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1347Re: [holistichelping] Topics for Video Bridges?

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  • Janet Feldman
    Sep 1 7:03 PM
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      Dear All,

      Exciting activities, plans, and possible synergies and directions!

      A couple things come to mind: several weeks ago I posted to Andrius about possible linkages--in the form of webinars, video-bridges, chats--between ActALIVE (www.actalive.org) and MS forums.

      ActALIVE is a global arts coalition whose members use arts to address HIV/AIDS and development issues, with members in at least 30 countries. Artists and anyone addressing health and development topics could be included in one of these bridges. There are some ActALIVE members at HH (and vice versa) already.

      Linking communities and individuals who are differently-abled, and/or involved/interested in same, is another possible topic. You have mentioned something like this to Tom Ochuka in a recent note, Andrius.

      On your immediate request, it seems the easiest way for these artists to gain exposure would be virtually, ie via virtual gallery. Also possibly organizing a physical exhibit for travel, and linking with diaspora communities around the world. Ask these communities to help do outreach to galleries and other venues.

      The European Union should have a cultural-exchange program and be supportive of cultural activities, so finding who to link with in that regard within Lithuania will hopefully open opportunities for travelling exhibits within the EU, and possibly beyond.

      With a bit more time, I might be able to find people to be involved in this kind of bridge. If I can do so this coming week, I will, but I have full-time care of my father until we can get help, so I may not have time to do outreach for next Sunday.

      I look forward to finding ways in which MS and oneVillage can work together, too, as both have so much in common re goals, outlook, and vision. If there is anything I can do to be of service in this regard, plz let me know.

