Need help with translation – techno/academic types need apply

Readers – I need some help.

When you get a moment…are you able to read and translate the below? 😉

It’s not urgent at all…but I honestly don’t know what this guy is trying to tell me or sell me…it may be important but I just cannot decipher the message.

Again…no rush at all. And if you are not interested, don’t have the time or find this a waste of time…no worries…I understand completely!

I have blocked out his name and contact info…and it is not my intent to mock or denigrate this person at all…But I really don’t understand and am trying to find someone to translate his message into bullet points or a few paragraphs.

Best, gary

Begin forwarded message:
From: xxxx
Subject: Re: Cheers from xxxx| Responding to your call…
Date: August 30, 2021 at 6:54:31 AM HST
To: G Hooser

Hello, Mr. Hooser.

Thank you for your thoughtful note and the constructive criticism it delivered. I apologize for the high saturation of academese in my previous message. If we can meet virtually, I will explain why we deliberately resort to this style of communication.

Shifting gears to a “simply-put” register, our research suggests that Hawaiʻi, in its aggregate of community and productive forces, is extremely poorly prepared for the challenges of inescapable socioecological transformation and energy transition associated with the highest levels of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA), and poised to upend much of what the community has considered normal in the past 50 years. Naturally, beyond diagnostics, we have also dedicated thousands of volunteer hours to figuring out what to do to remedy the suboptimal state of the community’s collective intelligence. The barrier to understanding why this is crucial appears to be high vis-a-vis the baseline of public and policy discourse in present-day Hawaiʻi.

If you agree to continue this virtual consultation process, I would include the following on the discussion bulleted list that you requested me to provide.

>> Allow me to deliver a 50-minute know-why/know-what/know-how presentation summarizing our findings about the collective cognitive condition of our community and to present a set of customized community-advancement solutions.

>> Invite you and your colleagues in the progressive wing of the DP to watch a 90-minute documentary detailing the work of MIT’s system dynamics group for the Club of Rome. It’s an absolute “dot-connecting” must-see without which it is impossible to cope with the local establishment’s energy and socioecological complexity blindness. (The documentary is not available via any commercial streaming services; but we have a copy of it on our website.)

>> Discuss with you three specific digital intersectoral collaborative learning tools designed to be run as joint endeavors with community partners from civil society: the monthly Hawaiʻi Bounce Forward Guide (aka Civitas Solis bulletin), Research Intelligence Briefings (aka RIBs; described in the March copy of Consilience Notes referenced below), and the Citizen-Science Hour podcast (work in progress…).

>> Share with you the blueprint of a regional-science governance solution that can discipline the misaligned knowledge-production activity of Hawaiʻi’s academia and can be spearheaded by the progressives in Hawaiʻi’s legislature.

We humbly believe that if you open your mind to our suggestions, your cause may benefit from our insights generated during a five-year solution-seeking investigation into the state of Hawaiʻi’s intellectual well-being, an interdisciplinary inquiry cross-pollinated by almost a dozen academics across all essential disciplinary domains.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


On Fri, Aug 27, 2021 at 12:18 PM G Hooser wrote:

Hello XXX and thank you for reaching out and for your acknowledgment of the work that I do.

Honestly, the language you are speaking is not something easy for me to decipher. I have been out of the academic world for many years now and have never been deep into the science or technology sectors.

If you could restate in a paragraph or two, perhaps with bullet points – What exactly you would like to share with me and how does it relate to the work I am involved in? And I suppose – How may I help you or what do you seek from me?

Please know that I don’t mean to be facetious, but am honestly having a hard time understanding your message.

Generally, I meet and speak with anyone who makes a request, and I am always open and willing to learn more…but I am totally unclear as to what would be the purpose of our future conversation. Help me out, please!

My focus at the moment is totally on policy and politics…with a heavy lean toward the politics side and the upcoming local elections of 2022.


