What is written below came on the heels of not only Obama’s victory in the 2012 elections, but also of a personal one. After many attempts to gain a degree in IT after decades working with computers (but failing to graduate due to disability and introversion so bad that he often can’t leave the house) it looks like finally +Ted Ewen will get his dream. Teachers at his University have agreed to provide one-on-one tutoring to help him through his Web Development course, most of which can be done at home. To celebrate we think it is only appropriate we released this post we have been working on and ask the world: how else can we make the world hermit friendly?
It is clear with the power of social networks like Google+ that it is easy to have many resources at your fingertips without knowing it. Therefore is also easy not to make the most of them (see image). All you have to do is ask a question on G+ to see people chipping in from all over the world. For those of us who grew up without this level of technology, it is easy to forget just how much power we have at our disposal nowadays. One place this has been evident is how the internet has allowed introverts to connect with the world in more productive ways.
We at Hermit Studio know that introverts are an intelligent, creative and supportive bunch that are often under-utilised and penalised one way or another for being introverted. As we are a minority in society, it is little wonder this happens. We want to change this and to unleash the power of hermitude!
As we have been getting the Hermit Studio business off the ground, doing Photography sessions for The Sunflower Project and refocusing our efforts on a New Puzzle Game, we haven’t had much time yet to devote to our wider goals: Empowering People To Change The World From Home. Being hermits ourselves, there are many obstacles in day-to-day life that could be alleviated if we could work within an introvert friendly framework.
Although we have many ideas for community projects, such as those listed in our links on the right, one of the barriers we see is the need for a way to take ideas to the next stage beyond ‘thats neat’ to handling the collective logistics necessary to organise and carry out everything online. To give an example, at G+ we have created a number of pages to act as a network for people interested in certain ideas and to provide relevant content for them, such as the G+ SF Anthologies (aka NovoPulp). However taking these projects to the next step requires functionality beyond the social network they were born in.
We want to design a web system that would bring together existing technologies as well as handle the workflow requirements of flexible co-ordinated efforts spread over multiple timezones. Rather than just providing yet another freelance tool we plan to build a place to crowd source the development of projects, instead of just the financing of them. We hope this will help overcome some of the difficulties of not having an external social network to rely on due to an introverted existence.
This way projects like Novo Pulp can get off the ground without money, lack of contacts or the ‘real world’ being a barrier. We want to Trade Time, Not Money. We hope this idea will be the key that will kick start The Hermit Studios project. This could allow it to become a hub that helps people trade what they have, what they know and their free time so that in return others will help them with their own passions (even if not by the same person). This way if you actually make money out of what you create it won’t be eaten up immediately by start up costs or loss of earnings. It also allows for more experimentation as you don’t have to worry about getting it right first time or face going bust.
Although we have focused on project development so far in this post this system could easily be used also for hobbies, internships, volunteerism, teaching and entrepreneurship. The barriers of the traditional class room or workplace are eroding as we become ever more interconnected in a 24/7 world. Introverts in particular need to take advantage of this movement.
Time Trader is just a starting point for this revolution-in-progress. We also want to see what the needs of the hermit community are beyond our own experience. So whilst the idea for The Hermit Studios Project is early in gestation: we want your suggestions to help it grow! We know the needs of the hermit community are many and complex. We have been trying to find ways in which we could solve these introverted issues, but we know many brains are better than one. If the internet has taught us anything it is that we are not alone, that is why it has to be part of the solution.
We called the project ‘The Hermit Studios‘ by the way because we knew this would be a collective effort of like minded individuals coming together over a common interest. As with the story behind our new banner at Hermit Studio Games, we like to give credit where credit is due. We already owe so much to you all. You help make the hermit in us sane on a daily basis. So together let’s try to Help as many Hermits as we can 🙂
What do you think would make the world more introvert friendly? What kind of hermit issues do you face? How can we make the most of our collective talents? Do you have any suggestions or comments? Let us know below!