Technology can augment human intelligence & collaboration.
Optimism and pessimism are self-fulfilling prophecies.
Imagination is within reality.
Learning is life-long.
Hello visitor, my name's John!
I am committed to life-long learning.
I work as a bridge across communities, concepts and practices. Where differences seem most pronounced is where the brightest potentials for bridging exist.
I explore healthier futures for societies made of individuals, making note of obvious pitfalls along the way. I imagine new ways of speaking and being where mathematics and slang exist at the same level of difficulty. Where imagination is free to soar with others in real time!
I hope you enjoy browsing my site, which attempts to capture my travels through scholarship, thought, art and beyond.
I live in San Diego, CA so please reach out if you are in the area!
Around the Net
Hanging at LEAPcon in 360º video with The Game Veda
Talking with John Craig of "Can Rock and Roll Save America" was so fun! We touch may subjects here, from tangible work on a Retrofit Revolution to improve homes and cultural experience in suburban America, to gun violence, compassion and how to transmute anger into solutions. What a conversation, I'm still thinking from it!
Interviewed by Alison Sher, the talented creator of Millennial Universe and writer of the upcoming book "The Millennials Guide to the Universe", alongside Svetlana Saitsky, Lead Storyteller at YouCaring.com on the topic: using technology for "good;" what that means and how we can do it. Such a fun conversation! I'm so honored to have met both Alison and Svetlana, they are bringers of hope. Technology reflects human intention and we are all humans, so what do we wish to make?
Kevin Kelley asked the crowd to envision plausible and desirable 100 year futures in 100 words and offered $100 as a reward for the one he would most like to live in. Kelley's commentary on envisioning positive futures is powerful and his contribution of a desirable future is inspiring.
"It’s a hard assignment. Compressing anything as messy as the future into 100 words is a near-impossible challenge. Almost like writing poetry. And 100 years is so immensely distant from us that we need to fictionalize it. But the most difficult part is imagining a scenario that is desirable.
"My choice for the most plausible vision of a future I desire goes to John Hanacek’s scenario. I think I’d like to live there, and I think it is plausible in 100 years. My $100 goes to him." - Kevin Kelley, kk.org
"Data is emerging as the new 'oil,' the new resource, the ultimate distillation of all civilization into an exponential pool of zeros and ones..."
"In this two-part blog, John Hanacek forecasts a future in which the line between material and virtual reality is gradually more blurred, with people living in both realms simultaneously. In this new world, the Internet may also be increasingly a real-time extension of our memory and our access to knowledge, answering our questions before they are even posed and potentially manipulating our desires and our behavior. Hanacek looks first at the upside of the 'answer engine Internet' and then at its dangers."
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