Andrius: FABULOUS MIND-MELD!!/Members: see exciting "chat" info!
- Hello Dear Andrius and All,
I am so delighted to get this from you here, and have just been formulating an email and idea in my mind about how I would like ActALIVE members to engage in chats along these same lines!!!
I have been wondering aloud (to myself, so you must have read my mind...or there was a bugging device--now embedded in my digestive tract--in those delicious chocolates you sent, haha!!) about whether and how we could link ActALIVE directly to our work at MS and related forums, and vice-versa.
For all, I moderate one of the working groups of the Minciu Sodas (which means "orchard of thoughts" in Lithuanian) Laboratory for Independent Thinkers (www.ms.lt), whose founder is Andrius Kulikauskas.
The name of my working group is Holistic Helping (subscribe if interested by sending a blank mail to firstname.lastname@example.org), denoting my varied interests and integrative approach to development (from the personal to the global...and back again, haha!).
Pam McLean, Joy Tang, yourself (Andrius), Synnove Mathe, Ibrahim Halkano, Wendi Losha Bernadette, and Lenny Boniface are ActALIVE and Holistic-Helping members already. Ken Owino, with his work in arts for development (Nafsi Afrika Acrobats); Tom Ochuka of Deaf Impact Ministry (hoping to use video and arts for educational initiatives for and about the Deaf community in Kenya); and Sam Kongere (of Udogo Youth Development)--with some focus on craft-making and sales to bring income into communities in Kenya affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty--might all be interested in ActALIVE.
We have a number of members at ActALIVE using ICTs in their work, or who are working in this field, and Holistic Helping is also focusing in part on this subject, in addition to Pam McLean's MS-related working work, "Learning From Each Other" (email@example.com).
Join ActALIVE by sending a blank mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. ActALIVE is composed of individuals and groups who use the arts and media to address HIV/AIDS and development, and we have members around the world. I founded the coalition 5 years ago, and you can read more abt us at www.actalive.org.
There are so many stories--and hopefully pix, videos, audio--we can share among ActALIVE members, and between AA members and those at HH and MS! In that way, we would not only get to know each other better, but we might be more effective in our individual and joint work.
One thing I would also like to consider is a joint "Rising Voices" application! New ActALIVE co-moderator, Tawanda Chisango of Patsime Trust (which uses theatre to address development issues)--supported in part by SAfAIDS (www.safaids.org.zw) in Zimbabwe--did send in an application for Round #1, as did Andrius. We might be able to amplify the rising voices among us if we work together!
Engaging in these chats and Webinars on a regular basis would be somewhat like having the kind of international festivals I have long hoped to organize, along the lines of One World Beat (in which Andrius has taken part as a musician), though for ActALIVE members and others using the arts and media to address HIV/AIDS and development issues.
For everyone at ActALIVE, I urge you join these chats (tomorrow and beyond), and I will be there myself on a regular basis in the fall, once my father comes home and issues of his care are addressed.
Immense thanks again for your thoughtfulness and outreach, Andrius, and long may we engage in this "treemendous" work together :):)! Artistic affections always, Janet
>From: Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...>Hi Janet and all, I invite everybody at Act ALIVE to join us at our Minciu Sodas chat room for our Thursday chats. This week our topic is "using Photos and Video to share our Stories" and so I think of your important work. We hope to learn from each other! Andrius
>Sent: Aug 1, 2007 4:11 PM
>Subject: [actalive] Chat about sharing stories with photos, videos
>---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Pamela McLean is leading another of our Thursday online chats at
http://www.worknets.org/chat/ on August 2, 2007, 4:30 pm Nairobi time, 2:30 pm London, 6:30 am California. See: http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?TodaysMeeting All are welcome!
Her topic is "using Photos and Video to share our Stories" (or as she says, "Evidence, Evidence, Evidence").
We'll go through her ICT4D checklist:
* I for Information: What is the content, experience, ideas that we wish to share?
* C for Communication: Who are the people who have something to share?
* T for Technology: What are the cameras that we are using and how do we upload to the Internet?
* 4 for What for?: We're interested to post videos at YouTube from grass-roots projects in Africa. What other goals do we have?
I'm very interested to work together with David Sasaki and others at Rising Voices. David perhaps you or Alive or Eduardo or Serina might lead one of our Thursday chats? or choose another day of the week? We generate a public archive of our transcripts: http://www.worknets.org/archive/
Also, I'm writing a new proposal to create software to help those with marginal Internet access participate by downloading activity from their online community (letters, wiki page, chat archive - typically 1 MB per week) onto their flash drive so they could read it at home, and then uploading their reponses. Then the responses could be forwarded further by online assistants (such as Sasha Mrkailo in Serbia for whom our Minciu Sodas lab provides a stipend).
This opens up many business opportunities for knowledge work that could be done by people with limited Internet access (for example, writing or editing Wikipedia articles, creating websites, collecting stories). In particular, people could download information about creating wireless networks. One strategy I'm promoting is relevant for people like Samwel Kongere who have to walk 5 km to get to the Internet.
I encourage him to build a local wifi network serving his home (an access point is 100 USD) so that he can link up with neighbors. As he gets skilled at building out his network he will in two or three years make it all the way to the access point where he can link up with the Internet itself. In order for this to work they will need lots of information about wireless as it is a
knowledge intensive skill. So the software system I am proposing should fuel the creation of do-it-yourself, expand-as-you-use, low capital wireless networks, as well as the necessary skill sets.
Our Minciu Sodas lab is participating in the European Union's new thematic network for the Public Domain, COMMUNIA. We're having our first meeting in Torino, Italy in late September. I will be working especially on ethical expectations for the Public Domain. I appreciate discussion on this issue. The European Union might one day offer an alternative to the status quo in America. This is also an opportunity to draw attention to how we try to develop the public good with our work and what obstacles we face.
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