I share also with our Minciu Sodas laboratory's new group The Optimal
Life led by Steve Bonzak http://groups.yahoo.com/group/theoptimallife/
and our recently renamed Flu Pandemic led by Lucas Gonzalez
Samwel Kongere and I chatted today about his endeavors and how they
relate to his deepest value ("Motivation through sacrifice") and his
investigatory question ("How can i change our people's mind set to
knowledge based approach?"). He is working on five endeavors and, in
order of his personal interest, they are Literacy, ICT, Africa regional
network, Malaria prevention, Community websites. So in our work with him
we will try to focus especially on literacy and learning and see how the
others can flow from that.
Asif, I confirm that we will present a webinar on June 7th. Samwel will
try to lead this from Tanzania and if he succeeds then I imagine this
would be a great chance to meet our Tanzanian team. The subject will be
what role literacy and learning might have in all of our many projects.
I will help him structure it as a "meeting" like we did last time.
Asif Daya, Jenny Watt, yes, thank you for organizing the webinars.
Please know that I and our Minciu Sodas laboratory would be glad to
organize one webinar per month. The dates can be fluid as far as we are
concerned, but if you like July 19th (Pamela McLean), August 30th (if
available), November 1st, December 13th. We will try to find an African
leader for each one (such as Fred Kayiwa in Uganda, or Ken Owino or Tom
Ochuka in Kenya, or Wendi Losha Bernadette in Cameroon, and others as
available). And we will proceed with my help (or Pam's or Sasha's...)
much as we did last time. And please be sure to organize these so that
the content is in the Public Domain because that is essential for our
lab's participation. Let's think how we might make these materials
available in a wide variety of formats so they are reused.
Pamela McLean, Yes, let us do weekly Skype calls and chat sessions.
Fridays are a fine day for me, but I can only until just before 4:00 pm
London time this Friday. So why don't we try it from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
this Friday and others might stay longer if they like? Our chat website
We've had quite a few wonderful chats
already. I encourage us to enter any time and you can see at all of our
websites http://www.ms.lt http://www.worknets.org
the most recent line from the chat room.
Chris Macrae, thank you for your wonderful letter on your investigations
see that you are quite prominent at our Endeavor page:
So far you have 10 endeavors!
but Franz Nahrada has the most (15!), and Samwel Kongere has 6, Marcin
Jakubowski 5, Ken Owino 3, Tom Ochuka 3, Fred Kayiwa 2, Fred Obala 2,
Jeff Buderer 2, Lucas Gonzalez Santa Cruz 2, Roy Lent 2. It is good for
a person to have many endeavors because it means that they are
"working-in-parallel" with themselves and others, and likewise
"learning-in-parallel", and they are integrating themselves in a
well-rounded way, and are open to getting help from a wide variety of
people and are relevant to them. Such people are also able to work at a
more steady pace because they are able to look for solutions that are
deeper and they are making progress on many levels.
I will engage each of us to make sure that our endeavors are linked to
our own personal accountability for our personal growth as centered in
our own deepest values and our own investigatory questions. My chat with
Samwel shows what I mean. It's rather simple but insists on clarity of
purpose. Sasha Mrkailo and I are garnering our endeavors from our
archive of letters and we're tagging them, too, as we go along. This
helps us not forget our newcomers. But I want to make sure to chat with
all of our leaders, including Markus Petz, Janet Feldman, Pamela McLean,
Maria Agnese Giraudo, John Rogers, Benoit Couture, Jeff Buderer, Joy
Tang, Steve Bosserman, James Ferguson, Greg Wolff, Tom Wayburn, Eluned
Hurn, Richard Nelson, George Christian Jeyaraj, Christine Ax, Synnove
Mathe, Shahrez Khan, Awne Abozant and to connect with potential leaders
such as Marcin Jakubowski, Nancy Glock-Gruenich, Edward Cherlin, Terry
Mace, Steve Bonzak. Please write about your endeavors - what you would
like to accomplish or work on in the coming year? and how that relates
to your deepest value in life, and to your investigatory questions (what
you don't know but would like to know?)
This will let us know how we might effectively apply our resources. We
have participants with our money (typically 100 USD) on-the-ground
awaiting instructions in Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda,
India, Palestine, Serbia and Lithuania. We will be able to have many
people work in small ways to help us on many projects. I want us to be
serving our laboratory's most mature thinkers because later when we find
new clients we will know what we care about and so will be able to meet
them halfway regarding that. Otherwise we are lost!
