What remains from Vivid Sydney: From innocence, lights, paintings, Science and seduction.

#VividSydney was here. A festival of lights, ideas, Science, Arts and more. I found Snugglepot and Cuddlepie short-film showed as a film on one of my favourite buildings in Sydney. The characters created by Australian author May Gibbs was amazing. The story is simple but the music and the feature would you feel glad, peaceful, discovering more about the symbols behind the Australian culture, where Eucalyptus trees are found in the bush all the time letting koalas enjoy long naps under burgeoning rays of light in the middle of any day during December and January. These common  places inspired the Australian artist to create this world, where the innocence is the main element of their journey. In some sort of way inspired and fueled the natural desire in Saxon countries for going to explore the world and find new adventures to live.

In my humble experience, the walking around the city works as an interesting and reflexive momentum to think of it as a short trip from the innocence of  Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’ story until a surprising second visit to the Charles Billich’s gallery located in The Rocks, where all the vices from adulthood are present. Money, Fame, Diamonds, Sex, Hedonism, Seduction, Bets and Sensuality had been exposed and explored in the majority of his paintings. He is a painter of excesses but he can organise them so well with a Modern version of Surrealism and Cubism that they looked just marvelous, attractive, desirable, and inviting… My favourite are the Russian Ballet Dancer paintings, he definitely loves that woman. As well as the horses running for the first place with their jockeys.

 

The first time I was in his gallery was in 2015, and what called my attention this time was his story as refugee in Australia. Definitely, a place you must visit during any #VividSydney  It was a great experience, and against some voters in this beautiful place I wouldn’t think it is a good idea moving the Festival around Australia, it belongs to Sydney, even with a crazy traffic, waves of people crossing across the CBD using a comple Labyrinth, meanwhile restaurants and bars are full with visitors, Sydneysiders, writers, photographers, parents running behind their children, loners, couples, single parents, backpackers, students, tourists, the truth is this event belongs to Sydney.

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If you don’t want to walk out during the night, you should plan ahead a survival guide list for the things to do to avoid all the issues related to #VividSydney. Perhaps, I can help you with one but I enjoyed those nights. I do really find fascinating the projection of different microorganisms, virus, bacteria, and some fungus in The Rocks Wall. I enjoyed part of the Biennale in the Museum of Contemporary Art. It was hard, painful, real, familiar and intense the exploration of the conflict between Capitalism and Comunism in the last Century through the experience and words from a retired officer and how anybody can be part of a massacre caused by a bigger power, which gave us that reality as the only alternative. Probably the crucial example of losing your innocence in a modern world.

In my personal opinion is part of Sydney’s identity like the White Night belongs to Melbourne .I was just waiting for watching the sweetest images of three children running from their small town to the big city as something nice, entertaining for children and in some sort of way a sense of reminiscence for adults about their own adventures when they were younger. From this point, I walked towards the  create my own emojis on Samsung  exhibition following an interesting show of candies and high-speed cars . The last one was probably the most popular area for teenagers attracted by the modern beats produced in the Dj’s console, as well as, taking pictures and recording videos with their phones of the colourful and vivid videos reflected on the Sydney Opera House. Finally, it was a Festival, which let us go back again to remember and celebrate how Lumiere Brother’s discovery of how using light and shadow in a special way during the darkness could let us dream and create visual stories or concepts. Before them was the discovery of fire, which protect us but we are not in a History class, this is just a Op ed about why #VividSydney belongs to Sydney.
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Heritage and Culture as one of the key elements to inspire creation

By Rossana Naveda

#supportdiversityisinyourhands

When I started this blog I found an explicit critical response towards stealing codes of Culture. However, my defence couldn’t come in more strength form by reminding how my house used to be filled with English Speaking golden pieces of Literature, from Dickens, one of the ancients; without forgetting Sir Conan Doyle‘s most famous characters like Sherlock Holmes and Dr.Watson; Dumas, two French writers, who possessed an interest vision about relationships in the romantic and fraternal scenario; The King Arthur next to Guinevere,  and the mythology from the England lands. The modernity throughout Margaret Mitchell, Ernest Hemingway, John Grisham, Jules Verne, even how the Lambs were an important element in the Australian culture throughout the descriptions narrated by the writer Colleen McCullogh in her book The Thorn Birds. At the same time, Masters of Literature in Spanish as Don Quijote written by Miguel Cervantes Saavedra, Alfredo Pareja Diezcanseco and Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Love in Cholera Time) were there close to my fingertips each afternoon.

I cannot deny I grew up listening about the mother and aunts of my grandmother speaking in English in her hometown in a small town in the North of the Andean Mountains so, I had never felt this side of my backgrounds far from my identity as neither I found my mother’s ancestry located in the Coast of America (the Continent) far from my identity, which is mainly structured under the definition of syncretism between Spanish culture and local ancient groups. I love growing up in the middle of these different worlds and in multiple ways the richness from both sides let me have a more creative way of thinking in different areas of my life, and in some sort of Slytherin’ strategy let me survive in the things I love the most like my loved grandmother and family, as well as, their traditions.

The decision of exploring this topic is the usual critical perception of one predominantly Culture over another. However, even the most ancient Cultures formed throughout the conquering one tribe or group against their will had a resemblance of how societies become stronger using syncretism as a secret to transform themselves through time. Sometimes, for stronger prejudices we find hardships to remind this kind of concepts and we try to forget the purpose of support different ways of thinking. Under these circumstances, social groups used to focus their attention in hating how the others choose to work or plan. Instead of learning from both sides. It is common to find scenarios like this in different Political, where the Politicians used Culture and Heritage like arms to win votes avoiding expose better arguments to determine a realistic measures about good or bad decisions during their Political terms.

