Work-Study in our Global U

The idea of “work-study” as a single hyphenated work, or with a slash, as in “work / study”, is especially apropos in this day and age, when knowing what to work on, how and when, takes study.

I’m a teacher myself, but that doesn’t mean “one who studied a long time ago, and now teaches”.

No, a teacher is “someone who studies much of the time” and then shares on the side, we hope using polished pedagogical / andragogical techniques.

For those who don’t know, “andragogy” means the teaching of adults, versus “pedagogy” which is focused on teaching kids. The techniques overlap but need to be the same, hence the need for two words and two areas of investigation. One of my themes is “Pythonic andragogy”.

In an older paradigm, one did the studying part as a relatively young person, under the tutelage of relatively older folks, and then went out to “make a living” or “have a career”, having studied.

“Work-study” is more of a cradle-to-grave affair in that we’re steeply learning as babies and continue up the curve. Coping with old age, in oneself, in those around one, likewise takes study.

Steve Mastin is presenting on blood pressure again this Tuesday night, at Linus Pauling House. This is a topic for all of us warm blooded hominids with a pressure to maintain. That’s likewise the “work” part.

At one of the Pycons in Portland, I joined Charles Cossé in a booth exhibit of NetDispenser, a Raspberry Pi based setup for putting kids behind a router such that they could earn their free time on the internet, by doing various mandated tasks.

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Charles Cossé with working setup

Do your homework, and get rewarded with more time to play, on the internet.

No explicit use of cryptocurrency was made, however the idea, of credits pegged to accounts, derived from transcripts, was core to the model.

The way the Global U works is your daily bread (calorie count) accrues as you get your homework accomplished. A queue of tasks stretches out ahead of you in time, however you’re a master scheduler, like any operating system worth its salt, and you manage to multi-task, but in ways that feed concentration.

A queue of complete tasks stretches out behind. We think in terms of “net value added” by the PWS (“personal workspace”). Did you create new Jupyter Notebooks on Github? That something I did quite a lot.

I understand how we each have a finite amount of attention to give. “To attend” is a kind of work, as well as study. Time management is at the heart of management more generally.

“Do what in what order?” Aye, that is the question. “Do what needs doing” was Bucky Fuller’s answer, a self starter. Be part of some solution.

“Events” are what happen in time, so we could say “scheduling = events management = controlling one’s advancement through a time tunnel” (think of dancers, and how they need to think ahead).

With blockchain technology, we’re able to create immutable past records regarding how your work-study was compensated in terms of access to events.

Having a laptop to key on constitutes a sequence of events.

To participate in specific events requires props (telescopes, laptops, surgical instruments, musical instruments) in the theatrical sense of the term. GST borrows a lot from theater, from programming, from planning, from screenwriting.

If I have the right props for the role, then it’s a matter of delivery. Do I have the “right stuff” in other dimensions? That depends on whether I’ve done sufficient homework and training.

The military-minded already have a strong understanding of how one cannot afford bottlenecks in the critical supply chains. By “supply” we mean to include “of people suited for the various roles” such as pilots and mechanics.

Did we have sufficient airplanes and simulators? Did we have sufficient volunteers?

Those are questions in a vacuum until we supply a scenario to prepare for. Were you picturing some all-out invasion of Cuba then?

Making the transition from hot war to cold war to cryo war hasn’t been easy.

Don’t be too surprised if military bases start advertising their campus status, and the suitability of some types and equipment and personnel for humanitarian endeavors.

Those who scoff when others suggest using National Guard to help out in Puerto Rico, seem to think using the same guard to augment mercenary forces in Iraq was somehow consistent.

That national guard would end up on distant foreign soil was not consistent with movie theater PR and recruiting commercials. People joined the guard to help with natural catastrophes, more than to play as Hollywood extras in urban invasion scenarios, either at home or overseas.

GST encourages thinking in terms of storyboards, as when film making. Making a movie requires making that which the movie making is about, which need not be fiction nor even a re-creation.

The Space X program is a great source of documentaries, as is the International Space Station (ISS) — these overlap — but neither is fictional.

Imagine the non-fiction movies you would like to see made, and think about marshaling the props for it, and the personnel. Now you’re thinking like a producer-director. That’s encouraging, don’t you think?

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