Ask HN: Why Is Everything Declining?

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    Well, I can tell you from my own experience

    Since 2011 I have been writing, with my own dev team, at my own expense, an open source platform so communities worldwide can have an alternative to Big Tech. We reached 11 million users in over 100 countries and translated to 15 languages.

    But most VCs and investors don’t understand it and say we are doing too much. You can use it here:

    Then in 2018 I launched a spinoff company to create Web3 smart contracts for communities to govern themselves, manage their own currencies and generally run software they don’t have to trust any central parties.

    But here on HN many people knee-jerk hate and downvote it because it’s Web3 and blockchain based. You can grab them and use them for free:

    So I don’t know… to build these things for the good of the world takes a lot. It took me 10 years and $1 million dollars so far, and my team probably several man-decades put together. And we give it all away. But what I have noticed is that people don’t really get why something is important until they start to use it in their life.

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    I have held many jobs in my life. I learned to clean the kitchen and cook as a child and later to sweep, mop, rake, etc. once I was big enough to do so effectively. I learned to work with others and take orders in various early jobs.

    Every time I see "the cleaner just drag[s] the mop around looking busy but accomplishing nothing" I offer to show them how to mop and they always allow me to do so. The problem is quite literally they don't know how to mop!

    I explain that I once did lots of mopping(grocery stores et al) and that there is a method to it. I take them through the procedure: how to wet the mop, when to know to change the water/soap, how to dry the mop, what pattern to use in drying, etc. In all of that I emphasize safety and the various kinds of accidents I've seen/caused, from slippages and falls to mixing the wrong mopping ingredients (store cleared out due to HCL acid gas).

    They really don't know this and I know it b/c I was explicitly taught (perhaps not all at once, as I am demonstrating for them, but in pieces over my early life).

    The root problem is that some facilities have no one who knows how to do basic cleaning and it is assumed that learning occurs by some sort of magical cognitive osmosis. In such a place an employee is shown a mess, given a mop bucket (complete with dirty water from the last use) and told to "clean it up!".

    It helps to be humble: I'm not ordering them to follow a procedure and I'm not correcting them. I show and tell them what I once did and how I was taught and that I once stood "in their shoes' and did the same task. I am no better a person than they are and it is always a worthwhile and good thing to work in the proper manner and do a good job.

    Don't mix cleaning fluids:

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