The problem is people believe in them without contrasting facts and seeing over the Campaigns strategies their smart teams creators supported. In some cases, having lack of interest in Politics caused this kind of Speech or propaganda disseminate negative messages against particular groups, creating chaos, increasing the number of hate crimes, diminishing internal security, among other effects as discriminative behaviour against minorities, which probably had previously faced enough troubles to have a safe and healthy life. Although it is comprehensible that Government took measures to protect themselves from external threats in any level they could, it is also relevant to create a fair and trustworthy system to plan and get ahead with the proper decisions to protect the life and well-being of their citizens without recurring to racial persecution or discrimination.

For safety reasons

Under particular circumstances, it is reasonable to choose alternatives to increase the security as banning some groups for a determine period of time, but promote alienation for particular groups and communities, it is not only a remarkable ignorant behaviour, it will only diminish the Internal security of citizens, who could start to believe they would have the safety they need by harassing, hitting, discriminating, ignoring or insulting people, who looked different physically, culturally or mentally. And it is a reality, which affected communities in different Continents, not only in Australia, US, Europe or South America.

Under these circumstances, it is difficult to ignore the value of Leaders inside communities or in positions of Power, in big or small-scale, whom promote a secure environment for local residents and visitors, who would spend long time or short time in the place. Walking down any street shouldn’t feel like a terrifying experience for anybody and in that sense, it is responsibility of everyone to share, recognise differences and even, if they are not celebrated, tolerance and respect are relevant elements to keep a community living in a safe environment.

For economic reasons

When people feel fear of being themselves or sharing who they are, it is more common their abilities, talents or skills got wasted in activities, which wouldn’t necessarily exposed their better attributes as workers.

Feeling fear, also, could provoke anxiety, stress and nervousness. These are not the characteristics any employer want in their collaborators because it will diminish the productivity from the people under any manager’s control. Feeling accepted, respected and supported by any community works not only for individuals but for all the people involved in the creation, manufacture or development of products, projects, ideas, brands, apps or any business you can figure out with your imagination.

Sharing values from different groups and support the creation inspired by their different Cultural backgrounds wouldn’t only provide the opportunity to support diversity and follow what a variety of countries’ Legislation tend to advertise under the rules of the free market, advertise because it is not truth, big corporations tend to use their power to attack good ideas, only because they were not the first ones to develop them. Also innovation could offer new visions, under a wide number of participants from different backgrounds, about how to tackle difficult and harsh social issues, which had affected our communities even before the Industrial era.

#supportdiversityisinyourhands #wstrength #Culture&Heritage

 

 

 

 

 

Could Politicians solve the Post-truth era issues, or are we keep blaming Facebook for everything?

After all the Political process, scandals, meetings, press conference, after Donald Trump won the American Election, everybody had been to feel a huge concern about how media, particularly, digital media can and had already influenced the mind of thousands of citizens, whom are being exposed to messages out of the regular mainstream of big corporations like CNN, FOX News, ABC, CBS, among others.

The situation had provoked such a chaotic situation, even Mark Zuckerberg had expressed his concern about how could he establish a proper censorship to avoid the misinformation from Russian hackers or another sources got into the regular mainstream information provided in the News feed. The FBI got involved to investigate the multiple meetings between Trump’s family members and high ranked members in the Russian Government.

The conspiracy theorists had been enjoying a big amount of ideas about the possibility of Trump’s team having the support of Russian hackers uploading and exposing a of American audience to fake information and interfere in the mindset of American citizens before the elections. Given to the use of social media, tracking and reading news on any regular website a very harsh and dangerous perception for anybody who would end up being guided, as well as, the public opinion involved in this practice. Nowadays, it is possible more than 60% of the population only in America.

Nobody ignores the relevant goal of Governments to track, control, influence and transform the way they and we communicate information. However, the digital convergence of media has increased the possibilities for hackers, and “some actors” to use their knowledge to manipulate and affect in multiple forms what local or international audiences are watching and feeling. And Trump’s election is a good example of what kind of future we could expect, in case of ignoring or risking everything even democracy itself to save it from the convergence of technology and media.

Remember the first lesson in communication for convincing people is moving their feelings not their brains so, fear was a relevant aspect promoted in the last American election, especially, after the high number of Terrorist attacks in the International context, which was used wisely by Trump to win votes during his campaign. In this context how and why would professionals, experts, communication specialist, developers, scientists, Economic and Financial gurus to use something like fear for giving an alert about technology in the digital context? It is simple, it is the only way to make people put attention. A few weeks ago I read an article about how the German government was promoting awareness of some toys, which became really popular during the last December.

The message was clear: Parents should control the kind of security their children will have when they play with toys with high possibility of having connectivity to Internet. The reason was simple there was not security in whom would have access to the system, which implied anybody would be able to hack and learn from the information provided by their child. This is a good example of how fear works in some contexts. It provokes people pay attention., so CEO and co-founder, Patrick Collinson, should have tried to understand for someone well-informed in tech jargon everything will sound as a great opportunity but the majority of the population did not belong to this group. It is not necessarily impossible to change, if you analyse that has been part of developing human learning skills since our grandparents were children and they taught them common sense related to harmful elements around us.

Sometimes, the real risk of having this kind of situation is experts, investors, among others who are trying to diminish the risk implied in using digital technology, which is in the best consideration for CEO’s who had control over thousand of millions of bytes in sensitive information running through their platforms and getting archived in massive data centers. Risks are real for the prosummers as the example of how hackers were using Youtube for stealing  cryptocurrencies from Bitcoin accounts

Censorship in the Post-truth era

The question about who could solve it appear after I read an article with Teresa May, UK Prime Minister, whom was considering to start a war over fake news. Her project is creating a team or National Security Communication Unit “to tackling fake news and disinformation online.” Even when there is no such excessive detail about who, how and the budget required to complete the successful idea. Perhaps, giving more detailed information could be the first step to avoid misinformation or offering the opportunity to “some actors” of distorting the information provided but Official sources.

