Since 1999, I have written thousands of articles, reviews, blog posts, guides, and even a few books; and edited thousands more. While I certainly can’t list all of them here, (Some sites are long dead), I have listed a few here, and will list more in the days to come.
Rovirek Individualised Support Framework (RISF), is a framework designed for the support of an individual in any community or organisation for their personal, professional, and academic growth and development.
There was an idea. The idea was to bring together a group of people to create remarkable things. To see if they could work together. To see if they could move past their programming. To organise and respond to collective problems and needs of others. To make the welfare of every individual as important as their own. To build a better community, a better society, a better world, and a better life for everyone. To know if they could be a “Roamer”.
This idea started out from a concept I had in the 90’s, about “Treating people the way they wanted to be treated”. I was able to apply this in my own life, in my family business, and in many different organisations I was a part of. However, each organisation had a different need, hence had a different approach, a different execution model, and this left very little time to make any kind of documentation of the process or the progress.
Over the next two decades, despite several seemingly impossible achievements, due to the lack of time for any kind of documentation I had no system or proof which I could hand over to a successor hence had very little to show, (On paper), as achievements. Needless to say, I felt I had failed.
In 2012, during my MA Applied Imagination course I was exposed to various elements in the classroom, in the university, and during the university SU elections, all of which showed a clear sense of disconnect, of division, of a lack of a community, yet an abundance of groups, splintered on the basis of race, religion, gender, college, etc.
Discussions with over 3,200 students, alumni, and staff, 52 organisations, and research analysis revealed, to no surprise, that deep socio-economic divisions and poor inter-cultural communication existed between various groups. Also there was a deep mistrust between the groups.
I realised the need and decided to create and develop an integrated community which helps people organise and respond to collective problems and needs, within the university. A common platform which could bring people from all these groups together and to see if they could work together. The goal was to identify and support not just individuals, but future leaders who could build a better world.
This idea was, despite several false starts, able to start off the ground on two fronts. Rovirek, an initiative conceptualised to cultivate methodologies, networks, platforms, and resources, it was intended to foster individual and organisational growth and development. And We.Create, a university society which was possible thanks to UAL’s SEE (Student Enterprise and Employability), and NACUE’s creative chapter NACUE Create.
The implementation of this idea meant the creation of a simple framework, one which can be modified to suit every individual, without losing the bigger picture. A framework which is simple, and understandable to everyone, hence enabling more people to engage within the community and use it. Also, having proper documentation for the entire process and progress.
Thus the Rovirek Individualised Support Framework (RISF) was born.
The RISF was primarily tested with 106 individuals through the Rovirek and We.Create. A secondary research was also conducted through an organisation in Chennai, India, which had over 700 individuals taking part in it.
The initial version of RISF is not perfect, but rather a first step in the movement to create a better world.
Do you want to build or help us build a better one?
Originally published in Astrological eMagazine, in their June 2010 edition.
Part 1 of a 2 part article on Numerology. Part 1 published in the Jan-Feb 2010 special issue.
Part 2 published in the March 2010 issue.
Originally published in Astrological eMagazine, in their July 2010 edition.
Part 2 of a 2 part article on Numerology. Part 2 published in the March 2010 issue.
Part 1 published in the Jan-Feb 2010 special issue.
The Number 2, its influence, and the traits of people born under it according to Numerology.
The Number 3, its influence, and the traits of people born under it according to Numerology.
Published on 20th January 2006 in a now defunct tech blog. Reproducing the full article here:
Technology and our Future
Technology today is changing every aspect of our life. Soon I feel all of us will be engrossed neck deep in technology. Some will even drown in it.
We are already stuck to our mobile phones and emails, especially emails on mobile phones. Soon we will have more engaging networks and online communities. We will see the rise of communities of practice for every field, every industry, every hobby, however small and useless it seems to us, there will be a community online.
We will be flooded by emails (I already am, with at the least a thousand emails a day), messages, (SMS, MMS, Messaging platforms), Skype (And its clones), VoIP, VoIP on smartphones, etc, etc, etc….
Having been involved in the development (As a team, not individually as a coder) of many OS’s and mobile OS’s. I have seen new features, better hardware and even greater demand from end-users and a rise in applications for the mobile OS’s. I can only say, mobiles are the future playgrounds for all tech industries. Capture the mobile market and you will rule a few industries.
Nokia, Blackberry (RIM), Palm, Microsoft, Google, and even Apple among others have great plans, but it is difficult to predict the future, especially with the secrecy and in fighting in the industry. (Motorola I left out, as they need to sort out many things to survive in the future, same with Ericsson, Siemens, Sony, Panasonic, and many others).
Technology is changing how we communicate, how we express, how we interact with others (especially family and friends), how we work, how we find love, how we bring up our children, how we maintain relationships, how we consume entertainment, how we play games, etc.
The future looks kinda scary too. With all this going on, it can turn addictive, and even be used to misinform the public easily. Things will get much more complicated than it is, or should ever be.
The future looks promising, but also bleak and broken.