Growing up, I’ve always fantasized about my future career(s). I was interested in my parents’ professions and wanted to understand how it all operated. Now, as a 20-year old university student trying to understand and find myself within the workplace, it’s quite a bizarre and misplaced fascination on my fifteen-year-old self’s part. But boy, is this reality check a rollercoaster ride.
The thing with fantasy, is once its falls within the constraints of the structures that would facilitate it becoming a reality things get a little bit tricky. For example, I’ve always felt the educational structures in place were a bit of a blanket response to the demand of the workplace. Putting individuals on a standardized and generalized conveyer belt to make sure they’re fit to run the structures of the workforce. Often without regard to the specialized abilities or innate characteristics of said individuals. I understand if it was an easy problem to solve, we wouldn’t be having these issues but I dismiss the notion that it is redundant to have these discussions in order to tackle the smaller components of this menacing larger problem.
Funny enough, a couple of days ago I was part of the ground crew at a Cryptocurrency conference and despite my limited knowledge in cryptocurrency, I found the technology being developed to be (oddly) philosophical and applicable to real-life issues.
Cryptocurrency utilizes Blockchain technology and in summary, information held on a blockchain (the incorruptible digital ledger) exists as a shared and continually reconciled database. The blockchain database isn’t stored in any single location, meaning the records it keeps are truly public and easily verifiable. Hosted by millions of computers simultaneously, its data is accessible to anyone on the internet (x). I think you can now see the link my brain made between the purpose of this technology and problem-solving.
I’ve always had a keen interest in technology but I’ve always felt it wasn’t accessible enough for me to learn, let alone contribute. Mathematics or physics have never been a forté of mine so I’ve always felt rejected by the community because I couldn’t understand their starting point. And this is what got me thinking: What if every specialized community also recognized how useful it is to have the general community informed of their progress?
Of course, that’s another big nuanced knot to untie, but it seems as though if we were less concerned about being so far removed from society because we’re further down the line than they are, we might be able to achieve global progression with a lot more awareness, understanding and universal contribution. Just because I’m not a developer does not mean this information should be kept cryptically concealed away from me. And I think this mindset can be exemplified in the way social media websites tailor what you see to what you usually engage with. This in itself is especially limiting and tells people “If you don’t care or know about it, you don’t need to see it.
Despite the assumed limitations the world puts on our interests and abilities, I find it important to reaffirm that the value of the global community is a direct reflection of the value of each individual. We – as a society – should recognize and reward initiative, while promoting innovation instead of solely celebrating traditional success. As a starting content creator, I’m finding it difficult to make content I truly care about when I’m regularly witnessing a huge proportion of global attention being systematically directed to follow hollow content. This is not to say that I feel content I – or others – care about is above the shallow masses but it is a reminder that it is often our duty – if we wish to make a difference – to share our value with the potential consumer in mind and in an accessible non-alienating manner.
Apologies for the incoherence but I’m a fan of this format as it allows me to express myself in a low-pressure setting. I’m working on a more general discussion of the workplace (derived from recent experience) so if you have any thoughts on that be sure to hit me up on my favorite ‘woke chats’ platform, Twitter.
I’m interested in the discussions and the real-world changes that stem from them, so don’t hesitate to share your opinion or annihilate mine. Anything to get this fire started, I guess?
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