Hi, this is a very important opportunity for our Minciu Sodas
participants in the European Union (and Norway, Turkey). Franz Nahrada
is hosting a workshop at his hotel in Vienna, Austria from January
17-28. I plan to be there. We will work on video communications projects
(like video bridges, video content) for adult education. The EU covers
the costs (food, accomodation) and reimburses your flights. We want to
have a dynamic group of people. Please consider participating, respond
at our groups if you are interested, and help us spread the word!
Thank you, Andrius Kulikauskas, ms@...
, +370 699 30003, http://www.ms.lt
Franz Nahrada wrote:
> Dear Globalvillagers
> There has been a goad deal of expressions of interest in the workshop we
> are doing in winter in Vienna,
> but we need to get the formal applications in now in order to organize the
> whole thing.
> So please download the application form here
> and if you decide that this is REALLY for you then fill it out, add a
> little image with your signed signature and send it by email to us, the
> national Life Long Learning agency in your country and the Austrian
> We are also writing to rural development actors all around Europe, because
> as I told Pamela in replying to her comment below we welcome academics but
> we also would like to see the presence of people who actually are involved
> in some regional education or community /neighborhood / village building
> We also would welcome having fillmakers like Synnove Mathe or internet TV
> professionals like Zenonas Anusauskas, but we have these few restriction:
> partcipants dont pay and they dont get paid by us, they are meant to be
> teachers and students alike. We pay for travel and accomodation, they
> participate actively and contribute constructively. They need to be fluent
> in English.
> So please, spread this new call, and if you want to come, you might also
> use it to find additional sources of support in your country or community!
> This is a call for people that are both passionate for regional or local
> development and new technologies to help and facilitate the growth of
> community cohesion and cooperation throughout Europe - for the benefit of
> our villages, small towns and rural areas.
> The question is: can the gap between education - rich urban environments
> on one side and and rural and peripheral areas be bridged by new and
> unconventional combinations between modern Internet technologies and the
> emergence of new learning channels and places in regional systems.
> The answer to this question is crucial also for "bridging the broadband
> gap": the emergence of new communication infrastructures is very directly
> linked to feasible and practical ideas and models to use them and the
> concrete expression of needs.
> We suggest a model of "Global Villages", that means that every region and
> regional policy in Europe pays increasing attention to the emergence of
> specific locations (be it central, be it decentral) that can technically
> and culturally, through competence and understanding, through linkage to
> the main local actors and the awareness of needs, facilitate a growing
> exchange of knowledge and experience between the regions, towns and
> villages of Europe.
> To achieve that, they create or use internet access points like
> telecentres, libraries, community centers, educational places or places of
> entirely different nature and they start an interactive learning process
> by video communication including modren presentation technologies.
> Such an approach towards a "Global Village" has been successfully started
> some time ago in the Austrian Village of Kirchbach in Styria. We have been
> able to observe a constant interest from local population in educational
> activities that were totally unusual in a village setting - university
> lectures interactively transmitted from Graz and other places by video
> technologies - for now about five full years!! 80 lectures and even
> week-long congresses have been synchronously transmitted. The range of
> themes was broad: Positive Visions of the Future, Sustainability,
> Agriculture, Technology, History, Languages, Culture, Literature, Theology
> and others. One thing was important and unusual: there was a local person
> kowledgeable enough to even hold a lecture if the transmission would fail.
> And this very person was channeling the local questions to the remote
> speaker and continuing the discussion after transmission has ended.
> We did a little film on that:
> We have been encouraged by this success to think about a "virtual
> university of the villages" and move towards a more horizontal and
> peer2peer scheme of education, where we use in a sharing spirit our best
> offers to complement each other. We should share our best knowledge and
> our best offerings in order for others to do the same and we should create
> a community that guards fair use. Thus we will multiply our possibilities
> and reach many people at many places at the same time.
> So from this background we want to issue the following invitation:
> >From January 17th (arrival) to 28th /departure) we will bring people from
> all over Europe together who have some experience in the field. We want to
> augment the techniques and methods of videobridging in particular, on the
> background also of using stored videos as learning materials in general.
> We want to get and give new impulses. We can finance travel and
> accomodation costs for 16 participants supported by the Grundtvig/LifeLong
> learning program of the European union.
> if you are interested, please continue reading here:
> best regards
> Mag. Franz Nahrada
> GIVE Forschungsgesellschaft - Labor für Globale Dörfer
> Globally Integrated Village Environment
> Research Lab for Global Villages
> Jedleseer Strasse 75
> 1210 Wien
> Tel. 01-2787801
> Pamela McLean has opened a thread in her blog to work with our invitation:
> Thank you Franz for sending me the information (including application
> form) about the workshop on "Streaming, Sharing and Learning (SSL) – The
> options for and the use of Interactive Digital Video over long distances
> in adult education".In your (personal) email you asked me to help you get
> the message out to the right people, and so I am replying to you through a
> dadamac openletter. This way it will be easy to share this with others now
> andl ater.