Oh yes, I will write about my own endeavors. And I encourage us to think
about God's endeavors, too. How do we imagine them?
20120 Andrius: Good morning! I am around and will be working on my
philosophy and then on the recent changes in our wiki and our endeavors.
28448 [System]: arsc_user_enter~~Samwel~~Free For All
28459 Samwel: Hi Andrius
28516 Samwel: i have been offline and trying to catch up with the dicussion
30594 [System]: arsc_user_enter~~Andrius~~Free For All
30609 [Andrius]: Hi Samwel I am showing my father how we use this chat
30856 Samwel: I will be back in minutes
32970 Andrius: Hi Samwel
32987 Andrius: Here is my message: Excellent letters!
32990 Samwel: You are with your Dad still great!
32999 Andrius: And I have a lot of thoughts for coordinating our work.
33006 Andrius: Also, I should be able to provide a video camera for use
by those in your regional network.
33012 Andrius: I imagine two months or so at a time in Rusinga Island,
Nairobi, Kisumu and so on.
33019 Andrius: Maybe we can have Agnese bring it to you.
33025 Andrius: I can use the money that I need to spend on Video Bridges
33032 Samwel: I see
33037 Andrius: I need to think more about this but it is an idea I am
33045 Samwel: You think as me
33047 Andrius: I need to spend 4000 euros for the Video Bridge project
33056 Andrius: and I think that the video camera would cost 400 euros
33057 Samwel: You can make Mari abring it
33077 Andrius: and also good digital cameras that do short videos would
cost 200 euros
33088 Samwel: Oh it is cheap their then
33096 Andrius: The video cameras for 400 euros can record directly onto
33105 Andrius: and so the disks can be easily copied with computers
33106 Samwel: Here about 1000$
33108 Andrius: and mailed
33115 Samwel: yes
33123 Andrius: Yes it would be good to think what you could do.
33135 Andrius: For example, I could provide your network with a video
33145 Andrius: and then you could all agree to help us with some kind of
33146 Samwel: Idid one for a center here and it was good
33152 Andrius: good!
33170 Andrius: Yes please keep us posted on how you plan to spend your
33181 Samwel: I think we were trying to bring our mind to shoe stories
33183 Andrius: And then we can contribute our ideas how we might coordinate
33199 Andrius: yes but first I want to make a plan for our endeavors
33207 Andrius: http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Endeavors
33208 Samwel: ok
33214 Andrius: perhaps you can write about all of your endeavors
33218 Andrius: and also other people in Kenya
33229 Andrius: including your colleagues on Rusinga Island
33232 Samwel: Like the porjects and alleh
33240 Andrius: If we list all the endeavors then we can overlap them all.
33248 Andrius: And be very effective.
33259 Samwel: i see
33263 Andrius: Also it is very important to keep thinking about our
33273 Andrius: because that is how we know which Endeavors are very
33279 Andrius: And our Deepest Values too.
33296 Andrius: Because it is very easy for people to make a lot of noise
33296 Samwel: I can see your undersatnding
33305 Samwel: yes
33310 Andrius: but not connect that with what we can learn
33313 Andrius: or what we care about.
33326 Andrius: Maybe there is some of this problem in the earlier
33331 Andrius: and we want to avoid this you know.
33331 Samwel: how do you see my hopefulfs?
33345 Andrius: What do you mean?
33356 Samwel: What I hope to do
33370 Andrius: I think you are a brilliant leader
33378 Andrius: and so it is very important that you focus deeply
33380 Samwel: I m doing afocus tech, Malaria and school
33386 Andrius: on what you think is important in life.
33391 Andrius: yes your letter was excellent
33401 Samwel: which one
33401 Andrius: and I think very important to share with the group
33404 Andrius: today's
33412 Samwel: ok
33437 Andrius: for our culture it is very important that we keep writing
openly through the groups
33441 Andrius: so that we think openly
33446 Andrius: and people can join us in their thinking
33452 Andrius: and we design for that possibility.
33516 Samwel: yes you have used this to bring me up I thank you
33561 Samwel: on the Webinar you looked great with your presentation
33572 Samwel: you only got my breath
33596 Samwel: What do you want us to present on Seventh
33607 Andrius: Yes you should lead the webinar on the sevent
33621 Andrius: and I think it should be a "meeting" to coordinate activity
33626 Andrius: on some subject that you care about.
33644 Andrius: So your deepest value is still, the same, yes?
33661 Andrius: And what are the questions that you are currently
exploring or want to explore?
