Welcome, fellow pioneers.
I am Rahim Taghizadegan and have been on the board of our foundation since the beginning. I have now assumed the role of president to help sharpen the profile and enhance the reach of our work.
Titus Gebel and Marc-Felix Otto remain on our board. Titus will focus on developing new Free Private Cities with our entrepreneurial arm Tipolis, while Marc-Felix will focus on potential projects closer to our foundation’s home.
I will focus on building the ground for this most exciting new industry of our lifetimes – the industry of living together. I aim to develop the Free Private Cities Foundation into a neutral platform to foster synergies and learnings between all new projects and educate the interested public about the importance and role of Free Private Cities.
I have a diverse background in economics, technology, and investment, and have a very down-to-earth approach to this industry, while still being able to convey the excitement and passion necessary to build future cities. Please help me transform the foundation into the pioneering force needed to prepare the ground for sustainable free private cities by sharing our content on social media or by helping us finance a first project (see below). For an introduction, see this recent interview about Free Private Cities.
New Director of the Foundation
I’m pleased to announce that Tudor Iliescu has become the new managing director of the foundation. Growing up in Romania after the fall of communism, he witnessed first-hand how much damage can be caused by inflation, and how competition and markets can improve lives.
After getting a degree in European Studies, Tudor lived and worked in countries such as Portugal, Poland, Mongolia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Panama, and travelled to many more. For the past decade, Tudor has worked as a tech entrepreneur, building mobility and social apps that enable more individual liberty.
Advocating for sustainable urban development, and seeing many sound initiatives fail, Tudor realized incentives matter more than intentions. Tudor is now convinced Bitcoin and Free Communities will shape the 21st century.
New Digital Content Lead
Peter Young has recently joined our team as digital content lead. Peter is a British national who has spent most of his career to date living and working in China in international trade and investment. He has seen first-hand the way in which the less prescriptive urban planning and construction policies of Chinese cities have helped enable the country’s rapid urbanization and improved the lives of the Chinese people.
Peter has held roles in both the public and private sectors, working for the British Embassy in Beijing, British Consulate in Wuhan and the UK’s Future Cities and Connected Places Catapult centers. Having observed the barriers to innovation that cities face due to their traditional urban models, he changed his mind on some fundamental questions related to how cities should be run. He now sees more voluntary and less majoritarian models – such as the Free Private Cities model – as the solution to many of the problems faced by cities.
Peter is helping to create content that will simplify and popularize the message of the Free Private Cities Foundation so that we can reach a wider audience. Examples of his recent work include this interview with Zaha Hadid architect Patrik Schumacher and this thread on ten principles of Free Private Cities.
We need your investment to help build an international Free Private Cities community
Are you willing and able to make Free Private Cities a reality by making a philanthropic commitment (with tax deductibility of donations) or a long-term sponsoring partnership for projects (such as advertising for a company or brand)?
We have worked out a concept for a first project, which could lay a foundation for further development of our industry with minimal capital requirements. We see the need for a digital platform that would facilitate connections between like-minded people looking to build the communities and cities of the future.
Let us call it “Free Private Communities” – a project database with an interactive world-map, giving the most comprehensive overview yet of projects in the “market for living together”. The platform would aggregate existing datasets, crowd-source from users and include manual entries from our foundation’s researchers.
We need to raise at least two Bitcoin to make this happen. Please reply to this e-mail if you can contribute in any way or have ideas about whom to approach. We are confident that being a pioneer in this space will create direct benefits for supporters and place them in a strong position to shape this young industry.
Other project ideas are also welcome. Don’t hesitate to get back to us by replying directly to this e-mail so that we can discuss details.
Many thanks in advance for your support as a pioneer for Free Private Cities,