Editorial: Imagine cures for cancer; living 100 years

Imagine global saviors on the brink of curing cancer, on the cusp of integrating technology in ways that seemed, well, unimaginable just few years ago.

Big names with resumes packed full of life-changing accomplishments will gather at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples on Feb. 26 to talk about the future of healthcare, technology, education and affordable housing as part of the 8th Imagine Solutions Conference. For eight hours, guests will learn about cancer breakthroughs and solutions, the longevity of life and if a 100-year life expectancy is approaching, how science and technology continue to integrate and create endless possibilities and how education shapes all that is possible.

W Panamá y Shared_Studios conectan culturas con El Portal

W Panamá y Shared_Studios conectan culturas con El Portal

El W Panama Portal lanzó por primera vez su tecnología audiovisual inmersiva en Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá, en alianza con W Panamá y Shared_Studios.  El Portal está ubicado en el Street Mall, en avenida Israel y abrirá de forma gratuita, dando la bienvenida a todos los locales y visitantes de enero a marzo de 2018.  El Portal, creado por el colectivo de arte, tecnología, y diseño llamado Shared_Studios, es un contenedor dorado de carga único en su clase que cuenta con innovaciones patentadas en hardware, software y diseño.  El portal ofrece una nueva forma de conectarse con personas en más de 18 ciudades, desafiando los límites físicos y culturales.

A golden opportunity in Times Square ends today

A golden opportunity in Times Square ends today

Today (21 November) is the last chance to stop by the TimesSquare_Portal project, a golden shipping container that connects visitors in New York’s busiest public space with people around the world, using advanced video chat software. During its seven-week-long run, the portable communications hub has linked up to cities in the US as well as Iraq, Afghanistan, Rwanda and Myanmar. Portals was created to foster one-on-one conversations across distances and different cultures, says the project’s founder and creative director Amar Bakshi.

Portales te lleva hasta Veracruz con Jugos Del Valle

Portales te lleva hasta Veracruz con Jugos Del Valle

Todo comienza en una cabina dorada. Portales es una iniciativa de arte público creada por Amar Bakshi y Michelle Moghtader; son espacios y pantallas equipadas con tecnología audiovisual inmersiva. La idea es que la gente se acerque para platicar con personas de otros lugares cara a cara con la intención de saber cómo es la vida en otra parte de su país o del mundo.

A Portal To The Past

A Portal To The Past

Even before Internet ubiquity, in the mid-1990s, when I was in third grade, students who finished bookwork early (young nerds like myself) were sent to the back of the room – where the (one lonesome) computer was located – and given access to a digital rendering of the entire world, led by the intrepid Carmen Sandiego.

HOW THE PORTALS PROJECT REALLY OPENED DOORS WITH ITS MILWAUKEE SUPERSTAR

HOW THE PORTALS PROJECT REALLY OPENED DOORS WITH ITS MILWAUKEE SUPERSTAR

When Shared_Studios brought its Portals project to Times Square last month, it brought in one of its star curators to take a turn on Broadway. Lewis Lee, who with his generous and engaging nature embodies the Portals mission to connect people around the world, flew in from Milwaukee to connect visitors with friends and strangers. Or more specifically, strangers who become friends.

A golden opportunity in Times Square ends today

A golden opportunity in Times Square ends today

Today (21 November) is the last chance to stop by the TimesSquare_Portal project, a golden shipping container that connects visitors in New York’s busiest public space with people around the world, using advanced video chat software. During its seven-week-long run, the portable communications hub has linked up to cities in the US as well as Iraq, Afghanistan, Rwanda and Myanmar. Portals was created to foster one-on-one conversations across distances and different cultures, says the project’s founder and creative director Amar Bakshi. During a visit in October, The Art Newspaper spoke with a group of children from the Harsham Refugee Camp in Erbil, Iraq about some of their favourite activities—playing football—and foods—shawarma and barbeque. The project is always travelling, and there are plans to launch a Portal in a repurposed school bus in February, so keep an eye on the organiser’s website for future stops.

What’s Inside This Curious Gold Shipping Container?

What’s Inside This Curious Gold Shipping Container?

North Terrace’s old RAH building is now abandoned. Its doctors, nurses, patients and beeping machines have moved into new state-of-the-art digs just down the road. The place is suddenly quiet and more than a little eerie in their absence. On the forecourt – somewhat obscured by roadworks – a mysterious gold box has appeared.

Refugees

Refugees

I just spoke to refugees from Mosul in Irbil, Iraq. Rami and Sami are two brothers who have been living in a refugee camp in Irbil for three years. Their journey from Mosul took them first through Syria, then Turkey, and after a delay of five days at the Kurdish border, they were permitted to enter again into the area of Iraq now controlled by the Kurds. Irbil is in Kurdish territory. The delay at the border was because relations between the Arabs and the Kurds is not that good. 