Meanwhile, in Australia the Government has chosen to endorse a hard legislation towards mainstream media and Journalists, whom in case of having documents for their research would face punishment, which only could provoke more misinformation. Also, diminishing the quality of journalists’ job when they are not able to use documents without authorization.

Censorship against journalists shouldn’t be the solution. The real position is reinforced the value of sources, which provide information with substance and veracity. If we attack this kind of source, how could we expect to increase the value and trust in media. Particularly, when in some countries is not trusted at all.

Different CEOs who manage different Media groups would reinforce similar measures as the ones taking by Zuckerberg, however, the question is how could we transform the Post-truth era in the deep sense of the word. It is not so difficult to see how the United States avoid to sign the Paris Climate Deal to  protect the environment and this week Paris was looking more like Venice rather than the regular urban area we are used to. How could we tackle that kind of contradictions about things we all noticed but we’d prefer to make like we hadn’t seen or noticed because we did not have enough energy to fight against it while it is happening in a different place.

More than ever, finding a common place can be difficult, however, the media crisis faced by different Western countries under the cyber attack of countries like Russia or China is making the Cold War in a more dangerous scenario, where you don’t need special agents traveling across the Ocean to commit an atrocity to manipulate people’s mind and perception, and also their votes. You only need the right guy sitting in a small office working with a laptop and Internet connectivity, enough creativity to alter the humour of the reader and you can even change the History of any country.

Perhaps, the possibility of offering what Journals in the past used to do…bring, at least, a complete story with all the sides of the people, organisations and details involved, as well as, the facts out of any version to contrast the truth from the noise, that would  let the reader assimilate under his own values a criteria, then an opinion. Yes, in the era of modern journalism, where everyone can act like one, it looks like it is more than necessary having a real good one.

 

Review: The hot guy

After reading a narration with multiple details, dates, names, and facts in a Historical book about Ana Boleyn’s life where the reader could rediscover through the pages places, plagues, romances, treason, blackmail, persecution, and fights for different religions, and also, Political powers facing each other across the English Chanel. It was, undoubtedly, the most important reason of searching a spontaneous and simple book fill with humour in a reading for beach days so, the winner was The Hot Guy.

A book written by Mel Campbell & Anthony Morris, which main goal is in some sort of way explaining the sense of becoming a sexual object while the hero tries to find the love of his life. This situation is experienced by a young adult man from Australia named Adam, who like any Adam on our Earth must find his Eva. In this case a young hard-working expert in PR for a stadium, Catherine, who ironically hates sports.

She had lost any hope of finding a suitable boyfriend after her last break-up with a rich guy, Alistair, whom has not interest to become a patient, comprehensive and good lover. It is the classical relation where she doesn’t want to be alone and for that reason, she keeps the relationship. Even when he only criticizes each action, dress, move, decision, make-up, style, hobby or interest in Cate’s mind. This romance ended at the beginning of the novel because she did not want to go with him to a Polo match.

Catherine’s heartbreak provoked her boss, Ursula tried to help her finding a guy, Adam, who ignored he possessed a fan club on Facebook who named him The Hot Guy. Furthermore, all these women are in a waiting list for a one night stand with this sexy Aussie guy, who never understood why all the women he met in the cinema theater each weekend disappeared providing the most ridiculous excuses after having sex with him only once.

Cate decided to take her chance and she spent the weekend with Adam, creating a stronger bond with this beautiful creature. Everyone warned her about the wrong choice she is making because “nobody should get into a relation with someone so attractive”, the argument is she will become insane by jealousy for taking care of another woman will try to steal her boyfriend. I am honest I heard that kind of excuse about dating someone more attractive than you but come on!! You will probably live once, how could you lose your chance of dating someone hot and even having a family with him? Especially, if he is so nice like the main character in this novel.

I understand where the authors tried to go with exposing female sexual interest in boys could be similar or even more insane than what men can do when they find a sexy and attractive girl. I saw that behaviour exposed in a community of women when the young teenager in charge of filling the soda machine at our high school attracted the attention of dozen of students at once; each time he came to do his work so, trying to give an example of how objectification has effects also in men’s lives is not new. The difference is women are most commonly affected by this. For men is particularly usual when they are excessively attractive and they are surround only by women. In psychology is recognised as mass behaviour, which means all individuals will feel free to act in a way they wouldn’t do if they were alone but the fact of being part of a group and acting in the same way lest them forget self-criticism and control over their actions.

What always surprised me was the naivety of Adam, How could a guy so interested in the Film industry and Direction, being so out of the connections with the effects of his attractiveness? Even his friends nearby the end criticised this particular awkward virtue of ignoring completely the effect he got in people. Particularly, his lack of interest to use it when we are attacked by social media and the possibilities of Instagram for models, actors and new talent to attract thousand or millions (in some cases).

The book is hilarious for cinema lovers. Each line will have a deep meaning for those who love to overanalise meaning of symbols, subtext, even the invitation from Steven Spielberg to Hollywood, and who cannot spell properly his name will make you almost laugh. I tried to think in the perfect Aussie for this movie but when I found a secondary character expressed he looked like Heath Ledger, my vision of one of the Hemsworth brothers on it started to get foggy. I don’t know Heath was special so, who knows who will end being Adam in the film production?

