Here in my neck of the woods, if I want to support Oregon State, all I need do is play the Oregon Lottery, which consists of several games, some of them online. Occasionally, these games pay the player, like in conventional gambling, but with the net covering payouts to winners with a budget to spare, for projects and programs devised by the state.
Likewise, the various Tribal Authorities (that’s invented shorthand) have used their casino winnings to pour budget into culvert restoration, in the Nehelam watershed for example. I tell this story in one of my Youtubes on Casino Math, one of four maths in a Digital Maths of Silicon Forest origins. Casino Math is about probability and risk management.
Imagine a refugee camp with a video game arcade, wired up to fundraising thermometers. We’re getting students to pump the thermometers full of funds by doing homework of various kinds. They don’t mind playing hero if that means netting enough to kick start a program. Sure I’ll learn some multiplication tables, and let them show me some ads, if that means I’m building cred as a donor.
What you’re reading now is obviously cutting edge thinking. Until the invention of cryptocurrencies in particular, and computers in general, keeping track of tiny donations has been too tedious. Paying auditors to track that many micro donations ended up consuming a disproportionate amount in overhead. Donors want to see the end users getting benefit, not watch their contributions turn into transaction fees.
What are the startups in this space, and what are the technologies?
There’s the trend towards bringing only bare essentials together in transaction space, duplicating cash, offset by the trend to commit designated (earmarked) funds such that only specified accounts have a way to use them.
Fintech is about providing a full spectrum of products for wiring up work over here, to thermometers rising (indicating funding raised) over there.
When I defeat the dragon or monsters of Level V, that gives me powers to reward my peeps, which I do by lavishing winnings on programs and projects my peeps likewise support.
Other times, I’m educating my peeps, letting them watch over my shoulder as I direct my reward to obscure projects hitherto little known (at least in my zip code), such as Truckers for Peace.
Truckers without Borders may well be an NGO. I discovered it as a Facebook group, which I joined. However, the wish to have globe hopping drivers in trucking fleets is not really a new idea. A company is more likely to achieve uniform standards to the extent it has interoperable officers. Embassies have adopted this psychology, but so have restaurant chains.
Even Food Not Bombs, for which I’ve volunteered, aims for a unified look and feel, which translates both to brand recognition (one hopes for brand loyalty) and to workers feeling comfortable roaming more widely to fill positions. A truck stop is a truck stop.
The outdoor camp dormitories, needed for stargazers, don’t just appear out of nowhere. The logistics teams need to take their winners (in terms of best in show shelter models) from prototyping lots to the field.
Maybe it’s an arcade, convertible to theater, monitoring space, designed as a dome with internals. Call it an event space. If the truckers see these circus facilities as a net positive, they’ll spread.
Some serve as kiosks for tourists, maybe off the beaten path. Oases.
The typical pattern in cities is to find storefront properties. Consider the growth of ZoomCare, or walk-in clinics. Copy the concept, but perhaps with the added responsibility of providing a freestanding structure, or slotting in as a component of such a structure.
El Mercado on SE Fremont comes to mind, a shopping mall that suggests it was made from shipping containers, even thought it was not. We enjoy a maritime aesthetic, complete with food carts featuring foods from South and Central America, including Mexico, Cuba and Venezuela.
Which universities are getting ready to offer “road scholar” positions to Truckers for Peace? I’m not in a position to provide that kind of overview. Universities are entitled to keep their secrets, in terms of what they’re planning. Which universities include Synergetics when taking on 20th Century poetics? Again, I’m not privy to every whiteboard meeting, just my own.
My expectation is the Chinese Art School curriculum will take some cues from the whole “hexapent” tradition. We might finally get a different style of ballroom ball, if you know what I’m talking about (the shapes of the mirrors).
The Portland Art Museum does have at least one Kenneth Snelson original, and people who know me might be aware of the Linus Pauling House and its significance as a Silicon Forest landmark. Electroscientific Instruments was just blocks away, on Stark Street, at one point in history, having taken over from the old Jantzen swimwear factory.
But how many Oregonians know Kenneth was originally from Pendleton? Who was Linus Pauling? Does the education system reward such awareness?
In other words, although Oregon has all these riches, it may not know what it has, until higher education elsewhere decides to take the initiative.
A professor in China is more likely to appreciate the relevance of the Nobel Peace Prize winning work, of a chemist who fought to tell people the truth. than a professor in Oregon, thinking mostly of Hanford (a retired Manhattan Project site and ongoing biohazard).
With Fukushima coming up as a site for the Olympic Games of 2020, there’s no way to forget the meaning of “China syndrome”.
Note that “imposter syndrome” is defined nearby (what many in the nuclear industry suffer from, when it comes to public safety).
With cryptocurrencies, I’m able to zap e-coin to a specific individual holding up a QR code on TV. Freeze frame, read code, send funds — it’s that simple. A device as simple as a remote, is able to change the lives of those people on television. Viewers have long dreamed of closing this circuit. Fintech is ready to make it so.
My assumption is we won’t be getting anywhere without help from the film industry, which, like quantum mechanics, understands the importance of spin. Philanthropic gaming, Truckers for Peace (citizen diplomacy), and Synergetics in art schools, can’t take off without sufficient interpretive communication. Without a shareable vision, there’s nothing to spread.
The film industry already thinks in terms of sets and props, and is already used to partnering with industry to make sure the “right toys” make their debut in tandem with the theatrical releases.
Once people see the new outdoor schools and arcade games, they may want to find a way to try them out more locally. Product placement in the context of informative screenwriting leads to osmosis and in some cases more popular adoption.
The “hexapent” based global simulation of an emerging set of civilizations (ours here on Planet Earth) will spark some good eye candy. I’ve been waiting to see more examples. World Game is always just over the horizon in a lot of ways. Clearly we’re in the space of startups.
Since I’m in the Silicon Forest, not the Silicon Valley, there’s more of an “art school” flavor to a lot of the fintech projects I’ve mentioned. I should talk about Netdispenser, which is about getting students back on track. Earn recreational time in the Internet by choosing games and assignments the parents approve of, and/or the teachers. We’re back to making computer games pay.
If you’re not sure about the context for some of these memes, I invite you to scroll back through my Medium stories, as the context is there.
My Youtube channel explains what a university track might be like, including the GST component.