vietnam as one of 30 under 30. We talk about his utopia of living in harmony with all his friends and doing nothing and how education could benefit from a using a variety of teaching approaches.
[atmo - We have no idea where we are going. So we could be on our way to get murdered right now. We are just going to a stranger’s house and the only reason we trust him is cause he is an activist.]
My name is Minh. I am 26, I am the founder of Wake It Up, a platform for the social activists.
Minh’s company Wake It Up is a start up in its early phases. It is a combination of crowd funding and a platform, which allows social and environmental activists to connect with supporters and sponsors. Minh has experienced some shortcomings of social media platforms. So his website does three things:
One: it counts active supporters
It's not like Facebook, you can have like 60,000 people like your fan page, but you don't know who are they, where are they from. It's really hard. You have to pay the money just to reach the people who follow you on Facebook. So we think that we need a platform for social activists to connect with their participants.
Two: it allows easy communication between activists and their ‘likers’
…you propose a project online and you looking for a company to sponsor for the project.. they will sponsor based on the number who support the project.
And three it uses those numbers to connect projects with funders
The reason Minh got involved in social and environmental activism is not just about helping successful campaigns…
I don't want to be a hero. I don't think I can stand in front of the suffering of people around. The question about what is this world for, what is this program, this interview for, it's hard to say. No one told you the real answer right. So you need to find one for yourself...
But for me, for fun is the most important thing first. It’s hard to be fun when people are crying around you.
Even as a child Minh’s idea of fun was a little more intense than that of his peers.
I always get bored very soon. For me I don't find any meaning with playing alone and playing with the toys. I am really a social one, I need to talk, I need information and I need discussion. But no one talk to me at that time, and no one answer my question, why we need to die, why people married...
so little Minh found distraction…
My mum and my father they are scientists and they have a lot of books. My father teaching programming, I t