What is in a name… Take the case of the Cook Islands. This Polynesian nation is an archipelago of 15 islands stuck between French Polynesia, Niue and American Samoa. It is inhabited by only 12 000 people. Its name comes from the British explorer James Cook. The official Cook Islands website says it was Russian sailors who popularized the usage of the Cook Islands name in … Continue reading Is it time for the Cook Islands to change its name?
The Tahiti Women’s Forum will celebrate its come back next month. Extended to two days, the 16th and 17th of October, it will address responsible business. As everyone knows, the Pacific islands are one of the most venerable area in the world in terms on climate change. And women are the first population facing this issue. « It’s too late to be pessimistic », the famous French … Continue reading Tahiti Women’s Forum is back!
The decentralization revolution, like a domino effect, began at the informational stage (see part 1), spread to the energy sector (see part 2), and is now triggering a new emerging trend: the decentralized transportation revolution. In recorded history, we have never been so creative in terms of human transportation means and this trend has no reason to stop now, on the contrary. Here, we’ll focus … Continue reading New Techs are revolutionizing life in the Pacific- part 3
Thirty-four-year-old Dely Roy Nalo is a Ni-Vanuatu visual artist and cultural field worker who is passionate about promoting and safeguarding the cultural heritage of Northern Vanuatu. Dely lives in Luganville on Espiritu Santo Island with her family and speaks fluent French, English and Bislama, in addition to her father’s vernacular language, Mwerlap. “My idea is that if each culture can understand or at the very least acknowledge each other, a platform can be set for mutual respect” she told … Continue reading Dely wants to save the traditions of Vanuatu
Last week, we explored the revolutionary change blockchain technology was bringing to the world, and even more to scattered populations like the islanders of the Pacific Ocean, or the coasters of the Asian, American and Oceanian continents. Now, let’s check out the second great disruption in the decentralization revolution: the energy decentralization, triggered by some of the greatest game-changing technologies currently developing at high speeds: … Continue reading New Techs are revolutionizing life in the Pacific- part 2
How does Maui heroic deeds hold the comparison to other mythological heroes such as the Greek/Roman semi-god Hercules or the African spider god Anansi? This great video by the educational YouTube channel CrashCourse World Mythology answers this question, using the Hawaiian version of the myth of Maui: Continue reading [VIDEO] Maui compared to other mythological heroes
After the latest industrial (19th-20th century) and information revolutions (brought by the Internet in the 20th-21th century), the next one is coming. It might be dubbed the Decentralization revolution, and it has already begun, boosted by the rise of several new technologies, like photovoltaic, blockchain and VTOL aircrafts. These are already spreading in places where they are the most useful. The scattered lands across the … Continue reading New Techs are revolutionizing life in the Pacific- part 1
This excellent video my TedEx explains how traditional Polynesian double-hull canoes found their way across the huge Pacific Ocean, three millennia before the introduction of modern compas and maps: Continue reading Video: How did Polynesian wayfinders navigate the Pacific Ocean?
Innovation and entrepreneurship driven by women is a decidedly major socioeconomic trend in French Polynesia and more broadly throughout the Pacific islands. In order to mobilize and inspire women to innovate and create their economic activities, a private initiative named Tahiti Women’s Forum has been launched in Tahiti mid 2017. Its objective: to set up a one day event that will host a conference, round … Continue reading Polynesian women take the lead with the Tahiti Women’s Forum
Nathalie Heirani Salmon-Hudry is a writer whose inspiring work is bringing about positive change for people with disabilities in her native French Polynesia. She is the author of the moving autobiographical tale “Je suis née MORTE” (meaning “I was born DEAD” or “I was stillborn”) that she wrote using a computer head pointer. The book deals with “how you develop, how you grow up, how you … Continue reading Paralyzed from birth, she wrote an award-winning book using a computer head pointer