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PODCAST: Manifesting in the Metaverse; a NextGEN Economy Podcast episode
We have over 20 industries in the throes of disruption, and I believe that youth and the young-minded have the creative ability to carve the roadmap to the evolution of our civilization.
I had the pleasure of mentoring a 2-week cohort of students from Brown University and NYU to witness the manifestation of the Island17 metaverse prototype. I was already sold on the mission of Dream Tank founded by Heidi Cuppari and my experience with bringing youth into the decision-tree of disrupting the future….
Island17: The Universe of Possibility – Introducing Founders’ NFTs!
A Whole New World
Island17: The Universe of Possibility
If you knew that a better and more sustainable future for all could be created with a game, would you take the leap? What would it take for you to defy your disbelief? Can you imagine a life of infinite ease, abundant rewards, and profound connection? Here are the trillion-dollar questions of our time:
- What if it could be EASY to do good?
- How might we make it easy & rewarding for people to come together to create solutions to the biggest challenges of our time?
Island17 is a sandbox for making dreams come true by bringing gamification to life. Island 17 builds on six years of Dream Tank’s iconic DREAM-DESIGN-LAUNCH social impact accelerator programming to create a scalable decentralized infrastructure for collective action. Having helped 1000s of young social entrepreneurs solve local and global challenges, changing 3 laws and creating several patent-pending SDG-based innovations, we knew it was time to take it to the next level. Life is a game. What’s unique about Island17 is its distinct focus on pioneering new ways of living, being, working, playing, and relating to one another. Island17 is a community-owned and community-driven world that bridges the gap between online and offline realities to share ideas, collaborate, and pioneer creative solutions to the problems that matter most to them. Thanks to our built-in real-world datasets and partnerships with local organizations and communities, gamers can learn, earn, and drive tangible progress towards the SDGs by immersing themselves in play. We incorporate impact-based tokenization incentives into a blockchain ecosystem to allow players to not only design businesses but find funding for their ideas and solutions as well. Why 17? 17 stands for the 17th Sustainable Development Goal, which is partnerships – as we can’t achieve any significant change in the world without creating the conditions for economically driven, self-motivated collaboration. In just two weeks, XX students from Brown University and NYU created the MVP for a [insert a line about the game— the culmination of 6 years of VR research, hackathons, and community-building by Dream Tank, an accelerator for equipping young, sharp, creative minds with the tools, skills, and mentoring required to build impactful social enterprises. This is just the start. What these incredible young professionals achieved in 14 days is nothing short of mind-blowing. Now, we’re looking to scale it—to build a metaverse with profound real-life application. This is a game. You’re the hero. Welcome to Level 1.
Acquire a Genesis Founders NFT from the world of Island 17 in solidarity with the UN Sustainable Development Goals Created by: Isla Moon, Kyle Piorkowski, and Cody Pace Gould
EACH PORTAL RELEASE WILL HAVE THESE BENEFITS ATTACHED TO THEM BASED ON THE NUMBER AND VALUE OF THE NFTS PURCHASED
Apprentice Investment 1-4 NFTs – Island 17 Founders passport:
- Access to our digital photo gallery collection for zoom backgrounds
- Founders pin or badges (status) that show your level of commitment
- Starting wallet balance of 111 ISL17 coins upon launch of the game
- Your name will be listed in the credits of the game along with your level of commitment
- Access to DAO Discord Server, ability to earn tokens and NFTs through tasks listed
- Beta access to game (1 vote per NFT)
Visionary Investment 5-15 NFTs – Island 17 Founders passport
- All of the above, plus:
- Vote on Characters, game play, and design
- Attend Collective Impact Events and Summits
- Earn points for attending, promoting, and sharing Island 17 with the world
- FIRST rights/early access to purchase in game character and asset NFTs
Dreamer Investment 16+ NFTs – Island 17 Founders passport
- All of the above, plus:
- Your own mini-village/island in the Island17 metaverse
- Join SDG related teams to collaborate
- 44 NFTs+ –
- Design in-game character
- Character is playable or npc players interact
Island17 Demo Day
From January 3 through January 14, a group of extraordinary cross-sector leaders came together via Dream Tank to mentor 5 University Students as part of a 2 week “Careers for the Common Good Winternships” program through Brown University for students to get real world experience in gaming design and tokenomics. Witness what these students, along with other youth collaborators and mentors from diverse backgrounds accomplished in a 2-week sprint. Their mission was to build a prototype of the beginning elements of Island17 and launch our first NFT. Watch the teaser/animated storyboard below for a taste of what they’ll be working on. You and your kids, and young people or others in your life, can join the Island17 metaverse and be rewarded while designing a video game for a thriving future for all.
Recap, Video Replay and Next steps Here
What is Island17?
