Creating Value

A recent conversation with my brother about the rat race that plagues the millennial and possibly follows all of us to the end of our lives, or rather  our “useful lives”, is the need to use money to create value .  This rat race is the imposed societal belief that we must spend around four decades, the useful decades of our lives in which we’re strong, energetic and able enough to work longer hours, more days and sometimes multiple jobs simply to live fulfilling lives. Like hamsters spinning on a wheel we have accepted that working for 40 something years and retiring at 65 is to live a responsible life.  I have lived and experienced much of my life in low-income communities, especially as an immigrant, and it’s sometimes easy to fall into the propaganda of the rat race and mistake money as being the root of stability and peace of mind. These urges, however, are a deception, a societal fallacy: Money isn’t value.

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How the Education System failed me as a Black Person of Color in STEM

It’s insane to me that my great great great great… great grandfather during the 6th century B.C.E may have been one of the Black priests who taught Pythagoras what is now miscalled the “Pythagorean theorem”. Crazier yet is although Pythagoras, in his own admission, spent more than 20 years in African temples learning Geometry from African priests this fact of history is glossed over in our education system. The obvious question is “why”?

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Learning through play

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of volunteering with BlackGirlsCode for in their “Build a Mobile App in a Day” Los Angeles workshop. I became more sold to the idea of involving more minorities to the tech field at early ages when I realized my grade school cousins were able to understand simply Python programming concepts I was explaining to them. I was impressed.

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Good enough > Perfect

Imagine the most perfect human being (brilliant, beautiful, charming, pleasant, intelligent, faultless) — s/he doesn’t exist, yet you do. In your flaws, imperfections, you’ve managed to accomplish the greatest feat: Life, Existence. You’re here, you’re alive. Nature doesn’t favor perfect, nature favors good enough. Nature favors you and I.

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Incentives, tools and challenges for Social Cooperation

As I continue working on “Aba” (news peer-to-peer) and Sintu (Crowdsourcing of African Oral Literature) I realize some challenges and promising incentives in getting people to participate ( social cooperation). Both these mobile apps rely on the users’ participation. The strength and utility of the mobile apps increases the more users adopt the apps. For any change to be done in society, for new discoveries to be made there must be incentive — but how is incentive created? Are there models for creating incentives? Can one incentivize society into a radical change?

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How technology can improve the state of the world – Kofi Annan

In his speech at the MIT Media Lab 30th Anniversary, Anann addresses two key ingredients to improving the state of the world: Technology + Political will. These ingredients particularly hold true to the African continent which by the year 2050 will double its population to 2.4 billion. We shouldn’t be threatened by the growth and the pending challenges — technology (in particular infrastructure-free communication + big data) and adequate political (systems of accountability) are realistic means to improve the state of the world.

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Economies of Trust

Why trust matters
Trust is the basis of economic and social transactions. When a buyer pays a seller using issued currency, the seller, in good faith, trusts that they can redeem value for the currency. We trust that the money we receive can be used to pay for other goods and services.  When a friend goes out to the movies with another friend they trust their friend will not harm them during the entire social interaction. Trust underlies most of our interaction.

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The Age of Context

Internet technology continues to evolve and it seems we’re constantly flooded with too much information. Social media has been a great influencer in allowing the creation and sharing of information at a mass. Everyone is saying something, but what are they really saying..

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