33663 Samwel: yes I have not cahnged yet
33757 Andrius: and your questions?
33772 Andrius: that is very important for you to be an effective leader
33784 Andrius: what is it that you want to learn? and how do you want to
33828 Samwel: Yes I want to lear some business mangement and project
33877 Samwel: And content mangement are the two topics but you positio
makes me rethink who you are?
33885 Andrius: what do you not know about these things? why do you want
to learn these things?
33929 Samwel: The way you manage the lab is fantastic, what do i need to
know to work like that or some what ?
33997 Samwel: How can I become a technology expert when using WiFi and
34010 Andrius: and what would you like to manage?
34029 Samwel: The started projects here
34086 Andrius: why are business management, project writing, content
management important to you?
34089 Samwel: Technology net work, school and Data analysis
34125 Samwel: yes, These are the components to change my life
34137 Andrius: how would you like to change your life?
34171 Samwel: in knowledge based as I am sending a letter our cause of
34199 Samwel: Contributing as achnge agent
34244 Andrius: what kind of change would you like to make?
34323 Samwel: we must change our mind based on being in the third world
but upgrade our life to first world , eh?
34373 Samwel: because the world is becoming very competitive
34408 Samwel: ...and if you don,t compete with knowledge based then you
are left aside
34482 Andrius: yes but some few people in the first world are wondering
how to make the world less competitive and include everybody without
competition, or with a friendly competition
34523 Andrius: so it's important that you have a very clear and precise
question about this!
34528 Samwel: yes friendly competion is good if there is sahring
34543 Samwel: like/
34586 Samwel: How can i change our people mind set to knowledge based?
34612 Andrius: yes and what do you mean by that? why is that important
34671 Samwel: It motivates me and keep wanting to do more to improve the
34694 Andrius: how do you think knowledge helps people?
34702 Andrius: or a knowledge based approach?
34757 Samwel: it brings change as you will phsychological understanding
and say that I cannot study and live the same live
34793 Samwel: i mean life
34806 Andrius: so a knowledge based approach encourages people to ever
change their lives?
34824 Samwel: Knowledge expands thinking and capacity to build
34831 Andrius: very good idea
34870 Andrius: So how would you state your question, what are you asking
yourself and trying to learn?
34881 Samwel: Even when our fish catch goes low here the learned have
taken some activities to support not fishing alone
34901 Andrius: yes they adapt
34916 Andrius: and even think ahead and keep growing
34923 Samwel: do you think i can still cahnge this VHow can i change our
people mind set to knowledge based
34940 Andrius: I think it would help if you made it more clear what you
34946 Andrius: and why it is important to you
34955 Andrius: because then we can work effectively with you.
34967 Andrius: Your ideas above are very helpful.
34978 Samwel: for now I have been thinking baout it but can cahnge it later
34980 Andrius: But how can you state that so people at our lab can
understand what you mean
34993 Andrius: ok we can write that as you like
35040 Samwel: Let me put it this way! How can i change our people's mind
set to knowledge based approach?
35047 Andrius: yes
35060 Samwel: use this for now
35092 Samwel: I ma also making a mail concerning this
35093 Andrius: yes and I have now put it here:
35100 Andrius: and I think I understand what you mean
35103 Samwel: ok
35118 Andrius: And now if you have time it would be good to make a list
of your "endeavors"
35122 Andrius: what are you trying to accomplish?
35149 Samwel: do get me right?
35177 Andrius: I think so
35279 Samwel: ok Andrius i think you will buy the vedeo camera and
digital camera, and do you think a microphone and headphone can be possible
35311 Samwel: for your suggestion?
35313 Andrius: do you need those or can you buy them locally?
35347 Andrius: and also I need to calculate your bonus (for My Food
Story) and send that to you
35351 Samwel: no here everything is damn expensive
35355 Andrius: ok!
35387 Samwel: You can do your work, I don't have to push you
35390 Andrius: ok so let's have that in mind and make a plan what kind
of work you and your team could do
35413 Samwel: in several areas
35416 Andrius: but I want to ask because you are here, about your
endeavors, what do you wish to accomplish? can we chat about that?
