Alexandre Mézard, Co-Founder & COO, Poi – Top 100 Fintech for SDG Influencers

This article features an interview with Alexandre Mézard, Co-Founder & COO, Poi Network, one of our Top 100 Fintech for SDG Influencers.

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Alexandre Mézard

This article features an interview with Alexandre Mézard, Co-Founder & COO, Poi, one of our Top 100 Fintech for SDG Influencers.

1. Tell us more about what you do and how your role or project is making an impact. How do they support the SDGs?

I am the co-founder of Poi (for Proof of Impact). Poi is an application that allows everyone to measure and value the positive impact of his daily actions. We aim to stimulate the adoption of responsible behaviors on thematics such as mobility, consumption, recycling, social engagement.

By connecting data streams coming from various impact services (platforms and mobile apps mostly) to our protocol, we transform the user data into impact data such as CO2 spare, local footprint, natural ressources saving, Social impact and convert them into POI. The POI is our impact currency and can be exchanged with charity giving or perks from partners sharing our values.

We are convinced that change comes from each of us and not because an employer or a government told us to but because we are able to understand deeply the consequences of our actions on a broader scale.

The SDGs is a huge step forward in this crucial phase of pedagogy, they are concrete  and understandable milestones to achieve. Even if we don’t use them directly in our app, they are a constant source of inspiration.

2. Why do you see Fintech and/or Blockchain in particular as an important enabler in creating a social impact?

Money is the global tale that bounds everyone. It’s our purpose to add to this tale new chapters such as good behaviors recognition and generated value redistribution. Digital payments with the help of blockchain can provide the infrastructure to make these new chapters real. As it mixes at once transaction and certification, it can easier value social and environmental individual or collective contributions. Moreover, it enables the valuation of impact data generation transforming data into a real asset for those that contributes to the greater good.

3. What are some challenges you face along the way?

Our main challenge is to go alongside the general level of maturity regarding the great social and environmental stakes to be sure to provide a very UX centered solution that marry with balance an accurate pedagogy of the consequences of our actions and accessible solutions to help each other improve. This challenge has roots amongst people and more importantly with public or private corporations because they really need to become examples to convince their stakeholders to join the positive impact movement.

4. What more do you think is needed in the ecosystem to support and facilitate creating a greater social impact?

To support a greater social impact, the ecosystem needs to have a common grid that everyone is able to read, understand and apply. Today it’s a major issue regarding the every type of organizations in every field develop is own grid generating for the better misunderstanding and for the worst inaction. Positive impact doesn’t have to take the path of complexity as the legal field once did. We all need to understand what is at stakes to be accountable of our actions and collectively improve.

5. What do you hope to see or achieve in 10 years’ time?

What I want to see in 10 years from now is not only a hope but a necessity. I want to see a world where my two kids will be more recognized and challenged by their company for their actions for the common good than for the annual revenues they contribute to make. But for that everyone needs to speak the same language.

This interview is part of a series of interviews featuring Fintech influencers who are doing work that advances our efforts in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

LATTICE80, in collaboration with FinTech4Good, presents the complete list of Top 100 Fintech for SDG Influencers who are leveraging the power of fintech and blockchain technology to create a positive impact on the future. LATTICE80 is launching our accelerator programme based in Hong Kong to help SDG-focused startups build blockchain solutions. Are you a SDG-focused startup? Click here to indicate your interest.

Disclaimer: The interviews are published on a rolling basis and the order by which they are published by no means representative of any rankings.