John Davis

Mesa, AZ, United States

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John Davis
Posted over 2 years ago
Rehabilitate the homeless in America by using simulated environments with guidance by volunteer professionals from a variety of fields.
The most important factor for me however is that by engaging this in the manner that I did, those who will approach someone else with the same strong opinions may strive to produce just a little more effort than what they may have ever done. This has nothing to do with me presenting myself as a teacher or someone who should be directing you. This has everything to do with acknowledging and exploiting the fact that we are all teachers; that we all have pieces of information that we can use for our benefit. By collectively pursuing something with that knowledge, that is how real change happens in the world. I appreciate your time with this conversation. If it has truly become stagnant, maybe it is fitting that the thread begins with you, and ends with you. I wish you all the best, and I hope your desire for helping your fellow man can develop into helping your fellow man no longer need your help. Thanks.
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John Davis
Posted over 2 years ago
Rehabilitate the homeless in America by using simulated environments with guidance by volunteer professionals from a variety of fields.
and I do not expect you to have done the same. But when I engage you as a person who does have that experience, and ask you questions based upon that, it is my hope that you will understand the productive outcome of what I am trying to do. If you are unable to immediately provide information to my questions, my assumption also is that you will take the time to formulate a response that can be helpful. This is the nature of what I have been doing for years, even previous to college. If you have a strong opinion, deliver it with tact, and deliver it with knowledge. With the right people, they will all understand that none of us know everything, but that we have the ability to find it out. That's confidence and productivity in some of its best forms. After all, we all know what they say about opinions and how everyone has one... I must admit - part of this exercise was not just to practice the innovation or development process, or even just to see if by reaching out, some of us may network for future endeavors. It was also to see how people would react in a situation where someone attempts a legitimate effort to help something that many feel is taboo, or even hopeless. As I said, this is what I have done for a very long time. My first internet interactions as a child was through AOL, speaking to people in Europe and asking them questions on how they perceive Americans. I was 12 or 13 at that time. Now I am 31, have taken those studies very seriously and very deeply, and have presented knowledge in this discussion that I will still openly admit to being limited. I am ignorant, just like everyone else. The best I can hope for is to someday go out knowing just a little bit more information than the average person, so I can do my best to teach upcoming generations on how to deal with hardship and resistance, much like what was seen here.
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John Davis
Posted over 2 years ago
Rehabilitate the homeless in America by using simulated environments with guidance by volunteer professionals from a variety of fields.
Questions and challenges are not the mark of stagnant conversations, you are correct. But when the questions and challenges are not productive, it is the mark of a conversation that never really started on a path to becoming stagnant in the first place. Feel free to go over the posts. You will see that I am very supportive and enthusiastic about the responses. My posts always answered the questions posed, and always ended with a question meant to perpetuate interaction. To make it easier, I have left posts for people to look at that specifically addressed their points. If they had true interest and the motivation to follow through, I am certain that they would have come back with something very helpful. Unfortunately, what I have experienced are the responses of those who are posing the aforementioned challenges and questions, but none seem to offer any information that supports their idea. The disappointing factor is that it appears that it reduces their participation to that of someone who, like I mentioned in another post, is harassing in a Yahoo! chat room. Case in point: You were the first to respond. I offered an explanation of my idea, as well as the perspective that I was approaching it from. In my studies, this is a standard approach. By telling everyone that there are no good or bad ideas or suggestions is indeed true, but there were none offered. This unfortunately includes your case, where you only offered some personal experience in dealing with the homeless with which to base your assessment. I wholeheartedly agree with your advice that I should work with the homeless, and I will do so. I think it is a great idea. However, to get a clearer picture of how you came across the information that you base your assessment from, I asked very basic, simple questions. Your response to that indicated that you were caught off guard by it, and that is okay. I have extensive experience in dealing with people in all manner of scenarios,
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John Davis
Posted over 2 years ago
Rehabilitate the homeless in America by using simulated environments with guidance by volunteer professionals from a variety of fields.
"Some television shows have extremely quiet parts, so you turn up the volume. And then they have EXTREMELY LOUD PARTS AND THE VOLUME IS TOO LOUD and you go deaf and turn down the volume. Then as a consequence of being deaf and the quiet parts being too quiet, you can no longer hear. So you turn up the volume. A vicious cycle." I believe the potential sources for the problem are those television shows that incorporate sound effects for the purpose of incorporating suspense or excitement. Although not a problem in itself, many do struggle with the fluctuations and watch shows with the remote control in their hand. Solutions: 1. Use Rock Stars brand ear plugs while watching television. A real product, it claims to dampen particular frequencies, but still delivers a clear sound of them. Very interesting. 2. Use sound-leveling technologies currently present in many modern electronics. 3. Create a company that uses the internet capabilities of your media player to monitor the movie timer, then remotely reduce or increase the volume at predetermined times based on the customer's preferences. This can be automatic, as the customer can set profiles or allow the company to preset ones that are adjusted according to the customer's viewing habits. 4. Hire a person (or find a volunteer) who will awkwardly stand behind you with cymbals. Whenever you hear a part that you do not find favorable, the person will clash the cymbals, thus reducing the effects of the movie sounds by desensitizing you through trauma. 5. Wear a conically shaped listening device (such as Bugles Original or Nacho Cheese) that will still allow sound to reach your ears, but deflect piercing sounds that are meant to be directed towards your face. Laughing can cause the product to fall from the ears, so make sure you have your game face on the whole time.