35449 Andrius: Also, can I send you a personal check in US dollars for
you to cash at your bank, that would be best
35504 Samwel: yes it will do can you send before I leave home on 25th May
35547 Andrius: ok
35569 Andrius: I will send later this week and I will use the address on
35579 Samwel: yes
35591 Samwel: that will be the bonus?
35596 Andrius: yes
35610 Andrius: but I forget how much I have already sent so I need to
calculate the amount and let you know
35625 Samwel: ok
35660 Andrius: so lets consider different areas where you want to
35662 Andrius: and make a list
35682 Andrius: and then connect it with helping change people's minds
for a knowledge based approach
35738 Andrius: for example, what would you like to accomplish regarding
35764 Samwel: Kenya has had a history of marginalization of tribes and
communities and the situation has not greatly improved since. Much of
Nyanza province remains poor and many live below the one-dollar and
famine that usually threatens lives year by year.
35797 Samwel: Majority of Kenyans poor are faced with many constraints
such as lack of knowledge and skills, lack of credit, lack of
information and knowledge about what to produce and how to produce to
earn more money, HIV/Aids, Malaria, insecurity and poor yields, this is
also an attribute to illiteracy. This has resulted into lack of food,
few productive assets and low yields, lack of essential services, la
35856 Andrius: this kind of information is very helpful
35883 Samwel: You see I would want Malaria intervention and actual
control of Larvae at the breeding sites
35890 Andrius: how would you like to respond?
35942 Samwel: We had came to a situation where the MST are convasant
with Mosquitoes and breeding sites
36003 Andrius: oh that is good
36007 Samwel: so the response is to get help of scientists to get
harmless chemicals which can destroy larvaes and leave other insects
36007 Andrius: and what are the next steps?
36017 Andrius: do you know what such chemicals are?
36022 Andrius: or do you need to find out?
36045 Andrius: can you do experiments on this?
36105 Samwel: the resource people are trained to handle sprays in houses
as PSC pyrethrum spray catch
36112 Andrius: also are there ways that you can use the breedings sites
so that they are no longer attractive to mosquitoes, perhaps grow fish?
36143 Samwel: yes the information can be got from ICIPe
36150 Andrius: what is the website?
36215 Samwel: yes that is the next option and all time, most of the
breeding sites are artificial about 80%
36238 Andrius: that is interesting
36257 Samwel: You know does many activitivies and we only posted at the
36262 Samwel: before
36282 Andrius: So let us formulate this as an endeavor for Malaria
36291 Samwel: yes
36307 Andrius: and how does a knowledge based approach relate here?
36311 Samwel: if it can be understood if you tuned it
36318 Andrius: and changing people's mindsets?
36382 Samwel: Having a framework for strategies designed to take action
and to meet the specific needs of under served community members, which
can become the backbone of a new model framework of international
education liberation on a global sharing through information advocacy.
36458 Samwel: By giving the people knowledge they will first understand
their situation and find a better way to cahnge
36494 Andrius: yes and for malaria?
36498 Andrius: malaria prevention?
36505 Samwel: Literacy and practical knowledge are the action tools
needed to break the cycle of neglect of education for our girl/child and
women adults, using flash cards to carry information. The education of
today’s youth especially the girl in the developing world will
additionally benefit the nation
36545 Samwel: you have train thosewho are trainable
36590 Samwel: like the statistics put it at 66% are illiterate
36672 Samwel: But meaning training the trainables is having semi
literates to expand like put more efforts on adults contuing education
36772 Andrius: So our education projects are important here, yes?
Including the flash cards so people can teach themselves to read?
36817 Samwel: I developed that idea for you information on Flash cards
and still can work
36975 Samwel: If somebody cannot understand oneself then he/she is lost
in though but knowledge based can help improve
37050 Andrius: So I am making a list at
including the following
endeavors from you:
37056 Samwel: If you don't train people on knowledge then the work force
is not there
37153 Andrius: Literacy/Learning, ICT center and network, Malaria
prevention, African/Kenyan regional network
37156 Andrius: anything else?
37164 Samwel: technology cannot solve all educational problems of
learning but what is relevant to thesis of this paper is that technology
is vital and can achieve the following goals.Make learning more
interactive and thus allowing for action steps to take place.Make
learning more interactive and thus allowing for action steps to take place.
