After maintaining hope, the next step is to embrace your environment. The environments for disadvantaged Startups have embedded and unavoidable obstacles, but, there may be unique advantages available to those with business savvy and spunk. RATS strives to compose these advantages into a coworking system encapsulating various experiential learning theories (ELT) and practice theories (PT).
Our seasoned cocktail of lofty rituals within PT and ELT reveals that the disadvantaged Startup should take an active role observing and monitoring their environment. In this way, the disadvantaged Startup begins a journey as ethnographer, subject matter expert, artist, or maybe even creative. With ethnography, the disadvantaged can become visible, not forgotten, by using ethnographic and showmanship tools and products such as blogs and hand-touched artworks.
After maintaining hope, embracing the environment, and creating a blogging framework, where can a disadvantaged Startup gain experience practicing and perfecting these things? 'Practice makes perfect and frequency build fortitude' and 'knowledge equals power' are two true monikers that emphasis the importance of learning, knowledge, and experience.
ELT defines learning as 'the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. Knowledge results from the combination of grasping and transforming experience' (Kolb, 1984: 41). On the other hand, PT places social practices as the central unit of analysis.
In order to acquire knowledge and experience, from our studies, a disadvantaged Startup should join an inclusive coworking company that combines ELT with PT. In our case, RATS seek to awaken the senses of the disadvantaged by conjoining the prosperities of art (complete art experience), based on ELT, with the guttural essence of the waste lands, based on PT. Using this unique conjugation for experiential design, our studies suggest the complete art experience can transcend the outer propagating stereotypes of the disadvantaged Startup as those barely teetering inside the waste lands..
A common stereotype of disadvantaged startups is one that envisions disadvantaged startups residing in a type of urban wilderness or 'wild' state uncontrollable by standard practices. To revise this stereotype, RT is continually developing deutero-learning tools with ad-hoc machine learning in pursuit of 'cognition in the wild' . Upon closer look, our mission has tended to focus specifically on controlling the 'wild' (the experiential) in startups, connections, and the disadvantaged defined as follows:
The disadvantaged places are the ghettos, the farm lands, the senior homes, the corner churches, the highway-side elementary schools, and the fragmentation from gentrification in neighborhoods. These places are the dirt-road corner stores, the folk-art museums, and the second generation trailer parks. The individuals in these places are the 12-hours-a-day moms, hill folks, the life-time criminals, the hard-knocks police, the broken-glass-in-the-park kids, the side-hustle sisters, and fake-it-to-you-make-it brothers. These are the places and people continually doing worst than their parents. These are the places that make-up the most difficult demographic to improve test scores or train for the computer technology jobs of the future. However, these are also the places where RT believes the most talented people in the world exist. Many MUST be talented to survive. We plan to go there, find them, and cultivate their talents through business and technology.
When disadvantaged Startups use their wits and skills to exemplify and express themselves in an ethnographic way, people from any walk-of-life can feel their power and maybe support their cause.
At Residential Technology Inc., we refer to these disadvantaged places as the Waste Lands. We call them the waste lands because when you "waste" talent, they "land" in these disadvantaged, faceless, and forgotten communities. Unlike the disadvantaged places, it is one of our core company beliefs that waste lands do not exist outside the body but on the inside. When your inside becomes a waste land, you are perceived on the outside as a hollow, faceless, and forgotten resident.