Imagine Jamaica 50

A Jamaican Day in 2062: Day 1

August 1, 2062

Today is Emancipation Day in this our Jamaica Centenary Jubilee.  Jamaica 100 Celebrations has both Jamaica the Rock, and Jamaica SecondLife in a frenzy.   Over 10 million people are slated to be participating in a massive homecoming events online for Jamaicans around the world, as well as the 500 on the Moon and Mars Mining Colonies.   At 100 years old I am happy to be alive to see this for myself.  My cataract surgery at 90, and my anti-aging regimen devised by Jamaica BioLife Ventures keep me looking and feeling as I did at 80.  It is really a miracle.

Emancipation Day Re-Enactments which began in 2030 are now completely done by robots which has diminished some of the excitement for me, but can’t miss the around the island swim being done by the gold medal winning Jamaica swim team, in the 2060  World Sea Swim Championships.   With Jamaica playing in the World Cup Soccer Quarter-Finals being played in Nigeria, the newly-refurbished National Stadium will play host to a holographic viewing of the game, later — and those who can’t make it to the stadium can download it on their HoloApps for personal viewing if they can afford the $VDollars.  $VDollars which we have had to use to purchase Virtual Goods and Services are not be confused with $CDollars which is used for Caribbean transactions.

Jamaica’s investment in nano-biotech early in the 2020s has really paid off.  Athletes today are kept at their fittest with the DNA-personalized regimens that were devised by Jamaica’s Nobel Prize winning Science of Sports Team at UTECH.   Jamaica won the first ever Nobel Prize for Sports Science in 2045, which I say, it was only fitting given Jamaica’s dominance in the 2044 Olympics with a whopping 50 Medals in Track and Field , Swimming, Basket Ball, Soccer and Beach Volley Ball.   As well as the fact that over 300 athletes from other countries that used our regimen also medaled or reached their personal best in that Olympics.

After the Show, I am going to take a hover-taxi (people hardly drive their own cars anymore in Kingston thank God!) over to the Jubilee Village for a Real Old Time Ginger Beer. I long for a taste of Real food. The ReConstituted Rations are good enough, if you have not lived long enough to remember RealFood.  Thank God Jamaica had the foresight to establish a food security plan in the 2020s and the Jamaica Agricultural Service worked with farmers and households around the island to establish  DNA food culture and tissue banks, so  that when terrorists unleashed their grain virus which cause world famine in 2035-2040, we were able to recover and help other Caribbean countries as well.  We lickle but we tallawah fe true!



What if Jamaica were to invest in BioTech industry Development?  Beginning with Revamped Science Education and Literacy from Basic School?  What if Terrorists unleashed a Virus that killed Corn and Rice and created a Global Famine? What If the Jamaica  Ministry of Information partnered with Northern Caribbean University IT Center to establish a Virtual Jamaica SecondLife with aim to register the Jamaica Diaspora?


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.