37211 Samwel: Farming websites where to access local and international
reading materials inform of virtual library and online aids prevention
programmes through network laboratory and finally artsnet edulitnet
Agrifishnet an online marketing grid for our peasant farmers and fisherman.
37273 Samwel: so my endeavors are based on children going to school,
adult contnuing education thro ICT and Malaria control
37276 Samwel: no more
37310 Andrius: How do you understand AIDS prevention, what makes sense?
37359 Samwel: Yes of late here there is improment
37379 Andrius: that is good
37383 Andrius: what is working?
37416 Samwel: The IMC international stated Door to door testing which
enabled more to accept their status
37452 Samwel: There is an organization taking care of patients and we
can councel people freely
37478 Samwel: people can only now die due to shy or want to die
37542 Samwel: at stages, I know there are four window periods and people
start taking ARVs at the second or third satge not fourth
37550 Samwel: great improvement
37595 Andrius: That is good news.
37607 Andrius: What would you like to do with video
37625 Samwel: So Family Aids care and Education Services ( FACES) is the
37683 Samwel: I will take more scripts from children and What they do at
school, Home nad at leisure.
37722 Samwel: Commercial activities f women and men, touts
37755 Samwel: There is no restriction here you can capture anything of
37763 Samwel: Variaty
37846 Andrius: yes this is like our story collections?
37867 Samwel: yes
37991 Andrius: What is most interesting to you personally: Literacy,
ICT, Malaria prevention, Africa regional network, Websites for farmers,
or AIDS prevention?
38002 Andrius: How would you rank them in terms of your personal interest?
38109 Samwel: Literacy, ICT, Africa regional network, Malaria
prevention, community websites
38127 Andrius: ok so I will put them in that order
38136 Andrius: and so we will focus with you on Literacy and Learning
38145 Andrius: and everything will flow out of that, yes?
38154 Samwel: ok
38168 Andrius: and I encourage you to study all of our endeavors
38178 Andrius: http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Endeavors
38190 Samwel: i am their
38193 Andrius: and especially Chris Macrae's because he is many and he
is supporting you
38203 Andrius: and see how your endeavors can support his endeavors
38203 Samwel: yes
38212 Andrius: be careful I will be editing the page
38269 Samwel: ok
38323 Andrius: You can see there is a lot to organize but the result
will be very impressive I think.
38338 Samwel: wonderful
38359 Andrius: For example, Pamela is very interested in education in
Nigeria, and Agnese is interested in local publishing and Fred Kayiwa
cares about education in his home village.
38367 Andrius: So we can help each other with experiments.
38379 Samwel: yes
38383 Andrius: Also, we have people who want to know how we can impacdt
38401 Andrius: for example, Lucas Gonzalez Santa Cruz want people to
think about preparing for pandemic flu
38425 Andrius: so we can help on this as we experiment with learning and
38433 Andrius: how to make these things "viral"
38440 Andrius: so they spread by themselves as much as possible.
38634 Andrius: And please think in your area if you might collect such
endeavors from your people, what do they want to accomplish?
38647 Andrius: And their deepest values and investigatory questions? (We
have some of these already).
38655 Andrius: Then we could help your region even more I think.
38805 Samwel: many people are letting me tired but would do this in
another approach you remember David Orato, he is not taking much
resposiblity after the food stories but some older men can accept but
not youths. How can we help David he is a n active member my Malaria
team but eak in communication
38890 Andrius: Yes this is a good think for us to explore together is
how to include people on the ground for whom it is harder to communicate
but would like to participate?
38995 Samwel: ok Andrius, I wish to leave and attend a women's meeting
39003 Andrius: yes it was great chatting
39036 Andrius: and let's focus your webinar on the role of Literacy on
all of our projects
39043 Andrius: or please think about it
39114 Samwel: yes the overall view ends in literacy make a topic from that
39140 Samwel: is it on July seventh?
39362 Samwel: I am closing down anything?
39459 Andrius: June 7th!
39714 Samwel: oh june seventh we will be together with Maria in Tanzania
and don't know if we can access!
39739 Samwel: I will find the possiblity for my particpation
39746 Andrius: ok
39753 Andrius: that would be good to try if you can
39758 Andrius: or otherwise I will take charge
39906 Samwel: oh bye dear director next time or tomorrow, ok