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John Davis
Posted over 2 years ago
Rehabilitate the homeless in America by using simulated environments with guidance by volunteer professionals from a variety of fields.
Here is another example of how the brainstorming phase can work. This is posted from my class: ***From the Professor*** ____________________________________ C. Build a Prototype (Part 1) - 5 points, due Sun. by 11:59pm This activity is based on Ch. 6, Tips for Developing Experimenting Skills, Tip #5 on pg. 152-153 of your text. 1) Revisit the problem you selected in the ‘Enlightening Yourself’ activity from Week 4 as it will be the basis of this activity. Since we have ‘slept on it’ for a couple weeks, you may find new ideas/thoughts come to you more easily regarding the problem. I have commented on just about everyone’s posts- please use my feedback to guide your work for this activity. a) The end goal of this multi-part activity will be to design and construct (build, draw, visualize, diagram, etc.) a solution to this problem using the five skills of disruptive innovators i) The solution could be a product, system, tool, etc. and will be discussed more in next week’s Activity Set 2) To begin, answer the following about the problem: a) Based on the information you obtained previously, explain what you believe is/are the potential source(s) of the problem b) Brainstorm potential solutions for this problem (list at least six) i) Don’t worry about cost or feasibility of the solutions in this stage (wild solutions are fun!) ii) As always, have fun with this! Get family and friends involved if you’d like.
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John Davis
Posted over 2 years ago
Rehabilitate the homeless in America by using simulated environments with guidance by volunteer professionals from a variety of fields.
perspective. I think that if we can restore the status of the homeless to those who have potential, many would have more interest. If need be, the point can be made that restoring the homeless as functional members of society can have a long-lasting financial benefit as well. If they are functioning members of society they can contribute more to the economy, which could potentially drive down healthcare costs, reduce requests for donations that many people hear so often enough that it drives them in the opposite direction, and, hopefully with this program, can also alleviate their concern about where their donation is going in case they have contributed. There are many other reasons and ways the rule of reciprocity can be a major factor in this, but we can leave that for open discussion. Your thoughts? Again, thank you for your response. I look forward to hearing what you have to say.
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John Davis
Posted over 2 years ago
Rehabilitate the homeless in America by using simulated environments with guidance by volunteer professionals from a variety of fields.
selfishness, and not even all of those upheld their responses. I have seen some of them in situations to help another do so while appearing to have not thought twice about it. That brings me into another point: The rule of reciprocity. Dr. Robert Cialdini explores the concept of the rule of reciprocity by studying a group of Krishna Society members at an airport. His findings were surprising, as he discovered that by nature, human beings will feel obligated to return a nice gesture. Whether they follow through with that is another matter, but the study showed that once the Krishna Society changed their tactics on asking for donations by utilizing the rule of reciprocity, it was wildly successful. My point is that if man does not care about man, it may likely be because the two groups at odds have not done something for each other, and someone does not want to take the first meaningful steps. A past acquaintance of mine is a deacon at a church who focused primarily on struggling minorities. At one point she began to accept the homeless as well, and the effect was profound. The homeless began to congregate at her church, began to work together to make repairs, provided security for the church, and even developed a pecking order among them. They did what was natural - come together for a mutually beneficial cause, vie for power, then settle down and generate support and security. I will point out that this is on her word, because I never saw it personally. However, knowing who she was gave me respect of her opinion and I saw no reason to believe deception was involved. This case supports the rule of reciprocity. She provided them with something that she did not seek compensation for, they saw an opportunity, and then made the proper choices to attempt to retain their alleviation from discomfort for as long as they could. I believe that the rule of reciprocity can be applied to persuade men who previously did not "care" a way to change their
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John Davis
Posted over 2 years ago
Rehabilitate the homeless in America by using simulated environments with guidance by volunteer professionals from a variety of fields.
George, Thank you for your response. As with everyone else, I hope you will continue to contribute to this conversation with solid information that we can all consolidate and use for this, or future, purposes. Although your perception holds that man does not care about man, my perception may be a little different. I believe that men do care about men, but over time, become accepting of the status quo. The status quo offers a blanket that provides a sense of comfort, but usually causes cognitive dissonance in many. I am not experienced in speaking with all children, but I can only offer my experience: when I was a child, myself and those I was associated with would often feel bad for the homeless. Being children, many do not want to look and feel weak, and our society places a heavy emphasis on that. Children do not know what those concepts really are, so it often leads into ridicule or avoidance of homeless people. However, as I said, deep down many children do not understand why another person is suffering, and has a longing to help. Obviously this only lasts as long as it takes until the next attention-grabbing event comes along, but I think you get my point. By adulthood, many have accepted that they are too busy with their own lives to care about the homeless. However, especially in the late 'teens, you will see many reconstitute their desire to be involved in social issues, and realities like homelessness, civil rights, politics, crime, music, and many others become important again. Unfortunately, once they have become that age, they are likely to repeat the same process many of us older are in - pay the bills and try not to get in arguments with the family. Given the chance however, many I have spoken to regarding their feeling on social issues (understanding people is something very important to me) clearly express that they would help if they had the time. There have only be a handful of people that expressed blatant