Gary Hooser

On Aug 26, 2021, at 3:03 PM, xxxx wrote:

Aloha, Mr. Hooser.

My name is xxxx and I admire your political commentaries that seek to educate the community on Hawaiʻi’s political-economic tectonics and cultivate awareness of the unrealized collective-agency potential. I would like to request a virtual meeting with you to share ideas on how this work can be amplified and expanded.

I am former economic-intelligence and energy-systems analyst who dedicated the last 7 years of his life to designing and implementing an ad-hoc action-research framework for knowledge-intermediation, collaborative learning and collective-intelligence building, all aimed at supporting and advancing the widest range of the Hawaiʻi society’s emancipatory aspirations. These self-introductions are never easy because the body of scholarly and practitioner knowledge is largely unfamiliar and frightening to local academics, thus mischaracterization of our intentions and methods abound. In lieu of actual third-party introductions, I’ll just mention the names of some the people with whom I collaborated “on the ground” and who you may be familiar with: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

As an applied epistemologist and knowledge architect, aided by a handful of like-minded scholars and graduate students, I am behind several community-wide knowledge ventures (known as “xxxx”) that were created to operationalize the above mission. There are several instruments, intellectual spaces and media channels we prototyped that focus on cultivating the community’s intellectual capacity to productively engage in the deep democratization and diversification of Hawaiʻi’s political sphere and a currently captured economic system of our island bioregion.

Unlocking these instruments’ full outreach and rapid-learning potential is predicated on collaboration between public intellectuals and community researchers. Would you be interested in exploring these ideas in a video conference in the next couple of weeks?

Thank you for your consideration, and please let us know what works best for you to continue this conversation. I took the liberty of attaching some links to provide a glimpse into our recent work.


About garyhooser

This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person and does not represent the official position of any organization I may be affiliated with. I presently serve as volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) I am the former Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In another past life, I was an elected member of the Kauai County Council, a Hawaii State Senator, and Majority Leader, and the Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii - in an even earlier incarnation I was an entrepreneur and small business owner. Yes, I am one of the luckiest guys on the planet. Please visit my website AND sign up for my newsletter (unlike any email newsletter you have ever gotten, of that I am sure) - “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. - Christopher Logue (b.1926)
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8 Responses to Need help with translation – techno/academic types need apply

  1. For real!!!! Talk about throwing ‘big’ words into a mumbo jumbo soup….my brain hurts. Actually I’m shaking my head in disbelief that someone actually thinks this is communicating…

    Sharon DouglasPO Box 516Lawai, HI, 96765(808)652-1896  “If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”. ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart.

    • garyhooser says:

      Whew! So I’m not alone thinking this is pretty bizarre. I still in the back of my mind am thinking that maybe this is some kind of “set up”…you know…kind of phishing but something else…can’t really put my finger on it. In the past…a long time ago…I got trapped by an AI program that engaged me in a conversation…until I finally realized I was talking with a computer 😉


    Lost in translation..not a clue what he’s trying to endlessly impress you with..words with no rhyme or reasoning… too smart for his britches or just high ! Hahahaa


  3. Kua Dakine says:

    I’m sorry I can’t help, I don’t speak pseudo-intellectual.

    • garyhooser says:

      Darn! There has to be something funny going on if literally, no one can understand this guy…I go back to my theory that maybe it is some kind of game or AI. Mahalo for your help and feedback.

  4. JulietBegley says:

    Good grief – it rather lends some credence to right-wing technophobes fear of the ‘Club of Rome’……but jargon driven crap like this is pretty comical too. Good luck with the ‘translation’ – I almost want to think that it’s something written by Steve Bannon.

    • garyhooser says:

      Yes…good grief is correct. I posted this also on FB today and generated a number of interesting responses…most thought the guy was either gaslighting me…or otherwise just far too full of himself. There was​ a handful that suggested though that the guy may have serious ideas to contribute. Myself…I think I’ve spent enough time on him 😉

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