Slow & Steady: Non-Profit Web Development

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An update from the magical behind-the-scenes land (which is alive & well, for all intents & purposes, complete with larger-than-life mascots)! More has been happening than I sometimes remember to realize, yet the painstaking lesson in patience–that of creating larger-than-life systems of community interaction–persists. And, for better ignorance or for worse wisdom, it is not a task to be underestimated. Developing websites is a slow process What was originally estimated at a 1-month finishing time is now surpassing 2 months. It’s not our developers’ fault; it’s simply the nature of creating software… Asking a computer to do what you want it to, down to precise details, is a technological feat of humankind that I, for one, have always taken for granted. What may begin as a basic task, a simple copy-paste in some instances, turns into all kinds of unforeseen syntax errors and server issues that become an exciting challenge to overcome. …and that’s … Read More

Sustainable Intentions for 2019

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Joining in on the social media fun of sharing new goals and objectives, this post will be an introduction to what we envision for the development of PRCPTION Travel this year. Recap: 2017-2018 2017 was a ground-breaking year. Through the hype of the cryptocurrency “bubble,” many people began to see new potential in the ways we interact, govern, and regulate ourselves as a society. We recognized that we could now generate abundance from thin air with digital currencies, consensus, and markets–not to mention play with new technologies that could keep governments and power hierarchies accountable. The blockchain enthusiasm of 2017 brought hope & inspiration to a new generation–including ourselves at PRCPTION Travel. Traveling through several regions of the USA, to central Europe, to three corners of Africa, 2017 was a year of field research and exploration for our organization. How could we integrate this new technology into digital media sharing, … Read More

A Musical Duo, A Community Hub, and A Colorful New Website!

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Happy new moon! I normally release these posts around the full moon (just in case you hadn’t noticed :D), but this time around the flow of things needed time to catch up. And how glad I am that they did! Today I want to share with you several aspects of how the PRCPTION Travel vision ties together. Musicians & Artists It was exciting to get back into documenting talented musicians. This traveling Argentine couple came along and their celestial Andean music is just irresistible. From intense Yage ceremonies to simple afternoon jam sessions, it was a magical week of inspiration from these two at the Finca Del Origen in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Colombia. And now, they have a video to help find them gigs and opportunities in their travels! What if it were this easy for non-filmmakers to support artists and musicians? Community Centers This is an older … Read More

Introducing the PRCPTIONS.LIVE Platform!

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Hi everyone! Brief update this time around: the PRCPTIONS.LIVE platform beta is now online! (hint: it’s not yet optimized for mobile, so please wait until you’re on your computer 🙂) On a personal note, it’s been a long, busy, and intense few months working on this amongst other media projects, from the east to the west coast of Australia and onward to Los Angeles (and now en route to Colombia!). Software development is quite the beast, I’m learning, and the funny bit is that what you see before you is still far from fully-functional! There is a long road ahead to enact this vision of cooperative social networking on a global scale. While I’m not myself doing the dirtiest of the work (shout-out to our dev and newest team member, Kusan), I find myself learning quite a bit: from in-depth CSS style designing to Git code management, to overall project management. I’d like … Read More

The Social User Experience & Creativity

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What the internet of the last decade has encouraged us to explore: How do we perceive the world around us? And how do we transform those sights & sounds into mediums/media that others, friends and strangers alike, will have the chance to experience to some degree? If social networking has taught our civilization anything, it’s that we enjoy peering at and through the lens of others. But has that lesson come at too heavy a price? The price of having our curiosity satisfied has come at the will of these big companies mediating our social connectivity, restricted not only by their rules but by their interfaces. And the trouble arrives when we realize how in-the-dark we’ve been about the [lack of] capabilities using these social interfaces. In this post, I will explore this concept through some tidbits of what the PRCPTION Travel project has been up to in the past few weeks. … Read More

Features of a Cooperative Social Network

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For over a year now, our brainstorming innovations trio has been studying and abstractly designing a method for people to collaborate, create, and distribute authentic “smiling people” media. From a systems standpoint, the primary purpose of this media would be to act as information: of people, of locations, of experiences, of stories. This is obviously a complicated endeavor for many reasons. Decentralized innovations such as Bitcoin and Ethereum (blockchain technologies) have been inspirational in the brainstorm, as well as taking what we learn from existing “past paradigm” platforms like Facebook or Instagram, which a majority of social users still use. “Social network” was never really our preferred term for what we were working on, but as the project begins to take shape we are seeing that this is very much what the PRCPTION Travel vision is designed to be–a cooperative social network. Cooperative Social Networking So what are the features … Read More

Friends, Partners, and Collaborators of PRCPTION Travel

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First and quickly, an announcement for our new website! It’s fresh and it’s clean. As our team grows and horizons expand, I’d like to take a moment to recognize the awesome organizations we work with. PRCPTION Travel wouldn’t be developing in the direction it is if it weren’t for the support of the following groups who believe in the overarching mission of people coming together. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with a few of them! Cure CRPS Foundation is bringing hope and build a community of both doctors & patients around the world, raising awareness and efforts to find a cure. From its website: “CURE CRPS Foundation was created to raise awareness of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) aka RSD, compile and conduct research to update the diagnostic criteria and staging of the disease, and identify and develop best practices and protocols to ultimately find a cure. CRPS is a disease … Read More

Moving Onward!

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Active Participation In a time when we have so many options for spending our attention, human connection seems to be so often simulated right in front of our eyes. Movie characters, Instagram stories, etc. may make us feel close to a character, yet it’s not quite tangible enough to feel the fulfillment of a proper human interaction. It’s a very passive, simulated experience that doesn’t feel so… wholesome? I imagine that if everyone actively participated just a little bit in the shaping of a new digital world–even just by choosing to use different software, or choosing to be exposed to a certain lens of information–then we’d all feel a lot more empowered and thus a lot more collectively stoked. But more on this as you scroll down. Welcome to the Team! As the mission to take back ownership of our digital connectivity continues to spread, it becomes more & more … Read More

Sharing Our PRCPTION

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Greetings friends and family, nomads and artists, creators and visionaries! I’d like to welcome you to our first issue of the PRCPTION Travel newsletter, where we share some of our latest community-building videos. Many supporters of the project happen to stay away from modern social networking platforms, (where we host & share most of our media), so I realized it was finally time to establish a digital tool for connecting our smiling faces and projects. In this edition, we’ll re-familiarize you with PRCPTION Travel’s smiling media mission, give you a glimpse at our recent trip to Western and Southern Africa, and introduce the new #SmilesFiles awareness-building campaign.    📢 Our Mission 🌐 For too long has mass media dominated what we learn about the world: we see terrorism, we see fear, we see separation; but what about the healthy collaborations? What about the people working together to make this world … Read More