Samwel and all,
I followed this sequence:
Which finally brings us to:
KenyaLinux User Group: If you would like to subscribe to this group:
-OR- send email to
(I've subscribed and it's active. They are helpful, as LUGs usually
are. A gem, maybe!)
There's also some assorted comments picked from my blog at
Here they are:
Fon is community wifi. Tie
this with http://wndw.net
and some other “stone soup” ingredients, and
off we all go.
* NGO in a box: http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/004083.html
(a distribution for old hardware, sound etc)
“The cutting edge of low technology”.
Otherpower.com’s latest project. 3kW+ output, 48VDC, 17-foot diameter
wind turbine built from scratch.
alerts us to a "relatively prosaic
project generating a relatively small amount of power"
with do-it-yourself solar-panels for under
----- Mensaje original -----
De: Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...
Fecha: Jueves, Febrero 16, 2006 0:37 am
Asunto: [holistichelping] Welcome! and my response to Samwel
> I wish to add my welcome to yours to all your new members! Thank
> Samwel, for signing them up. Holistic Helping is a very important
> working group for our Minciu Sodas laboratory http://www.ms.lt Our
> laboratory serves and organizes "independent thinkers" around the
> But "thinking" is only good if it is "helpful".
> Janet Feldman is very experienced at helping others, especially
> online to help our brothers and sisters on-the-ground in Africa.
> She is
> also a very mature independent thinker. She is able to ask big
> and look for heartfelt answers. She has agreed to "think out loud"
> This will encourage us all to do likewise and grow as leaders.
> Our laboratory has different working groups for supporting new
> approaches: global villages, open economy, online learning
> improving collaboration, leadership development, conceptual
> loving God. But we have learned the obvious: We need to respond to
> people who need and want help, otherwise the rest of life is empty.
> care especially for Africa because the need is so clear. Janet
> pursues a
> new approach which she calls "holistic helping", and which means
> it's best to care about every issue, rather than just some issues,
> because they are all connected in what makes us human.
> I know little about Africa. But I have learned that the big
> can bring out our boldness, especially if somebody stands up to
> them. I
> have been very inspired by Joy Tang, Jeff Buderer and others at
> OneVillage.biz who are responding to the HIV/AIDS challenge with
> idea of "unity centers" within villages. Through them our
> laboratory has
> connected with Henry Migingo in Kenya, Janet herself, and quite a
> others, so that our circles keep growing. I look forward to our
> bold ideas!
> I am also careful to be very clear about the amount of help that I
> myself can provide. My financial situation is quite difficult as I
> many debts and my income is irregular. But I am interested to try
> to be
> creative. I hope we write about our realities (as much as we feel
> comfortable). That is hard to do, but it gives us each a chance to
> at ourselves, and it gives us all a chance to help each other.
> I imagine that, practically, some of the best things we might
> are to link up our African participants so that you might build
> connections, as many of you have started at Africa Source II. Feel
> to introduce yourselves! Please don't be shy. Then it will become
> how I and others in the world might try to help. At our lab, we
> working openly.
> I care about Janet's work because I believe that she is helping
> find practical resources for real challenges. My strategy is that
> we try
> to learn how to help her so that she might help others even more.
> We have managed to help Samwel Kongere in small but meaningful
> ways. So
> far we together earned and raised $500 which allowed him to attend
> Africa Source II and acquire a computer. He helped me and our lab
> doing important work which included a social mapping project and
> research on business opportunities in literacy. We have agreed that
> will work a bit more for our lab until the end of this month, and
> he will have completed his work to date.
> Samwel, I share your letter to me, and I hope to write more soon.
> Briefly, I don't have any means to contribute to Internet access
> you. Also, for our laboratory, it is actually not a priority. I
> very few resources and I think it's best to share them or invest
> them in
> terms of participant's time rather than technology. Also, it's
> more interesting for our lab to see how you might optimize marginal
> Internet access? What are projects that you can help with even if
> don't have good Internet? What you learn about that we can then
> with others. Of course, if you can find a way to get Internet
> then that is very good, if you can. But I don't recommend it if you
> don't have the resources. Perhaps others here might advise.
> You are interested in Linux, which can be a useful technology to
> (I am using it and learning it, too). Perhaps others here might
> some business advice.
> I wrote in my earlier letter what would be very helpful for our
> laboratory: If you could write about people you know who you think
> successful at "living comfortably while helping others". Perhaps
> are others on our list who have succeeded, or can share good
> Our lab is building for WICC an online learning environment for a
> related issue: designing community currencies. Our environment will
> include a collection of "principles" and "beliefs" that people have
> about money, wealth, economy, etc. John calls this our "money
> mind". It
> would be very helpful to learn about the "money mind" in Kenya.
> What do
> people believe about money? What are alternatives to money? How do
> people behave with money? I will write more, and meanwhile I
> our thoughts.
> For example, one thing that Samwel does very well, and many of us
> perhaps do well, is that we're not afraid to ask for help. This is
> very healthy way to think, a healthy "principle", at least in the
> How about in Africa?
> Thank you!
> Andrius Kulikauskas
> Minciu Sodas
> +370 (699) 30003
> Vilnius, Lithuania
> samwel kongere wrote:
> > *
> > Dear Andrius,
> > *
> > I thank you for negotiating my support of travels to Foss
> workshop in
> > Uganda. The time you took to me go through this wonderful skill
> > sharing, it was a grateful opportunity to spend whole that one
> week. I
> > have to take up some basic tutorials; if only I have computers
> where I
> > can install Linux in, look for internet connectivity fulltime to
> > work for our open leader network.
