Driven by the experiences he's had, the people he's met, and the ideas conceived along the way, the projects Dave has been involved with all share a common foundation - to do some good, in some way, for someone. Read more about how his experiences came together to manifest in this diverse range of projects in his bio.
THE CORCOVADO PROJECT
NATURE AS A FOUNDATION FOR EXPLORATION, CREATIVITY AND COMMUNITY
In a year-long experiment to slow down, get back to basics and make room for creative impactful thinking, Dave ventured into the woods in Sussex with no goals or agenda. He lived in a small shepherds hut and spent time observing, writing, reflecting and learning from nature. He recorded his experience with weekly videos on YouTube, and garnered great support from a global online community - his 50+ vlogs received over 2 million views from more than 150 countries. That was Version 1 of Corcovado.
Version 2 builds on the foundation of using the natural world to inspire ideas that help to create meaningful outcomes. The project has gone public and encourages others to establish similar spaces that will generate a collaborative global community based on shared values. Aside from individual huts and homes, there are now four networked locations in England, Scotland, France and Spain.
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Other Links + Features:
The Malestrom: 'Living On + Off Grid with Dave Erasmus'
Cabin Porn: Shepherd Hut in Sussex
Alfie Deyes's Pointless Blog: Buying A Tiny House
Sustainable Living Blog: 'Shepherds Huts as Alternative Living'
Echo News: 'Students Try Out Off-Grid Lifestyle For Project'
TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF THE WORLD THROUGH POETIC EXPRESSION
Dave travelled around the world over the course of a year visiting 20 countries whilst researching his theory of intelligence and exploring his philosophical views.
The result was a number of poetic projects using the spoken voice as a method of expression. Dave penned over 100 poems across a 2 year period culminating in the release of 4 spoken word projects across Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube.
Dave's poetry was also featured on Filippo Landi's classical album 'Upside Down' on the track 'Boy'.
Listen to Dave's Poetry:
THE SOLVEY PROJECT
GIVING SMALL VOICES WITH BIG IDEAS THE PLATFORM TO SHARE THEIR IDEAS TO MITIGATE SOCIAL INJUSTICE
Dave, along with travel vlogger Louis Cole, launched Solvey in 2016 in a bid to search for solutions to global poverty and social injustice using the power of the internet.
The duo held and filmed discussion groups with local people across 10 countries. They used their reach on social media to raise awareness of the issues faced by these communities, encouraging the global public to come up with innovative answers. The 30-day Youtube project generated more than 2.5 million views worldwide.
In the video application process, over 150 people from 40 different countries submitted their ideas, and the top 7 received intellectual, financial and social investment to help them evolve into meaningful, impactful reality. One such idea turned into World Education Connection. See more at worldeducationconnection.org
Other Links + Features:
What's On Dubai: 'The YouTube Vloggers Turning Fame Into Philanthropy'
FACILITATING CHARITABLE GIVING FROM THE HEART USING MODERN TECHNOLOGY
Dave founded the social donation platform, Givey, in an effort to make it easier to support charitable causes. Based on the idea of creating a culture of everyday giving little but often through instant matching, the mobile platform allows users to contribute to over 20,000 causes at the touch of a button, without charging the respective charities. Dave raised $2 million of investment for the project, facilitating millions of pounds worth of real-time donations to charities across the UK.
Backed by the government innovation fund, NESTA, Givey’s success also led to Dave’s invitation to speak alongside then Prime Minister, David Cameron, a meeting with the Queen, and delivering talks through the TEDx network.
After 5 years of growth, Dave passed over CEO-ship in accordance with investor decision to pursue a lower risk growth strategy. Givey is now served by Neil Mehta and continues to support small UK charities.
Mashable: 'Donate via Tweets and Texts With Givey'
Money Saving Expert: 'Top Charity Giving Sites'
A SEARCH-ENGINE ADVERTISING COMPANY
Dave set up online marketing company, Broadplace, when he was just 19, at a time when social media was yet to exist.
In 2 and a half years, the business grew to manage £5 million of ad-spend through sponsored links on Google annually. It also employed over 20 staff in the UK and abroad where Dave had established the same model with international partners in South Africa (Clickego) and Brazil (Metafour).
Having given it the kick-start it needed, he sold the company at age 21 to pursue more socially-minded endeavours that would allow him to think globally and explore life’s broader questions.
Broadplace continues to thrive online and now has over 200 employees.
Other Links + Features:
Growth Business: 'Life After Exits'