Ecclesiastical Rural Results Only Work Environments

John Hagel and John Seely Brown’s work re: innovation clusters, and their draw of the populace to them, is spot on; to my way of thinking, there is also a countervailing force now occurring1. As fast-enough broadband2 has proliferated both in the US3 and globally4 5 to smaller towns, they have been rewriting their core narratives6. I will be interested in seeing how small town congregations re-envision themselves, especially in light of the nexus of eldercare and this7.

  1. Brain gain in rural Minnesota
  2. What Kind Of Speed Matters for Broadband’s Economic Development Impact? – Strategic Network Group
  3. Community Network Map – Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  4. Animated map reveals the 550,000 miles of cable hidden under the ocean that power the internet – Business Insider
  5. Broadband for the Rural North #B4RN
  6. Toward a new narrative: How the Center for Small Towns crafts a different rural story
  7. The US uncompensated volunteerism industry

The US uncompensated volunteerism industry

The US for profit healthcare industry rests upon a vast ocean of uncompensated volunteerism:

In 2009, about 42.1 million family caregivers in the United States provided care to an adult with limitations in daily activities at any given point in time, and about 61.6 million provided care at some time during the year. The estimated economic value of their unpaid contributions was approximately $450 billion in 2009, up from an estimated $375 billion in 2007.

Valuing the Invaluable: 2011 Update
The Growing Contributions and Costs of Family Caregiving
Lynn Feinberg, Susan C. Reinhard, Ari Houser, and Rita Choula
AARP Public Policy Institute

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Family caregivers in the U.S. spend an estimated 30 billion hours per year caring for older family and friends. That’s about $522 billion in care, according to a new Rand Corp. study, as measured by valuing the time caregivers have sacrificed in order to be able to provide care. – See more at: http://states.aarp.org/family-caregivers-provide-522-billion-in-uncompensated-care-per-year/#sthash.DUlY2pNi.dpuf

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Latest Estimated Value of Volunteer Time via Independent Sector

National Value of Volunteer Time: $23.07 per hour

The estimate helps acknowledge the millions of individuals who dedicate their time, talents, and energy to making a difference. Charitable organizations can use this estimate to quantify the enormous value volunteers provide.

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, about 62.6 million Americans, or 25.4 percent of the adult population, gave 7.7 billion hours of volunteer service worth $173 billion in 2013.2 For the latest information, please see www.volunteeringinamerica.gov.
https://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time

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VOLUNTEERING IN THE UNITED STATES — 2014

The volunteer rate was little changed at 25.3 percent for the year ending in September 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. About 62.8 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2013 and September 2014. The volunteer rate in 2013 was 25.4 percent.
http://www.bls.gov/news.release/volun.nr0.htm

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TIME BANKING

In economics, a time-based currency is an alternative currency or exchange system where the unit of account/value is the person-hour or some other time unit. Some time-based currencies value everyone’s contributions equally: one hour equals one service credit. In these systems, one person volunteers to work for an hour for another person; thus, they are credited with one hour, which they can redeem for an hour of service from another volunteer. Others use time units that might be fractions of an hour (e.g. minutes, ten minutes – 6 units/hour, or 15 minutes – 4 units/hour). While most time-based exchange systems are service exchanges in that most exchange involves the provision of services that can be measured in a time unit, it is also possible to exchange goods by ‘pricing’ them in terms of the average national hourly wage rate (e.g. if the average hourly rate is $20/hour, then a commodity valued at $20 in the national currency would be equivalent to 1 hour).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time-based_currency

Some Religious Sociology

Reading Emergence of the “Church of Christ” Denomination by David Edwin Harrell, Jr., Ph.D. about sociology’s view of the “sect to denomination” process as it applies to this American Reformation | Restorationist group and today’s Congregational Consulting Group’s PERSPECTIVES article by Sarai Rice on Denominational Dematurity.

Progression of “sect”, “institutional sect”, “denomination”; and life cycle of churches.

See also Generationally Rethinking Church with Dick Hamm.

Fiber to the Press Release

Industry watchers often categorize these announcements as “Fiber to the Press Release“: AT&T bringing gigabit Internet service to Louisville This is of particular interest keeping in mind the Kentucky Statewide fiber backbone project called KentuckyWired [and no, there are no plans for TennesseeWired, TNREN or such; our legislators are spending their resources fighting with the FCC (under the states’ rights rubric) the effect of which is to deny municipalities the ability to offer fiber networks even though incumbent telcos and cablecos have no intention of building them.]

When you have a global collaboration and innovation infostructure you can accomplish wonderful things like:

BD2K All-Hands Grantee Meeting – November 2015 (Day 1)

BD2K All-Hands Grantee Meeting – November 2015 (Day 2)

GÉANT

The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE)

GLORIAD News

Update: Insight Application

Greg Cole, Director, Center for International Networking Initiatives, The University of Tennessee, the Principal Investigator and Director, GLORIAD, passed these links along about the Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development:

Overview Movie: .mov (214 MB, download first, then play)

Former NSF Director, Subra Suresh speech re: GLORIAD Egypt launch: .mp4 (205 MB)

Former NSF Director, Subra Suresh talk re: GLORIAD and other efforts in India: .mp4 (39 MB)

AMCOST New GLORIAD Egypt/Africa effort: .mov .m4v Desktop Provides overview shots of the Africa Union Ministerial Meeting for Science and Technology, from March 7-10, 2010

GLORIAD/Tata Movie: Youtube

UT-produced Video re: GLORIAD: Youtube Greg Cole comments on GLORIAD’s role and potential

US NSF Press Release (Taj)

US State Dept Article

UT Quest Article

US NSF Press Release

GLORIAD dvNOC “click on GLORIAD-EARTH” tab to see live display of science applications using the network (updated every 10-15 seconds):

Recent GLORIAD newsletter from recent trip to India: (pdf)

Recent GLORIAD presentations

Zeeba, the Social Network Connecting the World of Science and Cyberinfrastructure

Play

When TNREN?