> Thank you for encouraging me to apply. I would appreciate the opportunity
> to do what the workshop offers and "look into thepossibilities of
> connecting learning communities especially indisadvantaged areas, using
> broadband video".
> Relevance to Dadamac
> Certainly the workshop is very relevant to Dadamac. The
> learningcommunities that we are concerned with are in very disadvantaged
> areas.Allthough we are not yet able to use broadband video to solve
> thoseproblems, we are always planning ahead. We still have some
> seriousbandwidth issues, regarding connections between UK and Nigeria,
> butthings are dramatically improved from when John Dada and I were firstin
> contact, and they keep getting better. We have been able toparticipate in
> audio-graphic conferencing in the past, on specialoccasions (but I think
> it was with the co-operation of others who would normally have been
> sharing the connection at Fantsuam and who held back on our behalf).
> Taking the long view we are very interested in how all digitaltechnologies
> can support learning at the proposed Midlands Universityof Technology
> (Midlands Uni Tech) as it develops. The connectionsbetween Midlands Uni
> Tech, Attachab Eco-village, Dadamac Learners, andthe Cisco acadamy at
> Fantsuam Foundation, all point towards overlapwith the interests of Global
> Villages and also with the use ofinteractive digital video.
> Professional dreampartners
> I love the expression you used, asking me to encourge my"professional
> dreampartners" to apply. It got me thinking - whatexactly would that mean,
> and who would my own "professional dreampartners" be? I guess it would be
> people who have helped me shapei deas and dreams and plans. I guess the
> word "professional" points to a"working/studying" context (rather than
> personal life). I assume"professional" is not there to distinguish between
> paid and unpaid work (as in professional or amateur).
> My professional dreampartners .... I guess it would be easier toname them
> if I worked with people in a team, on a regular basis, in a shared
> physical location, doing creative work - the people there mightbe my
> "dreampartners". But I don''t belong in that environment.
> So who are my dream-partners? Who are the people who help me to dream and
> to realise my dreams about education and ICT and teh changing nature of
> learning opportunities in the 21st century? I guess you could say that
> anyone who has helped me to bounce ideas around and develop them has been
> a dream partner - even if only for a very short fragmentof a dream. Howver
> I think that to count as a full dreampartner peopleneed to be around for
> longer, and have greater areas of shared interest- so perhaps my
> professional dreampartners are people who I recognise as my teachers and
> Teachers and enablers
> Who then are my teachers and enablers? These are the ones who first spring
> to mind:
> John Dada:
> John's vision and projects in rural Nigeria gives me
> practicalopportunities for innovative collaborative work related to
> newapproaches to learning.
> Andrius Kulikauskas:
> Through his "Orchard of Thoughts" (Minciu Sodas), AndriusKulikauskas gave
> me the online space to explore any ideas I wanted to, and, like a bee
> buzzing from tree to tree, he cross-pollinated my ideas and thoughts with
> those of others in Minciu Sodas (introducing me to so many wonderful
> people and groups along the way). Having free use of his facilities
> (especially the inter-related discussion groups and the chat room) has
> enabled me to try things out in practice as well as discussing them, and
> his open and challenging discussions of thorny issues has also been a
> great stimulus to my own thinking. To me, my time at Minciu Sodas has
> given me opportunities for study and research that I might otherwise only
> have got by enrolling for a higer degree at a traditional university.
> Helmut Leitner:
> Helmut helped me to "get unstuck" with Dadamac by offering hisknowledge of
> pattern-languages as a framework, and then giving me histime for regular
> weekly sessions of thinking things through.
> Limiting the list
> This list of people who help me to learn could go on and on -ranging from
> people who help me think in theoretical ways to people whohelp me to do
> very practical things. However, you won't want my fulllist, just those are
> interested in Streaming, Sharing and Learning(SSL) – The options for and
> the use of Interactive Digital Video overlong distances in adult
> education. Also your workshop is limited topeople in Europe. I think that
> narrows it down to some academics Iconnect with - and you.
> Including academics
> To be honest, I am reluctant to encourage academics to take yourprecious
> places, as academics are able to go to so many other workshopsall the time
> at no cost to themselves. However, we do want to helpenable communication
> between practitioners and academics and it is hardfor practitioners to
> attend the conferences where academics gather, soperhaps this might be an
> opportunity to cross that divide. if you areencouraging academics (or "an
> academic") to attend let me know and Iwill pass the information on.