Billions in Change

Billions in Change

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Entrepreneur Manoj Bhargava unexpectedly found himself a billionaire with the worldwide success of his own concoction - the popular 5-hour Energy drink. Possessing more money than he could ever hope to spend on himself, he set out to discover ways in which his wealth could assist him in making a meaningful and lasting difference in the world. The inspiring new documentary titled Billions in Change shows the fruits of these efforts.

The film chronicles the journey to achieving his lofty goals starting with the recruitment of an eclectic team of designers, inventors and innovative thinkers. Their collective mission is to create simple solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

Take, for instance, the scarcity of one of our planet’s most precious resources in the poorest segments of the globe: electricity. Half the world exists with little to no electricity, and this presents severe limitations to the quality and longevity of life in those regions.

In response to this profound challenge, his team has constructed a stationary hybrid bicycle which produces energy just through the act of pedaling. Simple in design and function, this extraordinary invention can provide badly needed electricity even under the most extreme of conditions. Best of all, the rudimentary and easy-to-use technology can be integrated into the poorest areas and produces absolutely no pollution or other ill effects to the environment.

Billions in Change also portrays his company's quest to produce clean water, an effort that could transform the plague of drought, illness and food shortages across the globe.

During the film's exploration of these mammoth efforts, Bhargava's unique philanthropic philosophy comes into focus. It all begins with the talented people with which he surrounds himself. His team is not comprised of corporatized types. Instead, these are innovative minds who refuse to recognize and be ruled by the limitations of common thinking. Empowered by the freedom to create the simplest and most practical solutions to complex dilemmas, they might just have the power to improve living conditions throughout the world. The underlying theme of the film lies not only in its call to other members of the elite class to follow Bhargava's example, but also in its belief that we all have the power to affect positive change in our own modest ways.

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john sweeney
john sweeney
5 months ago

just goes to show g
how much profit is being made by manufactuers,no wonder we have a cost of living crisis.

Jim
Jim
1 year ago

This video is private! What? I cannot watch it.

Sasha
Sasha
3 years ago

Manoj, please look into soil (= life) regeneration!

Walter
Walter
4 years ago

Very helpful

hank franz
hank franz
4 years ago

Manoj, your intent is admirable but, please focus on THE fundamental problem of OVERPOPULATION. Making life easier for Third World people only allows them to continue mindless and rampant breeding.

warsen
warsen
4 years ago

holy does anyone have the answer key to this my name is warsen i live in green bay

Raymond Cassius Sananda
Raymond Cassius Sananda
4 years ago

It would be great to meet Entrepreneur Manoj Bhargava once or many times in my life journey. About a loving world project. Maybe, who knows. But at least he is beautiful, fantastic.
Big thanks from here Manoj Bhargava that you are here in the world.
Take Care
Raymond Cassius Sananda
Denmark

NotSoStup1dKitty
NotSoStup1dKitty
4 years ago

It absolutely is overpopulated. Cutting human population in half will decrease output of CO2 and other harmful chemicals by more than 70%.

Kitty
Kitty
4 years ago

The world is not overpopulated people!! They're once again feeding you porkies.
Do the math and you'll see for yourselves

D.Master
D.Master
6 years ago

I am tired of reading these stupid comments.
1. The man already stated numerous times that he was doing things the simple way.

2. Chuck off in you mama because he is doing and all you guys doing is chatting.
3. The bicycle pedal electricity seems like a excellent idea. Why haven't scientist taken up the idea more seriously? Oh! Maybe they can't profit from something you won't pay for again for the rest of your life.

namadlohed
namadlohed
6 years ago

In reply to Johns comments regarding decreasing the world population as one of his solutions to the worlds problems, I think he should consider not just knocking one person/people who are trying to help with their own money, I think that if his negative view if over population is one of his concerns to sort out world problems he has it in his power to end his miserable existence (step out in front of passing train or whatever) and he will solve a little part of his misunderstanding of the real problems in our worln

Albert
Albert
6 years ago

By the way the increased blood flow can be got from exercise

Albert
Albert
6 years ago

Thanks. It is true that water and energy are needed in Iraq now. You people say bad things about this hero. When do we get the machines?