The jokes are funny, they are really well-written, I love Cate’ sense of humour because it reminded me a lot of myself, a person who ended saying jokes in the worst event or situation. The only weakness is the lack of maturity in the characters. Perhaps, the writers were really inspired in the Millennials and the lack of skills for planning but I think Adam could have more layers, sometimes, it is hard to believe where this guy develop the characteristics of being so good. He is attractive, a little bit clumsy, but it is hard to believe he couldn’t perceive himself and the power of his attraction on others, as well as, his lack of interest to become an actor, which by the half of the book had disappeared. Another thing, it is hard to conceive girls hadn’t got him in trouble for being so sexy during his adolescence. However, the League, a group which follow Adam’ steps  on Facebook to have one night stands with him provokes more than one trouble during the narration of events in this rom-com. In some sort of way, the story is an ode to stalkers in the social media era, loneliness and our desire of feeling wanted by someone attractive.

Moviegoers will love the critical description of blockbusters for teenagers made by all the characters. Adam worked in a cinema and he dreams to become a Film director while Catherine need to face that her unhappiness comes from a different place, it is not about the hot guy, it is about doing something you like with your life and sharing moments with someone, who loves you. His friends are really interesting, I enjoyed more than once their sarcasm when Adam missed his ex-girlfriend because he expressed “She is my everything” and one of them replied: “What? Now, you are going to be a country songwriter”. Should you read this little novel this HOT season? Of course, you will love it.

Sexual crimes in the Church: A philosophical change

In the last twenty years finding sexual crimes against minors inside Catholic church has been one of the most common scandals followed my media. From United States, Ireland, South America, Australia, among other countries there are multiple cases where the Catholic Church had faced great damage to its institution, as well as, the most important part in any organisation: Their members because no institution from the public or private sphere could create a meaningful work or service without the people involved in the movement.  In Australia, following the information from media where the numbers expressed that nearly 2,000 Catholic Church figures, including priests, religious brothers and sisters, and employees, were identified as alleged perpetrators in a report released by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse this year.

What called my attention is this has been happening not only in different countries, you can find similar situations like in Dominican Republic 2014, where Josef Wesolowski, died before he was able to go to trial for being guilty of sexual abuse of minors and possession of child pornography, The Netherlands, Ireland, The United States,  among  other countries. You could even find the same issues in the time of the greatest division of England from the Catholic Church, even when the main topic under the reign of Henry VIII was controlling his territory in all possible sense. The truth is Thomas Cromwell  found similar cases of men in the Church behaving in not so Saint or Christian ways, like having nuns getting pregnant, sexual abuse of minors and sodomy.

In the book A new life of England’s tragic Queen Anne Boleyn  by Joanna Denny there is an extract of Cromwell’s report Valor Eclesiasticus, which reported an enquiry of abuses in monasteries and convents during that period “Monks and nuns confessed to immoral acts, including incest, homosexuality and sex abuse…”.

“Of chastity they monks and nuns make outward shew but very little was fownd amonge them, for it plainlie appered their filthie lusts were not satisfied with maidens wifes and widows but they also practised one with another…”

I grow up attending Catholic schools because the system of teaching was considered the best, as well as, the quality of education. I still recall some drastic ways of teaching from some professors but I truly believe that it is time for societies to ask for a change in the philosophy behind the Church. Perhaps, men and women do really should have the right to raise a family even when they belong to Jesus. I am not saying I had all the knowledge on Earth but when you find the same situation repeated after more than five hundred centuries, something must radically change. If it is not possible  that the people inside the Church stop feeling guilty over the sexual desire they could face, which biologically speaking is normal, during their lifetime; they should have some external support in the psychological sphere to face that perhaps, they couldn’t belong to a life of celibacy and leave the institution, rather than using minors to satisfy their sexual appetite; or the Church should consider  let their priests and sisters have a normal life with a family while they take care of God’s sheeps at the same time.

How many more centuries should we wait to see the Church face the problem and solve it in a radical way? It is necessary we keep seeing more cases in media each decade in a different country to understand that something is wrong in the belief system and not only in the Institution. Also, we need to see more victims to understand silence had not been working during the last centuries because erasing the truth as Queen Mary did to protect the Catholic Church during her period as Queen in England, only provoked the same situation more and more cases appearing later. To end an event, which replied itself in different cultures and countries we must to understand is a problem inside the structure of thinking. Perhaps, even when the Pope and different members couldn’t understand the idea of changing in a radical way the Philosophy of their doctrine, they shouldn’t have to hide anymore than some situations happened once and again under that structure of thinking about sin, sex, celibacy, homosexuality and living a regular life as women and men with a family. If the Church is not interesting to increase the discussion to solve these issues, perhaps, the members should request actively to find a solution because not only girls face the risk of being sexually molested and it is relevant to protect boys too, from this kind of crime.

The pressure over gender and sexuality is so relevant in all the spheres of societies, that we cannot let this out of discussion. The original purpose of our material is supporting female in societies, where abuse and dead are part of regular risks for women, and all the time we conclude that no parent raise their daughter for ending with a partner, who will kill her. However, men don’t deserve being sexually molested neither manipulated by an adult in any instance, case or situation and as society we must protect them too.

The Royal Commission has stipulated multiple recommendations and measures to diminish the number of situations in Australia. However, as we had seen before institutions tend to protect themselves from different claims so in that case only members can and should promote a real change for their institutions working inside. Undoubtedly, the external measures increased awareness over the risk and how to handle the problem but why should we consider having that kind of risk in a Church is part of something unchangeable? Why couldn’t we consider a different way of living for the priests and nuns, where they can handle their mortal bodies with more respect and dignity for them and others? Those are the questions for Catholic Church leaders, community and members to solve.

Is the massive use of cryptocurrencies free from risk? Or are we invited to the biggest digital bubble doomsday?