> > When I receive the money from you, you said I will work for our
> > network what exactly did you want me to do? Can you organize
> > link for Linux workshop? Can I be able to get support and become
> > Linux administrator, personally I need to train on Linux either
> as a
> > main man, administrator and installation and then become
> certified as
> > Linux operator. These I need solutions first and join a set up
> > institution to train in th e basics.
> > I need to develop some campaign strategy for a simple project
> here and
> > later send you the idea if someone can develop me a proposal to
> > for funds. The problem with me is funds to do all personal
> effects and
> > group plan for technology projects.
> > Many community based groups need technology support and having
> > come to advance in community information and communication skill
> > is lacking in this isolated area. Implementing force in this area
> > viable as many dint even know about windows and proprietary
> > and Foss. It is an area which needs this innovation, innovation
> has to
> > be marketed by giving accesses to hardware , internet
> > connectivity*(*static or wireless) or sms for information
> advocacy and
> > citizen media handling for the community. We can form up opinion
> > what to implement concerning this community. I have failed in
> > the group constitution, project plan and proposal.
> > Any way Andrius, we have to think beyond now. I need to have one
> > computer as urgently as possible; one channel to pay for my
> > connectivity of US$ 100.00 per month for one computer. Can our
> > service commission and pay me something which can allow my
> > connectivity to the internet? This is up for discussion you have
> > always stood by my right side for monetary support. And I still
> have a
> > long way to do Linux capacity building in me and community
> > And need to develop skill curriculum for Foss.
> > I think this is food for thought and let’s see.
> > Samwel.
> > */Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...>/* wrote:
> > Samwel,
> > Thank you for your upda te which I share below.
> > Your key concept is "motivation through sacrifice" and your
> > investigatory question is "How I can find for Myself and live
> > Comfortably while helping others?" (If not, please update us!)
> > Here is what would be very useful for our laboratory for you to
> > do, if
> > you are interested.
> > I would like to know, What are business opportunities where
> you live
> > that would let a person live comfortably while helping
> others? Could
> > you find and describe 5 opportunities? And what level of
> literacy is
> > needed for each? And a person who has achieved that
> opportunity? And,
> > what exactly does it mean that they are living comfortably?
> What are
> > the elements of living comfortably?
> > This would help us know how we might help people like you
> > on-the-ground. Also, we would learn what kind of literacy is
> > important. I think this would also help Henry Migingo. His key
> > concept
> > is "thoughtful sharing" and his question is: How can I, as an
> > individual, implement a bottom-up economy in Africa (begining
> with> Kenya) so that we are economically independent?
> > http://www.openleader.com/index.php/Cyfranogi/BottomUpEconomy
> Perhaps> Henry might let us know how your research could help
> him answer his
> > question.
> > Also, Steve Bosserman's key concept is "social justice" and
> he is
> > interested in a question related to "living comfortably":
> What can
> > I do
> > with others to advance social justice in the world by
> > experimenting with
> > social system rules that distribute influence more equitably
> among> members and offer them a wider range of choices? The
> metric for me is
> > food security and safety. If people don't have a steady
> supply of
> > affordable, healthy food, then there is no social justice.
> How to
> > advance community currency as a way to fairly compensate
> people for
> > their value add?
> > Also, perhaps Steve might be interested to give you some of
> his "time
> > awards" if you can do some research for him. I will look for
> more> ways
> > to make our time awards useful.
> > Samwel, if you can study successful people, perhaps talk with
> > them, and
> > describe the elements of "living comfortably", then we will
> know more
> > about people's "motivation" and how we can design community
> > currencies.
> > Where there is "motivation through sacrifice" (people
> inspired by
> > sacrifice) then we may find other dimensions of comfort that
> motivate> people, not just money. If you might tell us examples
> of "motivation
> > through sacrifice", that would also help. Do you see any
> examples of
> > people who are "living comfortably and helping others"?
> > Samwel, let's see what you can discover for us by the end of
> > February.
> > Then you will be done with this work. We may then think about
> what> you
> > learn. Perhaps we might then look for ways to support the
> kinds of
> > business opportunities that you find. We'll be able to think
> about> that.
> > Any thoughts?
> > Andrius
> > Andrius Kulikauskas
> > Minciu Sodas
> > http://www.ms.lt
> > ms@...
> > +370 (699) 30003
> > Vilnius, Lithuania
> > samwel kongere wrote:
> > > Dear Andrius,
> > >
> > > I have just emailed the links of emails to Janet and hope she
> > will now
> > > invite them to our group. people here and there want linux
> > operators
> > > and this is something very interestting for me I am
> planning to
> > send
> > > my plans and agenda After the workshop and see what of the
> > campaign I
> > > am going to take concerning open source software.
> > >
> > > What do you think I can do to our lab to help my campaign?
> and if I
> > > buy one Computer because I am paying a depost fee to one on
> the> > balance I remained with.My full time connectivity will
> still> pause me
> > > problems and questions and these are the few hints I need to
> > Address
> > > before I go, you Have to give some hints on Open source and
> I will
> > > share my agenda with you....and something about my literacy
> and> sanck
> > > business, this can keep comfortable.
> > >
> > > You, said I was to do something for the lab ie January and
> Febraury> > can you now come clear on this and i start the Job?
> > >
> > > Thanks very much for linking me and I still need some basic
> > hints on
> > > linux, i have helped create KENYA Open source Group where we
> > will be
> > > sending many campaign results all over.
> > >
> > > Have agood day.
> > >
> > > Sam
> > >
> > >
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