Face Time With Refugees

Face Time With Refugees

Harvard Divinity School student Shannon Boley pushed open the heavy door to the large shipping container and slowly stepped out on to the School’s campus green, wiping away tears from her eyes.

Asked why she was crying, she said “that was just a connection I haven’t had in a long time.”

High-tech shipping container Portal links Harvard students, Gaza youth

High-tech shipping container Portal links Harvard students, Gaza youth

CAMBRIDGE — In a cozy space on Harvard’s campus, a small group of students sat down Sunday morning facing another cluster of young people and chatted about TV, music, and sports.

Portal allows Boston-area residents to 'FaceTime' with refugees around the world

Portal allows Boston-area residents to 'FaceTime' with refugees around the world

On Harvard’s campus, there’s a portal to another world — literally.

Inside an unassuming shipping container that sits on the grass at Harvard Divinity School, students, staff and other visitors can come face-to-face with refugees around the world.

Face time with refugees

Original Article: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/11/harvard-students-refugees-connect-through-portal-project/

 

Harvard Divinity School (HDS) student Shannon Boley pushed open the heavy door of a shipping container and slowly stepped out to the campus green, wiping tears from her eyes.

“That was just a connection I haven’t had in a long time,” she said.

Boley had just met a 15-year-old girl living more than 5,500 miles away near Amman, Jordan. Although the two were half a world apart, the exchange became emotional when the teen sang in Arabic about love and longing and Boley responded with “Ave Maria.”

“It was a beautiful, spiritual experience,” said Boley, her eyes still red. “On the other end of the world, you’re sharing this really intimate part of you. I’m singing this song that means so much to me, and I could tell her song meant so much to her.”

The exchange was made possible through an effort of the Religious Literacy Project at HDS and Shared Studios, a collective that creates “portals” inside shipping containers outfitted with immersive technology that enables real-time, face-to-face conversations between people in similar spaces across the world.

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Shannon Boley and a 15-year-old from Jordan exchange songs. Video still by Joe Sherman/Harvard Staff

HDS is hosting one of the portals on campus through Thursday, allowing members of the Harvard community to have conversations with residents and refugees living in Germany, Gaza City, Jordan, and Iraq.

Diane Moore, director of the Religious Literacy Project, partnered with the American Academy of Religion and the Henry Luce Foundation to bring the project to campus.

In March, Moore had traveled to Erbil, Iraq, where she met with refugees, some of whom had been displaced for more than three years.

“There was a concern that no one knows about them,” she said, “that they’re statistics, they’re massive numbers in the news — there was a concern they feel unseen.”

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The project allows participants in distant portals to make eye contact and feel as if they are talking in the same room. Video still by Joe Sherman/Harvard Staff

Amar Bakshi ’06, the founder of Shared Studios, said the goal of the portal project is to make connections — whether between Gaza and Cambridge, or Gaza and Kigali, Rwanda — beneficial for those on both sides.

“In some cases, it’s very clear — provision of legal advice to a refugee seeking legal asylum, because there are a lot of lawyers around here and there are fewer in Erbil, [Iraq],” Bakshi said.

“It can be a lot more amorphous, though. It can be a game of charades between two kids. A kid in Erbil who has very little to do day-to-day, and a kid here who has only heard about refugees through the news.”

Moore invited Cambridge Rindge and Latin School history teacher Rachel Otty, who is taking one of Moore’s courses through the Extension School, to bring her students to the portal.

“The fact that the students have actually talked to people who are living in Jordan, or who have lived in Syria, at one point means they have context that most students don’t have,” Otty said. “Some of the [student’s] assumptions … are already starting to break down.”

Through the portal, staff from the Division of Continuing Education planned to discuss improving distance learning for refugees with educators and students in Iraq; students from the Kennedy School’s Middle East Refugee Service Initiative spoke with young adults living in Gaza City; and a student from the Graduate School of Education talked about poetry with teens in Iraq.

Moore said her students will discuss what it means to carry the refugees’ stories with them in their future scholarship, advocacy work, or ministry.

“Many of our students are eager to understand the challenges that people are facing here in the U.S. and around the world where religion intersects with issues of public policy, humanitarian action, journalism, and other areas,” she said. “This is a perfect setting for us to connect not only with people around the world, but with each other.”

‘Skype on Steroids’: From Harvard Square To Jordan Through A Portal

‘Skype on Steroids’: From Harvard Square To Jordan Through A Portal

Harvard Divinity School has brought to the Cambridge campus this week a large shipping container that serves as a portal to refugees around the world, using audio-visual technology that allows students and refugees to have live conversations.