Island17 is being built on the backbone of 6 years of learning and working with youth through Dream Tank even further by inviting the youth to address local and global challenges using the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development goals within a global online/offline multiplayer mission – based game which is community owned and driven, with youth innovation at its core. Island 17 builds off of and gamifies Dream Tank programming. 17 stands for the 17th Sustainable Development Goal which is partnerships – as we can’t achieve any significant change in the world without creating the conditions for economically driven, self-motivated collaboration. We will incorporate impact-based tokenization incentives via a blockchain ecosystem to allow youth to not only design businesses, but find funding for their ideas and solutions as well. Island 17 will allow us to reach millions of youth worldwide and catapult our collective impact across generations. More background and context here in this Dream Tank CEO update email.
11am EST: Introductions – students and the cohort mentors
11:30 am EST: Demos of Island 17 mini prototype, and NFT drop
12:00 pm – 2:00pm EST: Breakout groups. Guests meet students in small groups to ask questions, be engaged, and learn how they can get involved. Three rooms to choose from:
- MTP – Massively Transformative Purpose exercise
- Island17 Rewards Challenges – vote and earn tokens
- Onboarding – learn about wallets and value exchange
BROWN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
Kris Diallo (Class of 2023) – Cheyenne Chau (Class of 2023) – Seowon “Thomas” Chang (Class of 2025) – Quinn Coleman (Class of 2023) – Elaine Kim (Class of 2024)
OTHER UNIVERSITY AND YOUTH COLLABORATORS
Aditya Dixit (NYU Masters Student, USA and India), Juan Pablo Quintero (University of Miami Business School, USA, Miami), Emma Kraft (USA, Berkeley), Hardy Rietkerk (HS Senior in Amsterdam)
Island 17 Braintrust Council Mentors for this sprint:
Heidi Cuppari – Kyle Piorkowski – Sumita Kumar – Margaret Kral – Kate Kissane – Shashi Dubey – Shanchli Aggarwal – Niki Faldemolaei – Pam Jeffries – Ying Zhou – Amber Brandner – Orion Orev – Silvio F. Pupo – Cody Gould – Rachel Clifton – Vaughn Bergen – Stephen Cutter
Brown University, Open Exo, Indian School of Natural Spiritual Sciences, Singularity Group, Logos Capital, Logos Blue Foundation, Liquid Light Project, systemCHANGR, Wealth Dynamics, Humans I Trust, Spiritual Warriors, Pangaea, Wuji Games, and more.
Dream Tank in 2022 and Beyond!
Dear Dream Tank Global Family,
As 2021 comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to update you and reflect on what’s been happening in the Dream Tank Universe the past few months since you last heard from us. In August 2021, a family emergency took precedence and I had to put Dream Tank activities on hold for a few months to take care of it. In that time, through focusing on emotional and mental wellness for myself to be resilient for my family and this rapidly changing world, and creating a family legacy art gallery to bring my family together across generations to get through our crisis, a group of emerging leaders showed up in my sphere which turned out to be just the thing needed to help take the important work we’ve done at Dream Tank since 2016 to the next level.
Our mission has always been to empower and unleash the innovative imaginative ideas of 1B+ young people under the age of 28, all working together to apply their skills, dreams and passion to address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
I can say now with confidence that we have the most exciting, scalable, highly impactful solution that we will be birthing in 2022:
What is Island17?
We are taking 5 years of learning and working with youth through Dream Tank, and in 2022 we are taking Dream Tank even further by inviting the youth to address local and global challenges using the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development goals within a global online/offline multiplayer mission – based game which is community owned and driven, with youth innovation at its core. Island 17 builds off of and gamifies Dream Tank programming. 17 stands for the 17th Sustainable Development Goal which is partnerships – as we can’t achieve any significant change in the world without creating the conditions for economically driven, self motivated collaboration.
We will incorporate impact-based tokenization incentives via a blockchain ecosystem to allow youth to not only design businesses, but find funding for their ideas and solutions as well. Island 17 will allow us to reach millions of youth worldwide and catapult our collective impact across generations.
Watch this TEDx Talk by Yu-kai Chou, one of our advisors.
Takeaway: With actual data sets for our global challenges plugged into a game, we CAN leverage the power of gaming and tech to improve our world. And we want to start with a small, extraordinary group of individuals, families, global leaders, investors and developers like YOU.
Watch the Island17 Promo Animated Storyboard & Teaser:
What does this mean for you and your family?
You, and your children, as young as 7 years old, are invited to join our Braintrust / “Jedi Council” to help us build Island17. Your contributions will be investments and you will all receive tokens and rewards.
Additionally: every person who has contributed time, money and talent to Dream Tank in its first 5 years will receive an additional reward and honor within Island17.
Whether you’d just like to claim your stake from the past, or you want to get involved moving forward, first please:
Thank you for your patience during these changing and evolving times. We wish you the most wonderful holiday with your loved ones, and look forward to connecting with many of you soon.
With much love and hope for humanity and the planet,