Portuguese descendant will launch a "truly social network"

Stéphane de Freitas in New York, 2017

Stéphane de Freitas in New York, 2017

The Portuguese descendant Stéphane de Freitas created "the first truly social network." The goal is to replace money with mutual help and it will be officially launched in November in France, and in January in Portugal.

Baptized as "Indigo," the network replaces money for mutual help and it will be available to the public after a two-and-a-half-year test phase with 24,000 people, being in 2015 "the most successful crowd-funded project in France" and having received the support of Microsoft.

After being launched in France and Portugal, it will also be launched in Greece and Ivory Coast.

"I was privileged to be invited to VivaTech (Paris) earlier this year and I had the opportunity of speaking on stage shortly after Mark Zuckerberg. I announced that Indigo could be the first truly social network. Today, social networks only do 'business', but there are 600 million people that, in their daily life, may not even have access to food or clothing or basic things for their lives," Stéphane de Freitas told Lusa.

The Indigo network is based on solidarity: a member can offer a good or a service to someone in need, increasing, in return, their 'GoodVibes' quotient, which enables access to other goods and services the member might need.

"Each time a person asks for a service or an object and you give it to them, their coefficient 'GoodVibes' increases and you can also have a counterpart. The more you help associations, the more your coefficient increases. And the more that coefficient increases, the more the price of things decreases," the Portuguese descendant added.

Solidarity is a key factor in the project

In addition to France, the country where he was born and where he has worked on other social projects, Stéphane de Freitas wants to officially launch the application in Portugal and Greece due to the financial crises these countries have experienced and the spirit of solidarity they have shown, a value that he sees very alive also in Africa.

The Portuguese-descendant is also the director of the documentary À voix haute: La Force de la parole, which was nominated for the French Césars Awards 2018 in the category of "Best Documentary Film" and left a message about the importance of "knowing how to speak."

The film portrays the eloquence contest he created in a suburban district of Paris to help young people from socially disadvantaged neighborhoods to speak in public, gain confidence, and encourage dialogue between people from different backgrounds.

Stéphane considers fundamental mastering oral communication in order to counteract social violence

Meanwhile, the pedagogy "Porter sa voix" that Stéphane created, and that is portrayed in the film, has been adopted by 60 schools in France and 100 new schools are expected to adopt the program soon. The concept has been exported to other countries.

At the end of September, Stéphane de Freitas also launched the book " Porter sa voix," in France, in which he talks about the problems he had in adolescence because he was Portuguese and came from a suburb of Paris, and where he defends the importance of mastering oral communication in order to counteract social violence.