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We The Lonely People: Our History Exploration

“For most of history, man found his sense of community where he lived, with the people among whom he was born and with whom he died. For some that remains true today. But most of us in city and suburb live in one place, and find ‘community’ in another.”
-Ralph Keyes

Ralph Keyes, pop-culture author and community-proponent, speculated that modern marvels which have consistently pushed us forward as a technological society have simultaneously deteriorated our ability to form a sense of community.

Keyes wrote We The Lonely People, the article that the above excerpt comes from, in the 1970s and the technology he was specifically referring to were the household conveniences that diminished the habit of families gathering together as a household ‘community,’ but his perspectives are no less accurate or out of place in looking at modern advancements like the Internet and social media today.  In the short history of these broad technologies, we’ve been given the ability to instantly ‘connect,’ been granted tools to play words with friends across the nation, and now have the power to pinpoint our exact location anywhere in the world in mere seconds.

Over the past two months, right here on our blog we’ve been exploring how our communities have evolved, been shaped, and improved as they’ve grown throughout history. We wanted to look at various events, people, and trends from history to elucidate the power and importance of being able to understand our history. Even more so, we hoped to imagine the possibilities of a world where we’re able to harness the power of our collective past and use that focus to encourage our communities to become stronger and stronger as we move forward into the future.

Want another look?  Here’s a full list of all of our history themed posts!

The Importance of History
Common Unity
Remembering History and Using OurPangea to Address Global Trends
Ubuntu: I Am Who I Am Because of Who We All Are
A Conversation Over A Gyro
Making the World Spicy…Literally
Museums, Exhibits, And Galleries
The Rise of Cities
The World Goes Further Than What We See
How OurPangea Is Sharing and Creating History
The Big Support Networks of Education In Small Communities
What We All Share: A Sense of Community
OurPangea for Education
How Education Changes The World
How OurPangea Will Change The World

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Using OurPangea Within Our Small Communities

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Among the easiest ways to construct a community is by sharing a living space. This can be abstracted all the way out to cities, states, and nations. But it’s not uncommon also for smaller communities to be the most saturated with thriving culture and identity. With OurPangea’s innovative system of networking hyper-local communities, these shared living spaces can connect and interactively these individual cultures together.

I grew up in a small neighborhood called Lamar Park, just off the edge of Corpus Christi Bay, in South Texas. My neighborhood consisted of friends, pets, families, events, adventures and everything one could ask for in a small community. We had community Christmas caroling, 4th of July barbeques, garage sales, carpools, and much more. We created our community based on our shared living space. Every community in the world has the same story. Each of them has created their unique cultures and traditions based on the communication and connection of the people within them.

But a neighborhood is only one way of sharing a living space. More structured living spaces with offices and front desks would have the perfect opportunity to utilize the community organization OurPangea brings. An apartment office could coordinate its communities for the events and social gatherings they hold and the notices they send. Residence advisors could use OurPangea to connect and foster an environment of collaboration for students. An apartment complex or a university residence hall could quickly use OurPangea to create a sense of belonging and networking to the residents within by sharing their common ground with one another. In all cases, OurPangea acts as a springboard for community discussion, gathering, and connection.

The foundation of any community starts with a shared characteristic among its members. OurPangea’s organizational system will organize its communities by these traits, helping individuals come together and share in these communities. Neighborhoods, apartment complexes, and residence halls are the keystones in OurPangea’s vision. By creating communities of shared locations, shared interests, and shared topics, we will create “neighborhoods” that transcend our traditional notions of what a community should be, while at the same time bringing together and sharing all the communities that are.

Hail to Überpong!

Many years ago, a fortune-teller spoke of the coming of a powerful movement. This vision saw many disparate, disconnected designers coming together to fulfill a powerful destiny involving prophets, paddles, and ping pong.

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The ping pong prophet has finally arrived in David Lowe and his company Überpong. Some say the idea came to him in a dream with paddles shaped like scimitars.  Others say he just thinks a little flair will help people will enjoy the game as much as he does.

Imagine a Grand Slam tournament for Ping Pong, right here in Austin. “Andre Agassi changed the way tennis was perceived when he wore crazy outfits on his way to winning Grand Slam tournaments,” says Lowe. “We want to do a similar thing with ping pong. The Uberpong ping pong paddle designs are an extension of your personality. We want you to play with style.”

Want to play with style and be a part of the legendary revolution? Überpong has just launched a project on Kickstarter and is asking for your support! Go contribute to their project here!

Überpong has already gained a healthy following and become a welcome player in the Austin social scene.  On a typical Überpong night you’ll get people of all ages, neighborhoods, and professions coming together to share a passion for ping pong.  And for that we say Hail to David and Überpong!

Join Überpong on Kickstarter!

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A New Perspective

The world is, in so many ways, connected. It is connected through worlds within worlds of its own. Worlds of art, worlds of culture, worlds of history and anthropology. Worlds of cities and skyscrapers, of forests and oceans, where all the known and unknown forces of the universe collide to create a force greater than life itself. It is connected through worlds of people, sharing themselves with one another and with all these worlds. This intangible connection is the greatest of them all.

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Through the course of human history, we have always sought to effectively communicate and connect with others on any meaningful level we could. It began with writing, the shared knowledge of the creative and philosophical arts, and has continued today to the marvels of the Internet and social networking. It is with great excitement, then, that I have joined the OurPangea team. OurPangea is an attempt to create these connections in bold new ways to improve how we interact, both online and in “real life”. Specifically, it is a new type of network – not a social network, but a Community Network. It will focus on recreating and improving our social model so that we can more easily share and connect with one another and create a better world for all of our communities.

In my personal opinion, I strongly believe that the mission behind OurPangea is something to strive for. With the help of communities everywhere from humble beginnings at the University of Texas to the entire world combined, it can become a revolution in the way we think, feel, and act as a world community, transcending the way we connect to one another and to our communities. Communities are made up of individuals, and individuals are a sum of their communities. This synergistic notion is the key aspect driving OurPangea forward. It is my belief that OurPangea’s mission will come to fruition when communities learn to interact with one another in an organic, collective way, and it is also my belief that this ideal is not very far off. From an idea to a tool to a website to a social movement, OurPangea represents the limitless potential of our communities and the individuals that populate them. It is my hope that this mission succeeds, because it is a mission that is desperately needed for the continued growth of humanity. I will do my absolute best to help this movement get off the ground because it is a cause I believe in, and more importantly it is a cause everyone can believe in. Together, we can combine all of our distant self-continents into one unified, collective (yet still individualistic) whole. We can create our own resurrection of Pangea.

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