Last week I travelled to Salt Lake City, UT. In addition to presenting to a few local groups, I visited seventeen locations in the region that have ties to human capital finance, educational technology, faith institutions, surveillance, and the Internet of Bodies via sensors, 5G, genomics, and bioinformatics. It was a veritable “Disneyland” of social impact investing.
One of my hosts was a Waldorf-trained teacher. Her humane approach to educating children as sacred, creative beings using natural materials sits in direct contrast to the digital instruction model advanced by local technology companies Waterford Upstart online pre-k and data-mining behemoth Instructure whose Canvas program aggregates digital dust on learners from kindergarten through a dystopian future of “lifelong learning.”
Imagine a classroom where young people use pastels and knit and choose their own books!
A place where children engage friends and teachers face to face, not on a screen, not through a gamified interface, not on a leaderboard – where collaboration is valued over competition.
It was beautiful to be reminded of what is possible.
This not easy work, putting together the pieces of a profane agenda and figuring out ways to share this information with people at all levels of knowing and stages of acceptance. Still, experiences like this trip and the connections made deeply enrich my life and keep me going. I am grateful for every minute, particularly in this moment of socially-straight-jacketed biosecurity.
During my stay we made a pilgrimage to Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake. We said a prayer and sang to the water and lit a candle for a friend on Buffalo Point Trail. The hubris of certain powerful humans to attempt to play god with their disruptive bio-nano-tech and virtual reality was particularly striking contemplated against the majesty of the Wasatch Front and in the company of the spiritual beings of that land from the humble lichen to the steadfast bison.
We are living in a moment when the wetiko mind virus of Western scientism seems to have cast a profoundly toxic spell. With loving intentions we hope to break that enchantment and bring forth a reckoning, healing, and ultimately redemption as we face down artificial intelligence. The Singularity is the ultimate settler colonizer, and humanity is in its crosshairs. We will all soon know what it means to be Ute, Palestinian, Black in Apartheid South Africa, descendent of enslaved and genocided people. Big tech and the Vaccine Credential Initiative seek dominion over non-GMO life. We are meant to be fodder for Utah’s 1,000+ “life sciences” start-ups. The capitalist paradigm insists we must be sick or if well, still avail ourselves of their therapeutic “solutions.” That is the twisted logic of a time where right relationship must become the imperative, or else.
If we cannot unite natural life may soon be erased from the planet.
I compiled a two-hour video of all my visits.
Individual clips can be found on this playlist.
I encourage you to watch Laura Poitras and Bill Binney’s 8-minute video about the Bluffdale NSA Data that was put out by the New York Times in 2012 and then watch my ritual of revoked consent outside that location. Avril Haines, the new Director of National Intelligence with purview over this facility, was a participant in Event 201. She is why we went to the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab last summer. Check out the 5G towers placed outside Ogden High School, too. Life is under assault with the goal of digital twinning society using military weapons.
It is time to look up from our sandwiches.
The children and the yet to be born are counting on us.
Pushcart memorial at Temple Square – sage and tobacco left at foot of the child in the back.
May we know the true history and work to heal past injustice.
Impact Hub downtown Salt Lake City
United Nation’s themed stained glass window in the Catholic Cathedral of the Madeline
Powder Mountain ski resort purchased by social entrepreneurs and ed-tech venture capitalists as an intentional community
The banality of the origins of digital slavery – left to right
Corporate office of Evernym (digital ID)
Waterford UpStart (online pre-k)
Sorenson Communications (social impact entrepreneur)
Instructure (data-mining learning management system)
Sorenson Impact Center University of Utah
Explore the natural world, learn, make friends, and don’t give up.
We listen to our gut, and try to be humble, knowing our place as the younger siblings of the world.
If needed we will walk through the zombie apocalypse, knowing that the Valley of Love is just beyond.
Live your life so that you will be an ancestor worth claiming.
In a time of profanity, channel the sacred.