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

Just another big lie of capitalism... The GOOD rich people will help the humanity! We are not slaves and we are not idiots.... at least not all of us

bullshit
bullshit
7 years ago

okey.... This may sound harsh but c'mon? Who the **** actually belives a word this scammers says? He talks all about innovations but nothing presented in the video are? except maybe the last one wich i don't know anything about...

A human powered generator? It's been done and no one cares unless you're a some kind of new age hipster and think the world is made out of flowers.
They talk like they are the one who discovered graphene but it's was discover back in 2004, it holds some interesting propertis but it's nothing new.
Taking energy from the earth? Aldready in use all over the earth to heat houses etc, but not in the scale thay're talking about but still no new thinking there as they want you to belive.
Last but not least, distilled water??!??!?!? WHAT??? humans have known to distill water for THOUSAND of years, and they make it sound like a revolutionising idea just becuse they run the vapor tubes through the heating chamber...

Okey i'm drunk and tired but this video made me madbecuse it takes away the foundings from REAL scientist who actually can make a differnce.

Teedy
Teedy
7 years ago

Yes, Manoj really understands simple physics. Once these "poor" people will be willing to power a light in their house by biking some first world bike that doesn't go anywhere, it's clear that the worlds problems will be solved. "The poor wouldn't be poor"

Entropy is our limit, the Sun is your God.

keith b
keith b
7 years ago

the world is a better place for what manoj does.
hats off to a true human hero.

mike m
mike m
7 years ago

this man is what God had in mind when God planed out evolution

Keith
Keith
7 years ago

Concerned with raising energy from the earths core. I don't doubt that there is lots of heat there. There was lots of oil at one point, now there's not. My concern is from this transference of heat and the cooling of the core. What will this do to the earth in the long term. They say that ice caps are melting. Will this cause them to melt faster. Will there be more environmental effects. What effects are our desire for more energy going to lead to.....

CommonSense
CommonSense
7 years ago

Suspiciously good intentions. The whole 5-hour energy thing was a blatant ripoff to consumers fueled by heavy marketing/manipulation, one has to wonder if Manoj has a guilty conscience from it's success and is trying to atone for deceiving the public. Much like Bill Gates recent philantrophy knowing he stole programs from his peers and copyrighted them into Windows. Either way, it is good for Manoj to at least attempt to give back to humanity regardless if his ideas are somewhat rudimentary.

Nessim
Nessim
7 years ago

A man is watching. A blind man falls of a cliff. Who is to blame ? The blind man ? Or the man watching ? Simply brilliant.

Nessim
Nessim
7 years ago

This is such a good documentary which informs you on how business can benefit humanity in so many different ways. Inspirational.

winfred
winfred
7 years ago

love your approach to some of these problems. willbe on my way farmington in acouple of weeks to share my research to make the deserts of the world feed the coming world.

Wilma Heiskala
Wilma Heiskala
7 years ago

But yeah it's not like it hasn't been invented before and it doesn't help to put money into inventions, but to get them to these people. Also maybe a more practical, realistic way to get energy to poor spots in Africa in present day, is f.ex a urine fueled generator invented by the 4 teenage girls in Nigeria, than your bike. But i could have one.

Wilma Heiskala
Wilma Heiskala
7 years ago

Cool dude, loved the bike!

Gotta be careful with our ocean life though, it is in trouble as it is. The agriculture needs huge quantities of water. If the industry keeps growing, added with direct human consumption and excessive pumping of water from the oceans, the oceans will not be able to keep up and absorb the amounts of co2 produced by the industry, which it's struggling with already. Am all for your ideas, but questions of sustainability have to be answered beneath the sea also, not solely on land. We can't afford to puncture the lungs of this planet.

But hey, once you get that into consideration, you'll be flying!

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

I liked this, hard to be know whether any of the 'inventions' discussed are going to make any difference but it's good to see someone at least giving it a go. Hopefully this video will inspire others to do same and (eventually) we'll solve these problems.

Mary
Mary
8 years ago

I think this is a great idea. Who else is doing something like this? Shame on those making negative comments instead of providing suggestions in positive ways that would add to the discussion or solve a problem where they see it. I wish these people will rethink their posts and redo them! Join the movement. Your brilliant brain can be a put to good use! Your idea are no doubt valid!

