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What Was Mine Is Now Ours.

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I want us to move forward faster.

Tech has a long way to go in order for us to get where we need to be. The good news is we’re making progress and we now have a base of innovation we can use as a springboard. We now have a little security we can use to move forward.

Security is what we needed – it gave us confidence. We are comfortable with the idea of being connected to one another. Now, we’re questioning with whom we want to be connected to.

At OurPangea we want to provide you with the answer. We want to show you who you can be connected to. We can provide the security community offers.

We can move forward faster.

When we connect with the people who support us best we are given an opportunity to move forward faster. We will have the people we need supporting us. When we think of tech it’s easy to think of how it’s connected us, what we need to think of next is why we’re connected.

OurPangea is there to help people find security in community. There are a lot of interesting hobbies and fascinations out there.  In your city, where you live, there are a lot of things to be a part of – if only they were easier to find. It’s already there, but it should be there for you.

We can help you move forward faster, in whatever direction you choose.

The credo of community is, “what was mine is now ours”.

Our shared interests, our support, our community.

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What Does It Mean to Affect?

Standing in a flowing river, I find a pebble in my hand. I float along, the pebble is lost and the river changed forever.

Something given, something changed forever.
This is affect.

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Credit: James Jean

My prompt this week was something new. “How OurPangea affects the culture of the Internet”, it was also daunting. Should I start with OurPangea or should I start with the culture of the Internet?  I chose neither.

To me, this prompt was asking about affect, not OurPangea and the Internet. It was asking, how does one affect another? How do You affect the Internet? How do You affect the world?         Questions all equal, all interesting.

Questions all pointed towards revealing a sacred principal of OurPangea – You affect.

In your big actions and small actions. In public actions and private actions. You affect.

This basic idea courses through the DNA of OurPangea. Our goal is to show people that every little thing they do affects; and their affects are their contribution, for better or worse, to their community and beyond.

This is affect.
Something given, something changed forever.

Browsing OurPangea, others give to you. Engage with OurPangea, you give to others and OurPangea will be changed forever.

This is how OurPangea affects the culture of the Internet.
This is how you affect your culture.
This is your affect.

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

What topics do you want us to explore??

Internet, Please Tell Me What I Want

Let’s say you’re at home and you need an answer fast.  What do you do first? Google it, that’s what.

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Always the first choice when you need 38,000,000,000 results about anything in 0.29 seconds

Later, you need another answer, but this time let’s say you’re not at home.  Instead you’re using a public computer at the neighborhood Internet & Manga & Tapioca Café (Google it).  Now that you’re using a public computer, with who knows what preferences, browser history, and cookies, you’ll get a different search result.

Search engine providers know a ton about each of us and therefore the results of our searches are increasingly truncated.  Search no longer just means getting the most popular results for a certain topic, it means the results you are seeing are specifically being shown to you because it’s what the search engines think you want to see.

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Oh Google, you always know what I’m looking for…

You might be thinking to yourself “that doesn’t sound so bad.  I mean it’s giving us things we’re interested in quicker and cutting out the fluff, right?”  To an extent that’s true, but there are some pitfalls worth exploring, and some really smart people are already speaking out about how this practice could be doing damage to the way we’re using the Internet and exposing ourselves to the world around us.

Admittedly, the above is a pretty extreme perspective, but criticism of personalized search is widespread enough that it constitutes 1/3 of the entire Wikipedia page. In layman’s terms, why is this feature destructive?

Basically, by hiding certain search results deemed ‘uninteresting’ we are essentially having choices made for us. This, in result, limits and changes the way we might otherwise be able to use and experience the Internet.  To be clear, this is not akin to an earthquake type disaster where the effects are immediate and the severity easily evaluated.  Personalized search is more like Global Warming: some people deny or ignore negative effects, others warn about it, but either way we won’t know for sure until it’s too late.  The potential effects of personalized search could be much more disastrous than an earthquake (say Google goes down for a few days) and the impact much more long-lasting.  It could literally permanently alter the Internet ecosystem.  But there are bright spots that are be shaping our future for good.

Sites like Pinterest which allow users to make their own choices and curate their own interests online are popping up by the dozens.  Encouragingly, many of the countless Pinterest spin-offs are enjoying success, which proves the concept that people still like to be in control.

We don’t typically think of Google Search as being restrictive.  After all, we tell it what we want and it always delivers.  However, we want content curation and choice-making to be something that propels the future of the Internet forward, not something we only see in the rearview.

Here’s to keeping it smart, keeping it ours, and including people.

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