Written by Rossana Naveda

A new way of investment had attracted multiple players in the Commercial, development and investment fields of Internet, who love to try the new formats, trends, and forma of lifestyle, where people share the same values in this community. However, sometimes, only sometimes, even when I am a believer to use and understand Darwinism as part of their mindset thinking all new technologies and products would and could make our life better and easier but we usually forgot to think in the negative consequences. I know I know Millennial generation is all about Love, positivism, a different approach to life but we couldn’t ignore that Technology, Science and they way we use it could have a negative side in some parts.

We can explain a little about the cryptocurrencies and how  we can use them to satisfy our need to pay less money to the regular Bank system. I love what Bjork is doing at the moment offering her new album to people who can pay in a different way than regular. A contact from Melbourne explained a little bit about the company he has been using to manage his money, which he is interested to offer his recommendations.

Benefits of cryptocurrencies 

In a whole room it is possible not everyone would have ever  use  a digital currency like Bitcoin. Explaining the process is not so easy but it is necessary to show you how transactions works, sometimes, the experts like Andreas Antonopoulos believe it is better to do it for learning rather than having a long talk fulfilled with multiple long words and jargon from any expert in Economics or IT, who can provide details about this mainstream topic as part of the blockchange technology, which is trying to change our concept of how using money with some aspects similar from the Historical use and approach to money until the modern Banking System, as well as, finding ways to develop a potential transformation which left behind all the vices from the system, for example, being able of controlling your own money everywhere you are without having the representation of any previous trustworthy entity like common National Banks, Local banks, or Stock exchange rules, however, it looks like the rules of the last institution still play an important role in the dynamic and conception of using money in a Cryptocurrency platform or other similar exercises in the digital landscape.

The only real threat is prosumers lost their faith in the system or any Government decide to end with this modern digital “Cayman Island”. The play looks amazing and entertaining but as we see it keeps growing, as well as, the experts, investors, promoters, geeky users, entrepreneurs, and interested individuals in applying their time, knowledge and money in this field, where they had been giving their faith and efforts for the next 5 to 10 years. Even brokers are now getting into advertise the benefits of promoting this kind of investment for a bigger audience. Now, almost everyone including myself want to know more but for what I discovered by now, the negative aspect is not having enough knowledge or expertise in IT, which made people don’t trust easily to use their money in an asset they cannot understand properly. And one advice from the most old school for investing money is “Don’t invest in something you don’t understand.”

Another issue is how this entropy is not going to finish broken. I don’t believe National Banks would be interested to see how their clients disappear massively, which implied at some point, no matter bitcoins had a limited production. The institutions are going to put pressure or they are going to ask for establishing a control over these currencies. If it doesn’t  happen with institutions, it will happen with prosumers after any kind of massive cyber attack because hackers are hackers and those bastards love to find a good challenge, especially, if you had money involved, which sooner or later would attract the attention of insurance service companies. Trust me the most we talk about the topic, the most is not going to be nerd money but a progressive different level of banking because nobody wants to lose their money.

Andreas Antonopoulos, an expert in bitcoin educated in IT, who explained how the topic of Bitcoin captured his attention, particularly, when he was discovering more and more how the users will play in the platform controlling their digital wallets and being able to transfer money to different parts of the world. However, he keeps consistency in his approach to one of the most relevant values of cryptocurrency, it should be a complete independent system from Government service, in his dialogue he expose clearly how he mentioned some countries where it wouldn’t be possible to apply the system for all the country without being a little bit panicked.

This is the best description he offered: “Bitcoin is not money, it is a system of currency, a platform of trust, it is not a company, not a product, not a service your sign up for. It is not a currency, currency it is just a first application, it is the concept of decentralization to the human communication of value.”

Money is an imaginary concept use since the ancient times. At the beginning with involved in an oral tradition, where salt, gold, nuts, stones,grains, were used as money. Money exists even before paper. Then we have precious medals, paper money, plastic money and finally, network money. He is right in almost everything but I still believe he is explaining his position from a prosumer, creator, and expert who loved scientific change over human behaviour. I do too but we all need to remember that banking and governments, sometimes, are not so open or lovers of change. And also, to establish this system as the new establishment we are going to need to educate highly specialized in IT prosumers, it could happen but I am not sure if it is going to be in the next five years, however, I want to get a wallet now. As concept is excellent, don’t get me wrong but historically we had seen a lot of things crashed from an exceptional and amazing beginning, which is not necessarily bad always but banking as business control and observe under the rules of the digital context wouldn’t work so adjust to normal expectations, I guess. Who didn’t remember Napster, did you?

In Australia 

I talked to Justin Bradley, who is an enthusiastic user of the platform CoinSpot, he mentioned another one named Coinbase here in Australia. For him the most important is learning a lot about the topic to have an effective control over your cryptocurrency especially, when you need to think of safety measures without all the process and infrastructure provide by a financial institution. In his opinion having absolute control over your money will make you spend more time understanding all the details and even information you wouldn’t imagined necessary in the regular banking system.

By doing research and educating yourself (you sound intelligent) Crypto currencies will be as safe as the person who controls it. If you want an account you only need to

  • Open a digital wallet like Coinbase, or Coinspot (Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin and more.)
  • Link it to your bank account, so you can fund the purchase of crypto currencies.
  • Set up a separate bank account linked to the digital wallet for safety so that you don’t have large amounts in your bank account linked to crypto currency digital wallet. (For security reasons.)
  • Once you have a linked account, you can fund the digital wallet and then purchase Crypto through Coinspot.
Justin Bradley
Coinspot is based in Australia, easy to set up and I have used it.
My formal education is in accounting and marketing. I am a real estate agent in Melbourne specialising in Hawthorn, Camberwell, Canterbury, Kew area.

