The kid-boat rendezvous at Navadra Island a few weeks ago was to me a moment of appreciation of the friendships we build along our Journey. There was something else, however, that contributed to making it so special – and that had anything to do with me, or any of the other adults.
As soon as the event’s idea was solidified via Greer’s invitation to us on Social Media, the kids gradually became aware of it via their parents. And, as they did, they started talking about it.
This may sound trivial, but it really isn’t, at least not to me.
See, they started talking about the event, anticipating for it, planning for it, being hundreds of miles away from one another, their home/boats being scattered across different cruising grounds of Tonga and Fiji. Even living on a rather internet-deprived environment, they found the means to remain in touch, and that allowed them to build up expectation and plan forthe event.
Sure, I also keep in touch with my cruising friends. Mostly by emails or Facebook when some internet is available, and using the satphone’s email otherwise. But what I found interesting on this situation in particular is that the kids were keeping in touch in a quite different way. They would chat about it while playing together. Even being physically distant, even with the limitation of internet, they managed to set common times to “meet”, using low-bandwidth games as the platform. Forget email, forget social media – they chatted about the Navadra Campout while fleeing from monsters, participating on Parkour tournaments, or playing “capture the flag”. All virtually, online. I was fascinated to watch how they blended the subject of the Campout together with everything else that would be happening at the game, plus the eventual “friendly harassment ” that would be shared now and them. All at the same time, on the same platform. They seemed to be sharing different pieces of information in “packets”, in a similar way that the internet works. Kids thinking and acting like machines (or would it be the other way around?).
As I watch all this, I find it exciting to think what will be of technology when this generation starts building it – not with the mindset of creating tools, but one of developing seamless augmentation of their capabilities. I know this is already happening, and the rate of development shall only get faster.
It is promising, it is exciting.