Social media is going to bust this whole thing wide open. I can feel it. People are jumping on the bandwagon and it seems we are all jumping on wagons that appear to be headed in the right direction, the same direction. I'm hopeful.
I've been out of commission the past few days. I'm in the midst of an organization project that may work. It involves post it notes and color coding and if I can FOCUS long enough to finish the actual organizing and then implement it, I'll share my "invention."
Lots has happened and I'm slacking in my reporting. First: The really big stuff. Research funding. Although the deadline for sequestration is midnight, I'm off that horse for the moment. I must take a moment to commend the very young, very wealthy and VERY philanthropically minded folks at Facebook and Google. Yuri Milner, together with Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin and their respective spouses are the founding sponsors of something called The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.
Yuri Milner is a Russian self made entrepreneur who is worth billions. He is quoted as saying that scientists are underappreciated as people who are making significant contributions to our everyday survival. See for yourself in this write up in MIT Technology Review. The subtitle says it all. Is he after a cure for cancer?
Exactly what did these folks do? They handed out eleven awards in the amount of Three Million Dollars each. The researchers who were the recipients of these awards will select future winners. The goal is to recognize excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life. Five awards of three million dollars each will be presented each year. Nominations may be made online and although they are not yet open, it appears anyone can nominate a researcher. It sounds very UNelitist, very transparent and very promising.
This was all old news. In social media time, yesterday is ancient history. So what's the latest with the Face-Google-Book crew? They weren't finished by just turning over 30 Million dollars. Now, they have their techies collaborating with a bunch of others, this very weekend, to develop a mobile game that they hope will speed the search for new drugs. We will all be turned into "citizen scientists." They are calling it Game Jam, it's taking place in London and they hope to launch an app by mid year. Everyone: Get on board.
Time for a new way of doing things. We've been at the War on Cancer for over forty years. It's time to lose the muskets, step out of the 18th century and make way for the smart bombs. Here's what's on tap in London with Cancer Research UK leading the way. I like the way this sounds. Read on and see what you think.... I'm sending good vibes across the Atlantic.....And, I'm looking forward to being part of a flash mob that hacks a solution to this mess.