Pankaj Jena
Pankaj Jena
8 years ago

Mr. Manoj is simple and profound. I loved his approach and ultimately one of the best human being i have heard in recent times.

Matt
Matt
8 years ago

Some people think people in the poorest village will enjoy this stationary bike, go ask them first. Don't impose dumbass technologies that are based on ignorant assumptions. Fitness is not a burning problem in rural India.

Matt
Matt
8 years ago

The bike is absurd because solar PV is already better in every regard. It is cheAper to buy, requires no human input, and lasts 50 years with no moving parts. The bike will break down quickly and require maintenAnce and poor hungry people in very hot countries will avoid their turn pedalling the damn thing. We can tell he made billions on a very unhealthy stupid product and carries that intellect with him. Manoj just ask around first and you will find answers.

john
john
8 years ago

capitalistic solution for capitalistic problems, completely wrong (and useless) approach. need i say that this will change absolutely nothing in the world? and that's me being optimistic!!!

john
john
8 years ago

so with 4 billion dollars, all you came up with is this bike??? tesla wake up, please!!!

john
john
8 years ago

it is sad, that so many people are fascinated that only one guy with money is tryin to do something -that should have become standard a long time ago, yet no one cares, it's NOT ENOUGH JUST TO LIKE THIS DOCUMENTARY, AND IT'S NEVER GONNA BE ENOUGH -as long as you live -this planet wont change, how can you ppl not see that???? and please dont tell me 'i am a vegetarian' i mean thats very good, but it is simply NOT ENOUGH!!!! you must think that only you can save this planet, and act accordingly, all the time and in all spheres of your life, it's a hard job, it's a really hard job, but someone got to do it, everything else are excuses and bull

john
john
8 years ago

c'mon what poor have obtained your bike??? you got a tackle only one problem that has two parts -world population should decrease drastically, not stop BUT DECREASE, and ppl have to become more aware that that is the only problem in the long run, of course the only way to do that is to raise awareness about our planet, ourselves, and fellow beings on the planet (animals and their habitat), everything else is bullshit and prolonging the agony, and in that sense -COUNTERPRODUCTIVE!!!

James Thomas
James Thomas
8 years ago

I have a new hero. Truly one of the most inspiring documentaries.
If you have a genuine progressive bone in your body that yearns for the betterment of all people and planet, you will love this.

loretta
loretta
8 years ago

In reply to the person who says he's just doing it for egoist attention. I disagree, but even if it were true, it's not becoming a serial killer for it! I would love to try the blood circulation machine!! Inspiring, wonderful documentary!

Karen Nauyokas
Karen Nauyokas
8 years ago

This makes me cry with happiness for the future! Thank you for making me cry. Successful entreprenuers, engineers and people with good hearts are what will bring us to a higher level in this life!

Ely Slade
Ely Slade
8 years ago

Reading these comments, it is fairly easy to see who would watch the blind man fall into the well. I think a few of the negative commenters might be capable of pushing someone into the well.

I am all for someone who wants to spend his own money helping others. He seems to be offering a "hand up", not a "hand out". Maybe he has some ideas on fixing our corrupt political system!

Nicky Hopper
Nicky Hopper
8 years ago

The people who can afford them should rack up enough electricity to power there homes for a month then borrow them to the people who can't

Money saved all over people getting healthy = win win

Das Gunt
Das Gunt
8 years ago

This doco left me with a positive feeling. I'm not an engineer or scientist. Manoj talked about the poor parts of the world - not converting westeners to cycle for an hour. I'm sure most people in the developing world would appreciate these efforts if they are able to benefit from them.
All the power to Manoj and people like him who put themselves into the service for the common good - not just building his own and his families fortunes, big palasts, and all the rest of the self-indulgent, boring sh*t we see all over the place! Go Manoj!

David Hubbard
David Hubbard
8 years ago

I agree wholeheartedly. It's a pleasure to see the beginning of the end of the world's most important needs. I know others will follow.

