Baltimore has an undeniable momentum as a creative and scientific community.
Entrepreneurship, arts, music, sciences all flourish in Baltimore.
If creative work is rooted in deep, foundational structures of the human mind, then it inevitably produces lasting, sustainable aesthetics and culture.
We see lasting, sustainable aesthetics in ancient Egypt (Kemet), ancient Greece, in the Florentine Renaissance.
All of these periods were a rebirth, a renewal of learning. They knew a unified system of knowledge.
In our contemporary time, all of the economic emphasis is on specialization and technology.
We have lost the unified system of knowledge that generated true value, lasting aesthetics.
We have lost the knowledge of how to be a community.
Spatial Learning is the rebirth of the classical liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences. It is an education platform, as unified meta-model of social science that is continuously updated and improved through human negotiation.
We transform the liberal arts into contemporary global relevance. The liberal arts education is the driver of true value and local community development. The liberal arts are the foundation of the economic engine.
In the current economic paradigm, one can make a good living as an engineer, programmer, or number cruncher.
The liberal arts are undervalued. Liberal arts allows for organic data aggregation across disciplines.
Digital data aggregation, like AI, is only effective for advertising and exploitation, which no one cares about anymore.
Advertising is an outdated business model, from the television era.
Word of mouth is the tried and true business model.
The way that the liberal arts are taught in the university as specialized, siloed disciplines, is diminishing in value and importance.
It is not that specialization is unimportant. Specialization is critically important as localized, contextual knowledge.
Academics do abstract, jargon-based specialization.
Specialization should be applied and locally contextual.
Catholics founded the university in the 11th century on the curriculum of the seven liberal arts. It was a comprehensive education across all fields of knowledge.
This comprehensive learning led directly to Florentine Renaissance and the timeless genius of Leonardo DaVinci, Michelangelo, the Medicis. It also laid the foundation for the scientific revolution with Kepler, Copernicus, and Galileo.
The current economic paradigm is based on technology and artificial intelligence. This paradigm won’t last forever. There is increased government and public scrutiny of the monopoly tech platforms.
Big data, AI, and tech is a huge, overvalued bubble.
The monopoly tech companies are rightly criticized for surveillance, exploiting private data, and censorship.
The tech companies use AIs to aggregate and process massive amounts of data.
But they have no idea how to effectively use this data!
They have no idea how to do organic data aggregation.
All of the emphasis in the current paradigm is on non-local, virtual, digital platforms, not in local communities.
Digital platforms do help people exchange value more efficiently, they match buyers and seller in space more effectively.
But what about local communities? How do we match people’s needs and wants in local space more efficiently?
Technology is undeniably incredible. It is a Library of Alexandria in your pocket. It allows us to learn and integrate massive amounts of data. It allows us to coordinate in space more effectively.
But has mass digital data collection solved any of our major social problems?
Has it helped homelessness in San Francisco, or drug addiction in Baltimore, or post-industrial economy of Detroit?
Our cultural narratives and political narratives are more polarized than ever. Many say this precisely because of social media.
How do we bootstrap on top of technological coordination to the next stage of economic development?
The next wave of economic development is the true value economy. It is bootstrapping from technological coordination to spatial knowledge coordination.
It is in forming coherent meta-models of reality across disciplines, finding patterns and structures in the plurality of data to predictively assess the overall situation.
As the industrial economy is to tech economy, so the tech economy is to the true value economy.
My vision is to make Baltimore the hub of the post-tech, true value economy, to make Baltimore into an economic engine, to incentivize bringing people out of poverty and destitution through true value exchange.
We are discovering the latent market demand for comprehensive cross-disciplinary meta-models, that bring more references and impactful influence to the design process.
What will generate value in the post-tech economic paradigm?
Deep, meaningful, spatial conversations that generate win-win economic outcomes.
In deep, meaningful conversation, each person updates each other’s model of reality, so they collectively converge towards higher coherence.
Conversations make deals, deals make markets.
Conversations are the causal, true value generator of economic circulation.
All economic value circulates around the true value conversations.
This is the prototype of economic exchange; making both parties better off as a result of the transaction.
Imagine if you had an economic and moral incentive to help someone overcome drug addiction. Imagine if you could be paid to improve the community.
This is the benefit of the spatial coordination platform, bootstrapping on top of the digital media platforms.
The liberal arts, updated for contemporary global relevance are: religion, mathematics, geopolitics, philosophy, economics, history, biology.
This curriculum will give an artist or scientist the deep, foundational, global understanding to build something that is not transitory and ephemeral, but deep and lasting, and of true value to the world. All economic value intrinsically follows that.