Founder. Leader. Disruptor. Altruist.
Altruism is something that Edward DeLeon Hickman is extremely passionate about. He feels very strongly that this is his whole reason for being. He is the current frontrunner fighting the race against global poverty and structural violence, which applies to social structures or institutions that hinder people from meeting their fundamental needs.
“In the unceasing ebb and flow of justice and oppression we must all dig channels as best we may, that at the propitious moment somewhat of the swelling tide may be conducted to the barren places of life.”
–Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull House
After making his fortune in bitcoin, Edward was able to self-actualize and discover his purpose and he devised a plan to help everyone, not just himself, with his newfound wealth. As the CEO & Founder of Anatha, he is well on the way to bringing everyone above the poverty line.
The issue of poverty is something that resonates very deeply with Edward. His mother came to America to escape subjugation and was immediately forced into indentured servitude. Edward knew how it felt to grow up impoverished. Despite all of their hardships, Edward’s parents still managed to achieve the proverbial American dream of establishing their own successful startup business, enabling Edward to pursue a college education. Nothing has ever been handed to Edward. Like his parents, he worked to achieve every one of his accomplishments, including schooling. In a system of structural violence, he had to make the choice between attending an ivy league school or working for his parents and attending a lesser school.
He sees poverty as a disease that can be cured and issues like homelessness as a failure of society as a whole. He is a proud pragmatist and dreams of a world that doesn’t make charity an organized system managed by a middleman. He believes in helping people directly, so if he sees a homeless person he’ll immediately think: “let’s give him a home.” Likewise, if someone is poor, he’ll say “let’s give them value.”
Instead of a banking cartel that sits at the center of our civilization controlling everything, Edward DeLeon Hickman believes we can distribute wealth, making everyone, in a sense, their own personal bank. Instead of thinking about ways to acquire resources and make money, Edward believes we should all be helping others, which will ultimately make people rich in the process. Banking beyond banks will lift everyone up, not just the 1%. The wealthy will make money by helping the billions of other people on the planet, and they will get to live in a society with less of the natural byproduct of scarcity, such as crime and mental illness. In addition, they will be able to enjoy more artists and people of industry succeeding because they finally have the opportunity to do so.