What I am doing to get the mainstream to use and embrace bitcoin.

The biggest problem that bitcoin faces currently is the fact that anyone who is not too computer savvy or at least somewhat of a geek, faces a plethora of tedious and boring geek speak whenever they try to gather information about bitcoin on their own.

There is no source out there that is actively promoting the use of bitcoin in a friendly, simple manner that the mainstream of all ages can understand. Over a month ago, I walked into the bitcoin embassy here in downtown Montreal. They are in a large building with plenty of empty space, some fliers, leaflets, a bitcoin atm and plenty of confusing geekspeak to scare anyone off who is not already comfortable with very technical information being thrown at them.

I myself felt uncomfortable when visiting the embassy, got the cold stare from individuals on the premises and could sense tension in the air and social awkwardness. Little things like this told me that I had to take matters into my own hands and be an integral part of the major change needed to get the mainstream population interested in using bitcoin.

Armed with just barely $20 Canadian dollar value in bitcoin in my wallet one night, I decided that I needed to do something totally random and unique by using the bitcoin to buy food and give it out to homeless people. I called up a friend and told him about my idea and he thought it was great and agreed to film me as I did the deed. I picked him up and we went to a local McDonalds, I chose the most filling and cheapest burgers from their menu and ordered as many as my little balance of bitcoin could pay for. I used my bitcoin debit card to pay for the food and then left to go out and find people in need. Just across the street I seen several men huddled up on the church steps in sleeping bags. I approached them and said hello and asked if they were hungry. They were, so I handed out the burgers to them a couple each and they were so happy, their smiles and thank you's just made me feel incredible inside. I knew then and there, I had done the right thing and needed to do it over and over to keep that satisfaction going.

I put the video on YouTube and thousands of people watched it in a few days time and started to send me tips in the form of bitcoin using an awesome service called Changetip, over at Changetip.com. After figuring out how easy it was to pick up these tips, I did so and had roughly $40 worth of bitcoin from strangers that liked what I had done. Adding on some of my own bitcoin to the mix, I went back out a few days after the first time and I bought around 40 burgers this time and then went to Tim Hortons to pickup two gallons of hot coffee with many cups, creamers, sugars etc. I ventured from there to find as many homeless people that I could within a close distance to ensure the coffee stayed piping hot. After driving only a few minutes I stopped at a park and seen a large group of homeless people in horrible conditions, huddled up to protect themselves from the cold as I pulled up. I got out and handed out all the food and coffee to all these people who were so happy to eat something warm and drink some hot coffee, it was like winning the lottery to them, to me it was doing what I needed to do, the right thing! Bitcoin was being used for something good, something right...This was just the beginning, I uploaded the second video and it too got a lot of attention so I went on to make my third one. This is when Changetip Inc wrote about what I was doing on their blog http://blog.changetip.com/post/103267224589/p2p-charity-ad-elimination

For the third video I wanted it to be bigger and better of an outing, so I used whatever bitcoin I had of my own in my wallet and I had a friend send me some as well for helping him out with some things, so I just took it all and went back out, this time hitting up one of Montreal's most famous bagel shops, I bought three dozen fresh bagels right out of the wood oven then went to the Tim hortons doughnut shop and bought two big boxes of 50 timbits (doughnut holes) another couple gallons of piping hot coffee and went back to the same park I had helped the people at in the second video, this time there were many more sleeping and keeping shelter there. I seen what my random act of kindness was doing for these people in need and was proud that bitcoin had paid for everything, I did not have to spend any cold hard cash or "fiat currency" as the bitcoin community loves to label it as.

On December 24th, The largest daily French language newspaper here in Montreal published a full page story about what I have been doing with bitcoin and feeding the homeless, with their audience of upwards 550,000 readers for that edition, I was stopped everywhere I went that day and still being stopped, three days later by regular people out there that want to thank me, shake my hand and ask me how bitcoin works and how easy it would be for them to obtain it and use it in the same way that they use cash on a daily basis. Here is a link to that story http://edition-e.lejournaldemontreal.com/epaper/showlink.aspx?bookmarkid=ZA5WGK2KU397&linkid=a7a6269a-9f31-4d97-92ec-21ceb2c9d648

Everyone that I take a few moments to explain the details to, they all thank me and totally understand how to get onboard with bitcoin, since I explain to them what matters and leave all the geek speak out of it. 

Think about it... How many mainstream people out there spend time asking questions about where their paper cash money comes from? Why would they, busy people have no time to sit there and go through the technical details of cash money, they know it came from the bank, it is now in their wallet in their pocket and they can spend it on whatever they want to buy with it. So, having this very important fact in mind, I simply fill in the people I talk to about how and where they can obtain bitcoin very easily with little to No effort, how they can know how much it is worth and how and where they can spend it. I manage to explain all this to each person in a matter of only a few minutes and they leave the conversation not feeling the least bit confused and actually very interested in getting their hands on their first bitcoin wallet!

It is amazing how you can get the masses interested in something if you just take a minute or two to understand that they are not inside of your mind, they do not all have the knowledge of crypto-currently that you do, they are mostly not keen on the slang terms and keywords that are used within the crypto currency scene, this is all confusing to them, so why on earth would you want to willingly confuse someone who you are trying to get on board to use bitcoin? To me, that seems rather sadistic, more so then selfish. 

Now that I see how many people I have convinced to start using bitcoin and how they are thanking me for turning them onto it I have also started consulting local business on how easy it is to start accepting bitcoin in their stores and open up a whole new market demographic, they have no idea on how many trendy bitcoin users out there are hungry to find new places to spend their bitcoin, I am here to put those new places on the map, one business at a time until that map of places to spend your bitcoin is filled with little golden dots representing all the bitcoin friendly merchants! 

I am also currently setting up a conference that I will host here in Montreal that will be open to interested individuals who either are consumers interested in using bitcoin daily or merchants who want to accept bitcoin for their businesses. I expect it to be a packed room where I will spend some time explaining to the audience everything they need to know, all delivered in a simple and straight forward fashion, just like I do now with people in public that stop me to ask me questions about bitcoin, but this time I will be heard by a large group of people who many of them were probably interested for a long time but scared off by too much geek talk whenever they inquired else ware about bitcoin. 

I am here to be a part of a change in the making and a big part of the mass adoption of bitcoin by the mainstream, I have many reasons for standing behind bitcoin and I want many others to feel the same way about it and profit from that knowledge as much as they can!

That's all for now, thank you for reading and do not be shy to hit me up for any information, my email address is Adam@adamguerbuez.com
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