People and Action

Mainly about people I know and things they are doing –  also includes some open letters.


“The Exponential Leap”and #XH2027


The Exponential Leap (also known simply as “The Leap”) is due to be launched on September 18th 2027 as part of the Exponentially Human Twenty Twenty-Seven celebrations.

What is “The Leap” for?

The Leap is a new kind of map that will help people find their way in an unfamiliar world. It doesn’t take much imagination to believe that the world we’ll be living in by 2027 will be different to the world we know now. Some things will remain as they are, but others will be radically different. In some ways getting from 2017 to 2027 will be like taking a short journey in a rather slow, time machine. Imagine setting off now and arriving in a familiar place which is ten years in the future, then getting out of your time machine and looking around. So much is unexpected. People are going in new directions. Familiar paths suddenly lead no-where. Many of the ways of doing things seem to have changed.

When you are somewhere unfamiliar it helps to have a map.  With a shared map it’s easier to talk about “where we are now”, what knowledge and resources we can draw on, and what we most urgently need to explore if we are to thrive in our new situation. As we explore we get to meet other people who have arrived from different directions. Together we can add to our individual and shared knowledge of the territory.

Any date could have been chosen for the launch of The Leap – but 18th September 2027 happens to be the date of the XH2027 party – so it’s a good time for it. In fact The Leap will be developed in open and collaborative ways, starting with some work on Federated Wiki. It will be possible to dip into it (and contribute to it) from now up until the launch date. 17th September 2027 has been chosen as the cut-off date for contributions to give the techies a chance to sort out last minute glitches before the official launch.

The technology and presentation

Obviously it’s a while until the launch date of The Leap, and by 2027 things will have moved on regarding Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, global connectivity and other technicalities. Think of The Leap as a mixture of online meeting place and immersive experience.

The Leap will be the closest anyone has come to the holodeck of Star Trek – but exactly how close that will be we’ll find out at the time. This collection of addictive video games and this up to date immersive experience website show us where we are now. Imagine another ten years of development.

Artificial Intelligence will mean that it is easy to retrieve particular elements of archived materials that are most appropriate to the individual needs and interests of people using The Leap.

Regarding hardware we can expect developments that are difficult for most of us to imagine now. However we do know how leading-edge PCs came to seem clunky as they gave way to laptops, tablets and smart phones, how video phones were once a futuristic dream and are now a mixed-blessing reality, and we know how quickly it all happened.

Regarding connectivity you would need to be very young to have seen no changes during your lifetime. I can remember back when international telephone calls were prohibitively expensive and my globe-trotting brother told me to download Skype so we could use our computers to chat with each other from all over the place. I found it hard to imagine before I used it. A few years later I was taking it for granted that I could attend meetings at a distance and dip in and out of audio-visual conversations with people thousands of miles away as conveniently and naturally as I do with people face-to-face. I imagine that by 2027 the difference between at-a-distance and face-to-face will have shrunk further and various elements of Virtual Reality and immersive experiences will have been added to what we currently use.

Using this new “map”

Using The Leap will be a way for us to explore unfamiliar parts of our 2027 world.

The Leap will help us to find our individual paths and understand the different ways people arrived at their 2027 situations. As we explore the routes we’ll come across information and experiences that have been created from archived materials. The information will have been collected up between 2017 and 2027 and then offered to us as state-of-the art immersive experiences (or in any other digital form we choose). As we use The Leap to explore our chosen pathways we can decide to sometimes meet with real people who are also exploring the same space. It will be like meeting at a crossroads and swapping notes to help decide which way to go. We will have arrived from different directions, often from different cultures.  When we meet we can get insights from each other. We can share perspectives and experiences from across the globe, enhanced by immersive experiences of each other’s realities.

In 2027 we’ll be more connected globally and we’ll need to think together and, given the problems we are likely to be facing then, we’ll need to collaborate more effectively on a global scale than we have done in the past. We’ll need to develop our abilities to see things from multiple perspectives. The Leap will expand and accelerate our ability to do so. It will be a leap forward for person-to-person understanding and collaboration. Overviews, connections and detailed “local knowledge” will become available to us in powerful new ways.  The Leap will make it easier to act together on a massive scale with insight and co-creative power, assisting our sense-making, decision-taking and adaptation to whatever life is like in 2027. It is to be hoped that it will also serve as an anti-dote to “Otherness” and “Them-and-Us” thinking.

The content

The Leap will map the dramatic upheavals (financial, social, technical, political and more) that will be experienced over the next ten years as individuals and institutions adapt to a tsunami of technical change, our networked planet, and the crunch points of extreme weather conditions and other impacts of our species on the planet. It will help people to understand deep systemic changes from mega and micro perspectives, and to relate their own experience to the bigger picture.

