Pierre Stanley Baptiste

The Art Of Leveraging Scarcity

Month: August 2016

How To Leverage Poverty Without Going Insane

Four years ago on a hot summer day, my mom looked at my sister and I and said: I guess we are not going to eat tonight because there’s nothing to cook. We politely nodded and went straight to bed. While laying on my bed something happened to me and I said:  no, we are not going to sleep like that. I went out in the dark found some pine cones, used a plastic bag to light up the pines. I made the fire and boiled some kazoo that a friend has sent us.  This is not something people usually eat boiled, but we enjoyed it, laughed about it and hoped that one day our lives would be better. To go through these terrible tough times, I trained myself to live in two worlds at once and create an anchor to keep me focus on what I want in life. So, here are my two ways to leverage poverty without going  insane. read more

Prezan 2016 : Let’s Send Them To School

Did you ask any NGO or the government? That was my friend’s question when I told him about my social campaign “Prezan 2016”.

No I did not, I am looking to start a grassroots movement driven by individuals, not by the government nor an NGO. Our goal is to connect busy individuals who want to make a difference with those in need.

Prezan 2016 aims to provide school supplies to 500 ( double of last year) students in Haiti with the support of individuals all over the world so that students go to school instead of staying at home out of shame. Technology reduces distance, so we are using social media power to create an engaging movement, effectively building a tribe that believes in the power of education. Creating videos and inviting people to participate via challenges and sharing social posts are some of the ways we are making the campaign fun and engaging. read more

HaitiNumérique2030 : 22 big takeaways

A futuristic vision of Haiti

It was 5:05 pm when I got to the Royal Oasis Hotel to take part at HaitNumérique2030. At the end of the stairs I met a classmate whom I haven’t seen in 7 years who quickly asked, “Are you having a session at the conference?” I politely replied, “no.” Then, we discussed about technology and social media in Haiti. After a few minutes, I went on to network with some folks who like my work online. It felt good to know your work is making a difference. But we aren’t here to talk about my feelings (lol). read more

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