Constellation: Inspiring new ideas II

What about time and attention?

That was the most mundane topic everybody interested in this topic would use in the middle of this kind of environment. When you need to work in your website or another kind of industry and using twelve to twenty screens could make everything a complete and complicated mess. It is not enjoyable, pleasant, or interesting. Sometimes, you could have an intense desire to burn your computer with all the information and have a great holiday. Well, that sounds like Escapism but nobody is perfect, right?

Sometimes, you got  20 or 300 emails (in case you are Elon Musk), the rest of the mortals need to live under normal circumstances. However, even reading 20 could be a dramatic experience if you got more things to check or analyse during the morning as making or answering important phone calls. This is just one example of the things multiple companies using AI would try to improve with different software in the next five years. Undoubtedly, having an email tracker would make Musk’s mornings the most enjoyable experience, as well as, for the rest of managers working in any Continent.

Even when Github offered an interesting and organised way to execute your work in different platforms. Undoubtedly, solving other regular problems of attention in the digital industry, particularly, for designers and webmail developers will become a basic element for all industries, where employees dedicated to research, create, test products (particularly this part) demand time and high level of attention for perceiving the right values of satisfaction in the user and also, keeping track of the mistakes in the creation of the app, platform, videogames or VR products.

However, it will be pretty interesting seeing what is going to happen in the tech industry to diminish the regular effect of technology in prosummers because if companies are interested in making your life easier, living attached to devices which decreased and affected your attention should work as an inspiring element to create products which diminish this new and trendy problem. Becoming multitasking is causing more troubles. And it is not a simple or vain talk when we see how important is making visible signs of security for crossing the streets when users of mobile devices are so attached to them in the daily basis of our lives. This example provide a clear view of the dangers of extreme automatization. The improvement is great but we need to find or create alternatives to avoid losing particular elements from human behavior, which has been positive and important for our evolution.

Protecting a basic characteristic, which let us survive, like attention shouldn’t be ignored as part of our desire to improve human life here or in Mars.

Next article: Cryptocurrencies

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Constellation: Inspiring new ideas

When I found Github was organising a cool event nearby Harbour Bridge, it was impossible to avoid my chance to learn from the experts with innovative ideas. I couldn’t assist on the first day but the second was really amazing. I found great professionals describing the last tools for collaborating in this platform

There was an attractive story of how replicate coding and checking faster any mistake while you create your last app or website. All these changes came from the hand of Bee ware with her speaker Katie McLaughlin, who started to speak after being introduced by Daniel Figucio, Github Product Update, it would help you to distribute, organise and control the amount of job as you decided to work on it.

The most interesting approach was how their program works with different platforms like Microsoft, Apple, Linux, the list was so impressive that one of the developers started to cry. I don’t know it is something so useful. However, I had not time to interview the young and bubbly Katie about her vision of this business and her craft. She left soon. However, I am expecting she would answer soon to discover more about the woman collaborating in this project.

However, she mentioned with excitement how she find, once and again, the interesting differences in culture between her and his American colleagues, a little bit of “You say tomato, I said tomato”. However, the interest for creating a platform which let you track faster all the mistakes in your coding sounds like a dream come true for beginners, as well as, professionals who run against time with an adjust budget and couldn’t afford extra developers to clean your coding.

Complex topics in the Digital market

Throughout the second day of the exposition Constellation, we did not only discovered new surprises, tricks and support for changing policies, which founded an egalitarian society. We also discovered multiple issues, from issues which are not necessarily new in Australia but it had been affecting the offer of accessing Internet as faster as usually developed economies have

Everybody is aware about the discussion for stopping President Trump and his government to end with Net Neutrality, the regular defense is everybody could have the greatest idea, no matter where or how much money he got to use Internet, and he will be able to develop the project without any digital divide between social classes. What happened in Australia is quite a digital divide created by bad decisions taken by MPs and another Government’s employees because the plan to establish the National Broadband Network changed drastically incurring in huge mistakes to install the proper infrastructure to bring the same service and easy access to the same amount of data with the same speed.

Perhaps, in 1994 it doesn’t sound so important but the time has passed and the use of new technologies and services showed the relevant aspect of having a good or bad broadband system. Particularly, when most of the tycoons and people involved in the .com industries understand the commercial value for developing and increasing the size of their companies, and how that aspect is also attached to this simple condition. A relevant factor to have access to a bigger market, and also, giving people who had enough creativity and brains to create an incredible idea in a small space like your garage or your room in the case of young entrepreneurs.

The conversation with Sam Figucio, Github sales manager, was deeply interesting. Especially when he trusted to explain how the situation is not so bad for citizens, who lived in areas built-in the last years, like his house located nearby  The Blue Mountains,  a peaceful place if you asked me, where you can enjoy an amazing time with your family and friends. However, this is not a reality for citizens living in areas with old buildings, where the infrastructure to have access to Internet was not installed from the ‘scratch’. For him, the situation was provoked by laziness of Government employees, as well as, taking the cheapest alternative of investment. Creating problems for future entrepreneurs, investors and CEO to compete against similar industries from overseas.

This critical point is possible had not looked so interesting or important  when you are facing biggest issues putting a barrier to the cost of energy, which had been increasing each year. Although the energetic crisis has been faced with the use of professionals from different fields. The topic of competitiveness it is still an ignored point, particularly when other massive companies possessed better control of their infrastructure and services in the International context. It is impossible to ignore the power of Amazon around the world, as well as how its share’s price in the stock market has been risen up constantly, giving happiness to investors. Also, providing Jeff Bezos with more economic stability to expand his business in other countries. Last Thursday, the company showed an earning of $52 per share, when the specialists in trading were expecting only a value of $3 per each one. The fact implied the rise of price to buy them increase 7% making any share has a price of $1,000.

