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The Creativity Code

Ada Lovelace is the mother of computer programming. In her words, “[The computer] can do whatever we know how to order it to do.” However, technological innovation has shown us a bottom-up approach to coding. Algorithms are learning to solve problems on their own. However, in the Creativity Code Marcus Du Sautoy, discusses a human ability that computers could never conquer— creativity.

The book defines creativity as the drive to come up with something new, surprising and valuable. In addition to these elements, your creativity is uniquely tied to your identity. Your bias and culture is amplified in the creations you make. Therefore, as a creator, you have a responsibility to do your due diligence when it comes to design. This is a skill that is both an art and a science.

Bias in design can lead to cultural practices that create false narratives like polychroming as seen in the video below. It can also lead to bias medical practices as seen in the research on HeLa cells that revolutionized medical research yet Black women are 3.25 times more likely to die during pregnancy. Therefore, this process is not detached from identity politics. In fact, shared experiences with your community can allow for greater empathy while design thinking.

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Haiti’s Revolutionary Artists

“[Their] ambitions were personal but selfless, an important factor in judging humanism. In what other way can one have heroes as distinct from dictators?”

— Island Possessed by Katherin Dunham

This quote by Dunham was used to recognize characteristics she found in Haiti’s Toussaint L’Overture and President Dumarsais Estimé. Island Possessed tells the story of Dunham’s global research and encounters with President Estimé. This includes President Estimé’s rise from deputy to president and then to persona non grata in the Caribbean. He rose to power and gained the love of the people but was removed as president after attempting to extend his term to dissolve political bodies and requesting support from the U.S. After he was unseated, Haiti’s army and mulatto elite still feared that the people’s love for him would result in a coup. So, Estimé was hunted until he died in New York.

On February 7, 2021, Jovenel Moïse’s five-year presidential term in Haiti expired but he refused to step down. However, the U.S. and its allies have proclaimed their support for Moïse. This is the same Moïse accused of money laundering, embezzling Petro Caribe funds, and attempting to steal $80 million from Haiti’s central bank. He continued the previous president’s economic practices of opening up Haiti to economic fleecing by foreigners in sectors such as tourism, agribusiness, sweatshops, and mining. To make matters worse, “The Core Group”, an international council presiding over Haiti’s internal and external affairs, includes the U.S. and the OAS. The OAS has worked as an extension of the U.S.’s power in Haiti.

In response, opposing political parties have appointed Judge Joseph Mécène Jean Louis as President-designate and the association of judges have demanded a complete shutdown of the justice system. Also, protesters are leading anti-government protests with demands such as an end to manipulation by actors, including the Core Group, the UN and the OAS and the immediate end to the Möise administration.

The historical and present day issues in Haiti prove that revolutionary acts require global solidarity. As the metaverse bridges the physical and digital world this task is made easier. Dakar Gallery is a NFT art house revolutionizing the intersection of identity, art and technology. Their first podcast NFT release will fund the Katherine Dunham Initiative.

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