Refugee Science (continued)

You might have seen one of my Youtubes on Globalism, wherein I debunk the myth that a globalist, by definition, is striving for some One World Government. On the contrary, as a globalist, I speak realistically of Diaspora Nations, meaning like Jews before Israel and Tibetans still today.

Not everyone of common ethnicity gets a footprint, seems to be what every political map of the Earth is telling us. Our homeland is no longer displayed, or was never a reality in the first place.

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But then we’re allowed to associate and instantiate around the planet, as fragments of a campus, more like an IBM or one of those, a company with facilities all over. Governments in exile form a subclass of this type. I call them Diaspora Nations, a kind if virtual nation, with which the world abounds if you know how to sense them.

Refugee camps, hosted by the established states, are the hallmark institution for the dispossessed. No nation claims these people as citizens, or if one does, it’s not a nation. There might be a homeland to return to, but then there might not be. The United Nations gets to spend a lot of its resources on those without nationhood.

The phenomenon is not especially recent. People would be born in nation X, that would then disappear. Remember Tom Hanks in The Terminal.

Would they become refugees in nation Y, or assume citizenship in the new Z that absorbed X?

These are not new story problems. Nation states come and go and people fall through the cracks, or were never in the database in the first place.

Speaking of refugee camps, what these can do for us is not lose track of who is present and of what ancestry.

As the graph databases get better, families separated by war stand a greater chance of reforming if their respective camps have been diligent in acquiring family tree information.

I’m not saying gathering this information is easy or that the graph databases are all that good. I hope to learn more about the state of the art at OSCON this summer.

We’re up against an edge, as they say in Process Work (I’ve done some workshops).

Ideally, families become fluent with the computer systems curating their identities and participate in fleshing out their own profiles, like on Facebook.

Am I saying Facebook itself might be used? I’m imagining more customized services, even if based in some of the same technologies.

The Tibetans might be the ones to advise on festival tents, or festival paraphernalia more generally.

I’m thinking California might contribute cartoons.

When do refugee families get to watch instructional videos about their world and situation?

I’m not saying Hollywood should jump in and produce these, but hosting Maker Space activities, including with celebs, would help the camps work on their own production values. Product placement as a way of developing brand loyalty is still a part of this picture.

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The idea of showing cartoons in refugee camps should not seem startling. When we created the ad hoc camp in downtown Portland, for prototyping purposes, the nighttime documentaries became a “thing”, meaning a “viewing tent” (i.e. theater) had been established.

I’m getting hazy on the details. My role did not involve actually camping in the camp, though I’d wander during nights there.

My unit had a role in food delivery (supply chain management). My recollection is we were doing off site prep at St. David of Wales, which had a well-equipped kitchen. We also used the Quakers’ more modest facilities.

The design scientist engineer types want the campers to guinea pig tablets and other devices, assuming some familiarity with apps, a big assumption.

The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative has at least paved the way for kids to take the initiative and show their older family members what they’ve learned.

However, just because street kids in India were able to puzzle out a GUI stuck in a wall (famous experiment), that doesn’t mean self-instruction is the most efficient way to pass on culture.

On the contrary, high civilizations by definition have too much content to withstand much disorganization of their curriculum components. If the student hasn’t mastered Latin before entering the university, remediation will only result in falling further behind — not that Latin is at all realistic in this day and age, but it’s always something.

There’s always some Al Jabr (some jabber) you most definitely must learn…

What we probably understand better today than some of our ancestors did, is the efficacy of peer group training. People tend to be most inspired by directly applicable examples, meaning by others like them, doing amazing things.

For instance, more five to ten year olds have chosen to develop muscular physiques, way out on the Bell Curve for that age group, all because they’ve discovered one another on Youtube and thereby bootstrapped this possibility.

Subcultures, like circus acts and magic tricks, spontaneously emerge, based on imitation of role models and their lifestyles. They spread by osmosis.

Peers make excellent role models, potentially, and almost tautologically (what we mean by “peer” is someone we see as such — “counterpart” has similar connotations).

Kids huddled together with their tablets, sharing apps, are seen as auxiliary faculty in this model.

That’s a useful way seeing our contribution, in that whereas everyone is always a student in life, we’re always teaching as well, if only about our own angle on things. Everyone has their two cents worth. Those cents add up. Make cents for making sense.

We can always justify paying ourselves as teachers, even as we remain in student mode for a goodly chunk of any given day.

We get to do a lot of unpaid homework (including housework), on top of getting paid to assist our peers. That’s the camp ethos. Everyone works, because life is work/study.

Once the camp servers have more data on the campers, the customized social media now become directories and schedulers.

People learn to juggle time and to task share. The tablets help with this as well. Or do campers have smaller devices? Does each tent or dwelling unit get an LCD, like in hotels?

Once the database has a modicum of information, with camper profiles and pictures, it’s easier to flash up a picture of a missing minor.

The equivalent of the white courtesy telephone lets kids tell the home tent there’s nothing to worry about. Or does each kid have a cell phone? Does the camp have a cell tower? 4G? 5G?

I say “tent” a lot but the exact design varies with the neighborhood. My “tent” is made of gigantic wooden beams, from a time when lumber jacks ruled in Oregon, over a hundred years ago.

Someday I might get something more like an Amazon Sphere (concept structures in Seattle).

I’ve been thinking of more outdoorsy pod-based and/or cubby-based personal workspaces (PWSs). High rises aren’t the only way to go.

I could share Python skills from a half submerged bubble, with dolphins looking in at me. Nice cartoon.

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