Monday I spoke with Tiffany Von Emmel of Dreamfish. I've joined the
and also signed up Tiffany for Janet Feldman's working group Holistic
Thank you to Peter Kaminski, Mark Roest, Sasha Mrkailo and Franz Nahrada
for encouraging us! Thank you also to Edward Cherlin for linking me
with Bill Daul, also in Silicon Valley and in the Dreamfish group.
In 1998, I founded Minciu Sodas http://www.ms.lt
an online laboratory
for independent thinkers around the world. I also lead Worknets
a culture of independent thinkers. We have
some people in common with Dreamfish, and also many values and dreams.
See, for example, the Dreamfish Humanifesto:
and the Worknets charter
I'm looking forward to our networks working together. Dreamfish is
strong in Silicon Valley, which is the center of the world of our
future. I live in Lithuania and Minciu Sodas is strong there and also
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda; the UK and Austria; and participants in Serbia,
the US, India and other countries.
We both have a culture of working for free on our own projects and
organizing teams for paid work. I appreciate working together to
expand these opportunities.
We're both active in organizing online infrastructure. Minciu Sodas has
about 20 mildly active working groups (email lists, see:
, a mildly active wiki (http://www.worknets.org
mildy active chat room (http://www.worknets.org/chat/
Recent achievements / clients include:
organizing 100 peacemaker on-the-ground
and 100 online assistants to avert genocide in Kenya
6,000 GBP of work
to create a directory of 500 UK online communities and engage about 70
of them on behalf of Leon Benjamin http://www.winningbysharing.net
Mornflake cereal's video contest http://www.mornflakecompetition.com
We collected 2,000 food stories for Greg
Wolff of Unamesa Association
I won a $15,000 Knight News Challenge Award to
blog about a proposed device (the Includer) for Africans with marginal
Internet access, but see Ricardo's work
for our real achievements
We organize ourselves in terms of people and their answers to questions
(here are Tiffany's):
* Do you have a deepest value in life which includes all of your other
values? "Connection, healing the fragmentation that exists on all
levels, shifting from control to participation" (See answers from 500
people at http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Values
* What is a question that you don't know the answer to, but wish to
answer? "Who can work as a partner with me? act as Dreamfish's
* What would you like to achieve? (Dreamfish? see our
* What is your dream in life? "Our earth and all its people practice
love moment by moment. Facilitating the practice of love and how we are
together. Help <http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Help
> people in a state
of transition follow their aliveness and realize what they are becoming.
That needs to happen in the gap between what we know and what is
emerging. I'm really good at helping people practice that and helping
people come to their dreams." http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Dreams
If you share your answers, then I will post them at our wiki! and
you're welcome to create pages there.
Minciu Sodas / Worknets venues are explicitly in the Public Domain by
default. That means that the current Dreamfish wiki's "sharealike"
license clashes with ours and prohibits us from including ("building
on") your work. I hope you might also work in the Public Domain as it
allows for sharing most freely and encourages "using your own best
judgement". That would allow me to invest myself in the Dreamfish wiki,
the Dreamfish venues and encourage others likewise.
Tiffany and I look forward to discovering endeavors and tasks where it's
natural for us to work together. Here are some:
* Currently, I'm organizing an "economy of dreams" so that we might
learn to support each other's dreams directly and rely less on money.
We can collect our dreams and look for connections:
* I'm trying to staff an online help room http://www.worknets.org/chat/
where people can get response, get help on any matter at any time.
(Dreamfish has a nice chat room!) I'm looking for a new technology
(because ARSC is open source but no longer maintained) that would
include a web based client but also link with IRC clients, Yahoo, Skype,
etc. and that we could enhance (code what we need such as an archive and
integration with our websites).
* We need tasks that our online assistants like Fred Kayiwa in Uganda
could help with. $200 per month is enough for Fred's studies and
living, but most of all, we need meaningful online tasks that I can
teach him to do for us and he can train others. See:
* We would gladly host a chat on a Dreamfish topic. Friday, November
13, 5:00 am California time (too early!) we'll be chatting with Josephat
Ndibalema about publishing e-books in Kiswahili for small farmers to
view on DVD players, mobile phones, digital cameras.
* In Lithuania, we're part of a national idea movement, and some of
those include economic literacy.
* Franz Nahrada in Austria is a leader in the global villages movement,
including developing the use of video bridges, as with Alan Lundell in
the Santa Cruz area.
* Edward Cherlin leads our work to create open source textbooks, and I'm
interested to create lessons in ethics (of our new culture) and
mathematical thinking (which I'll try to link to ethics).
* I've become active as an artist
and next spring we're
organizing an art project "Land of Dreamers" where we'll collect
people's dreams around the world, and creatively express them together,
and try to integrate them all. We're active in the Uzhupis Republic
* Zenonas Anusauskas leads an Internet television station
I live with his family. With his
encouragement, I created my first philosophical video "I Wish to Know"
about my lifelong quest to know everything and
apply that knowledge usefully.
* I look forward to delving into Tiffany's philosophical thinking:
I look forward to learning to work together! Our success and our
discoveries would be a great encouragement to many other networks:
Thank you to all who are connecting us!
Bill Daul wrote:
> Hello Andrius...thanks Ed for the introduction...a little to late in
> the night for a coherent response but wanted to at least say hello!
> I look forward to hearing about Minciu Sodas.
> On Nov 4, 2009, at 12:31 PM, Edward Cherlin wrote:
>> You two should know about each other's work. You both collect active
>> thinkers in Next Now and Minciu Sodas.
>> Edward Mokurai (默雷/धर्ममेघशब्दगर्ज/دھرممیگھشبدگر ج) Cherlin
>> Silent Thunder is my name, and Children are my nation.
>> The Cosmos is my dwelling place, the Truth my destination.
> *Bill Daul*
> Chief Collaboration Officer
> *NextNow Collaboratory*: a synergistic web of relationships focused
> on transforming the present
> http://www.nextnow.net <http://www.nextnow.net/> -- NN Network Blog
> http://www.nextnow.org <http://www.nextnow.org/> -- NN Collaboratory Blog
> "Play with boundaries, not within."