I am writing to our Minciu Sodas laboratory groups in German and Italian
about my travel plans. (I apologize for writing in English!) I also
write to several people I would like to try to meet. Perhaps there are
others who would like to meet, write to me at ms@...
I share with
other groups in our online lab.
Minciu Sodas is an online laboratory for serving and organizing
independent thinkers. This is the fourth summer that I have stayed at
Franz Nahrada's Hotel Karolinenhof http://www.karolinenhof.at
with him there. Franz leads our work to share knowledge amongst
villages so that we might all live in places that reflect our values
I am now traveling in Austria and Italy.
- Wednesday, June 7. I leave Vienna for the village of Kirchbach,
Austria where I will meet with Hansjörg Matzer and his colleagues.
Rupert Paier and I will set up video bridges with all who are
interested! At 7:00 pm Austria time we will Skype with our participants
in Lithuania (8:00 pm Lithuania time). At 8:00 pm Austria time (=11:00
am California time) we will Skype in English, German or other languages.
- Thursday, June 8. I go with Hansjörg to Graz. (And if Helmut Leitner
is free, I will meet him, or on Wednesday.)
Then I take the train to Como, Italy in the Alps.
- Friday, June 9. I will give a talk "The Wealth of Experience" at
in Como, Italy for "Preserving Quality in an
Open Environment" organized by Paolo Pumilia. I will speak about our
lab's work in creating an online learning environment for the Wales
Institute of Community Currencies. There will be a bird-of-a-feather
session on "e-learning and open content". Who might be interested to
work together? The fee is only 20 euros. I hope in particular to
engage George Auckland of the BBC.
Then I will be in Italy for the weekend and the beginning of next week.
I will likely travel to Rome. I would like to link up with leaders of
and the Incubatore Open Source.
Also, with Magius who is active in Oekonux and interested to organize an
action-oriented conference on alternative economy. (Magius, thank you
for writing to Global Villages, and I alert you to our Cyfranogi group
lead by John Rogers.) Franz
has alerted me to Davide Lamanna http://www.isf-roma.org
and their work
using Linux to bring new life to older computers. I will try to meet
with Robin Good http://www.masternewmedia.org
to get his thoughts on our
Open Leader network as he has been very supportive.
- Wednesday, June 14. I spoke briefly with Andrea Mills and Nancy
Cailleteau of the Brave Brains Alliance http://www.bravebrains.com
Tentatively we will try to meet on this day in Piacenza. I am
interested in how I and our lab might serve their alliance, and
especially the Innovation Lab Italy in Piacenza.
I note the connection with IKEA, the furniture retailer and brander.
Perhaps they might be interested in pattern languages?
Our lab currently is working for
author Nikos A Salingaros and publisher Harald Püschel
to promote and organize the pattern language
community. I think that IKEA might be interested in what their success
teaches about what makes a building alive?
I might then pass through Slovenia on my way back to Austria. Would
Stanko Blatnik or William Wagner or anybody be interested to meet up?
- Thursday, June 15 to Saturday, June 17 is "Das Handwerk der Zukunft"
(Crafts of the Future) http://www.landschaft-des-wissens.org
Wissensee, Kärnten, Austria. I hope to spend at least one day there,
but especially to meet Christine Ax. http://www.ipf-hamburg.net
knows her as a key person in the future of production in global villages.
Then that weekend I will be back in Kirchbach, Austria. Our plan is to
travel together to Vienna as Monday, June 19, Hansjörg will give a talk
with Franz on global villages to students of rural planning. Then I will
stay for at least a week in Vienna.
Franz and I are working on our strategy, our vision for our lab,
networks and culture as we hope to grow:
** roughly 1 year from now (300 active and 3,000 supportive)
** roughly 3 years from now (1,200 active and 12,000 supportive)
** roughly 5 years from now (5,000 active and 50,000 supportive)
We invite our help. How do we imagine and how will we grow our culture?
We're working on:
* The Minciu Sodas business model and strategy, and writing that up.
* The role of our wiki at http://www.ourculture.info
(We had a two hour
conversation with Helmut Leitner and he's already met two out of three
needs we have).
* The Hotel Karolinenhof as part of the Holiwork network in the Austrian
* Franz's talk on "Economy Beyond the Limits of Exchange"
* A theory of global villages, how to create them, that draws on pattern
languages and might be applicable to Alan Heeks's ecovillage in Dorset
* Our online learning environment (which I'm building for WICC) and how
we'll use that to organize "how-to" knowledge http://www.findbetterways.info
* Our conceptual map of our key concepts (Franz contributed his personal
rankings of how well he relates to our various key concepts)
Pattern languages are very much on our minds. I met with architect
Lucien Steil in Luxembourg http://www.katarxis3.com
and with author
Nikos Salingaros in Belgium. Nikos is happy with our work promoting his
(including the upcoming "A Theory of
Architecture") and has provided our lab with another 400 euros to
continue our work in "public relations", promoting and organizing the
pattern language community. I have set aside 100 dollars to back a
community currency to encourage us to help with our website at
especially to note and pursue related
business opportunities, which might include social housing in Latin
America, as Nikos is writing a paper on that. Also, I have set aside
200 dollars as backing to help with our web system for working openly,
especially our interface for tagging letters:
Thank you to all for caring about thinking!
I hope we might meet and support each other!
in Vienna, Austria