Frequently Asked Questions

What is Billions in Change?

Billions in Change is a movement to build a better future by creating and implementing solutions to serious problems facing the world in the areas of water, energy and health. Solving those problems requires more than just talk and awareness; it requires action, which is our focus.

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Who is behind Billions in Change?

Manoj Bhargava, creator of 5-hour Energy, founded Billions in Change as a way to positively impact humanity.

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What does Billions in Change do?

The goal of Billions in Change is to have a direct impact on the fundamental needs of the world. It is finding, developing and distributing inventions to bring immediate relief in three basic areas – water, energy and health.

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Why only water, energy, and health?

Water, energy and health are three of the most basic human needs. These three affect food, health, livelihood, education, quality of life, poverty, crime, war and almost every aspect of our lives.

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If Manoj is willing to give billions of dollars away, why not just give the money to the needy?

Not being able to make a living is what causes poverty. So giving money to the needy won’t be a permanent fix. Instead we are focused on inventions that serve humanity. Our aim is to enable people to make their own livelihoods, and to empower people—regardless of where they live or how much money they have—to achieve maximum wellbeing.

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Can I donate or volunteer?

We do not accept donations, but we need your help. Please encourage your friends to watch and share our trailer and film, and follow us at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. If you would like to volunteer, please join us. This movement is in its early stage, so it may take us a little while to respond back. But as we grow, our communication will improve.

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Who else can take advantage of the inventions mentioned in the Billions in Change documentary?

Individuals and organizations interested in clean energy and water solutions can inquire about obtaining some of the devices developed by Stage 2.

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Will your innovations be too expensive to implement?

All of the innovations will be affordable, and all are much cheaper in the long run than many of the alternatives.

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Do you allow people to come to your location and see your company at work?

We currently do not offer tours of our facilities, but we are working to create a museum. Join us or follow Billions in Change on social media for updates.

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What is the timing to get these inventions to the public?

Renew ECP began shipping in November 2015. Visit our US website or Asia website for information about distribution in your region. Initial production of Free Electric began in February 2016 and a pilot study in India began in March 2016. The results of the pilot will inform any further refinements to the bike. In the meantime, we’re in the process of setting up three manufacturing plants: one in Singapore and two in India. We will begin planning production of Rain Maker in Q2 2016. Join us or follow Billions in Change on social media for updates.

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Are you interested in other technologies or just the ones you are promoting?

We are looking at many different technologies that could improve what we’re doing. We want our products to be the best and most efficient products on the market. We are open to hearing from and working with people who want to make a real difference in the world. But if people are just looking to get rich off their inventions, we are not interested.

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Did you invent these innovations?

Energy-producing bikes are not new, but the electricity produced by Free Electric isn’t comparable to the old bikes. Before Free Electric there wasn’t anything that produced enough electricity to power 24 light bulbs, a fan, a phone, and tablet charger at the same time. The Rain Maker and Limitless Energy are Stage 2 inventions. We did not invent the Renew ECP Machine, but we made it better, smaller and more efficient.

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How do I share my ideas?

If you have an idea you would like to share, you may do so here. Please note you should not submit any confidential or proprietary content. 

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Do we need to get your permission to have public viewing of the video?

You do not need permission to have a public viewing of the video, but if this is something you are interested in doing, we would love to be informed of your plans. If you are looking to draw a significant crowd, we may be able to help promote your event through our social networks.

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I’d like to translate the film into my home language. What’s the process of doing that?

We are currently developing a process to subtitle the film with different languages.

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I have an invention I’d like to share with Manoj. Here are the details, what does he think?

If you have an idea you would like to share, you may do so here. However, please do not submit any confidential or proprietary content. Please also note that we receive an overwhelming number of inquiries and suggestions from around the world every day. And while we can assure that your message will be read by someone on our team, we cannot promise a response to everyone who reaches out. Thank you for understanding.

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Can Manoj contribute to my cause?

We see a lot of great causes and ideas come in from around the world. Unfortunately, we have so many projects we’re working on already that we don’t have the capacity to take on anything new just now.

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What do you think of my suggested improvements to your inventions?

Our goal is always to find ways to make our inventions simpler, more efficient, and more useful. Please note that we receive an overwhelming number of suggestions from around the world every day. While we can assure that your message will be read by someone on our team, we cannot promise a response to everyone who reaches out. Thank you for understanding.

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How can I help in my local area?

If you haven’t already, please join us by signing up as a volunteer. While we’re working to perfect the inventions and create production and distribution plans, we’re trying to build a base of supporters that we can mobilize on the ground once we’re ready to scale the solutions.

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Are you planning any activities in my area?

Our Billions in Change road team is currently touring North America. You can check out the list of events on our Facebook page or on our website.

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Can you ensure that child labor isn’t being used in your factories?

We use strict and thorough vetting criteria to evaluate all organizations and companies with which we may work. We then coordinate with trusted on-the-ground partners to oversee all production and distribution activities.

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