Fergus Glen Lee, an Oban High School pupil started today on a week’s high pressure, interplanetary problem solving that will take him, if not to another planet, certainly imagineering what we would all need to do if we had to evacuate this one.
Now that’s a challenge for the imagination – and one Fergus seems already to be revelling in measuring up to.
The pioneering teenager is going to send us intergalactic communications from the Enterprise each day and we will publish them as communiques from beyond the known.
None of us have gone where Fergus is going boldly, so this is a way to piggy-back safely on his adventures.
Fuselab describes the week long challenge Fergus is facing as: ‘… an out of this world experience for 16-20 year olds at Edinburgh’s Summerhall which invites participants to plan the future of this as yet uninhabited world. 80 innovative and creative minds – scientists, artists and engineers – will aim to help us develop a sustainable way of life, free from the constraints of the systems and structures we live by here on Earth.
‘The programme will challenge thinking through workshops, skills sessions, talks and games; where participants will be collaborating to design, prototype and test ideas.’
Envy. This is going to be something else.
Fergus saw an advertisement on Sharing Argyll Learning, an online service provided by the Council’s Education Department, offering the opportunity to apply to join the team of business and academic intelligences across the North west European Communities.
Getting through the selection process, as he clearly did, involved Fergus demonstrating his capacity for creative and divergent thinking.
In his week at Edinburgh University, he has been told he will spend at least 75 hours of intensive pressure on his creativity, discovering how to turn his ideas into reality in planning for the challenges humanity would face in a sudden translation to another and an unknown planet.
He has been warned to expect to see the world from a completely different perspective.
Whatever your age wouldn’t you love to have a crack at this?
In his first bulletin from the launchpad, Fergus – Mr Cool – says:
‘So – I arrived at Pollock Halls just after three o’clock.
‘The question buzzing around was ‘Are you with Fuselab?’.
‘Apart from a few bemused adults, most of the replys were ‘YES’ , followed by the question, ‘What is it?’
‘We had all heard intergalactic this and human race that – but most of us were clueless.
‘Within minutes I realised that these were my sort of people.
‘They appeared to have been chosen from Scotland’s teen population to be friends, keen scientists, budding artists and creative geniuses combined.
‘That was Fuselab: innovative, creative.
‘Our task, should we choose to accept it [and we must] is to create a new human planet.’
No problem there, then.
More from the space traveller tomorrow.