Mar 29, 2022
Many of us have heard of the term metaverse, perhaps firstly when it came to global attention in 2021 when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg publicly changed its parent company name to Meta. According to one definition, a metaverse is a network of 3D virtual worlds focused on social connection.
Meet Sam Joel, the founder of GiveTree, a virtual game world
built on top of an NFT marketplace, where a portion of every
transaction goes to a real-world charity and helps make the world a
better place. His own story is very inspiring and not like
most tech-preneurs we know. Sam originally started GiveTree as a
simple charity directory over three and half years ago, while he
was homeless and suffering from mental illness and addiction. For
most of that time, he lived in an internet cafe in Sydney Australia
& relied on the support of local charities to help him
In June 2019 the government granted him 'emergency access' to his superannuation. He accessed 'up to $ $6000 from his super & rented a room in North Bondi. That solved the shelter problem. That did not solve the mental illness and addiction problems. He really struggled with adjusting back to normal life – for example, drinking over 30 standards a day, every day as he tried to manage PTSD & mental health problems.
In April 2020 due to excessive alcohol consumption, he had a brain seizure. That was the turning point for Sam getting the medical attention he needed to make it. After being discharged from the hospital, over the course of the next few months, his mental health issues slowly started subsiding because I had stopped drinking, got a part-time job, started building new relationships, and started to become healthy again. Originally, just a simple charity directory, fast forward three years & GiveTree is now evolved into Australia's first NFT marketplace “for good”.
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