about

 “We will never know world peace,
until three people can simultaneously
look each other straight in the eye.”

– James Maynard Keenan

Hello, and welcome to Not Mad Yet!

My name is Mika. I’m a explorer and nomad traveling and working around the world making friends, collecting experiences, and sharing impressions 🙂

why Not Mad Yet?

I believe in a global community transcending national borders and tribal affiliations while, at the same time, respecting individual preferences and encouraging self-expression. I also believe much of that is not only accessible to many of us right now, but could in fact be unlocked to all of us within our lifetime!

Not Mad Yet is my personal journey exploring, promoting and implementing this global vision 😀

how?

For the past year or so, i’ve been traveling around the world — so far, mostly throughout Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, and mostly in months long expeditions with my bicycle.

I travel on a very small budget, self-sufficient in just about every other regard, but relying largely on the hospitality and creativity of locals for lodging and mechanical problems. At first this constrain was imposed by my own limited financial resources, but it didn’t take long for me to embrace it — it has led to incredible moments i could have never dreamed about!

I am currently stationed in L’viv, Ukraine. This is the place i chose to take an extended break from the road to rest, process some of what i have experienced so far, and raise funds for the next long-term expedition.

what?

What i’ve observed and learned in this process is being documented with words in the Not Mad Yet blog, with images on Instagram, and with both images and words on YouTube.

Instagram sample

YouTube sample

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Thank you for the visit, and enjoy your stay!


charities supported by this project

In 2014 i took the  Giving What We Can pledge, and have been donating 10% of my gross earnings to the best poverty-relief project i am currently aware of ever since. At the moment, the recipient of my pledge donations is GiveDirectly, a non-profit organization operating cash transfers in poor communities in Kenya and Uganda, and carefully studying their effects on the well-being of the recipients — i’m particularly stoked by their recently launched long-term Basic Income experiment — the first ever of its kind!

GiveDirectly is highly recommended by reputable charity evaluator GiveWell. I will continue to honor my pledge in all my gross earnings through both paid work and donations. Since the “official” launch of Not Mad Yet in December 2016, this has amounted to $26.37.