Fact or fiction

The Leap began as fiction but is becoming fact. The idea of The Leap came out of a chapter I wrote for a book called 50:50 – Scenarios for the Next 50 Years. For more about the book see call for chapters – sent out late 2016. Since I first had the idea I’ve become more aware of work that people are doing on the different elements that can come together to make The Leap a reality and how my own work is also contributing to its practical development. it will exist in some form. How close the fact comes to the most technically ambitious parts of the fiction by 2027 will depend on who chooses to get involved.

Nov 09, 2017 by pamela | Categories: Connections, People and Action | Tags: , ,


Diary Date 16-18 September Twenty Twenty-Seven – first announcement


You are invited to an event in twenty twenty-seven starting on Thursday 16th September and ending with a celebratory party on Saturday 18th September. Please, set the dates aside. The event is called Exponentially Human Twenty Twenty-Seven.

Please think ahead to what you hope to be celebrating then, and some of the positive changes you hope may have happened in our world by 2027.

I expect to be celebrating some shifts in how we think, and communicate, and collaborate with each other. I’m expecting us to do less of the boring routine tasks, and more of the “essentially human” things. I expect to see big shifts in attitudes to sharing new ideas and processes at an early stage so more people can see them and get involved in improving them. I’m expecting us to be connecting with each other globally in ways that enhance the human condition, ways that are very different to current ideas of what globalisation means. This expected development of our understanding and experience of human connectedness is why I’m calling the 2027 event “Exponentially Human”. I won’t go into much detail here. I’m writing more about it elsewhere (and will probably return to this post to add links later).

Twenty twenty-seven is ten years away, and when I look around I already see plenty that is pointing in the direction of the kind of future I would prefer to arrive at.

Of course “other futures are available” and some of them are decidedly not the direction I want to be heading. None of these futures are fixed yet, so we can all decide what kind of future we are trying to head towards. There isn’t just one single option for 2027 sitting, ready made, waiting to us to arrive there. Our journey to the future isn’t like taking a train to an existing railway station. Our possible destination ten years in the future is far more fluid and uncertain.

I’ve decided to head in a direction I like the look of, and I’m finding fellow travelers who are heading the same way. We’re planning to meet up at Exponentially Human 2027 on September 16th -18th, and we’re starting to make preparations.  You may like to join us either in twenty twenty-seven, or sooner, to help make the event a success and ensure we have something worth celebrating.

Jun 12, 2017 by pamela | Categories: People and Action | Tags: , , , , ,


Ben De Vries and huntergatherersfoodforests.com


News from my friend Ben de Vries – Certified Permaculture Designer.

If you live in USA please read on. Even if you don’t live in the USA please share this info.
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This is our first year in operation. Using a method I developed for maximum seedling health and rhisosphere inoculation, we have in ground 1000 saskatoons, 1000 aronias, and are about to do a spring run of 1500 pecans. At present we are taking pre order on the first two for fall shipping. If you are interested in a deep discount on bulk pre order, please get in touch!

Rather than try to crowdfund, we are just going ahead with sales.

PLEASE share this link to social media to help us get off the ground!

Thanks for your help and hope to hear from you soon!
 

Ben de Vries

Certified Permaculture Designer
SKYPE: permaculture.designer
YOUTUBE: permaculturedesigner

Mar 25, 2017 by pamela | Categories: People and Action | Tags: ,


It’s good to “feel embarrassed by our naiveté “


I love this quote:

as long as we feel embarrassed by our naiveté every six months then we’re living outside of our comfort zone enough to learn and improve everyday.

It’s from “The 3 Year Job Search and How I Got Into Tech” by Niv Dror

Nov 28, 2015 by pamela | Categories: People and Action


Free Wi-Fi access opportunity for secondary schools in Tanzania – please share this info


Opportunity for secondary schools in Tanzania to get free Wi-Fi access through the iKnowledge programme.

The iKnowledge programme

The iKnowledge programme will equip up to 250 schools in rural and underserved areas of Tanzania with ICT infrastructure. This includes broadband internet via satellite, alongside provision of ICT training and educational content for teachers to apply straight to the classroom. Powered by resilient Ka-band satellite technology, delivery will be supported locally by education NGO Camara Education Tanzania and service provider Infinity Africa Network Ltd.

The year-long programme sets out to provide long term, measurable benefits to teachers in Tanzania. iKnowledge will improve quality levels of teaching in rural and remote areas in core curriculum subjects, alongside advancing teachers’ digital literacy through a sustainable training model.

More details – UK Space Agency appoints Avanti to deliver major ICT infrastructure and e-learning programme in Tanzania

A few spaces left

I understand the programme is starting to roll out, but there may still be a few spaces left in some areas. If this is relevant to you and you want information about how schools get involved contact me and I’ll pass on your request for further details.

Sep 20, 2015 by pamela | Categories: People and Action






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