Paris, January 9th 2016. Cafe Francais.
It's 9:30 in the morning. Over a cup of coffee with a French biohacking activist and a Chinese PhD professor I found myself inside a network of underdogs who quietly change how we form community, distribute power and solve some of the most challenging problems of our time.
Thanks to the internet, and probably government/corporate stupidity that can't be ignored, you can find distributed activist cells (Hackerspaces, farms, security labs, journalists clubs etc) in all major cities around the world. This volunteer based organisations or social enterprises focus their resources and energy on topics such as: new ways to organize education; affordable healthcare; transparent politics and civil rights; responsible manufacturing; sustainable economy and more. Some 90% of these communities share their work under open source licenses.
Later that day, we visited CRI and I was absolutely inspired by the quality of work and new education initiatives born there.
After hanging out with these people in Paris and 1 month of working with the Chinese policy makers, I believe technology can serve humanity in all the good ways. A proper tech literacy, combined with social sciences and creative playgrounds (something like STEAM) can help overcome all major challenges we face as a civilization.
Imagine 7 billion people with access to internet, free knowledge in multiple languages and the right to take their own decisions for what's best. This can happen if knowledge stays open, distributed and accessible by any community around the world.
To add my 2 cents to the game, all the free time in the year of 2016 will be my "back to school" time. Once I dropped out of University and did not get a diploma, now I can get back to some open minded universities and help design better learning environments.
Here is another year of open experiments, along with my podcast show where I am working on some exciting new episodes.