This is a very exciting idea from a personal perspective! Our chats
regarding this concept have inspired, and I will continue to monitor
this thread as well as participate when available.
Thanks for sharing. :)
--- In email@example.com, ms@... wrote:
> Greetings from Vermont, where I am attending Stephen Wolfram's
> for his "A New Kind of Science".
> We met last Wednesday and talked for one hour about how our Minciu
> laboratory might work to expand the "A New Kind of Science"
> is very personable and also an inspiring independent thinker. I
> might work for him. I appreciate our thoughts on my proposal which
> include below.
> Stephen Wolfram is the inventor of Mathematica, software used for
> manner of mathematical investigation. He authored "A New Kind of
> which encourages us to explore computational systems and open our
> the complexity around us which we have learned to ignore.
> I propose that we organize a culture of investigation in which we
> explore our investigatory questions with step-by-step research
> such as the Mathematica demonstrations
> I share my proposal.
> A New Kind of Culture
> Proposal from Andrius Kulikauskas of Minciu Sodas to Stephen
> Wolfram Science to organize a culture of investigation, at the
> which is "A New Kind of Science".
> * Expand the NKS ("A New Kind of Science") community.
> * Provide a global online social networking system which extends
> the official Wolfram Science websites.
> * Encourage local activity (such as Math Circles and BarCamps).
> * Open opportunities to NKSers for education and employment.
> * Reach out to engage other intellectual communities.
> * Offer leadership for a culture of investigation, at the heart of
> is "A New Kind of Science".
> * Encourage a culture of investigation where we look to all aspects
> lives as sources of inspiration for our investigations.
> * Champion computational exploration as fostering our minds for "A
> Kind of Science" that expands our horizons for exploration, just as
> mathematics fosters our minds for traditional science.
> * Cherish complexity in all its instances, look for its origins in
> simplest situations, try to break down the complex in terms of the
> but also respect complexity on its own terms.
> * Help investigators, computational explorers:
> o find questions that interest them;
> o grow closer by sharing questions, solutions, ideas;
> o make step-by-step progress in their research;
> o publish their progress in demonstrations that delight,
> inspire and instruct;
> o share their demonstrations in the Public Domain so that all
> build further on them;
> o share their delight and appreciation so there is an abundance
> esteem and encouragement;
> o find their niche where they excel.
> * Focus on high school teachers, especially in mathematics, but more
> broadly, champions of self-learning.
> * Identify local clusters, build support within regions.
> * Organize a global network with a shared culture of independent
> * Encourage people to think about the questions that the don't know
> answer to, but wish to answer.
> * Help them make progress on their questions through step-by-step
> projects which they publish as demonstrations.
> * Embolden large groups of people to work together by taking on big
> $200,000 total for 2 years of work. Increments of $50,000, paid in
> Additionally, a total of 200 copies of the Student version of
> the relevant modules for work on specific challenges, and grid
> time for difficult computations.
> Participation, as described below, by "A New Kind of Science"
> work for Wolfram Research or Wolfram Science.
> Minciu Sodas Team
> Social Network Leader ($25,000 per year) AndriusKulikauskas will
> team, organize the global network, and take responsibility for all
> deliverables, including a culture of investigation, a data format
> publishing research projects, a distributed social networking
> bold research program, and a strategy for encouraging investigators
> promoting "A New Kind of Science". Andrius Kulikauskas is sole
> of Minciu Sodas, and is a dual citizen and taxpayer of Lithuania
> United States of America.
> Challenge Leaders (5 x $5,000 per year) will lead five challenges
> * a unified theory for understanding gravity and quantum mechanics
> * an answer to the P vs. NP problem
> * beauty in mathematics and the world
> * a model for sharing our human intuitions
> * data tools for designing self-reliant villages and neighborhoods
> * economics tools, macro and micro, for microbusiness in the
> * a cure for cancer, AIDS or tropical diseases
> * a strategy for stewardship of our planet's ecosystems
> Each year we would start up five new challenges. Challenge leaders
> excel as social networkers able to engage and encourage all who
> with the challenge. They will also help Wolfram Science leaders
> network effectively. Such leaders at our lab include: PamelaMcLean,
> RicardoSanchez, JohnRogers, FranzNahrada, BenoitCouture,
> JosephatNdibalema, JanetFeldman, BenDeVries, MarkRoest,
> SashaMrkailo, EdwardCherlin, MarkusPetz, DanteGabryellMonson,
> MarcinJakubowski, DennisKimambo, RachelWambuiKungu, DavidMutua,
> TomWayburn, JeffBuderer, LucasGonzalez, FredKayiwa, KennedyOwino.
> Investigator Coaches (25 x $1,000 per year) will be champions of
> self-learning, who might be high school teachers, home school
> traveling self-learners who can nurture a local hub, teach others
> Mathematica and NKS, and mentor investigators.
> Investigators (125 x $200 per year) will do a research project and
> it, and exemplify our culture of investigation. Priority will be
> NKS projects.
> Wolfram Science Team
> Members of the Minciu Sodas team will work closely and publicly with
> members of the Wolfram Science "A New Kind of Science" team in
> encourage effective contacts inside and outside Wolfram Science. The
> Minciu Sodas team will provide social networking venues (including
> and coaching for online leadership.
> 1 Social Networking Leader (such as Michael Schreiber) will work
> Andrius Kulikauskas to think through the direction and values of the
> culture of investigation and the role of "A New Kind of Science"
> that culture.
> 5 Challenge Leaders (such as the leaders of the summer camp) will
> clear what NKS and Mathematica tools are available for each
> respond to needs for new tools, and clarify the role of NKS and of
> Science's leadership. They will also provide inspiration for
> Challenge problems.
> 25 Advisors (summer camp leaders and alumni) will work with the
> Investigator Coaches to answer questions they may have about
> and "A New Kind of Science".
> 125 Mentors (summer camp alumni and NKS enthusiasts, as available)
> work with Investigators to advise them on research projects of
> Expand leadership opportunities within the NKS world and beyond it:
> * Social networking presence for dozens of NKS leaders.
> * System for responding to hundreds of new people and including
> encouraging their work.
> * Dozens of local bases for investigating together, and learning
> Mathematica, which might be linked to local universities.
> * Networking for NKS educational and employment opportunities at
> high schools and industry.
> * Leaders of challenges that embolden thousands of people.
> Establish a culture of investigation that makes NKS central to many
> * Data format for "demonstrations" so that research of all kinds is
> published in meaningful steps.
> * Distributed social networking system that is well organized, but
> distinct from the official Wolfram Science websites.
> * Links with a wide variety of intellectual communities and their
> * Ways to post open problems, requests for help, solutions, and
> independent projects.
> * Support network for investigation, NKS and Mathematica,
> high school teachers.