Bill Weber, WHYY Public Media’s VP and CTO, gave this presentation to the Philadelphia Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers on January 15, 2013 about KINBER / PennREN’s growing role in enabling Pennsylvania’s film industry.

The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research is a non-profit coalition of Pennsylvania’s education, research, healthcare, economic development and other non-profit based communities.

PennREN, the Pennsylvania Research and Education Network, is KINBER’s first project that will deliver a statewide platform for connecting its members through facilities-based fiber optic networking. PennREN will initially light over 1,600 miles of fiber on a middle-mile network that will connect over 70 locations.

Why should TN care?

FedGov (especially National Science Foundation) is recognizing the role of scientific discovery, research and education capabilities of #BigData on #HPC in the #Cloud. Getting the data into the cloud is the challenge best solved with symmetric gigabit upload and download speeds. Please see NSFCloud (CloudLab, Chameleon), and The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), etc. I am personally interested in #disintermedia applications such as those encouraged by the Knight News Challenge #Data, but I digress. TNREN would also allow us to meaningfully participate in Next Century Cities which may foster a GÉANT Association (see also DANTE) capability in the U.S. #education #film #genomics #healthcare #IoT #etc

Would like to know which Tennessee politicians will spearhead the building of Tennessee’s digital fiber backbone. Would be prudent if Nashville’s new mayor (I’m assuming there will still be an office of innovation) would be on board with the momentum I see coming from the likes of Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke.

Note also: Ohio’s OAR.Net, Kentucky’s KYwired initiatives (among others).

See also: Gigabit Libraries Network.

US Ignite Tutorial on CloudLab.US

I’m reviewing the US Ignite Tutorial on CloudLab.US, featuring an OpenStack Juno on Ubuntu 14.10 instance with a controller, network manager, and one compute node. This profile runs on either x86 or ARM64 nodes. It takes advantage of Vanilla Apache Hadoop, Hortonworks Data Platform, Apache Spark, etc.

CloudLab is a leading-edge laboratory for exploring and applying new computer cloud architectures at scale. The CloudLab infrastructure consists of three new clusters at U. Wisconsin, Clemson U., and U. Utah augmenting the existing Emulab and GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovations) distributed computing facilities. Each of the new clusters is aimed at providing hardware support for a different point in the cloud design space, and together they represent an extraordinary flexibility for computer scientists to try new ideas and for domain scientists to match CloudLab infrastructure to their applications.

CloudLab is a project of the University of Utah, Clemson University, the University of Wisconsin Madison, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Raytheon BBN Technologies, and US Ignite. CloudLab is part of the National Science Foundation’s NSFCloud program. To design and build the CloudLab facility, we’re partnering with three vendors: Cisco, Dell, and HP. Seagate has also provided a generous donation of hard drives.

Another similar project is Chameleon. Some videos here.

UPDATE: see also this additional recently announced project: Cornell to Lead NSF-Funded Cloud Federation for Big Data Analysis By David Raths 11/04/15

National Governors Association, July 2015

Opening News Conference
National Governors Association Chair Governor John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Vice Chair Governor Gary Herbert (R-UT) held a news conference to discuss the agenda of the NGA’s summer meeting at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Topics included economic growth measures, the House bill to withhld federal funds from “sanctuary cities,” and protection of their National Guard units in the wake of the Chattanooga shooting.
http://www.c-span.org/video/?327220-1/national-governors-association-opening-news-conference

Opening Session
National Governors Association Chair Governor John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Vice Chair Governor Gary Herbert (R-UT) spoke at the opening session of the NGA’s summer meeting in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
http://www.c-span.org/video/?327220-5/national-governors-association-summer-meeting

Discussion on Economy and Natural Resources
The Economic Development and Commerce and Natural Resources committees of the National Governors Association held a joint meeting to discuss states’ strategies for tourism and economic development.
http://www.c-span.org/video/?327220-2/national-governors-association-discussion-tourism-economic-development

National Governors’ Summer Meeting
Governor Gary Herbert (R-UT), the incoming chair of the National Governors Association (NGA), talked about the NGA’s meeting and the issues facing his state. He participated by remote video from the meeting site in The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
http://www.c-span.org/video/?327098-2/washington-journal-governor-gary-herbert-rut

On Leadership

Carson Reed (of Abilene Christian University’s Siburt Institute for Church Ministry in e-News: May 20, 2015) writes concerning leadership:

First, practices of leadership require openness and vulnerability.

Second, culturally diverse teams are more adept at problem-solving.

Third, leadership, good or bad, lives out of a particular narrative.

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