Technical Difficulties, but we're back... sort of

Newsication # 003

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So, here's the skinny. We started out on Substack. We had some technical difficulties, and as a result, we couldn't access Substack anymore. Their suggestion is to wait, and they can delete the account, and we can start again. There were some other extenuating circumstances, JD had to move urgently and also some health issues. Physical and mental that JD went through.

We aren't going to wait. We may delete it and start again when the 3 months are up. In the meantime, we are going decentralised here on Paragraph. So if you were on our previous email list, we'd appreciate it if you'd subscribe here as well.

So, we are back with issue #003.

Which you can access and share across three different platforms.  Obviously, here on Paragraph. Also, here on Zirkels. And here on Medium.

We currently have two communities for you to choose from.

 Writers Without Walls on EntreAll are welcome.  This is a safe place for writers to learn about Web3 from other writers that have been there.  There will be resources, guides, courses and many experienced Web3 people to bounce questions off before you even decide if you want to explore Web3.

Writer Without Walls on NAS.ioThis is our Web3 community, whatever level you are at with exploring Web3 you are welcome.  There will also be resources, guides, and courses available.


From David’s Desk.

Why Every Dapp Should be Multichain

and how those that don't breed a cultish maximalist culture

 David J Meyer

Photo by Fré Sonneveld on Unsplash

Do you know what drives me nuts?


We have maximalists (or extremists) everywhere now and it annoys me to no end.

I don’t know what happened to our society, but it seems like maximalism is the new norm.

In fact, if you have a reasonably balanced opinion, society disregards you as spineless, unable to make a decision, or just complacent.


Should you need to have an extreme opinion and be “all in” to be listened to?

Don’t get me wrong; there are times when you should go all in on your beliefs.

But when it comes to things like politics, technology, and today’s conversation: blockchains, I don’t think maximalism is the best.

This leads us to today’s topic: multichain.

Read the full article here.

From JDs Desk

JD has entered another of competitions called InktoMint.  His entry is a short but powerful piece called... 

The Void Stares Back.

JD creation using StarryAI

From now until Sunday, anyone that mints this NFT and sends their wallet address to JD will get the Matic, including gas, refunded to their wallet.  This is to commemorate the anniversary of his father passing earlier this week. Read it here.

This issue's guest writer is – Phillip Matheson

𝘎𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘥𝘳𝘢𝘸𝘯 𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘮𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘴𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘦. 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘞𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘞𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘞𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘴 𝘛&𝘊𝘴

 Phillip Matheson is a Writer | Editor | Blogger | Publishing Consultant. |I help you write, edit and publish quality fiction, non-fiction and memoirs.

Being Chill in the Metaverse

Life on the internet evolves like most other things but November 18th, 2022, was different though. Marla Dukharan, a pioneer at heart and regional economist, took us on a journey into Web3 of all places to present her thoughts on what to expect internationally and in the Caribbean in 2023. She did it in fine style too, and in all places, the METAVERSE. 

There were many different perspectives too: someone once said, “There are decades when nothing happens and there are weeks when decades happen.” This was one of those weeks. 

There were also thoughts expressed about Intellectual Property and how users can benefit. Shelly-Ann Mohammed, Head of ACCA in Latin America and the Caribbean, reminded us that there are various forms of IP which exist in the Metaverse. For example, the logo, slogan, a melody of a song or even a trademark. Other examples may include graphic appearance, virtual goods that can be purchased, names of avatars and unique colours. 

Kirk-Anthony Hamilton took the position that “the progress of our economies is linked to our adoption of technology and more importantly, our moves towards becoming builders of technology.” 

While the Metaverse is a chill place to be, one must become familiar with teleporting, taking photos, delivering speeches, and literally exploring virtual spaces at the click of your mouse. The worse thing is to appear on stage while a speaker is making a presentation, as I did, while trying to navigate getting back to my seat. Mind you, the organizers had sessions that aimed at getting participants familiar with the platform...sigh. I took my encounter there as first steps because the Metaverse itself which forms a part of the Web3 experience is in growth mode.  

Things are happening quickly; we are all learning daily in this space. And there is so much that’s going on.  

This year’s theme: 2023 Economic outlook & Strategies for Growth was timely in many ways. David McWilliams took us on a journey into Europe and reminded us that history has a habit of repeating itself.  

Our current situation was here before, some 100 years ago and while we always need to put things into perspective, those who were there then got out of it, and we can get out of this now. But we can also learn from how Ireland sorted itself out. 

We were reminded about the importance of capital and asked what can we produce? As we aim to overcome the tyranny of our geography. How do you get rich? How do you attract CAPITAL and remain chill (as the Caribbean is known as a place to visit and chillout)? 

When one speaks about capital, consideration must also be given to human capital. Human capital takes into account how we prepare younger people for the future that they will inherit. That must also look at ways of earning from Intellectual Property. Surely, one could see the link between human capital and productivity as a driving force in the developing of a regional economy. But Diether W. Beuermann reminded us that we are falling behind. 

Another high point for me was Diether W. Beuermann’s presentation on what he called learning inequalities that persist throughout primary and secondary schools in Trinidad and Tobago (Data was used from Trinidad and Tobago to support his findings). Beuermann’s study suggested that “policy evaluations based solely on test scores may be misleading about the welfare effects of school choice.” 

So, what that really seems to be suggesting is that as a region when it comes to human capital, we need to rethink our education policies. 

But before I close, I must mention that the group 3-Canal, a Rapso/musical entity from Trinidad and Tobago made their debut performance in the Metaverse. Their song: What’s Going On, was a fitting interjection to create a balance between the heavier matters of the economy and, well, being entertained.  

Music is used as a form of storytelling in Trinidad, so, to pop the question “What’s Going On?” in song was an effective way to bring closure to this event.  

What was clear throughout that conference was how the pandemic changed the way in which we can interact with each other. In an era of Climate change and climate emergencies, just think of the many ways that we can now reduce our carbon footprint and reduce unnecessary travel. That translates into less pollution, lower carbon emissions and perhaps an easier way to see the impact of climatic changes on certain regions. 

Web3 and the Metaverse are in some ways a type of third generation in the evolution of the Internet. The Metaverse, which seemed to develop out of Internet gaming, has delivered new options and opportunities for businesses and economic growth. The possibilities are limited only by our imagination as users. 

I welcome these opportunities and look forward to being chilled in the Metaverse.  Go on, explore it!


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