      With blessings and excitement, Janet

      -----Original Message-----
      >From: Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...>
      >Sent: Sep 1, 2007 11:59 PM
      >To: globalvillages@yahoogroups.com, mendenyo@yahoogroups.com, holistichelping@yahoogroups.com, fightingpeacefully@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: [holistichelping] Topics for Video Bridges?
      >Franz, Dante, Markus, Synnove, Janet and all,
      >I share my responses to a variety of activity going on at our lab.
      >I ask for help for our video bridge in Lithuania next Sunday, September
      >9th, 2007. We want to explore with sculptor Algirdas Zokaitis his
      >question, "How can Lithuanian artists without money present their work
      >in other countries?" Do you know of any artists, curators or other
      >experts that we might engage? That would be great!
      >Franz, I spoke today with Gryte Miseviciene, she is an elderly community
      >activist whose question is "In the 21st century, how can we stay in
      >touch with children and grandchildren?" She says she understands German
      >quite well and can speak, too. We could organize a high quality video
      >bridge I think from Kaunas or another location in Lithuania, we had
      >discussed earlier that either that would let us do it for free or we
      >might rent a location, it is not very expensive. Could you find a
      >speaker for us?
      >Dante, Markus, would either of you be able to help us find speakers to
      >engage for this topic? I could easily devote 100 euros for such work if
      >you can help us find at least one volunteer speaker. Another question
      >that we need a speaker to engage is Fikratas Salimov's video bridge on
      >"Why don't the roma integrate themselves into Lithuanian life?"
      >Also, Gryte, Alvydas and I are taking decisive steps in Pavilnys to
      >organize a grassroots takeover of the Pavilnys community organization to
      >which the Atzalynas building has been assigned. I have made many
      >unsuccessful efforts to participate in that organization, and to have
      >some kind of agreement with its leader or the local alderman. The
      >building is being renovated and no written assurance is being given as
      >to the role that Minciu Sodas or Atzalynas or I might play there. The
      >organization has not had a general meeting in three years even though
      >its supposed to organize them every six months. So starting this Friday
      >we will have weekly meetings of Minciu Sodas at the pizza place to
      >"revive" that community organization, to invite its leaders to give any
      >news of their activities and to invite new people to get involved. This
      >will infuriate some of the existing leaders, but Gryte and Alvydas are
      >strongly committed and so I think we will attract enough new people and
      >hopefully a few of the existing leaders to call a general meeting and
      >elect a new leadership. Then we'll have authority over the building's
      >future and a very strong base in the Pavilnys neighborhood. Also
      >helping is Alvydas Cepulis's work on a local one-page Minciu Sodas
      >neighborhood newsletter which features a local independent thinker every
      >week. We're learning how to organize these nonviolent "putschs" because
      >such civics is probably an essential part of the Global Village solution
      >as Franz you are finding, too.
      >I have started a list of our "global villages" in our networks:
      >and you will see there are 16 local hubs already in our network. I
      >invite us to add more either by creating wiki pages or simply writing
      >about our local efforts. From the list I think it also becomes clear
      >that we have a lot happening locally but we're not providing the global
      >support that we might to help overcome the obstacles which include
      >organizing the local community (as in Pavilnys), getting a computer (for
      >Uyoga in Tanzania), getting technical assistance (for David Ellison-Bey
      >in Chicago). I think that working on such challenges will give us quite
      >a different sense of what "global villages" mean.
      >Perhaps this is an area where our Minciu Sodas laboratory might work
      >with One Village? http://www.onevillagefoundation.org I have been
      >speaking with Joy Tang, the founder of One Village, who I first met in
      >2003 and who is now Vice President of Marketing at Accton in Taiwan. I
      >was very encouraged by her enthusiastic reception of my research towards
      >the manufacture of a USB flash drive file editor. However, we spoke
      >this last week and I was discouraged by Joy's frustrations regarding the
      >lack of synergy between Minciu Sodas and One Village. I don't foresee
      >our lab working for Accton. Joy's vision has inspired the steps that
      >I've taken that our lab respond to the challenges in Africa. Jeff
      >Buderer, Edward Cherlin, Mark Roest, Kafui Prebbie, Henry Migingo, Joy
      >Tang herself and others have all contributed to our correspondence and
      >good energy, but primarily as individuals, which perhaps makes sense for
      >our laboratory of independent thinkers. Our lab's work on-the-ground in
      >Africa has proceeded independently. Perhaps there are small projects
      >on-the-ground that we might work on together? Or our lab might welcome
      >participants from One Village or vice versa? Unfortunately, the lack of
      >synergy means, I think, that Joy doesn't recognize the strength of the
      >Minciu Sodas network in Africa and the leadership role we can play, for
      >example, in organizing the manufacture of a flash drive file editor, but
      >also researching, distributing, selling, servicing on-the-ground in Africa.
      >Meanwhile, I am looking for strong companies that might fund our lab to
      >develop the flash drive file editor, about $25,000 for phase I
      >prototyping and $120,000 for phase II a run of 200 devices. For
      >example, Noah Samara is founder of WorldSpace Satellite Radio
      >http://www.worldspace.com/about/ and they have a need for content that
      >our "offline file sharing network" might help generate.
      >I am greatly encouraged by Ricardo's and Jecel's contributions at Samwel
      >Kongere's Mendenyo working group
      >http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mendenyo/ I very much need the hardware
      >advice that you are providing, thank you! And thank you also to Peter
      >Kaminski. My plan is that we are creating an architecture that serves
      >"independent thinkers" by including those who are hardest to reach.
      >These are generally literate adults who may lack in means, however. My
      >main goal is that they be able to participate in email exchanges as we
      >do even if they have irregular connectivity. So a simple text editor is
      >fine, so long as it can deal with large volumes of text. And then it
      >can also work for editing other text files. It should also be able to
      >share files. However, I think it makes sense to pursue a modular
      >approach so that one can replace or upgrade devices, and so rely on
      >standard keyboards, AA batteries, USB flash drives. We're organizing
      >the manufacture of one device, but truly we have in mind an architecture
      >where there can be many such devices. The functionality that I'm
      >seeking is like the monochrome Amstrad word processor which I had in the
      >1980s. One idea is to separate the "file sharing hub" (and "brain"?)
      >from the "display" so that it is straightforward to upgrade a display.
      >Once the basic devices are working then it makes sense to keep expanding
      >with more hardware modules like a wifi module or a sound file recorder etc.
      >Thank you to Sasha Mrkailo and Josephat, William and all in Tanzania for
      >help with the content for the flash drives that I hope to mail soon to
      >Africa: http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?FlashDriveContent
      >I wrote a script to download our emails (some 25,000!) and soon they
      >will be available for download for offline use.
      >Chris Macrae, As you suggest, I have started a page to collect our
      >information on Internet Access, our costs and challenges and alternatives:
      >Sasha, perhaps you could create the metadata based on our chats from
      >August 16 and August 23 and August 9 ?
      >Dante, I'm very interested in your system of tools for global mapping.
      >I invite you to help with our current system at http://www.worknets.org
      >and expand that. We have information about our participants deepest
      >values, investigatory questions, endeavors, proposals and more.
      >Stella, thank you for your deep letters! and I include a link to my own
      >attempt to "know everything and apply that knowledge usefully":
      >Good night,
      >Andrius Kulikauskas
      >Minciu Sodas
      >+370 699 30003
      >Vilnius, Lithuania
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