Hello there my fellow Nerds, Nation Builders and Asgardians. It’s been quite a while since I posted an update. I thought that after such a long radio silence, it was about time that I let you know what’s going on with me. So grab a coffee, kick back and read on.

How about an apology?

Alright. That’s fair. I’d like to start by offering my apologies to everyone that’s been expecting updates from me and hasn’t been getting them. This goes especially for my supporters and my fellow Nation Builders. Life under COVID-19 has been very tough for my business. As a result, I’ve been having to deal with long hours and stressful working conditions to help the business pull through the hard times.

I definitely should have posted something sooner, but I just really haven’t had the energy. However, now that the vaccines are starting to be rolled out and there is a light at the end of the tunnel, confidence is starting to return a little to the markets. Businesses are starting to be allowed to open their doors again and the pressure is starting to lift.

There is still a long road ahead of us before the world opens up again, but what this does mean is that I’m now going to be able to get back to the business of Nation Building and Nerd Blogging.

So what’s next for me?

Well – I have a long list of things that I want to do that have fallen behind due to the global crisis. I can’t share too much information about everything at this stage, but I hope that you’ll be able to get a little bit of an insight into where I’m heading.

Nation Builders

So – first up. Nation Builders. We learnt a lot of really important lessons in 2020 about what Asgardia needs, about our limitations and about how to work as a remote team. My original plan was to launch into a planning phase for Nation Builders early this year. Then, to start to follow that up with officially registering the business in April (this month). Unfortunately, those plans have slipped by about three months.

Nothing has changed here. I am still fully planning to get Nation Builders up and running and this will be one of my top priorities in the coming weeks.

I will be conducting a review and looking at how:

  1. We can improve the structure of the organisation
  2. Continue to support the cultural development of Asgardia
  3. We can Improve engagement and reward participation
  4. Content creation can become a part of our core offering

Some of our most successful operations from last year were also the ones that focussed on the community the most. Discussions, Debates, Celebrations and Collaborations. This is sure to become a big part of the focus of Nation Builders as we move into 2021. I will be putting together a ‘State of the Nation Builders’ address to cover this in more detail down the line.

Virtual Reality

Another big thing that I was just sinking my teeth into was Virtual Reality. This is going to be a big focus for me for the remainder of this year. Headsets are more affordable than ever and no-longer require a stand-alone PC to run Virtual Reality. The new Oculus Quest 2 from Facebook managed to outsell all of its predecessors. Combined. This definitely looks like the start of an exponential curve upwards for the fledgling technology.

The plan for VR is to start the development of a multi-user experience that will allow Asgardians from all over the world to come together and chat, hang out and collaborate. Something that we can build on as we learn the technology and more people support its growth.

I will be writing a post soon that covers my vision for a Virtual Asgardia as well as regular updates about my progress. And who knows. We might just be the ones to build version 1.0!

Asgardian Politics

I am a committed and devoted Asgardian and I have a long history of getting involved in the development of the Nation. I even ran for Parliament when the notion was first introduced! Sadly, I was too young for consideration.

However, I still intend on rolling up my sleeves and getting stuck-in with the development of Asgardia. My plan is to push forward with my Mayoral campaign and to continue to advocate for the people of Asgardia. To help develop a strong culture where questions are answered and communication comes first.

I am a firm believer that we need to be the change that we want to see. I’m also a firm believer that it’s better to change things from the inside than it is to riot from the outside.

Later this year I will be officially launching a candidate site that will make it easier for people to join my office, support my work, see information about what I’m doing and see what I stand for.

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