What about time and  attention?

Read the second part of this article soon.

 

 

 

 

Gossip Girl: A decade later

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What could I say? It was definitely the best runway on your Plasma after Sex and the City ended. Furthermore, the show was a little bit more interesting while the main rule in the characters code was treason. Yes, treason. That word made the future of Serena Van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), Nathaniel Archibald (Chace Crawford), Lonely Boy a.k.a Daniel Humphrey (Pen Badgley), and Jenny (Taylor Momsen), the meanest gang to go with around Manhattan.

The truth is this show inspired in people not only the desire of possession, as well as, having the best attires from the greatest minds in Fashion Design, with the only purpose of using them in the next soirée with their best friends or enemies. Undoubtedly, the show provoked even the desire of replicating the worst behaviour between teenagers, young adults and adults.

Maybe the fact of watching this bunch of kids doing illegal, irreverent and crazy things with parents taking care of the crazy damages caused a similar syndrome of overexposed our lives. Behaviour, which had been attracting the attention and a counter position from multiple specialists between Psychologist, Sociologist, Designers of online products, Marketers, Journalists, and Media experts, as well as, celebrities and Royals explaining why we should do less to show our personal lives online considering the value of a good balance between our real persona and the one we showed each day on social media.

The most important character in Gossip Girl: ENVY 

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“Envy…similar to jealousy. Discontent towards someone’s traits, status, abilities or rewards. The difference is the envious also desire the entity and cove it”.

Of course, the show did not play only with overexposure but also, with envy. The program follows the rules stipulated by Marx and the Capitalist form of production, and how it created a role for each group in that society so, the drama begins when Serena Van der Woodsen decided to return to recover her place in Manhattan and a younger wannabe Jenny Humphrey decided to be more than just Lonely boys’ younger sibling, the nickname his brother had won in a website dedicated to spill rumours about relevant teenagers enrolled in Manhattan’s private schools.

In that way the fight begins, Blair Waldorf had conquered the role of Queen Bee, which has been like her dream come true since kindergarten so, the presence of Serena, no matter how much she loves her will affect her place in the social and Academic scenario. In the other side, we find Jenny Humphrey, she is not rich, popular or deep. She has talent, poise, character, she is a good sister and daughter (at this point) but she wants a breakthrough in the social scene and, without the last name, which sounds like you are using your black credit card to pay for anything; or an extraordinary talent, it would be almost impossible to make it.

The only option for her being good in what she does, designing and creating beautiful dresses, and finding good friends (networking) to establish the best outcome for her wishes. She is good in the first field, in the second, she definitely sucks. She had no idea how to manipulate in the first three or four seasons. Meanwhile, Serena has everything and she really did not care about anything related to success. Giving an extra effort sounds like a valuable line for any sports team. For her, it is like just travelling to Europe to avoid contact with her friends, mistakes and troubles.

For that reason, even Blair Waldorf hates her, it sounds terrible but it is the origin of the best jokes you enjoyed during the show “A hippie millionaire and sex bomb being best friends with an overachiever, selfish heiress”. Blair is in that way because her mother put pressure on her to be obsessed with perfection, even if she needs to do things far from good or perfect to achieve that position, or the choice goes against her true feelings like it is common, for example: she almost died trying to decide who should she marry? Prince Louis from Monaco or Chuck Bass.

Often, the idea of searching for a most successful life while you spend most of the time comparing yourself and the things you have with people around you could be the worst alternative. It is not the only basic element to create chaos for you and others, but it increases the doubts inside each individual of any group. Suddenly, people start to feel the lack of value and congruence between what they do, love and care for; or doing anything else only for winning in a social and economic competition, where the most important value is having a stronger status and more money. Multiple times, Jenny, Blair’s mother, Serena’s mother, Dan should face selling their values for material compensation. Usually, you understand better the character and yourself while you think what path you would have followed.

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In that sense, being friends is one of the most difficult tasks. Of course, it is fun for the viewers but for the characters involved is only an endless and hopeless situation of backstabbing, blackmail, betrayal, which undoubtedly, ended in two simple words hate and distance. That was how the show begins, Blair cried in front of a helicopter while she was trying to explain why she couldn’t stay any longer in New York to her best friend. Meanwhile Serena Van der Woodsen, the scandals’ expert, who went to Connecticut because she was trying to clean her conscience after sleeping with Blair’s boyfriend, Nate, behind her back, tried to do the right thing and convince her to stay. Of course, all these behaviours shouldn’t or couldn’t be experienced without dressing the best clothes designed by PRADA, Louis Vuitton, Dolce&Gabbana, Chanel, Versace, Balmain, Carolina HerreraEllie Saab, Oscar de la Renta, Narciso Rodriguez, Alannah Hill, Toni Maticevski, Vera Wang, among others, which was for some viewers next to the sarcastic lines the most pleasant elements during the show.

Watching people being mean in high fashion is not only tolerable, it could entertain you. However, at the end this group discovered once and again that sometimes, they were the only one, who really cares about the other, that effect provoked they come back to each other like magnets each season because it is possible that only those who live and experience the same upbringing and environment as you could understand your feelings, your mindset, your behaviour, your mistakes, your fears and your choices.

Having parents with enough money to help you go out of messy situations after they paid for the damages caused by the lack of empathy or betrayal their dearest descendants are involved with. Why did they do it? It could be the regular question from everyone, who consider parents should do a better job. However, these parents look sometimes even more lonely and messy than their children. At some point, the most interesting dialogue I found during the show was between Nate and Blair. He was trying to understand his role and the expectations of his family on him, he found confusing his luck and having all these privileges he hadn’t ever asked for. Although, at the end, after trying to hide his lack of interest smoking weed or feeling uncomfortable for having a good life, he understood that there is no way to go out. If you were born an Archibald or a Waldorf, you only keep going with the structure your parents expected from you.

