Imagine Jamaica 50

A Jamaican Day in 2062: Day 2

August 2, 2062

The Second Day of Emancipendence!  It is amazing that so many Jamaicans have come home.  Every Cruise Ship Pier is full.  There are two superships with 50,000 each from UK  and Canada.  The Jamericans  take the airtaxi from Miami every morning.  Today there will be fireworks at the National Heroes Park and Parliament Complex which truly needs a sprucing up.  When the building was constructed in 2022, the solar-film windows and solar bricks in the walls were state of the art.  Likewise, the underground water cistern and the self-sustaining water management system that collected rain water and cleaned and reused wastewater.  But that was 40 years ago, and it is now obsolete.  The energy systems should have been upgraded to the nano-solar energy collectors with a quantum fuel cell storage system  since  the fifties– which we did at our Seniors Housing complex in 2055.  But government says they don’t have the funds!  I have never understood why successive leaders don’t understand the psychological importance of a solid and well maintained House or Parliament.  I can understand that they have to use the little budget to deal with security – but what they need to do is put some of these idle under 50 youth into the Food Security Brigade; and for those who are incurably violent, they need to simply do the selective anger management surgery.  I just don’t understand the Right to Feelings Movement who think it is OK to allow clinically violent people the right to be violent.  This is madness!  The Chinese have it right!  Order for the majority is more important the Individual rights of the minority – and see they have 2 Billion people to control.  We only have what?  4 million!   Thank God — we exported half a million to colonize the far reaches of Canada, Guyana and Suriname back in the 2020s.

Anyway onto more pleasant thoughts, Jamaica’s Medal Count at the Olympics is now 5 – we won in Swimming, and Beach Volley Ball again; and for the first time in Cycling, and we won the World Cup Quarter Finals in Nigeria.  I enjoyed the game- the stadium holographics is 200% better than the one we have here in the Seniors Complex where I live.  With most of us on pension, we can’t use all our $V Dollars on entertainment – so we subscribe to level three service, which is not so fast, so the holographs don’t look so solid.  We have to save enough $VDollars to pay for our healthcare such as our Body Scans.  Today the Nano-Medic has to come to repair the BodySystems Stabilizer which measures our vitals every day and adjusts to the nearest microgram the balance of nutrients in our individual DNA-specific supplements.  I still can’t believe that Jamaica’s best selling life-sustaining powder includes liquified red ants.  The Jamaica Biotech Institute discovered that red ants had a vital ingredient critical for managing hyper tension, and that formulation is a number one seller on the  global neutraceutical market.  Today, Jamaica employs 19,000 people on RedAnts production farms, since the breeding work cannot be done by robots.  We lickle but we tallawah fe true!



What if Jamaica were to construct a state of the art Renewable Energy Science Park?  What if  Jamaica were to institute youth service for all unemployed youth in Food Brigades?  Should we use biochemicals and other forms of brain surgery to ‘denature’ violent criminals?  What if Jamaica joined other parts of the world and turned to insects to increase protein content in food supplements?

About the author

Dr. Claire Nelson

Dr. Claire Nelson has been actively engaged in the business of international development for more than twenty-five years. She works in the area of project development and management, with a particular focus on private sector development. A renaissance woman, she has been described as a Social Entrepreneur, Futurist, and Change Leader.

The first Jamaican woman to earn a Doctorate degree in an engineering discipline and the only black in her graduating class, Dr. Nelson holds Industrial Engineering Degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Purdue University, and a Doctorate in Engineering Management from George Washington University. She has served on numerous boards and committees including: US Department of Commerce US/Caribbean Business Development Council Advisory Board; Black Leadership Forum; DC Caribbean Carnival Association; International Think Tank Commission on Pan-African Affairs, Office of the Prime Minister of Barbados; African-American Unity Caucus; National Democratic Institute/Carter Center Election Observer Mission to the Dominican Republic; Black Professionals in International Affairs; and the International Committee of the National Society of Black Engineers-Alumni Extension.

Dr. Nelson is sought after as a speaker on issues pertaining to economic development, globalization, and issues concerning the Caribbean and its peoples. She is a frequent guest on the television talk show CARIBNATION seen on cable TV in the Washington D.C. area, as well as CARIBBEAN EXCHANGE on WEAA, Morgan University Radio. Her speaking engagements have included: National Association of Security Professionals; Congressional Black Caucus Conference; Harvard University Black MBA Association Conference; Women & Micro-enterprise Conference, African Development Bank; Florida International University; Cincinnati Women's Chamber of Commerce; US Black Engineer of the Year Annual Conference; Howard University; Sacramento State University; National Council of Negro Women; and National Congress of Black Women.

Dr. Nelson has been a frontrunner in the challenge of placing the topic of social exclusion and diversity on the agenda of the multilateral development assistance institutions. As a result of her pioneering work, she was invited to the Salzburg Seminar as a Fellow in 1997 and 1999 of the Seminars on Race and Ethnicity, in 2000 and 2003 to the Fetzer Institute Advisory Group on Moral, Ethical and Spiritual Leadership; and as Faculty at the Seminar on Leadership Across Geographic Borders and Cultural Boundaries. Dr. Nelson was also a participant in the Bellagio Consultation on the UN World Conference on Racism (WCAR) organized by the International Human Rights Law Group, and was active on the Working Group on Globalization and Transnational Corporations.
Dr. Nelson is Ideation Leader of The Futures Forum which provides strategic foresight and development futures consulting practice. An award-winning writer and performance artiste, Dr. Nelson's OpEd pieces have appeared in media outlets such as Morning Edition, National Public Radio; WEAA FM and WHUR FM; and CaribNation TV.