Roger Andout
Roger Andout
8 years ago

Like the theories about thorium and abundant energy, this man's biggest opponents are Vested Interest and Politicians. The nay sayers, ( "John" and his ilk) who leave negative comment, miss this man's point and I'm pretty sure Manoj Bhargava is familiar with the concept of the free lunch. The perpetual motion machine still awaits completion.
At the very least, he is putting his money to other purposes than initiating/continuing a political career. God/Allah/the Force, loves a tryer

Esoteric
Esoteric
8 years ago

Pfff.... to all the people complaining about the bike idea, have you even been listening to what he said ?
First off all he was talking about POOR ppl, where most of them live in WARM countries, and do not have luxery items like pc's, tv's, refrigerators and what not. Its about giving them light in the dark, to be able to have a phone and some cooling via the ventilators.
Its not about giving your house full of equipment free energy.
2nd, when he mentioned a disaster like Katrina, he never once mentioned you could go to your house and be able to play computer games, watch tv and what not, he said you still have light and a be able to charge a phone. To me thats more important then a vacuum cleaner thats working or be able to watch nonsense on tv.
And about not being healthy enough, well you always have people around you who are healthy enough... ow wait, in these times people are so egocentric that you don't even know your neighbor let alone help them right. Welcome to the Alienated century.
This idea is still very good in africa and what not.
And even helps all the fat lazy ppl.

maneet
maneet
8 years ago

Totally loved it. It Shows the power of simplicity. Bigger problems can be solved if we approach things with determination.

Jim
Jim
8 years ago

We can't wait for governments to solve the worlds problems, these solutions start with the individual. Watching these people make such a tremendous change that will last generations and beyond, simply inspirational.
We all have a responsibility to help our world around us in any way we can, and be the change we want to see in the world.

eddie
eddie
8 years ago

A feel good, promising piece. Fantastic job. I will be following this man and his company. He seems smart enough to take pre-existing technology and making it simpler and available to those who need it the most. I hope all the ideas arefollowed through with and soon.

Patty
Patty
8 years ago

I'm off two minds. On one hand I want to cheer for such research being done. Knowing that people with far more money than they need are willing to invest for the world at large makes me happy. On another... I see a few idea's I've seen a dozen times before, others which are just not practical and some which are both.

Take the energy bike for example. This idea is nothing new. The main problems with it were:
- inefficient production of electricity (most of the energy you put into it by cycling is lost rather than converted)
- energy needed to produce the bike in the first place
- few people like the idea of having to cycle for their electricity
Yet in the video it's presented as "the big solution for those poor folks" and "during disasters". Which raises at least two more issues:
- access to the bikes
- access to maintenance of the bike

Judging from the video they resolved the first. Cheers for that. That will definitely be useful.
But the second? Just how much 'electricity' is needed to make the bike and how long until that has been earned back? And how are you going to convince 'western' people to actually go cycle for an hour per day? Their 'own bloody health' has already proven to be not enough of a motivator. Do you honestly think that "you'll help the world" will fare better? And before say "but they'll safe money too!", sure... after they've earned the initial investment back. As for the poor people... how are they going to afford your bike? How are they going to maintain it? How are they going to convert that electricity into light and warmth or whatever it is they need when they don't have the infrastructure or tools to do so? As for helping during another big disaster,... are you going to fly your bikes in by helicopter or something? Because otherwise that's off the table as well.

What each and every one of the ideas in the video lacks is true ingenuity and practical application. Yes, it looks awesome when you first watch the video. But when you think about it, really think about it,... and the issues that go unmentioned and what needs to be done in order to get it to work...

Meh.

Show me a single good idea, just one, you've really thought out from start to finish and I'll cheer for you. But this kind of propaganda? No thanks.

Saptarshi
Saptarshi
8 years ago

We need more people like him in our mother earth. I will continue to follow him and his team's innovation. Sounds very prommising.

Sandesh naik
Sandesh naik
8 years ago

Biggest Surprise . We Salute Manoj !!!

John
John
8 years ago

What a self obsessed douche. This reminds of that bizarre documentary made by John Dupont. Let professional engineers and firms do their jobs and stand aside. None of these inventions will accomplish anything that other people haven't already thought of. If you think this is amazing you are scientifically illiterate.