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Scary, of course, I am pretty sure nobody wants a life designed step by step from their birth until they die. Even if the rewards sound so excited as exploring all the experiences of your life through money, social status, pleasure, hedonism and selfishness. In part, I need to be honest, the funniest thing was finding the characters’ efforts to destroy the good behaviour of another character for pleasure or to destroy their social status. Such a lack of creativity!!! That was the real goal in the crazy lives of this group of friends. Georgina was going behind Serena; Blair was trying to do the same to Chuck; Jenny Humphrey is, perhaps, the biggest exception. She was the youngster and usually the character everyone tried to protect until she became the strongest and the worst considering the values previously mentioned.

To close the column, during six seasons I love the romance between Blair and Chuck, even when the majority of adults around me expressed something like “That is a toxic relation.” However, at the end, they changed, they grow up, they tried to do the best and not only for them, in that sense, perhaps for a TV show there was a good happy ending. Meanwhile, finding Serena was able to forgive Dan Humphrey after hurting her on purpose not once or twice but during ages, which sounds more like a S&M relation than a crazy passion. At least, Blair and Chuck knew perfectly how they were. Serena trusted in Dan since the beginning without imagining how much despair for her he got inside of him. I wasn’t glad she married Dan, I wanted she should have gone back with Nate but What can we do now? In the original books Nate run away to sail in a boat, leaving New York because he didn’t want to choose between the blonde or the brunette. Once and again, he is the real gentleman in shining armour but nobody married him. Senseless advertisement and advocacy for supporting the bad boys’ charming personality, or woman just love to date troublemakers. Open your eyes ladies, if you find a Nate Archibald, don’t let him go away so easily, especially, if you love him.

XOXO

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Speaking about collaboration and business in China with a Startup vision

When I arrived in Sydney I couldn’t forget what I started in Melbourne so, I was interested to know more people involved in the dynamic of technology, business, and start-ups. One of the first groups I found was North Sydney Innovation Network and it was interesting to discover more details about the dynamic in the commercial relations between China and Australia, as well as, the participation of Tech Startups in the West Coast, US.

The event was organised by @WORKinc, a company focused on offering co-working space across the Northern end of Sydney Harbour. Jonathan Herrman invited me after I found him searching for people interested to show the story online. It was an interesting first approach to Sydney’ start-up environment. Particularly, when the topic was linked to commercial relations with other countries. The panel discussing the topic had a lot of knowledge and hundreds of travels to China to discover what kind of services its population needs at the moment.

Ken Taggart founder of Chatty Kids, Changing how children learn was one member of the panel. Sitting next to him we found Emily Hung, General Manager from Winglong Pty Limited, Sarah Tritsch from Star Jasmine, who played the role of facilitator; and an expert in investment Terry Hilsberg. All of them share similar advice with different visions.

One of the most important keys is learning Chinese because it is not so common to find people speaking the Shakespear’s language across the streets. Taggart mentioned the possibility to find English speakers in hotels and restaurants but the people used to speak Mandarin so, taking some lessons wouldn’t hurt anybody interested in this market.For him and Terry, there is a crucial element to do business there, as well as, traveling to China. In that sense, they remark the lack of interest in Australians to increase their wealth with this kind of initiatives, a fact they are trying to modify through events like this one.

During the conference, each one decided to talk about particular benefits and opportunities in the Chinese market.

Emily Hung

WINGLONG PTY LIMITED, General Manager

“We found each day younger students, who are deeply interested to find solutions. Sometimes, using their ideas is quite complicated. Particularly, when innovation sometimes is not linked to regular values you found in another kind of measurable products.”

She expressed the interest of her company to prepare a group of students or teams to create successful start-ups for different competitions, where they can find economic or financial support to begin from zero.One relevant advice is traveling to the country or city you are interested to serve with your products or services because it is the only way to analyze if it is going to be useful, as well as, you could verify if there are other opportunities for your start-up. Another aspect she considered relevant was the purpose of training teams, which is a relevant aspect to pitch your idea and company in a successful way in front of potential investors.

Terry Hilsberg

INNOHUB CAPITAL, Venture Partner

“You cannot make business in China if you decide to stay in Australia. Mobility is one of the main goals for fulfilling goals.”

For this venture partner, the main goal is searching elements to offer services to more than one thousand to one million customers in the first three to six months. Even if you are not asking an excessive amount of money for your product or service monthly. The number of customers lets you keep going with your business farther than you expected.

It is important to study the market and verify the kind of services you want to offer there. To get the proper approach is necessary to understand the culture, which is completely different from Western. However, there are opportunities for everyone. If you do a good research and expose your idea, as well as, determine the cost to create your start-up, it is possible you will find Investors interested in your idea from China, from Australia, from the United States, even from Europe.

Ken Taggart

CHATTY KIDS, Founder & CEO

“I believe multicultural teams are the most effective because they possessed a different vision, as well as, creativity to solve problems.”

Ken Taggart expressed how difficult is managing a company located in China from Australia. For him, the most relevant aspect is having a great team with people from different countries, particularly, chinese if you are interested in that market. For example, creating a campaign o analysing the best strategies of Marketing for that market will have better results when you work with people who lives in the country and or has a strong connection with it.

Although Ken is honest. “Sometimes, you have some cross-cultural issues and you need to explain that is not how the things work, I want you to tell them in Chinese this is going to work in this way.”