Scientific Research & Self-Development Activism
I-Power is a community of activist-minded people from all around the world.
It is a social network, much like Facebook and other social networking sites; but unlike other social sites our members all share a particular interest in common – a desire to make the world a better place to live. The meaning of the term, “I Power” is an expression of our belief in the power of the individual to effectively make a difference in this world. It could also be expressed as “Individual Power” or “My Power”, and one of the most important things that we always try to do here is to help people in realizing their own worth and potential. We want people to understand that their voice can make a difference, and we want to help them to feel empowered enough to speak up and express themselves. We also call this SDA, or “Self-Development Activism”. Gandhi once said that if you want to change the world, you need to start with yourself, so our chosen tagline is, “I am the revolution.”
For us, self-development consists of much more than just dieting and exercise - it involves the development of the whole human being, both physically & mentally. So our discussions on the site cover all sorts of topics - from overcoming shyness & personal insecurity, to dealing with relationship problems, to discussing political and economic issues, philosophy, psychology and sociology, to talking about the latest developments in science & technology; and many, many others. And there is also a good amount of just simple playfulness & fun - especially in our chat interface amongst members who have made friends with each other.
It all started as a YouTube video series that was about leading a pro-active lifestyle. Initially, the main attraction of the series was that it showed the more serious and intellectual side of the professional gamer and extravagant Internet celebrity Chiren Boumaaza, aka 'Athene'; but it quickly turned into an international movement when his fans started forming a community of 'Self-Development Activists' (SDA) on the series' forums. This community revolved around not only self-help and psychology, but was perhaps even better known for its activism, especially regarding the topic of Net Neutrality.
As the community grew and the movement became more relevant, producers Reese Leysen and Chiren Boumaaza began to focus on taking the concept of SDA beyond traditional self-help topics and into the realm of actual scientific research.
Chiren's findings in his studies of physics, neuroscience, psychology and sociology were documented in Reese's "God is in The Neurons" documentary, which can be watched here in its entirety.