Chapter 6 Final Thoughts
6.1 Out of the Ashes
Revisiting “The Great Chicago” fire, undoubtedly the city could have spent years crippled by loss and defeat before recovery was pursued. Instead, the citizens of Chicago banned together and the “Great Rebuilding” began immediately. From the ashes and from the “Great Rebuilding” came a new style of architecture and innovative buildings. 3
The greatest assemblage of creative, architectural talent in United States history converged in Chicago. For example, from their endeavors emerged the “Chicago School” style of architecture. These architects were among the first to promote steel-frame construction in commercial buildings. 4 These new technologies led to the development of the skyscraper. Not only can the skyscraper be viewed as a demonstration of architectural advancement, it is also an expression of adversity turned triumph through human resolve. 5
Though a disastrous event, The Great Chicago Fire created the opportunity for mankind to create a new urban architecture that would be emulated across the world. It is this same kind of “creative intellectual vision” that we need today. 6
Our hope is that as The Great Chicago Fire led to a new and better way of architecture, so will the fire of sex trafficking lead to an innovative and more effective “architecture” to decreasing the demand of sex trafficking. The rapid growth rate and the overwhelming demand of sex trafficking require that we meet this issue with boldness and ingenuity. We too can orchestrate a “Great Rebuilding.” But instead of the construction of buildings and city blocks, out of the ashes of human trafficking can come transformed culture and freedom for millions. And, instead of transforming one city, it will transform the world for the better.
As such, we hope various kinds of talent (in AI, ML, Blockchain; science, arts, business, etc.) will begin to emerge on the scene to do their own unique part in stopping the atrocities of sex trafficking and helping put it on the ash heap of history.
We seek to advance a new, better style of architecture to defeat trafficking. It starts with focusing on the ending the demand through education. And providing this valuable, high-quality content that is only getting better and for free for the world is one part of this solution-blueprint.
Looking back over MATTOO’s history, it is truly amazing to reflect on all that can be and has been done by a small group of passionate and dedicated volunteers.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my deepest thanks to every individual – too numerous to name - who has helped bring MATTOO’s Book to a reality.
Of all the many people to thank, I must first thank God and my truly amazing wife. Without them and their unfailing love and strong support, I do not know where I or MATTOO would be.
In regards to beginning and completing the MATTOO Book (1st edition, hard copy) - which this book is built on, my deepest gratitude goes out to Andrew Lee, Janae Aasen, Jadah Green, Nimi Ocholi, and Stephanie Fisk for their tireless effort and unwavering support in making this become a reality.
I also want to thank: all my family, Patrick Lambertz, Matt Steele, Dr. Ben Pascut, and all who have helped us in the Philippines, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States and in the other countries we’ve presented.
Thank you to everyone who believes and supports MATTOO’s mission, a mission that is and will continue to change the world for the better.
Andrew D. Hanson
Founder & Chairman of MATTOO
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